Indonesia Travel Guide

Komodo

Komodo is a small island located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. It is famous for its giant lizards which are considered to be the last remaining of their species in the world today. The Komodo dragon is actually a giant lizard, and the only animal of its kind that has survived. -its ancestors roamed the earth up to about half a million years ago. Komodos live on carrions of goats, deer, and even the carcasses of its own kind.

The only human population on the island is at a fishing village, also called Komodo, who supplement their income breeding goats that are used to feed the lizards. The Komodo is protected by law and they are not considered harmless, so it is advisable to keep at a distance from them. To see the lizards at day time, baits have to be set in the hinterland where local guides are necessary.

The sea surrounding the island offers vistas of sea life, crystal clear waters, and white sandy beaches. The only accommodation available is at a simple guest houses in the fishing village. Komodo Island can be reached by ferry from Sape in Sumbawa, or from the Flores mainland via Manggaraii regency.

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INFO: Komodo-Dragon

Parental care is very important to the Komodo dragons. The females guards 20 eggs for 7 months. After hatching, the young Komodo dragons often climb trees to avoid being eaten by adult lizards. Young dragons need five years to grow up, but they may be 50 years old.

Adult Komodo dragons weigh about 70 kilograms. The largest found, wild animal was 3.13 meters long and weighed 166 kilograms. Despite their size, Komodo dragon by Western scientists were only discovered in 1910. Because of their size and exoticism, they quickly became popular zoo exhibits.

Due to bacteria in the saliva, a bite of a Komodwaran is considered extremely dangerous. Although attacks are very rare, people have been killed already. On 4 June 2007 attacked a Komodo dragon an eight-year-old boy on Komodo Island. He later died of his wounds. It was the first recorded fatal attack in 33 years.


HOTEL: Bajo View

Hotel Komodo Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo
from $ 6 p/n
Located just a 10-minute walk from Labuan Bajo Harbour, Bajo View offers unique accommodation with free WiFi in all areas. It takes about a 15-minute drive from the property to Tede Beach and getting to Komodo Airport will take around 10-minute drive. The tents at Bajo view are fitted with two mattresses and mosquito nets. Fan is available at an additional charge. The shared bathroom has shower facility.


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