view from Kelor Island Flores Indonesia

Kelor Island: Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Kelor Island, a small island beside Komodo Island, was the last stop in our island-hopping around the Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Hoping to make it to Labuan Bajo before the rain starts to pour, our visit to Pulau Kelor was brief but still enjoyable.

Tired from the day’s island hopping which included Padar Island and Rinca Island, I didn’t have the energy to go up to the summit of the hill in Kelor Island. Like Padar, the trail up is quite steep, dry and crumbly. Judging from the photos of my #TripofWonders batchmates, it was worth the short hike. From the top, you can see a panoramic view of the island’s tip with the surrounding islands nearby.

My favorite view is still of Padar Island though.

hill in kelor island indonesia

hike up the hill to see panoramic views

Instead, we just walked around the uninhabited island, took photos, and basically beach bummed while the others snorkeled and swam.

The island does not have a white sandy beach all throughout. There were some parts that were quite rocky, probably eroded from the hill. Best that you bring aqua shoes to be sure.

rainy season in Kelor Island, Flores, Indonesia

rain is coming

rocky beach Kelor Island, Indonesia

rocky part of Kelor Island

snorkeling in Kelor Island, Indonesia

While walking in knee-deep waters, we also noticed some sea urchins like in Kanawa Island. I urge you to take caution especially while playing in the shallow waters or snorkeling.

Since the weather wasn’t that good, some parts of the sea weren’t as clear as we hoped to be.

And just as the first raindrops started to pour, we boarded our boat and headed straight back to Labuan Bajo to call it a day.

Trip of Wonders influencers trip Southeast Asia 2016

#TripofWonders Southeast Asia batch 2016 (shot by Wahyu Mahendra)

drone shot of tip of Kelor Island, Indonesia

drone shot by Wahyu Mahendra @iw.wm

How to get to Kelor Island

How long is the boat ride from Labuan Bajo: 15-20 minutes

Entrance fee: Free entry; Usually included in tours around Komodo national park

Best months to visit: April to November (Peak season for tourists is around July to August)

How to get to Labuan Bajo: 

By Air: You can take one hour flight from Bali (Denpasar – DPS) to Labuan Bajo (LBJ) via the following carriers: Wings Abadi Airlines, PT Nam Air, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air

For overland and sea options, check here.

Have you been to Komodo National Park? 


Darlene is currently on the road again and traveling full-time after being an expat/overseas Filipino worker in Qatar. She's rediscovering what it means to travel solo and in her 30s while working on her blogs.