If you are an animal lover, Padar is home to a remarkably interesting variety of wild animals: six species of shark, two species of manta ray, and many different reptiles can be found on the island. If you strike lucky, you may also see dolphins, occasionally whales, hawks, kites, geckos and green turtles.
Considering Padar has a dry climate, covered only with bushes, grassy vegetation and savannah hills, the best period to visit is April-June or September-November.
If you really want to see the Komodo Dragons, giant lizards that can measure up to 3 metres in length, you can visit the nearby islands of Komodo, Rinca, Gili Montang, Gili Dasami and Flores, where they can still be found. Unfortunately, a lack of food and hunting has driven them away from Padar.
You can get to Padar from Bali or from Lombok, with a short flight to the island of Flores’ airport at Labuan Bajo, followed by a three-hour ferry ride from Labuan Bajo harbour. There are usually many daily boat tours.
Although Padar is fairly remote and is not your typical relaxing island, if you are planning a trip to Bali its stunning scenic views make it a must-see destination, and one you will not regret visiting
Author : The Slowear Journal