IO, Flores – Pudar Island is the third-largest island in Komodo National Park, after Komodo Island and Rinca Island. The island is closer to Rinca Island than Komodo Island and is separated by the Lintah Strait. Padar Island is a must-see destination for those visiting East Nusa Tenggara.
Padar Island has received UNESCO World Heritage Site status, as it is inside of Komodo National Park together with Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and Gili Motang. Even though it is within Komodo National Park, Padar Island itself is not in fact inhibited by komodos, as the food chain for the animals is not present on the island.
On Padar Island are carpets of pink beaches, which are great for those who want to swim, play in the water, or snorkel.
Visitors can also climb the hills on Padar Island to enjoy the beautiful natural view on top. Blue seas and rows of islands will hypnotize those lucky enough to experience the view. Although trekking to the highest hills may feel tiresome, visitors will be given beautiful views of rows of hills and picturesque backgrounds, surely soon to be found in the family album. To reach the top, visitors must climb hundreds of steps, which takes an average of 30 minutes.
Visitors are also recommended to use sturdy shoes or mountain sandals as the terrain is a mix of steps and rocks. Those who do not exercise frequently may want to practice a bit before leaving for the island.
The morning air in Padar Island ranges from 18-20 Celsius on average and is filled with the sound of crows flying above.
If you are planning on visiting Komodo National Park, take the time to visit Padar Island; its calmness and beauty will make you want to stay there forever.
For me, Labuan Baju’s tourism potential must be further developed. Especially, Padar Island, which should be spread made known to Indonesian millennials so they do not have to go abroad when vacationing as Indonesia has breathtaking natural tourist destinations not found anywhere else. (Yoga Agusta)