Komodo, The Largest Remaining Reptile In The World

Crossing the islands of Indonesia you perhaps will be fortunate enough to jump into the clear blue waters and witness an underwater paradise. What you may not be aware of is how deep those waters are, this factor has played a huge role in of the legend of one small island situated between Sumbawa and Flores, Komodo Island. Trapped by the surrounding waters it has become the home and of ancient dragons. Well to be exact it is the home of Varanus komodoensis the largest remaining reptile in the world.

An ancient Komodo dragons
An ancient Komodo dragons (Source : researchgate.net)

So, for the last 900,000 years the Komodo Dragon has flourished in isolation. As you step foot on the white sand beaches of Komodo Island you have to understand that you are standing on the doorstep of a killer, of around 1,700 killers, and you are uninvited. This is where respect for your surrounding takes on a whole new meaning.

Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara
Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara (Source : tripadvisor.com)

First of all let me highlight to you that you are 100% safe, well almost 100% safe, more like 95% safe, let’s just say 90% is safe. If you bring your pet goat, pet pig or even pet deer then I would strongly recommend that you get a long lead and climb the closet tree as you have just brought the Komodo Dragon’s favorite starter, main course and desert.

Komodos catch and kill a goat
Komodos catch and kill a goat (Source : dailymail.co.uk)

They have been know to attack humans yet we have to put this into context as their natural habitat is shrinking due to a population explosion of the inhabitants of the island by around 800% in the last 60 years. That is why the wonderful people at UNESCO declared the Komodo National Park a World Heritage Site in 1986. Today when we visit we pay a small contribution to the park which really is a small sum for the opportunity to meet these kings of the animal world.

Now as if the Komodo Dragon was not enough of an enticement to enter this Park of Jurassic implications, in fact it is just one aspect of the park’s diversity. We also find one of the richest marine seascapes containing coral reef, mangroves, seamounts and every other type of underwater gardening feature that is nature’s handiwork. Next come the inhabitants, with well over 1,000 types of fish, sharks, manta rays, whales, dolphins and sea turtles.

How to get there?

Most visitors enter Komodo National Park (KNP) through the gateway cities of Labuan Bajo in the west of Flores or Bima in eastern Sumbawa.

By Air :

  • Indonesia Air Transport (IAT)
  • Trans Nusa Airlines (TGN)

By Land :

The gateway cities of Labuan Bajo and Bima are connected to Denpasar, Bali by overland buses.

By Sea (ferry) :

Travel time, approximately 36 hours. The gateway cities of Labuan Bajo and Bima are also connected to Denpasar, Bali by inter-island ferry.

By Sea (live-aboard) :

Komodo National Park is serviced by a wide range of live-aboard boats, with return packages to Komodo National Park from a variety of departure points, including Bali, Lombok, Bima and Labuan Bajo.

From Gateway Cities to Komodo National Park (KNP)

You can easily organize a shared boat charter by local boat from either ports at Labuan Bajo or Bima (Sape) to the two major points of access in the Park: Loh Liang (on Komodo Island) or Loh Buaya (on Rinca Island).

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