Explore the wildlife of Komodo National Park
Exploring the Wild Attractions of Komodo National Park which is an archipelago 603 sq km, Komodo National Park is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, dotted between the provinces of East Indonesia and West Nusa Tenggara. Here, the incredible Komodo dragons – monitor monkeys of up to 3m long beasts – thrive on the heavenly islands surrounded by shimmering blue sea.
However, seeing this famous lizard is just one of the many natural spotlights based in Komodo National Park, with visitors also treated to rich marine life, tremendous (and reachable) forest climbing routes and pristine beaches with strikingly colored sand. To help you make the most of your visit, here’s our guide to experience the many wildlife attractions of Komodo National Park.
Highlights here include eating fresh lobster (for a few dollars) at the night market, a selection of beautiful snorkeling and swimming spots and – if the sunny and burning coastal landscape begins to make your eyes hurt – a soothing journey through rural villages and farmland to a pale blue pool of Cunca Falls, hidden in the interior of the island.
You can only enter Komodo National Park with an organized boat trip from Labuanbajo. Some tours will tell you that it’s possible to take ‘everything’ in a day, but it’s much more rewarding, laid back, and responsible for extending the adventure up to at least a few nights with a weather-packed yet sturdy liveaboard boat.
Sailing around reserves protected by UNESCO with experienced local crews not only provides a sense of authenticity of adventure, but also directly benefits the local community and economy.
Many visitors to this park do not actually come to Komodo Island, especially if the time is short, and instead choose Rinca Island where the dragon spots are possible (and arguably easier due to the very barren landscape) while climbing around the island . Other wildlife on offer include buffalo, Timor deer, wild pigs and eagles. But it’s hot fast, so be prepared with plenty of water and sun protection.
Where is the Best Place When you visit the Komodo National Park?
Pink Beach is one of the must-visit places in Komodo National Park. Unusual and striking colors come from a microscopic organism called Foraminifera, which produces red pigments on the coral reef. According to the Wonderful Indonesia website, this beach is the perfect place for beginner smugglers and divers because its shallow water allows amateur sea explorers to catch a glimpse of the amazing underwater life.
Gili Laba is a small island in Komodo National Park. Popular for trekking, the small hills allow adventurers to enjoy stunning views of the national park. During the dry season, the green hills turn into a yellow savanna.
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