Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park Excursions
Komodo National Park is nestled between Sumbawa and Flores, and located just in the middle of the Indonesian Archipelago. It’s marine protected area and UNESCO World Heritage site covers just under 219,322 hectares including the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Padar, Gili Motong and certain parts of Flores.
About 5,700 Komodo dragons Varanus komodoensis can be found on both Komodo & Rinca island. A hike up Rinca island is regarded as one of the best place to sight these elusive prehistoric creatures. Komodo Dragons are right on top of the food chain, feeding on dear, wild pig, water buffalo, occassionally wild horses. They’ve also been known to turn on humans, although extremely rare…
Komodo National Park Topography
Komodo Park is made up of a string volcanic islands known as the Komodo Archipelago, it’s coastline is characterized by a number of little bays and beaches (hence lots of great dive spots!), there are also many sheer drops and cliffs fall vertically into the ocean.
The rugged terrain and dry climate creates a dramatic contrast with the clear blue waters and beautiful sandy bays.
Komodo National Park Visitor Tips
- Bring along a pair of comfortable hiking shoes, loose cotton clothes and a bottle of water while on this hike, it is generally 1-2 hours and is considered an easy walk but the heat and loose gravel may prove to be challenging depending on your fitness level.
- Photographer may want to switch macro lenses, wide angle or tele-photo lenses.
- Families with children under 4 years of age are advised to stay on the boat or view the dragons from the park’s canteen area instead of joining the hike. The cries of young children sound similar to wounded prey, and have been known to encourage dragon advances.