The Komodo National Park consists of 26 small islands and 3 large islands which are Komodo Island, Rinca Island and Padar Island. The park is located between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia.
Discovered by scientists in 1912, the park was founded in 1980 with the objective of creating a conservation area for the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard which is endemic to this area. The park was then declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991.
Komodo National Park is one of the driest places in Indonesia and it gets extremely hot during May to October with a daily average temperature of 104°F (40°C). The dry climate suits the Komodo dragon, and also gives the park an interesting landscape of rugged islands and savannah type vegetation.
Nutrient rich currents from the South Pacific Ocean flow through Komodo National Park from the north, spilling into the Indian Ocean in the south. This has encouraged a great marine biodiversity to develop, making the park one of the top places to scuba dive in Indonesia. Liveaboard diving is the best way to experience the many dive sites which span over a very large area of 669mi² (1,773km²). Manta rays and sharks are frequently sighted, and the coral reefs are healthy and teeming with marine life.
Take a land excursion to see the Komodo dragons on Komodo Island or Rinca Island. Choose a guided tour lasting an hour or trek for several hours to spot Komodo dragons and other wildlife on the islands. Kayaking and snorkeling trips are also available from Labuan Bajo.
Labuan Bajo is the nearest airport and is serviced by flights from Bali and Jakarta.
Alternatively, there are several ferries and speedboats which depart from Sape and also tourist boats which travel from other islands in Indonesia like Lombok.
Liveaboards depart from Labuan Bajo Harbour and accommodation and shore based operators are in the same area. Ask for an airport pick up to avoid been hassled when you arrive at the airport.