1.Sea-kayaking… What’s it like?
Sea-kayaking is a most wonderful way to explore the world. It’s inexpensive and environmentally-friendly, does not require months of training and superior strength, and is good for the body and soul. Sea-kayaking can take you beyond the reach of civilization into the natural world, into the space between earth, sea and sky.
2. Is it easy to learn? Do I have to be fit?
No prior experience is necessary. As long as you are in good health and have a sense of adventure, you will quickly master the skills needed to paddle and steer your kayak. Our experienced guides will give an introductory lesson at the beginning of the journey, and will be there to help and keep everyone happy and safe throughout.
3. Would the expedition be too hard/too easy for me?
We believe both the 8 day and the 11 day program have some challenging sections but they are not beyond the person with general fitness. If you are physically fit and have a sense of adventure then these expeditions are for you.
4. Is it safe?
It is safe. The Komodo Islands are a sheltered island group and as such large swells are uncommon. There are sections of the sea that have amazing whirlpools, but these are easily navigated through.
The sea-kayaks we use are sleek and very stable, and all are equipped with the usual safety features.
The No Roads guides have kayaked, worked and adventured in wild places for many years, and are skilled in risk-management and emergency medical care.
Finally, each expedition has a support boat that can help out anyone in trouble and we have radio contact with the Park Rangers office.
5. Do I need to be able to swim?
No. In the unlikely event that your sea-kayak should capsize, you will easily exit the boat and your high-buoyancy life-jacket will keep you afloat. Even snorkeling is possible for non-swimmers, with the help of your guide and your life-jacket.
6. What’s our group size?
We keep our groups small, a maximum of 8 on each, to minimise our impact on the places we pass through, and to maximise our enjoyment of each day.
7. Are the kayaks singles or doubles?
We use double kayaks, which means you will be paddling with another person. You may like to book with a friend and paddle together, or you may be happy to get to know your fellow travelers by kayaking with them. For more experienced kayaks we can convert the kayak into a single if you wish.
8. What about the sleeping arrangements?
This depends on the expedition you choose. Nights are usually spent on deserted beaches however we have some nights in small villages perched over the water.
Back in Labuan Bajo we stay at the best eco-friendly hotel called Bajo Eco Lodge. This hotel has been built with the environment in mind, so recycling is a major feature of the hotel. It also has one of the few pools in the region.
9. Is diving possible?
The snorkeling and scuba-diving around the park are world-class, and are highly recommended activities. Snorkeling equipment can be hired or bought in Labuan Bajo. If you wish to SCUBA we suggest you extend your stay and organize a dive from the hotel in Labuan Bajo. All equipment is available for hire.
Alternatively, we can organize a SCUBA dive on zour last daz of sea kayaking. Just let us know and we will organise this for you.
10. Apart from the sea-kayaking, snorkeling and scuba-diving, what else is there to do?
Where do we start… there’s lying in hammocks, reading books, going fishing, swimming, beach-combing, meeting the locals, walking through forests, bird-watching, taking photos, exploring, playing beach volleyball, and coconut petanque, dining with friends, sharing stories, watching the sun set, playing guitars, gazing at stars, sleeping soundly.... You’ll love it!
11. Why don’t we visit Komodo Island itself?
While the island of Komodo has Dragons on it, Rinca is a much better place to witness the Dragons. Furthermore, the seas around Komodo and Rinca are riddled with strong currents, whirlpools and mysterious swells and the stretches between Komodo and the Rangers Office are at time treacherous and too far to paddle to be enjoyable. It simply is too risky to paddle there taking into account various levels of skill and fitness of the group members.
12. Is this a Family Friendly trip?
This is a great family holiday for children of 12 years plus. They will be constantly stimulated and by that age they a physically strong enough to paddle. Like adults, if they get a little tired they can simply hop aboard the support boat for a rest.