“As UNESCO World Heritage Site, Komodo islands offer you an attraction that you’ll never get in other places on earth – meeting Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat.”
No word can exactly describe the beauty of Komodo islands as it’s more than extraordinary. On your arrival on the islands, volcanic hills brilliantly adorned with savanna and forest will first grab your attention. As your eyes wander further, turquoise ocean will make you stand in awe. The water is super clear that you can see colorful soft corals dance under the water.
As UNESCO World Heritage Site, Komodo islands offer you an attraction that you’ll never get in other places on earth – meeting Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat. The monsters are let roam freely in the area, so you’ll have chances to see them hunt and rip the prey into pieces. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the dragons engaged in a rough fight.
Among the many islands within the area, the largest living lizards mainly center on Komodo island and Rinca island. Though Rinca is less well-known compared to Komodo island, where the dragon got the name from, visiting Rinca is worth it. Rinca has more dragons compared to Komodo. Hence, you can easily spot the dragons on the island. Dragon-watching activity on Rinca is very challenging as the dragons are more aggressive compared to their siblings on Komodo island. Do you hope to see bigger komodo dragons? Jump on your boat and head for Komodo island. Dragons on the island can amazingly grow to the length of 3 meters and weigh up to 70 kilograms.
“The area features more than forty excellent dive sites which boast distinctive charms.”
Have you ever seen a beach with pinkish-colored sand? Komodo islands have one named Merah beach (also famous as Pink beach). The beach is a beautiful blend of three colors – pink on the sand, turquoise on the shore and blue on the sea. The pink color will look more vibrant as the water wash the sand. You must visit this beach as there are only seven pink beaches on planet.
“Though the islands are always overcrowded by travelers, the pristine condition is kept at its finest.”
Komodo islands are not just famous for its legendary lizards but also for its rich marine life. The area features more than forty excellent dive sites which boast distinctive charms. Manta rays and small-spotted catsharks will be easily found in waters surrounding Batu Bolong island and big Tatawa island. Hoping to see large sea turtles swim together with a school of tuna? Crystal Rock dive site is the best spot. Explore the waters more and you’ll have plenty opportunities to see whales, dolphins, sharks of all kinds, and one of the largest arrays of color the seas have to offer.
Though the islands are always overcrowded by travelers, the pristine condition is kept at its finest. You’ll hardly find accommodation on land within the area except on the islands of Kanawa, small Seraya and Sebayur. Therefore, most tourists choose liveboat tour as alternative which means they stay on boat during their Komodo islands tours.
There are at least two options to get to Komodo islands. First route, you fly from Bali’s international airport to Komodo airport in Labuhan Bajo. Then, rent a Phinisi boat from Labuhan Bajo harbor to the islands. For the second option, you can get on a cruise ship from Bali’s Tanjung Benoa harbor or Lombok’s Lembar harbor directly to Komodo island before exploring other islands within the area.
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