Komodo Island is largely famed for two things, out-of-this-world diving experience and the Komodo dragons. If you have been to this beautiful island in Indonesia, you will agree with me that there many more beautiful sights and thrilling things to do.
If you are yet to set foot on the island, or been there but looking forward to a more fascinating experience, this post is an ideal read for you. We will discuss Komodo Island as a travel destination in detail. Why a visit here is worth every dime and some of the exciting activities that should be on your to-do list while in Komodo.
How to get to Komodo Island conveniently
If you are travelling from a foreign country, you first need to get a flight to Bali, Indonesia. Being an island in the national park, you cannot book a direct flight to Komodo Island. That said, this should not be a cause for alarm. You can fly into Labuan Bajo. This is a city in Flores Island and the most adjacent to Komodo Island.
Getting to Labuan Bajo, Flores from Bali shouldn’t be so exorbitant; prices may vary depending on the airline of choice. Either way, budget for approximately $80.
Once in Labuan Bajo, you are all set to start your adventure which is a cruise to Komodo Island.
Which is the most appropriate season to visit Komodo Island?
While Komodo Island has beautiful sceneries all year round, no one wants to travel when the weather is unbearable. It is therefore advisable to plan your visits between April and December. During this time, the weather is more favourable; there is little or no rain.
Things to do during your visit to Komodo Island
See Komodo national park’s star attraction; Komodo dragons
You cannot mention Komodo national park without talking about the Komodo dragons and so, seeing them should be on your must-do list! It is described as the world’s largest and fierce lizard. Komodo dragon stands on a height of approximately 3 meters and a weight of over 70Kgs.
The lizard has a poisonous fork-shaped tongue which it uses to attack its prey. It is also said to have a great vision, that it can see objects from a distance of 300m. From an outer appearance, these reptiles may seem docile and harmless. This should not fool you; always exercise caution, keep distance and follow the instructions given by your ranger.
Flamboyant diving sites
Komodo island is the home of world-class diving sites. Experience diving in Komodo Island in some of the exotic dive sites that have attracted the attention of leading divers, photographers and scientists from across the globe.
If you are lucky enough (which you should be if you visit between April and December), you will catch a glimpse of the manta rays and other deepwater flora and fauna such as sharks, corals, and tropical fish.
Diving in Komodo Island gives you a first-hand experience of the most dynamic diving sites and the most vibrant aquatic environment in the world.
A series of Islands
Did you know that Komodo national park is home to not one or two but 29 volcanic islands? That’s right! While many people only talk of Rinca, Komodo and Padar, a visit here would be an awesome opportunity to set foot or at least lay eyes on some of the other 26 islands.
Most of these islands sit on a mountainous terrain characterized by tropical rain forests forming a sight to behold and one worth visiting!
The pink beach
You’ve probably been to a white sandy beach. Now, think of a pink one. It is unique and gorgeous, that is the situation at Pantai Merah. The degrading coral reefs blend with the white sand to give a beautiful soft pink beach.
Pantai Merah beach is a combination of breathtaking panoramic sights namely, the soft pink sandy beach, blue waters, the mountainous green hills and the sparkling blue sky.
When considering your travel destinations, you can always be sure of one thing: that Komodo Island will never disappoint. There is so much to do as an individual or a group. This is the only island with so many attractions that are unheard of let alone available in any other part of the world.