Dinosaurs are said to be the biggest lizards to have walked the face of the earth, but we didn’t meet them around. Fortunately, you can meet the current most giant lizards when you take a Rinca island tour as part of your Komodo National Park exploration. If you have been excited to discover Komodo and Padar islands, you will be fascinated by the things you see on the Rinca island tour as well.
Unlike most other islands you will find in Komodo National Park, Rinca island is as natural as they come. The paths are lined with tall mangrove trees, and the ground is almost evenly laid with beautiful savannah vegetation. The sights of unevenly-rocked hills will also greet you as you go around, all created by nature for your viewing pleasure during the Rinca island day tour.
Rinca island has been able to retain this kind of identity since human activity on it has been kept to a bare minimum. That has allowed the Komodo dragon population there to fester well, bringing you face to face with these legendary dragons. Therefore, the number one reason to go on the Rinca island tour is trekking the famous Komodo dragons trail. After your expedition across the dragon trail and sighting of the over 3000 species of Komodo dragons present here, you still have more to do.
At the southern tip of Rinca island is Nusa Kode, which is an even more remote and secluded area. With no humans in sight, this horseshoe-shaped bay is where you can encounter Komodo dragons strolling the shore. Quite an experience that is!
Your Rinca island day tour is not complete if you haven’t seen all the other impressive animal species that grace this landscape too. While many others will be focused on sighting the Komodo dragons, you will equally be fascinated by the water buffalos, deer, and wild boars. There are also crab-eating macaques around. Make sure you take your bird watching lenses with you, too, since this is one location with an extensive array of bird species. From the most beautiful to the highly intriguing flying beauties, your lens should catch them all in this single location.
One of the reasons why the Rinca island is not well known to most is because it doesn’t offer the basics which should be expected on other islands. For this, we mean snorkeling, diving, viewpoint climbing, and such. That is why a Rinca island tour is not complete without hopping islands to the nearest Padar or Komodo islands where you can load up on such fun events to the maximum. For viewpoints, it is definitely Padar island. For diving, head over to Manta Alley on the south of Komodo island. Don’t be surprised to discover remarkable fish species – from whale sharks, reef sharks, and manta rays to green turtles – when exploring the world that lies beneath the waters here.
Before calling your Rinca island tour a wrap, it never hurts to experience the host of flying foxes (bats) at Kalong island or the adjudged best muck dive sites located in Wai Nilu. With that, you can boast of having had the best Rinca island day tour ever – and mean it too.