Many people hear Komodo Island and a light bulb with ‘Komodo dragons’ in large neon letters comes on in their heads. You will be forgiven for thinking that the huge petrifying lizards are the only reason anyone goes to the island. Well, they are one of the many reasons people visit Komodo Island and seek entry into the National Park.
How many places have you visited that have a total of 29 islands? The Komodo National Park the lot and they are all volcanic. Apart from the fearsome Komodo dragons (all 2,500 of them), there are other animal species to be found there. They include birds, mammals, and other reptiles.
The Flora and Fauna
The three major islands you will find most interesting are Komodo, Rinca and Padar. The National Park is a favorite destination for those who love unique terrain. The white and pink beaches, tropical rain forests and mountains all around you make for some of the best sides in the world.
There is a lot waiting to be discovered in Komodo National Park as well as the ocean depths. It is a haven for marine biologists and enthusiastic explorers. The park is a protected global conservancy.
Here are a few more reasons you want to visit the world famous National Park.
The Climate and Geographical Features
If you are looking for a break from the cold of winter, Komodo National Park is the place to go. The park does not get much rainfall for up to eight months. You will, therefore, experience a dry climate that does not require you to pack bulky winter wear.
With climate such as this, the terrain is rough with vegetation adapted to the drier regions. There are lots of shrubs, orchids, and grass. The marine area, on the other hand, is a vibrant green with the blue of the ocean and the colorful marine life.
It is worth it to on a Komodo cruise for the simple pleasure of seeing all this variety in one place.
The Diving Sites
You do not have to be a professional diver to appreciate the magnificent diving sites at Komodo. Just one dive is enough to open up the world of marine wonders that lie beneath the sea waters. You can spend an entire day diving and appreciating the enchanting ocean depths from the diving sites of Komodo, Padar and Rinca islands.
Diving gives you a chance to swim with the manta rays and get close up look at the sharks and dugongs. A bit of a warning though: the strong currents may sweep you out into the Indian Ocean where you may encounter the large and not very amiable sea mammals swimming by. Engage experienced diving instructors to avoid such incidents.
The Pink Beach
The astounding Pantai Merah (Pink Beach) gets its name from the red coral breaking down to turn the white sand pink. This beach is one of only seven pink beaches in the world and it is a sight to behold. Walking on the beach and sinking your feet into the pink sand is an experience worth having.
The beach is set against a background of beautiful green hills and blue skies that give you a sense of tranquility hard to find anywhere else.
You can also take advantage of the snorkeling and diving sites to experience sea life. Also, take in the underwater garden which hosts myriads of soft and hard corals as well as reefs with a wide range of marine fauna.
A word of caution: the Komodo dragons are not far off. You must take the necessary precautions and have an experienced guide with you.
Experience Some Traditional Indonesian Living
The Bajau people of Mesa Island are a gypsy community living off fishing. They are a small community of roughly 1,500 people. Visitors can experience some traditional living just by observing their daily life. This includes processing shellfish, drying cucumbers and cooking traditional seafood.
There is more to Komodo Island than just the compelling presence of the gigantic lizards. You will be glad you went and experienced a truly beautiful and tranquil destination. If the very thought of the dragons terrifies you, go for the other experiences.