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.
Things to do on Komodo
The Komodo dragon is the overwhelming attraction of the island of Komodo, of course. The dragons can best be seen at a tour to Banu Nggulung, a dry river bed about a half an hour walk away from Loh Liang. It is essential to hire a guide to visit this area, or to hike other trails on the island. Please be aware that these animals are very dangerous and follow this rule. Photographers are recommended to bring a telephoto lens.
The Komodo National Park runs an accommodation camp with a restaurant in Loh Liang. They organize a variety of trekking tours around the island.
Beside dragon spotting Komodo offers also one of the best diving sites in Indonesia, but also a quite sophisticated one. The diving area scores with beautiful coral gardens and a variety of reef fish, large fish and marine life in the macro range.
Travel to Komodo
The problem with Komodo is that it is quite difficulty to get there. The most recommendable way is to book a chartered tour with a tour operator from Bali or Lombok. You'll find some examples listed in the link section below.
Another possibility is to take a flight from Denpasar to Komodo Airport, which is however not located on the island of Komodo, but instead near the city of Lapuan Bajo in Flores. There, several hotels are available and travelers can book a boat trip from Flores to the islands of Komodo or Rica. Therefore, ask at your hotel reception. A daytrip should cost not more than Rp. 1.000.000.