If you are searching for your own ‘mother of dragons’ it is a high possibility that you may find it here.
Komodo is one of Indonesia’s 17k islands in East Nusa Tenggara province. It has wonderful bays with pink sand, volcanic slopes, rough terrain, and a few fairy-tale alike inhabitants…
Komodo is home to over 5,000 of the world’s largest lizards, the Komodo dragon. This is their native home and they roam freely everywhere on this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Seriously, be careful.
Also, its flora and fauna here are stunning (which is why it is listed as one of the Best Places to Visit in Indonesia) and as it’s popularity keeps rising.
How to get to Komodo
- You can get a flight to Labuan Bajo Airport (also known as Komodo Airport) from both Bali and Jakarta for between $120-180USD on Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Batik and Nam Air.
- From the airport take a taxi into the town – which is located less than 10 minutes driving distance.
- You can also take a walk as the journey can be hiked in 20-30 minutes (it’s downhill).
- If you are into adventure mood check you can book the tour package that includes a visit to all the highlights of the region including Komodo National Park, Moyo Island, Pink Beach, Padar Lookout, Manta Point and so much more!
- Alternatively, for those on a budget trip, there is a ferry + minibus + overnight bus + ferry service that takes just over 24 hours to travel from Labuan Bajo to Lombok.
Best time to visit
- December to March is the rainy season.
- April to June marks the end of the rainy season when the plants bloom and the island comes alive with color. If you are planning to dive with whale sharks, then this is the time to visit. The weather during this period is a bit cooler, and you might experience a rainy day here and there.
- July to August is high tourist season. The island is regularly full of visitors and the weather is extremely hot.
- September to November is considered as the best time to travel to Komodo, as it still has amazing weather, with fewer tourists.
What to do
Komodo National Park is a must-see. It was founded in 1980 to protect the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, and in 1991, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in order to protect marine life and other local animals. The park was also selected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Pink Beach is one of the rare pink-sand beaches found in the world. If you’re traveling to Komodo, you simply must not miss one of the true natural wonders of the world.
Padar Island is the third major island which makes up Komodo National Park and hiking to its peak allows you to glimpse one of Indonesia’s most fascinating viewpoints. The hike itself is pretty hard. The terrain is sandy with many loose rocks and although they are currently developing the site and have steps at the lower section.
Manta Point in Komodo National Park is one of the best spots in the world to get in the water with these majestic beasts.
The active currents here attract the manta rays and it is possible to drift along with these creatures graciously swimming around you.
You’ll also get to see gorgeous coral, loads of unusual fish.
Rinca is the second largest Island in the Komodo National Park and is home to the second largest population of Komodo Dragons.
Just a quick 2-hour boat tour by speedboat from Labuan Bajo you’ll find yourself engaged in a Jurassic Park scenery where park rangers are available to walk you along the trails. Again, as with Komodo Island, you must stay with the guides at all times and only walk along the assigned paths.