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I was looking at noroads expeditions, they have a 10 day sea kayak trip. Has anyone done this. www.noroads.com.au

I don't have 10 days on/near Komodo, I only have a week there. I'm taking along 9 yr old child. Any other recommendations for a few days on the island (Is that even possible?)

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    Don't know about Komodo Island but there are cabins on Rinca Island where you can stay. The dragons are good swimmers, they swim from island to island & you will need to be careful of your child around them. Never run from them or they'll chase you & if worst comes to worst, move in a zig zag patterns since the dragons run in a straight line. about 6 years ago

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    I wondered if the komodo dragons ran at you.

    Thanks :)

    I"ll check out Rinca Island as well. about 6 years ago

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    The cabins are in the, I think they call it 'camp village', near where alot of dragons (monitor lizards) laze about. Please bear in mind if you decide to stay there, this is potentially a dangerous environment though obviously it is feasible to stay on the island & I think it will be an absolutely amazing, unique experience to do so. There are steps up to the cabins which I'm unsure whether the dragons can negotiate. Though I asked at the time I can't remember. Try never to accidentally stand on one, their deceptive laziness and earthy colour might mean you don't see one lying there. Attacks have occured because of this. When moving around the island you will need to be accompanied by a guide carrying a two pronged stick.

    While humans aren't the dragons natural prey, a few people have been attacked & died. They can move from zero speed to lightning fast, I think for short periods of time, in a second. Their mouths teem with bacteria which alone will kill prey over time. I loved Rincas unique environment with its dragons & amusing monkeys & it all felt a bit Jurassic Parky. However if you chose to stay there please do not unestimate these dragons, particularly with a child which perhaps due to their height, I think leaves them more vulnerable, Please enjoy but do not unestimate these dragons, which with a guide, you can observe very close up to as they laze around. Take the required precautions. about 6 years ago

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    You are a wealth of knowledge Hilary, thank you :)

    I'm a little worried now though, I might stay on the mainland with my son and only do a day trip to Komodo! about 6 years ago

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    I'm not trying to frighten you Lisa, just spell out the facts. The facts are that if you decide to stay on the island, outside your cabin are creatures which are capable of killing you. Also I recall someone mentioning children are more vulnerable, perhaps these are very small ones, I don't know. However since there are cabins where you can stay on the island it is obviously considered safe & feasible to do so & it would be a wonderful, unique experience, I think your best bet would be to contact the authorities who run the islands & ask them. I'm only a tourist, not an expert. I just don't want you walking blindly & unprepared into a dangerous, if fascinating & unique environment.

    I only went to Rinca where I believe it is easier to spot the dragons than Komodo Island.

    http://goseasia.about.com/od/indonesiastopattractions/a/rinca_island_komodo_indonesia.htm

    It says on the above link that the bungalow/cabin operation no longer accepts guests. They did look deserted all right. If that's so, it answers your dilemma about staying on Rinca, whatever about Komodo Island, anyway. You may be able to stay off shore on a boat. Avoid Perama tours, their boats are not nice & their operation is certainly not safe enough for a child let alone an adult.

    You are not permitted to move around the island without a guide so outside the guided tour there wouldn't be alot for you to do anyway barr have a drink & chat at the small cafe.

    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=1857628

    http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travelblogs/1330/140751/The+Dragons+of+Komodo+and+Rinca?destId=356594 about 6 years ago

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    Adi,

    Why on earth do you answer everything with one unintelligble word. If you can't answer questions with a constructive comment. Perhaps it might be better to refrain from answering questions until you can do so in a format that forum users can understand what on earth you're trying to convey. about 6 years ago

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    Hi Hilary,

    Wanted to thank you again for your amazing advice on Flores. It's a week away now (I am so excited) and your information has really helped me plan my trip.

    :)

    Lisa about 6 years ago

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