Located in East Nusa Tenggara, Komodo National park is the home of the distinctive and rare Komodo Dragon. Due to the unique and unusual nature of the animal, the KNP declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. The park includes 3 main islands, Komodo, Rinca and Padar, and numerous smaller islands together in 603 sq km of land. At least 2, 500 komodos live in this area. Giant dragons are usually 3 meters long and weighing up to 90 kg. Their habitat has a beautiful panoramic view of savannas, rainforests, white beaches, beautiful corals, and bright blue seas.
In this area, you may also find horses, wild buffalo, deer, wild boars, snakes, monkeys, and numerous kinds of birds. On Rinca Island, you can see komodos laying down outside the homes of national park rangers, or parking near the official’s homes. If you do not see a dragon, Rinca and Komodo have beautiful landscapes with white beaches, mangroves, savannahs and blue waters. Throughout the dry season, these savannahs and hills have dried grasses. You may also engage in alternative activities like diving and snorkeling. You may take a cruise ship or fishermen’s boat in the pursuit of those activities. There are diving points extremely recommended to visit which include Merah Beach, and Batu Bolong and Tatawa islands.
This place has a rich and amazing underwater sea biotic. Divers claim that Komodo waters are among the best dive sites in the world. It’s fascinating underwater scenery. You’ll find 385 species of beautiful corals, mangrove forests, and seaweed as a home for thousands of fish species, 70 types of sponge, ten types of dolphins, six types of whales, green turtles and numerous kinds of sharks and stingrays. The waters that surround the island are turbulent and teeming with unique marine life. A marine reserve has lately been established, and this reserve is largely undocumented and remains unexplored.
Your legs will be your trusted companion on this island. Good thing many people never leave home without them. Whenever you want to see these animals in their natural habitat, you’ve to walk into the hills nearby. On Komodo Island, you’ve to climb Mt Ara for 3-4 hours. On Rinca island, you’ve to trek for about 1.5 hours. If you’re lucky, you can see Komodos attacking his prey, fighting, or employing their mojoes on as illustrated by this image on the left. If that is too wild for you, you can try to spot a group of deer, buffalo or wild horses.