The islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca along with many other
smaller islands make up the stunning landscape of the national
park. Best experienced by liveaboard or yacht, sailing amongst the
islands of the park is magical with seemingly endless rugged hills
of dry savannah surrounded by pink sands beaches and crystal clear
The islands are also home to the world's only 'dragon', the
Komodo dragon, with around 5,700 of the giant lizards roaming the
lands. The Komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard on
the planet growing to between two and three metres, 165 kilograms,
and hence is one of the biggest draws to this region.
Just when you think things can't get any better, you delve into
the underwater world of Komodo. The meeting of cold and warm water
currents causes nutrient-rich thermoclines which in turn attracts
an incredible amount of marine life from pristine reefs packed with
corals to huge schools of fish, manta rays and dolphins. Currents
can be strong as well as rip tides and whirl pools so you need to
dive it right, but there is also plenty of diving for beginners
too. The visibility can be spectacular and if you can tear your
eyes away from the big stuff, there are also plenty of small reef
dwellers to keep you occupied. Some of our favourite dives include
Batu Bolong abundant with hard and soft corals and so many fish you
can hardly see your buddy and Castle Rock which is an exciting
drift dive of pinnacles populated by huge schools of fish.
Komodo is hard to beat one it comes to a diving holiday or for
those that don't dive there is also plenty for them to do. Take a
walk up one of the grassy hill sides to have a panoramic view of
the islands, kayaking in turquoise bays or at the right time of
year, surfing is fantastic.
Whether you are travelling as a family, couple, for a special
occasion or on your own, a trip to Komodo will be hard to beat.