- Elevation: 735 m (2,411 ft)
- Prominence: 735 m
- Ribu category: Spesial
- Province: Nusa Tenggara Timur
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: none
Doro Ora is the highest point of Rinca island – regarded by many as the finest place for diving in Asia. Nearby Sumbawa and Flores islands are both served by flights from Bali’s Denpasar airport and many travel agents offer tours to Rinca and neighbouring Komodo island. The peak itself can be climbed in a day, but it is now (in 2018) apparently closed to all but researchers. Some sources state the trail starts in Loh Buaya in the north of the island but this is a considerable distance from the peak itself so there may be a closer potential starting point.
Bakosurtanal list the peak as being 722m high with a similarly-high summit (721m) just 1 kilometre to the north-west and labelled ‘Golo Ora’. In between the two is a slightly lower peak at 714m. A proper survey is needed to clarify which of the three is the highest.
A much more commonly hiked hill on the island is Golo Kode, which is about 3 hours from Loh Buaya.
- Getting there: There are plenty of tour operators in Labuanbajo where there is also an airport with many flights to Denpasar. It can be expensive to join a trip to the island with others who may not wish to climb the mountain too. If possible, go with a group of friends who also want to reach the top.
- Permits: Komodo National Park permits for foreigners cost Rp150,000 per weekday or Rp225,000 per national holiday or weekend day. There is talk of this increasing significantly in 2019. Trekking fee is Rp65,000 per person plus Rp80,000 for one guide per 4 hikers.
- Water sources: Unknown. Assume none on the trail.
- Travel insurance: We recommend World Nomads insurance, which is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities including mountain hiking.
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Origins and Meaning
‘Doro’ is the local word for hill and ‘Ora’ means komodo dragon. So, “Hill of Komodo Dragons” or ‘Komodo Dragon Hill” might be acceptable translations.