The Komodo dragon, which is the largest lizard in the world, hides in the thickets of the Komodo and Rinca forests. This marine park holds UNESCO World Heritage status with volcanic islands and coral reefs off the coast of the island of Flores. A port city, Labuan Bajo is the starting point for your Komodo tour. The Komodo National Park area has been set to host the 2022 G20 world leaders meeting and the 2023 ASEAN Summit. The areas most tied to phinisi boats are growing to become the world’s spotlight.
Komodo Tour, Start From Labuan Bajo
Labuan Bajo means a stopover for sea adventurers. This city is more than just a stopover but to book cruises, stock up on abalone pearls and shells. Labuan Bajo has accommodations for all Komodo tours, from private beach islands, bungalows to homestays. While in Labuan Bajo, you can do a city tour visiting the hill of love, mirror stone, Strangko cave, and Cunca Wulang.
Komodo Island is about 2 hours from Labuan Bajo by boat. The attraction is of course because of the large population of Komodo dragons. In local legend, they believe that Komodo dragons were born with humans, from one mother. The villagers of Komodo have struck a balance with predators over the centuries.
To be able to see them during the Komodo tour, you must be accompanied by a ranger. Rangers will escort them to their hunting grounds with forked sticks to clamp the lizard’s tail. Trekking on Komodo island ranges from short trekking to half-day hikes into the jungle.
Diving in Komodo Island
Scuba diving enthusiasts are certainly no stranger to the waters of Komodo National Park. The diving destination is located in the heart of the coral reef triangle which is the center of the world’s marine biodiversity. The turbulent currents have bred lush corals and attracted large creatures from sharks, mantas to dolphins.
Moving from island to island is the biggest excitement of a Komodo trip. Padar, the third largest island in the Komodo National Park offers stunning sunrise views. Kelor Island, featuring 360 degrees of volcanic outcrop hitting the Flores sea.
For the perfect selfie, you should include Karang Makassar in your Komodo island tour. White sand in the lowlands surrounded by turquoise offers stunning views. When the sun goes down your Komodo island tour will dock on the island of bats. At dusk, you will see a swarm of bats spinning like smoke in search of food on the islands of Rinca, Komodo, and surrounding areas.