A Girls’ Guide for Fun and Safe Trip to Komodo

Real life dragons and Jurassic-like landscape is enough reason for a week full of trip to Komodo island, Indonesia. With it’s jagged landscape rising steeply from the deep turquoise ocean, Komodo National Park successfully lure innocent travelers into its wilderness magic. But what’s is this raw terrain for solo female traveler? Can you safely explore the lair of Komodo alone and come back in one piece?

A Girls’ Guide for Fun and Safe Trip to Komodo
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What Girls Need to Do for A Safe Trip to Komodo

A trip to Komodo and venturing to the wilderness seems like a dangerous dream for many female travelers. In a quite isolated location, this frontier indeed looks quite intimidating—even to the seasoned one. Worry not, we got you covered.

Book A Safe and Decent Tour

The first thing you need to do when you are planning a trip to Komodo is ensuring the safety of your journey. There are a lot of sketchy tour providers out there and you need to be really selective. Find a comfortable tour boat with flexible itinerary to soften the rough trip to Komodo. Have a small talk with the owner and make sure they really give you what they are selling. 

No Trip on Bloody Days

Absolutely match your Komodo trip to your period calendars. It’s a small thing that proven to be very essential for any women who travel to Komodo Island. Calculate your days or don’t visit the dragons at all. These scaly beasts are extremely talented for picking up their food. They love to use their long, forked tongue to feel scents of particles in the air from up to 8 km away. And they definitely love the smell of blood. So girls, don’t risk your blood-infused ahem, panties, for a deadly encounter with the dragons. Or if you happen to get your period on the journey, approach your guide and launch the awkward talk. They will give extra caution to you from the dragons.

Always Use Sun Protection: Sunscreen & Covers

I gotta remind you that Flores is a very hot, hot island. This eastern part of Indonesia grows mainly dry savannah on its land, providing minimum to zero shadow under the scorching sun. Always remember to pack your sun protection and wear extra layers of covers wherever you go. You don’t want to come back from the beautiful journey with heavy sunburn.

If Possible, Book Ensuite Cabin

Flores is generally embrace any kind of travelers into its warm welcome. Though it’s generally safe for woman to travel around, we advise you to take extra precaution on board. Especially when you are travelling alone. If possible, book an ensuite cabin in your liveaboard for extra safety and privacy. You can change clothes, take a bath, and sleep in a much more secure setting. Unless you are willing to share a room with random guys in your 5D4N trip to Komodo. 

Where in Flores, Wear Modest Outfits

You might be free to wear the skimpiest bikinis in the liveaboard or the empty beaches. You need, however, change back into modesty when you reach the main island. Just like any other part of Indonesia, Flores is still very religious. The port town, Labuan Bajo, is home to the largest moslem community in the island, while the rest of others are devout Catholics. Whenever you venture on the city, avoid the skin-showing outfits and adapt to more conservative clothing. It’s especially important if you are planning to visit religious sites or cultural village with ancient tradition, such as Bena or Wae Rebo village.

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