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Kalong Island, Visiting An Island With Million Bats In East Nusa Tengara

Kalong Island is a small island around Komodo National Park. The location is between Rinca Island and Papagarang Island. Local resident name the island as Kalong Island because it is surrounded by mangrove forest and million of bats. The total area of the island is not more than five hectares. Every day, domestic and international tourists come here to see groups of bats, especially before sunset.

Kalong Island lies around eight km from Labuan Bajo Port by speedboat. It can be reached less than an hour. This is one of popular spot that becomes a main entrance for tourists to visit Komodo Island and Rinca Island.
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To make your vacation become more comfortable and well-organized, you are suggested to take a travel sailing trip that offers you an overnight stay in Kalong Island. The rate is ranging from IDR1,000,000 – IDR2,000,000 or US$100 – US$200. The rate is fixed if you start your trip from Labuan Bajo or around Komodo National Park. But, if you start your journey from Lombok, the rate is around IDR3,000,000 or US$300. 
If you want to do something different, you can rent a speedboat in the port by paying IDR750,000 – IDR1,500,000 or US$75 – US$150 per day. The rate depends on your destinations and numbers of passengers. If you want to explore Kalong Island or the islands around Komodo Island, there are many hotels in Labuhan Bajo. You can spend the night here to continue your adventure for the next day.

Kalong Island is the mangrove forest area and it has an important role to balance to nature, especially the sea. As original habitat for bats, you are suggested to come when the day almost dark because at the day, they sleep or just hanging on the tree over the island. Usually, the participants that join in the sailing trip, they will be there around 18.00 local time.
The ship will go along the side where the sunset can be seen clearly. The rest of light from the sun becomes the background of millions of bats. They fly energetically by making a noise and thundering toward Labuhan Bajo. This moment is scheduled to make the participants able to see the rite of bats when they come out from the island. 
That is why the area of the island becoming crowded at sunset. You will stay there and continue your journey to other islands around Kalong Island. Kalong Island is an unpopulated island and you can go inside because the topography around the island is dominated by dense mangrove forest and you cannot go through it. Besides that, the island is also occupied by big snakes.
With this uniqueness, that makes Kalong Island become one of tourist destinations for visitors who want to go to Komodo National Park. The beauty of the island and clear water will accompany you along the journey. If you arrive at the day, you still can have fun by snorkeling or diving. These activities become alternative ways you can do while waiting sunset. While diving, you can enjoy natural coral reefs that still well-maintained.
And if you still have time, you can visit Loh Buaya in Rinca Island or Komodo Island to see gigantic reptile.

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