There are many options for a unique vacation in Flores. For example, there is Kalong Island. Kalong Island is a beautiful little island in Komodo National Park, entirely covered with mangrove forests and home to thousands of bats.
This small island is part of Komodo National Park. Located between Papagarang and Rinca Islands, or 8 kilometers from Labuan Bajo, Furthermore, the name of the island comes from the local word kalong, which means bat. That’s because the island is home to thousands of bats and is kept secret by locals.
The island offers an exotic charm, especially at dusk when bats fly over the island. Kalong Island is therefore one of the most popular tourist attractions in this national park and is definitely not to be missed if you take open trip or private trip. During our excursion, we also spotted the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, which also lives in this park.
Kalong Island is very small. Most of the island is covered with mangroves. After all, the houses here are full of bats. Her size is quite large. no problem. They do not harm humans. Besides bats, the island has other attractions. That includes beaches. The waves are a little strong. In other words, don’t play in the water carelessly. As mentioned above, mangroves occupy most of Karon Island. Therefore, it is a bit difficult to move around the island.
Explore Kalong Island
The best time to explore Kalong Island is in the evening. Many bats start looking for food. They leave the nest and fly in flocks. No wonder the sky is covered with these creatures. You are a very dignified person. Another great chance to see these bats is in the morning. At this point, they return to their nests. You can witness this moment from your boat. It is not possible to explore the island on foot as it is covered with mangroves. Not to mention the lack of a pier.
No one knows where bats forage. Even the tour guide has no information about this matter. Bats leave their nests in the evening and return in the morning. It’s the perfect time to observe their movements. All visitors can enjoy this unique spectacle. Before visiting Komodo and Rinca islands, Kalong Island is definitely an important checkpoint. Snorkeling is great near this island. Another attraction are the mangroves.
As already mentioned, it is a bat habitat. For this reason, local people take great care when growing mangroves. This means that no one is allowed to cut trees. Also, illegal fishing is prohibited. With these rules, Kalong Island preserves its beauty and nature. This is the reason why foreign tourists are also paying attention.
The island can only be seen from a distance, as the entire island is covered with mangrove forests. When it gets dark, the bats fly beautifully in large swarms and travel to other neighboring islands in search of food. Also, tourists on our sailing trip dock boats around 18:00 local time. The ship goes along the side where the sunset is best seen. The remaining sunlight becomes the background for millions of bats. They rush towards Labuan Bajo, making noise and thundering. Bats flying in this beautiful formation can also be seen in the early morning as the bats return home.
Way to Get There
To go to Kalong Island, you must first visit Labuan Bajo. From here, you have to rent a speedboat. It takes about 30–50 minutes to reach the island by car. This short trip is definitely comfortable and enjoyable. You can enjoy the surrounding scenery from the boat.
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