6 Things You Must Know When Visiting Komodo Island

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It is surely will be fun for visiting Komodo Island, isn’t it? Just like any other of your itineraries, but the most different thing is, you’ll be dealing with the Komodo dragons as the biggest lizard on earth and one of the still living ancient animal until today. A really rare travel experience if you could be there someday, and that’s why it is very special for many of the travellers and the scientists around the world.

I have no idea where else that you could found the dragons other than in Indonesia, but if you are wondering about the best place for it and you need a vacation at the moment or some weeks to come, then the Komodo Island that located at West Manggarai regency, Province of Eat Nusa Tenggara will be my top recommendation.

But, wait!

You know that traveling need a preparations, right? So with when you have decided to get yourself for Komodo Island. Even before getting there, you need to know the important things to make you safe and could get the best holiday ever beyond your plan. So, check them out below and hope they could really helpful as I thought.

1. Prepare your physical before visiting Komodo Island

When you will be at Komodo Island, it is also mean that there will be a lot of physical activities such as hiking or trekking to the hills, walking, probably running as well if you are being chased by the dragon(s) and many more. And you will be doing them for even hours. Who knows?! I know you may have your own itineraries offered by your chosen tour operator or agency and all of your schedules had been written down very well, but since you will be at the wild nature with the wild animals, it is better to get exercise before traveling.

Komodo Island - Excercise

You can not even be careless when near or so close to the Komodo dragons because when they seen still like not doing a thing, usually they are ready to do anything including pouncing prey. And I believe that you won’t experience that at Komodo Island.

So that, if you are working out, then the better of your body and mental state you would have. And it might also mean that the more alert you are against all the possibilities as well. Even the worst one. Imagining all the beautiful and special experiences when visiting Komodo Island is okay, you can simply doing it and won’t taking much of your times, but, getting yourself ready for anything will be really helpful especially to keep safe while traveling.

2. Never light a fire while at Komodo Island

The matches whether made of the wooden one or the gas lighter, if really not necessary, then don’t even think to bring it to Komodo Island or your destination in there. But if you are ignoring this and even light a fire for example to light the cigarette, then it might be the worst thing you have ever did. Trust me. It is really important. You may not harm the Komodo dragons or yourself and other people in your group, but there will be a biggest chance you will burn some or all of the island’s territory.

Even sparks can burn off half of the Komodo Island, you know. This is because the sun at there is too hot so there are many dry grasses, leaves and the woods that is very vulnerable.

3. Since the weather is very hot, then do not forget to use your sunblock, bring a hat and also the sunglasses with you

At the previous point I have mentioned that you are not allowed to light a fire at Komodo Island because of the weather is too hot sometimes, mostly many times to be honest. So in that situation, you need to prepare your own cosmetics, tools, clothes, black sunglasses and other related things that could make you comfort and also healthy. I mean if you have a thing like skin issue, then you should prepare for that in case you may need it.

Clothes that can absorb your sweat will be recommended. You know, I think that wearing the cotton-based shirt will be make you comfortable. Moreover, I have said before that enjoying the Komodo Island will involving many movements such trekking, running and walking as well.

Komodo Island - Tools to bring

Many have said not to wear the red clothes as well to avoid being chased by the dragons. Many have believed that they are also like the bulls in this topic. But whatever the truth is – especially even if it has not been scientifically proven – I would like to follow the suggestion for not using that colour as my clothes. It is also being said that since their eyes are not working very well, so that they are sensitive to the colour as well.

That’s why I would like to say:

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

4. Special alert for all the girls and women, you must pay attention of your menstrual period!!!

You are not reading it wrong, fellas. If you are the woman, you really must know this first. Even you must consider this as your main priority. It is because the Komodo dragons are so sensitive to the blood. Then, you may check your personal calendar and make sure that at the time you are arriving or traveling at Komodo Island, you are completely not dealing with your special period.

If you are insisting to keep on moving at Komodo Island, you should ask and talk about it with your guide or the ranger to find the solution or making them ready for any situations and possibilities. Komodo dragon sense of smell is very sharp that could reach the scent for miles. So if you don’t want to be attacked or being chased by the it, please paid a great attention to this point. Ok?

Beside the alert for the girls and women, I would also like to inform you (man and woman) that it is better not to spray the perfume or cologne to your body or clothes while touring at Komodo Island. Just to anticipate that the lizards won’t smell the strange scent or aroma that might attract them to you. And, DO NOT get noisy while walking in their habitat, except you are ready for any possibilities. The dragons themselves have a great sense of hearing, you know.

5. In case you are being chased by the Komodo dragon

Let say you have follow along very well of the prevention steps I have told you at above, but for one or some reasons, you are still being chased by the Komodo dragon. Do not ask me how come it still “angry” with you, that’s why they are called as the animal.

So, in dealing with that situation, there are something you need to do. The first one is, you need to run in a zigzag pattern. Since the Komodo dragons simply just can running forward, so the pattern will make them really confuse and may it will make them stop. But keep in your mind that you should do that in a fast speed since the lizards could reach about 18 up to maybe 20 km/hour. You really should be faster and that’s also the reason why you need to prepare you physic before visiting Komodo Island.

If the dragon keep chasing on you continuously, find the higher spot such as climbing up the tree or the house on stilts if existed. In many chances, the small komodo dragon may do the same thing but it will not as dangerous as the bigger one. And yes, the bigger the dragon is, the less of the ability to climb the tree. Then, be aware of downing the tree or getting out of the house, Komodo dragon might still monitoring you.

6. Stick to your group and never split up

Here’s the thing. I don’t know how big the chance is, but there may always be one person in a group that acting strangely or so much brave than the others that decided to walk alone or far from other group members. And the worse is might ignore what the guide have been told. That kind of person may put the group in a dangerous and so with him/herself.

Look! Traveling to Komodo Island is not for moisten your thirst against the attention of others. It is about how to get the most of your traveling and keep yourself and others safe. How come it will be fun when you could harm the others? So, you may have known what I am going to tell you. For short, please don’t be a stupid one.

Although you have held the map in your hand, doesn’t mean that you know the territory very well. You are at the new place, new country, or even nowhere since you are new to all of what surrounding you. And there are thousands of the dragons at Komodo Island. Don’t you afraid of that?! I know we should taking care of the dragons, but doesn’t mean that they are not the beast any longer.

So, simply enjoy your journey, obey the instructions, and happily safe.

So far, that’s all the 6 things you should know before and while visiting the Komodo Island. I am sure that there are also other things you have in mind, but I think they are enough for now. Anyway, happy traveling .