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Komodo Island named from the famous lizard living on it is the biggest island of the Komodo National Park with 390 km2. Located at the western part of the park, Komodo is less visited than Rinca Island due to its location making it a bit wilder. With an estimated population of 1 000 dragons living on the island, it is slightly less than Rinca. Wild pigs, water buffalos, Sumba deers, monkeys, wild horses and many snake species are present on the island.
Komodo is composed of three different type of vegetation with savanna all around the coastline covering 70 % of the island, monsoon forest with a dry tropical forest located between sea level and an altitude of 500 meters and the quasi-cloud forest above 500 meters. Mount Satalibo is the highest point of Komodo reaching 730 meters high.
Two of the most famous spot of Komodo National Park are situated on Komodo, Pink beach and Gili Lawa Darat. A ranger station in the small fishermen village of Komodo will welcome you to discover the habitat of the Komodo dragons in total safety.
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Sail to Komodo Islands, Home of Dragons
The Komodo island will transport you into real Jurassic Park life. A thrilling experience where you will walk by feet, deep into the lair of Komodo dragons, without any jeeps or remote-controlled car to carry you around. This is the only place in the world where the only living dragons roam free in the wild. A treasured national park where you can let out your inner Mother of Dragons fantasy for a legitimate reason.
Komodo Island rises proudly from the tropical greenish blue water of the Flores Sea, stripes of clouds floating behind its looming mountains. Once the Komodo Liveaboard dock to the shore, you will be welcomed with a wild west version of the usually tropical Indonesia. The open landscape features rocky outcrop with dry forests and auburn path, and high rising Palmyra palms punctuating the clear sky. Every jagged corner of the browning land screams for adventure, and that’s for a clear reason. And with the last survivor of prehistoric gigantic lizard live and breed around the island, you have officially set foot in the Lost World.
Talk About Komodo Island
Komodo Island is one of the biggest islands of Komodo National Park, which also comprises the neighboring Rinca, Padar, and dozens of other smaller islands around. As part of Lesser Sunda Island archipelago, Komodo Island is located in the westernmost of East Nusa Tenggara, right in the verge between the province and its neighbour, the West Nusa Tenggara.
Arriving on Komodo dragon Island, you will be instantly mesmerized by the outlandish wildlife. Highly affected by the dry climate, normal temperature can reach up into 40ºC and result in stony hills and savannah-like vegetation. Grass and shrubs cover most of the rugged terrain, occasionally dotted with orchid and trees. Lush mangroves forest clumped in the sheltered bays and mostly remain green all year round. The island is the greenest during the monsoon season when heavy rain falls and the leaves started to grow anew.
The tiny region of Komodo National Park sparks aura of primeval mystique as this is the only region in the world where you can meet the dragons who have survived from the ancient times when all of their Giant Lizard cousins has vanished from the earth. The dragons cannot endure zoo life, and sun-burned Komodo Island, Rinca, and surrounding islands are again the only place to provide a perfect habitat protection for hundred thousand of years that enables the dragons to continue living into the present day.
The Komodo-populated island was established as UNESCO World Heritage Site to protect the endangered species. This carnivorous beasts receive strong support from the Indonesian government, full international protection from its UNESCO preservation status, and enjoying lots of appreciation from the locals. They are probably the nation’s best-protected animals if you compared them with other endangered species—the orang-utans, rhinos, and elephants—as their rainforest continue to regressed and converted into oil palm plantation each year. The Komodo dragons are living their preservation life without a fear of expulsion, human aggression, or being shot just for coming too near to the village.
And between the creeping dragons, live docile deer, wild boars, monkeys, and water buffalos which also serves as the beasts’ dinner. The island’s dry climate is also ideal for other species of terrestrial fauna, such as the endemic Rinca mouse, horses, long tail macaques, Timor deer, civet, and some exotic Indo-Australian birds such cockatoo birds, helmeted friarbird, and orange-footed scrub fowl. Aside from the dragons, the islands also protect several endangered species of snakes, lizards, and frogs