Nestled between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, the Komodo island covers an area of 390 square kilometers. The island is a protected nature reserve, part of the Komodo National Park and is home to wild pigs and the well-known Komodo lizard. Komodo Island can be accessed by traditional local sailing boat from Sape Harbour in Sumbawa East Coast or from Labuan Bajo. Scheduled local flights from Denpasar, Bali are also an option however Sape is a convenient point of departure for trips to Komodo Island as it’s just across the strait.
The island is particularly notable as the habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on Earth and consequently named after the island. The Komodo dragon can reach 3 meters or more in length and over 70kg in weight. Other animals include the Timor deer, the main prey of the Komodo dragon, Sunda deer, wild buffalo, wild boar, the macaque monkey and wild horses.
Komodo is a popular destination for diving with its high marine biodiversity, including whale sharks, ocean sunfish, manta rays, blue-ringed octopus and colourful corals.The Komodo National Park has one of the world’s richest marine environments that consists of over 260 species of reef building coral.
Famous not only for its rugged landscape and lush greenery, the Komodo island has unique untouched beaches with pristine waters and pink sand. The pink sand beach is one of the only seven pink beaches in the whole world and it is a mixture of white sand and particles of pink corals. The Komodo island is also one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, chosen by people through a global poll.
On the island itself one should get around only by foot as there are no roads or motor transport. People should also keep in mind that Komodo dragons can attack people and they can and will jump in order to get food. An interesting fact about the island is that the first inhabitant were actually convicts who were exiled to the island.
It doesn’t matter which part of the island you will decide to explore, the Komodo island has something for everyone. And with budget airlines such as Tiger airways and Scoot that operates flights to Bali, it was never more convenient and easy to get up close with this wonder of nature.