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Kalong Island, Komodo

Kalong Island in Komodo National Park

Witness flying foxes create a mesmerizing evening display

Information about Kalong Island

Kalong Island, also known as Bat Island, is a captivating destination in the Komodo National Park that offers a unique and unforgettable wildlife spectacle. Every evening at sunset, thousands of fruit bats take flight from the island, creating an awe-inspiring display against the backdrop of a colorful sky. This natural phenomenon is a must-see for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike, providing an extraordinary opportunity to witness one of nature’s most fascinating events.

Beyond the bat spectacle, Kalong Island is surrounded by the pristine waters of the Komodo National Park, making it an excellent spot for snorkeling and relaxing on the beach. The island itself is uninhabited, allowing visitors to enjoy its untouched natural beauty. The calm waters around the island are perfect for a peaceful boat trip, where you can soak in the serene environment and marvel at the rich marine life visible from the surface.

Kalong Island is more than just a haven for bats. It’s part of the larger Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its diverse ecosystems and stunning landscapes. Visitors can combine their trip to Kalong Island with other nearby attractions, such as the famous Komodo dragons on Komodo Island and the beautiful coral reefs of Pink Beach. Whether you’re an avid wildlife watcher or simply looking for a tranquil escape, Kalong Island offers a unique and enchanting experience.

Interesting facts about Kalong Island

Getting there: The best way to visit Kalong Island is by joining a liveaboard tour or taking a boat trip from Labuan Bajo, which provides easy access to the island and surrounding attractions.

Best time to visit Kalong Island: The ideal time to visit is during the dry season from April to December, ensuring calm seas and clear skies, perfect for witnessing the bat migration at sunset.

Unique experience: Witnessing thousands of fruit bats taking flight at sunset is a spectacular sight and a highlight of any visit to Kalong Island.

Our liveaboard trips: Several of our liveaboard vessels include Kalong Island in their itineraries, typically lasting 7-10 days. These trips often combine visits to other iconic Komodo dive sites, such as Batu Bolong and Manta Alley.

A little known fact: The fruit bats of Kalong Island play a crucial role in the ecosystem by pollinating plants and dispersing seeds, helping to maintain the health and diversity of the region's flora.

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Kalong Island, Komodo
Kalong Island, Komodo
Kalong Island, Komodo

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