7 Reasons to Visit the Komodo National Park in Indonesia

Jyoti Babel May 27, 2019
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Situated at the heart of the Indonesian archipelago, the Komodo National Park comprises mainly of three major volcanic islands namely Rinca, Padar, and Komodo along with other 26 smaller ones.

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Covering an area of 219,322 ha, the park is strategically located at the juncture of two continental plates and is famed to have a unique terrestrial and marine ecosystem, so much that it has earned a coveted place among the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2011.

It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
The park terrain is as diverse as it can get – right from rocky hillsides, tropical deciduous forest, open grass-woodland savanna to azure sandy beaches; Komodo National Park in Indonesia offers it all.

Here are 7 reasons why this incredible jewel of nature should be one of the top locations on your to-visit places list.

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The Komodo Dragons

The prehistoric Komodo Dragons are the largest species of lizard and the star attraction of Komodo National Park. Often touted as a close relative of the dinosaur, it is only found here. The park is home to around 2,500 of this species.
Weighing about 70 kgs, these reptiles are around 3 meters long and are carnivores. They usually have a beguiling look, but don’t be fooled by it as they are known to be fierce predators.

You can spot Komodo Dragons on Rinca Islands; just make sure that you are accompanied by a trained ranger and abide by the instructions.

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Diverse Marine and Terrestrial Fauna

The Komodo National Park is a wildlife and nature enthusiast's paradise.

The marine life here is rich and colorful with 250+ species of coral, 1000 species of tropical fishes and marine mammals like the dugong, dolphins, whales, sharks and a number of manta rays and stingrays.
Some remarkable terrestrial fauna includes the Timor deer, the Rinca rat, water buffalos, horses, boars, various species of lizards, frogs, and as many as 40 species of birds.

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World Class Diving Sites

Scuba diving, snorkeling or underwater photography, if any of these are on your mind, Komodo National Park is the place for you.
Located in the Asia Pacific Coral Triangle, the park boasts of an amazing biodiverse marine environment and has as many as 100 top class diving sites. One of the smaller islands - Kanawa Island is especially renowned for snorkeling.

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Sunbath at the Pink Beach

Also known as Pantai Merah, the Pink Beach on Komodo Island is one of the 7 pink beaches in the world.

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The sand here gets its pink tinge from disintegrated red corals which get mixed in the white sand. Azure water, pink sand and surrounding lush green hills make it look like an idyllic location.
There are some amazing diving and snorkeling sites here, however, remember that the Komodo Dragons also frequently visit the beach, so make sure you come here with a trained ranger and guide.

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Hike the Padar Island

Spectacular scenery awaits you while you hike the Padar Island. It is the third largest island in the Komodo National Park and a spot from its tallest peak will give you a breathtaking view of the 4 beaches and sands.

You can also spot an array of wildlife on your hike that can take around 2-3 hours.

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Swim at Manta Point

Swimming with the graceful Manta rays is perhaps one of the most unique experiences you can have at the Komodo National Park. Enjoy your time in the waters while the huge manta rays glide past you.

Island Hopping Adventure and Fun

With a total of 29 islands, a great way to explore the Komodo National Park is by indulging in an island-hopping onboard tour.

Gaze at the water, see the landscape change, explore the surroundings and witness some of the most beautiful sunsets that can soothe your soul.
The climate at the Komodo National Park is usually dry and hot. It gets affected by monsoon rains, so visit it during the dry season which is (between April to November).

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Komodo National Park has something for all kind of visitors. With a lot to explore and an array of activities to indulge in, right from wildlife spotting, sunbathing, swimming, hiking, diving, snorkeling and island hopping, a trip here will be a lifetime experience.
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