Why not start the summer with an adventure like no other? On the wild islands of Indonesia covered by the Komodo National Park, a rare opportunity presents itself to see the ferocious Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. May is the start of mating season, making it a time of dramatic spectacle and vibrant flora and fauna.
The Komodo National Park covers three big islands: Komodo Island, Rinca Island and Padar Island. The entire region is home to more than four thousands dragons, as well as other unique and interesting animals. Have your own Jurassic Park experience, walking with the mystifying Komodo dragons that both beguile and terrify. The National Park was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986. It’s the only area in the world where you can find the Komodo dragon.
Komodo’s are the largest lizard species in the world living today. The carnivorous creatures can grow up to a whopping 2.6m in length and can run as fast as 20km/h. They are not to be messed with. As always with tours into the wild, be respectful of nature, not only for its sake but also for your own safety. Many of the guides tell you not to run on the islands, as there are still common attacks by the Komodos.
A guided tour is the only way to explore the islands, stay safe, and be guaranteed a sighting of the huge lizard. Komodo’s can be found on all of the islands and the best way to see them all is to pick a boat tour from the mainland that covers all three places over a few days. Most of the tours involve hiking in the heavy sun, so don’t expect an easy ride. Pack comfy trains, plenty of sun cream and be prepared to get sweaty. As with any treks in through nature, the end is always worth the climb. Komodo dragons are a unique and fascinating creature, and you’ll be one of the rare people in the world who can say they’ve seen them on their islands.
While the Komodo’s are stars of the show, this group of Indonesian Islands offer so much more. The lively islands are made up of rusty-red volcanic hills, savannah and forests. As well as the dragons, trekking can also lead to sightings of Timor deer, orange-footed scrub fowl and wild boar. Many of the tours also offer an amazing bat watching experience. Cruising to the nearby Pulau Kalong island after a long day trekking, you’ll have the opportunity to see more bats than you ever though you would. As the sun sets, and the sky erupts into colour, hundreds of giant bats fly from the island in front of the boats. It’s a spectacular view of nature in a beautifully peaceful setting.
Surrounding the islands, the marine life is rich and unique. There are coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts, and semi-enclosed bays. These habitats harbor more than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges. The endangered Dugong can be spotted here, as well as, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins and sea turtles. The crystal clear waters and warm temperatures make the area perfect for snorkeling or diving. Pink Beach on Komodo Island, named literally because of its baby pink shade, is not only a remarkable place but also a good jumping off point for snorkeling. The Komodo National Park also has a variety of scuba diving opportunities for everyone. Swim through the quiet waters spotting leaf scorpionfish, manta rays, crocodile fish, turtles, and so much more.
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