Nature reserve of a distant past
Home to the Komodo dragons, which do not breathe fire but are massive reptiles found in one place in the world only, on Komodo island (and neighbouring Rinca), this is a must-do stop on a 3-5 day tailor-made island hop adventure. You will meet the Komodo dragons, for sure, as there are over 4,000 of them in the national park. Komodo island is one of several islands to explore in the Lesser Sunda Chain. Where can you see views of three different coloured beaches, a pink sand beach, a black sand beach, and a white sand beach, separated only by connected land ridges and sparkling blue water? The impressive sites around Komodo National Park include the dramatic volcanic hills, savannah and forests which welcome you to explore, plus many deserted islands.
You can even take off in a kayak early evening and experience bat laden trees fringed by volcanic lakes. Added to this, diving with mantas or snorkelling above shallow colourful, pristine reefs plus discovering deer and monkeys on selected treks makes for a tremendous Komodo experience. Finish your day off with a starlit barbeque on the beach. Let us show you this and more.
of a distant past
Most islands of the National Park are uninhabited, except for just four small settlements of Bajo people, ‘the sea gypsies’ whose livelihood depends entirely on the sea. Formerly they were fully nomadic, living on their boats, but nowadays they also live in houses on stilts over the water. They consider themselves as the ‘children of the sea’ and do not feel at home on the land.
The gateway to the park is the small harbor of Labuan Bajo on the west coast of Flores which is only 30 nautical miles from Komodo Island. It is the home port to a variety of small vessels that go back and forth between the islands. Its small airport has been rechristened to “Komodo Airport”.
Gili Lawa Laut
Diving at Komodo Island