Kalong (Bat) Island, Flores

The Lesser Sunda Islands or Nusa Tenggara (“Southeast Islands”) are a group of islands in the southern Maritime Southeast Asia, north of Australia. The Lesser Sunda Islands consist of two geologically distinct archipelagos.The northern archipelago, which includes Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores and Wetar, is volcanic in origin, a number of these, like Mount Rinjani on Lombok, are still active while others, such as Kelimutu on Flores with its three multi-coloured crater lakes, are extinct. The islands of the southern archipelago, including Sumba,Timor, are non-volcanic and appear to belong to the Australian plate.

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These islands are home to unique species including seventeen endemic birds (of the 273 birds found on the islands). The carnivorous Komodo dragon, which at three metres long and ninety kilograms in weight is the world’s largest lizard, is found on Komodo, Rincah, Gili Motang, and the coast of northwestern Flores. More than half of the original vegetation of the islands has been cleared for planting of rice and other crops, for settlement and by consequent forest fires. Only Sumbawa now contains a large area of intact natural forest, while Komodo, Rincah and Padar are now protected as Komodo National Park.

Labuanbajo, also spelled Labuhanbajo, is a city at the tip of Flores Island in Indonesia. It is the launching point for trips to Komodo Island and Rinca Island to see Komodo dragons and the surrounding sea is idyllic for diving and snorkeling. Nearby Seraya Island is a great opportunity to do some diving and snorkeling and every evening at Kalong Island thousands of flying fox bats put on an amazing display.

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Bat Island is a small island with huge hill and planted by the mangrove forest located in Komodo National Park. This island is consisted of small land and planted by mangrove trees surround the island and became a good habitat for bat animals. There are thousands of fruit bats dwelt this mangrove forest that way this island called Bat Island and the local people mention it by Pulau Kalong. It features the beautiful panorama and amazing moment when thousand of bats come out from their nest to locate the fruits at other island around Pulau Kalong. In this site, we presents our best selection photos from Bat Island which you can enlarge it to view more details.

Accessible by boat, the nightly migration of the flying foxes is a spectacular experience. Framed by the magnificent sunset sky, you can hear the wings flap, and they just keep coming and coming. It is magical for watching at first a few bats fly out of the mangroves and then literally tens if not hundreds of thousands over the space…

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How to get there

Bat island is accessible via Labuanbajo can be accessed by ferry from Sumbawa or by public bus from Ende and Maumere. There are also daily flights between Labuanbajo and Denpasar.

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