The Padar Island of Komodo is probably the most photographed island in Indonesia. The famous viewpoint is frequently featured i travel blogs, Pinterest, Instagram, and many more. A twenty minutes hike to the summit leads you to a panoramic view; rugged golden landscapes, azure ocean, and four crescent beaches each glowing in different colour. This small jagged island is definitely traveler’s all-time favourite and a must visit in every itinerary. The island is not an easy hike, but it’s all paid off once you reach the top. However, there are some important things you need to pay attention before going on Padar hike.
Padar Island is Once Home to Komodo Dragons
Padar is the third largest island within Komodo National Park and the dragons used to roam there. It was one of the home of the Komodo dragons until the lack of food for hunt drove them to Rinca and Komodo Island.
Best Time to Hike Padar: Sunset and Sunrise
Though Padar is not less pretty in the afternoon, it glows magically when the sun is about to rise and set in the horizon. During the daylight, you will see Padar as it is—green grasses, dry savannah, and looming inactive volcano from the distance. Also, the sun will be right on top of your head—means that it will be blazing hot to hike Padar on the afternoon. Time before sunrise and shortly before sunset is the best if you don’t want to get heatstroke. The island also get exceptionally beautiful as it’s glowing in reddish gold from the ray of the sun. However, you might need to do a little bit trekking in the dark if you choose to go between these times.
Prepare Your Trekking Shoes
During all your time in Komodo sailing trip, you might have been best friends with flip flops and sandals. But if Padar hike is on your agenda, better get changed into your trekking shoes. Any sporty shoes basically will do. Mind that the trek in Padar is not easy. The path is rocky, the hike is steep, and the ground is hot. Love your feet—we don’t want to have sore, sun burned feet after hiking the beautiful Padar Island.
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What You Should Bring to Padar Island
People love the rugged feeling of Padar and they think going all rough is the best to embrace the vibe. Well, that’s actually another words for underprepared hiking. If you want the best experience, do bring things that would be helpful up there. Aside of trekking shoes, you will definitely need:
Sunglasses — To protect your eyes from the sun and the dirts.
Sunscreen — Basically don’t get anywhere without sunscreen. While the weather in Komodo National Park can be sunny and pleasant, the sun itself can be very unforgiving. Save yourself by applying enough sunscreen.
Sun Coverup — Hiking Padar in bikini or just shorts is a bad idea. Sure, all the hike and the sun will make you feel very hot, but getting sunburn is not worth it. Get a sun cover up for better protection while still maintaining comfort. At least, a loose T-shirt will do.
Hat — Ever feel dizzy because your head is exposed to too much heat from the sun? That’s what you’ll get if you try to hike Padar in the afternoon without a hat.