Komodo Island

Photo by Dr. Kal Muller

"Komodo Island is rugged, dry and barren, and appears a perfect setting for its seemingly Jurassic-age inhabitants."   Dr. Kal Muller

 

Komodo island is located is located between the island of Sumbawa and Flores at the western tip of the Province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) and is best known as the habitat of giant Monitor lizards know as Komodo Dragons.  Komodo Island is part of the Komodo National Park and Marine reserve, a professionally managed world class nature park and diving destination  - what more could an adventure traveler ask for than prehistoric dragons & excellent diving, all at the one destination - what ever you do, don't miss this!

Komodo Dragons

 

The Komodo Dragon (Varanus Komodoensis) or "Ora" as the locals call them, roam the island of Komodo as there ancestors did over a half a million years ago.  The only human population on the island is at the fishing village called Komodo, these brave inhabitants supplement their income by breeding goats which are used to feed the lizards.  A trip to Komodo to see the dragons a totally awesome adventure as they are now no longer kept in an enclosure but free to roam and hunt for food anywhere they please.  The experienced and well trained park rangers will take you on a hike through the bush lands of Komodo Island for the experience of a lifetime.

Komodo Dragons (Dr. Kal Muller)

 

The Komodo Dragons grow to 4 meters in length and their main sources of food are wild pig, goats and deer which have been introduced onto the island as food for the Dragons, they are even known to eat the carcasses of their own kind.  These Dragons which are considered the last of their kind remaining in the world today, have also been found around Manggarai, Riung, Ngadan and even in the northern areas of the Ende Regency on Flores island. 

Komodo Dragons (Dr. Kal Muller)

 

Komodo Island is part of the Komodo Marine reserve with warm swift current diving a feature.  The underwater world is teeming with a seemingly endless collage of fish species and coral formation.  You will be pleasantly surprised at what you find and ponder the contrast of a barren monotone island above with the sea so full of color below the waterline.  If you go to Komodo to see the Dragons, you definitely must dive there also - and vice versa.  Enjoy.

Komodo diving

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