The last stop on my two-day tour of Komodo National Park was Rinca Island. Being close to Labuan Bajo, it’s easy to visit on a day trip, so is a more popular destination than Komodo Island.

But I though it was inferior. Part of the problem was that we visited in the afternoon, and it was blazing hot. We wanted to do a hike, and there were four to choose from: tiny, short, medium, and long.

We hiked for what seemed like hours up a hill, exposed to the hot sun. None of us had water. It was a grueling experience.

Hiking in an inferno.
Hiking in an inferno.

I thought for sure we must have been doing the medium hike. But it was only the tiny hike!

The other reason Rinca is popular is because you are guaranteed to see Komodo dragons. The rangers throw food out of the windows of the kitchen, so you are sure to see them hanging around the town. But I’d prefer to see them in the wild.

If you have the time, Komodo Island is better. If you don’t, be sure to visit Rinca before it gets hot!

A dragon in the shade.
A dragon in the shade.
The obligatory dragon shot.
The obligatory dragon shot.
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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