Indonesia is the largest island country in the world, covering almost 2 million square kilometers. In this world there are 17,508 islands and in the world’s largest island country, it is only fitting that the largest lizards in the world have a home. The Bima Sudan measured up to 3.1 meters, making it the largest specimen measured.
Komodo National Park is located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. There are 29 islands that make up the park, although only three of them would be considered a large park. When totaled, the land area is about 603 square kilometers of land. Founded in 1980 to project these majestic creatures, Komodo National Park has become a refuge for other species as well, including marine species.
It was selected as one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature and in 1991 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How can you safely visit these islands to see these incredible creatures for yourself? Having a tour guide familiar with Komodo National Park is a great place to start! You’ll see your tour guide holding forked sticks to help prevent any incidents from occurring. The Komodo is a powerful creature and can easily digest prey that is up to 80% its own weight and they can be feisty when they are hungry!
If you have an active injury or it happens to be that time of the month, ladies, then a visit to Komodo National Park needs to wait. The dragons react quite strongly to the smell of blood. You’ll also want to bring water for the midday hike… and toilet paper.
How to get to Komodo Island:
The island of Komodo is quite isolated, being some 400 km from Bali. Most tours starts from Labuanbajo, a small town in eastern Flores. There are connecting flight services available daily from Denpasar (Bali) to Komodo. Check out domestic flight schedules from Lion Air/Wings Air.
There are two accessed point to Komodo island. On the east part via Bima and the ferry goes from Sape harbor and from the west part is Labuhan Bajo the main port to Komodo island and other island around the Komodo.
There are also wide range of options for boat trips to Komdo from any major area in Indonesia like Bali, Lombok, Bima and Labuhan Bajo at reasonable prices.