Komodo National Park is identified as a global conservation priority area by both the Conservation International and WWF. Located between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa of Indonesian archipelago, this natural wonder includes 3 major islands: Padar, Rinca, and Komodo, in addition to numerous smaller islands. Not only does the national park become the home to the famous Komodo Dragon, it also offers refuges for many notable terrestrial species. In addition to that, there’s also one of the richest marine environments in the Park.
To get in the Park, you can sign up for any Komodo National Park tours. You’ll reach the Komodo Island by ferry from the cities of Sape which drops off passengers once or twice each week. The islands have no port, so you’ll be unloaded onto small vessels that will take you to the only village on the island. Even so, do ensure to check beforehand since not all departures offer this service. Near Sape, you can go to Bima for flight to Denpasar, Bali. Note that the ferries from Sape may be suspended due to bad weather indefinitely as well.
Without a doubt, the amazing Komodo Dragons make the main reason to travel to the Park. Even so, there are still so many natural attractions you can visit once you’re there. With its amazing marine environment, snorkeling and diving surely are a must-do activity when you’re there. The diversity of the Park’s dive sites is nearly unparalleled with gentle, warm reefs where hunderds of species of corals and fish live, along with the massive pelagics such as sharks and manta rays.
One important thing you have to bear in mind is not to do any tour without the presence of local guides. It’s for your own safety, for the Komodo Dragons are dangerous. Plus, remember that it’s not safe to drink any tap water. Purchase soft drinks and water instead. And if you plan to go trekking, be sure to bring a large bottle of water to enjoy your Komodo Island tour!