Discovering Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park is situated between Sumbawa and Flores Islands, and is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. The Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991 and comprises an area of more than 1,700 square kilometers – a huge area encompassing the main Islands Rinca, Padar and Komodo itself. More than a hundred smaller islands and islets are within this area, making it a beautiful spot for cruising around. Stunning secluded beaches and an extremely hilly region is what will surround you for your stay in the park, with the highest peak being just over 700 meters above sea level. About 33% of the park is terrestrial, the rest is water!
When joining our Komodo Liveaboard Cruise, the majority of your time will be spent under water, but we do have interesting land excursions as you will soon find out in our Komodo National Park blog. One of the main attractions in Komodo is, of course, the famous Komodo Dragon! These prehistoric creatures are endemic to Komodo, Rinca and some of the smaller islets, making them extremely rare and highly protected by Indonesian authorities. We offer you a unique opportunity to go on a short trek on Komodo National Park to visit these unique dragons. A volunteer ranger will take us on a 1 hour walk around the park, where we will have a chance to spot these amazing predators, as well as deer, wild boar and if you get lucky, Kakadus flying over Sulphurea Hill!
The islands of the National Park are of volcanic origin, with rugged cliffs and rounded hills as your backdrop. Unlike other areas in Indonesia, Komodo has less than 750 mm of rainfall per year, and is therefore classified as a very dry region with sparse vegetation. The temperature here can range widely between the dry and rainy seasons. Sometimes, with the winds they can drop down to less than 20 degrees, whereas in the dry season you might experience a soar of more than 40 degrees Celsius – enough to fry an egg! This is truly is a unique region and a land of extremes that you do not want to miss.