In 1991, Komodo National Park was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consists of three larger islands (Komodo, Padar and Rinca), and 26 other smaller islands around it. Komodo National Park offers a quite breathtaking view: dry savannah vegetation, green rugged hillsides, white and pink sandy beaches in contrast with the clear blue sea water, all complement each other together in harmony to create a view unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Komodo National Park Map (see green area as below)
KOMODO WILD LIFE OBSERVATION
Located within Lesser Sunda Island, Komodo National Park is the perfect habitat for the largest living lizard, Komodo dragon. Its size can reach 3 m, weighing up to 170 kg. Because of their unusually large size, Komodo dragon becomes the main predator who dominates the land in which they live. They are of great interest to many scientists who study the theory of evolution. Rather than dragons, they are more close to being called dinosaurs. In fact, researchers believe that Komodo dragons (Varanus Komodoensis) are relatives to the ancient dinosaurs (Allosaurus and Giganotosaurus).
The Komodo dragons are now considered as an endangered species, and you can only find them in Indonesia territory. Their life habitat is being well preserved by the government in Komodo National Park, which is also entitled as one of the World’s Nature Wonders.
Do you know? Although Komodo dragons are endemic in Indonesia, they may be originated in the Land Down Under Australia. A team of scientists has found a lot of fossils from eastern Australia. These fossils were dated from hundreds to millions of years ago and are identical to the bones of present-day Komodo dragons. The discovery of the fossils revealed that about four million years ago, Australia was home to the world's largest lizards, where they evolved, and spread to the west, and finally reached the Indonesian islands nine hundred years ago.
Komodo dragon resides in 2 of 3 larger islands in Komodo National Park: Rinca Island and Komodo Island. Upon arriving in Rinca/Komodo Island, you will need to purchase the wild life observation and ranger ticket on the locket. Then you can choose the type of trek you wish to do: short, medium, or long trek. Guided by the ranger, you begin to make your way around the land, take in all the sight and sounds of the glorious nature, enjoy the unusual scenery of exotic fauna and tropical plants along the way, try your way to the top and get ready for the mesmerizing panorama of the Island and azure sea around you.
Our Komodo wild life observation tour is usually combined with snorkeling or trekking tour. You can check our basic package on PRICE - SNORKELING & KOMODO TOUR, or talk to our tour expert for a tailored itinerary suitable for you and your loved ones! CONTACT US!
SNORKELING AND ISLAND EXPLORATION
Komodo National Park consists of many islands and each island has their own unique landscape. Lucky for us, it provides us with handful lots of places to explore. One of the three biggest island; Padar Island, is now acquiring its own title of one of the most spectacular trekking view in the world.
What makes Padar Island special is, upon reaching the top, you will be treated to see the unusual sight of green rugged hill extending below you. On the sides down the hill you can see 3 kinds of beaches: Pink Beach, white beach and black beach. A must see for your first adventure in Komodo National Park!
Komodo National Park’s beauty is not limited only to Padar Island, Komodo Island and Rinca Island. There are 26 smaller islands scattered around Komodo National Park area. Most of these islands are untouched with no residence living on the island, which helps to preserve the beauty of brilliant white sandy beaches and coral-rich water on these islands. Sun bathing on a no-crowd beach sounds like a heaven for you who seek a place to relax from hectic routine. If you feel a little adventurous, grab your mask and fins and discover the beauty of coral garden filled with exotic fish below you.
Going to the eastern part of Komodo Island, we can find our favorite pink beach. It is one of seven beaches around the world that has pink sand. The sand appears pink from a mixture of white sand and red coral. A unique sight to see indeed!
We created some basic travel starter tours for those of you who want to see the best of Komodo National Park. We combine trekking tour with snorkeling or komodo wild life observation. Please check our basic itineraryPRICE - SNORKELING & KOMODO TOUR, or talk to our tour expert for a tailored itinerary especially for you and your needs! CONTACT US!
DIVING IN THE BEAUTIFUL MARINE WORLD
Komodo offers every type of scuba diving that you can imagine, from colorful shallow reefs to deep and cool water with sharks and other big fishes. Komodo National Park hosts a great number of species under its sea, such as shark, manta ray, turtle, dugong, whale shark, dolphin, eagle rays, pygmy seahorse, pipefish, clown frogfish, nudibranchs, blue-ringed octopus, sponges, giant sea fan and many more. It is not exaggerating to say that Komodo’s underwater view is one of the best in the world. The world beneath the water is colorful with a rich diversity of beautiful fishes and corals. Therefore, diving is on the top list of the things you must do in Komodo National Park. You are guaranteed to experience wonders different from anywhere else in the world.
Komodo is located in the heart of The World’s Marine Bio-Diversity, also called the Coral Triangle. Its unique position between Pacific Ocean and India Ocean attracts all directions of currents, which brings a lot of nutrients to its marine life here, thus not only making it one the best places for diving, but also one of the most challenging ones. For experienced divers, Komodo is a perfect place to improve the diving skills against the unpredictable currents. However, it doesn’t mean beginners can’t dive here. Quite on the contrary, Komodo is also a good place for new divers and learning how to dive, as there are some easy dive sites that are good for drift dive, deep dive, underwater navigation and boat dive etc. It all depends on how the instructors and dive guides lead you there. It’s important to know the best timing jumping into each dive site, especially during full moon and new moon.
Diving in Komodo can be done all year around since it is a tropical area and the water temperature is always warm (average 25°C to 28°C in Central and North Komodo while 20°C to 25°C in South Komodo). The best time to dive is between April and mid-December. During January to March, the islands starts its raining season and the sea can be quite rough sometimes.
In Red Whale Dive Center, our professional dive guides and instructors will help to enjoy the diving to the maximum extent based on your own experience and preference. Get to know all the dive sites in Komodo National Park that match your adventure lust in DIVE SITEand talk to our dive master/dive instructor about your upcoming dive trip to create the best dive for you! CONTACT US.