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The small island of Komodo is famous as the home of the huge lizard called Komodo dragon. The island has been listed as one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’ – a collection of outstanding natural wonders chosen by conducting a global poll. The place holds an enduring charm for divers with its unspoilt corals, rich and diverse underwater life, fantastic dive sites, and beautiful beaches, one of which is pink in colour.

Location of Komodo Island

Komodo Island is in Indonesia and part of the Lesser Sunda group of islands. It is a sparsely populated island with an area of 390 sq km and falls in the province of East Nusa Tenggara. To its west is the larger Indonesian island of Sumbawa which is also part of East Nusa Tenggara. Komodo Island is a part of Komodo National Park, which includes two more islands, namely Padar and Rinca. On the eastern side of the park is the island of Flores, which is in the province of West Nusa Tenggara.

What You Can Do in Komodo

The astounding marine biodiversity of Komodo National Park and its amazing dive sites like Cannibal Rock, Batu Bolong, GPS Point, Yellow Wall of Texas, and many more, have made Komodo a very exciting option for divers.

Other attractions are comparatively less in Komodo, especially for those who prefer to depend on tourist infrastructure for sightseeing, but there are plenty to do for nature lovers, as listed below:

  • Komodo dragon, the largest extant species of lizard, mostly found in islands of Rinca and Komodo, is a major tourist attraction. This giant lizard is the last of its kind on the earth today. It is considered harmless but there were instances when they had attacked humans. Expert guides generally set baits during the day to show these creatures to visitors.
  • Trekking to Kelimutu Volcano, which has three crater lakes on its top, is an activity you can include in your itinerary. Its westernmost lake, called ‘Lake of Old People’ is blue in colour, while the next, ‘Lake of Young Men and Maidens’ is green, and the third, ‘Enchanted Lake’ is often red. The second and third lakes share a crater wall. This colour diversity is seen nowhere else in the world.
  • In Flores Island, there are caves in which a large number of bats and pythons live. Here, interested naturalists can see snakes in their natural habitat. However, tourists are warned never to go inside those caves without the help of experienced guides.
  • A boat trip from Labuan Bajo pier to Komodo National Park will be an interesting experience. Besides the bright blue sea, you will be able to see green savannahs and many small, pretty islands.
  • Snorkelling trips and forest hiking tours are organized by many resorts.
  • There are no nightclubs in Komodo. Many liveaboards are well-stocked with drinks and travellers often celebrate night by drinking with fellow-travellers and the boat crew.

Best Time to Visit Komodo

Komodo’s dry season is from April till December and rainy season the remaining months, namely January to March. The dry season is the best time to visit Komodo. Komodo dragon can be seen year round but is seen less during its mating months of July to August and nesting months of September to November.  However, for those who want to study its mating or nesting patterns, those months are the best to visit.

Best Dive Season

Komodo is suitable for scuba diving throughout the year. Visibility is the maximum (can be more than 30 m) during November to January. The sea is a bit rough at northern dive sites from January till March and at the southern dive sites in July and August. However, such changes are insignificant and liveaboards continue to make diving trips through all seasons.

Where to Stay in Komodo

Komodo Resort Diving Club

Komodo Resort, located in Labuan Bajo in Flores, consists of 16 sea-facing bungalows made of teak. The bungalows have garden, terrace, mini-bar, air-conditioning, and en-suite bathroom. The resort organizes many diving cruises including one that lasts 6 days and 5 nights, consisting of diving in Labuan Bajo, Komodo, Pink Beach, Rinca etc. The cruise vessel is a Phinisi Schooner, a traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing vessel, made of ironwood and teak. It has five cabins and can accommodate 10 people for diving and 12 for cruising. One of the cabins is a family room that can accommodate four people. The dive centre offers a full range of diving courses starting from Discover Scuba Diving to Peak Performer Buoyancy.

Angel Island Resort

Angel Island Resort is in Angel Island, which is a private island bordering Komodo National Park. This eco-friendly resort consists of 10 villas set in hibiscus gardens, and 3 white beaches. The villas have patios with sun loungers, air-conditioning, open-air private bathrooms, mini-bar, espresso coffee machine, and TV with a good collection of movies. The resort organizes all sorts of activities like snorkeling, kayaking, bird watching, and dragon-watching trips to Rinca Island. Visitors are offered massage with essential oils as well as reflexology treatment. Angel Island has a well-equipped dive centre that offers all PADI and SSI diving courses.

Blue Marlin Komodo (4 star)

Blue Marlin, located in Labuan Bajo at a distance of a seven-minute drive from Komodo Airport, is a 4-star resort. It has an outdoor pool, bar, restaurant, shop, and facilities for laundry, luggage storage, dry cleaning, car parking, babysitting, massage, non-motorized water sports, and diving. The resort has different types of rooms to suit the differing budgets of the visitors. It has a PADI 5-star dive centre with instructors who are fluent in many languages, and dive training is given in a pool specially designed for the purpose. The resort organizes diving trips on liveaboards and boats.

How to Reach Komodo

While most visitors enter Komodo National Park (KNP) through the gateway cities of Labuan Bajo in the west of Flores or Bima in eastern Sumbawa, the departure point for your trip is actually Denpasar, Bali.

By Air

The airport nearest to Komodo Island is Komodo Airport which is situated in the town of Labuan Bajo in Flores. Frans Seda Airport (also called Maumere Airport) serving the town of Maumere in Flores is also near Komodo. You can fly from Jakarta or Bali to these places and then proceed from there to Komodo by ferry. Bima Airport (Sultan Muhammad Salahudin Airport) in the island of Sumbawa also has flights to Bali and ferry service to Komodo Island though these ferry services are not very regular.

The planes that operate in the Bali-Labuan Bajo route are typically small and are filled easily. So it is safer to book your seats sufficiently in advance.

By Road

There is no way you can travel to Komodo completely by road but there are overland bus trips from Bali to Komodo which include three ferry crossings, namely to Lombok from Bali, to Sumbawa from Lombok, and to Labuan Bajo from Sumbawa.

By Boat

The last portion of the journey, from Labuan Bajo (or Maumere) to Komodo can only be by ferry. The boat journey from Labuan Bajo to Komodo takes about 3 to 4 hours. There is no port as such in Komodo Island. Travellers have to disembark from the boat and shift to smaller vessels that will take them to the island.

You can stay in a resort in Labuan Bajo and explore Komodo dive sites on a liveaboard. Alternatively, you can get a boat in Labuan Bajo and go on your own cruise to explore the park and also snorkel to your satisfaction. There are many travel agencies which will arrange such cruises for you.

Getting Around in Komodo

To explore Flores, you can hire a car and driver through a travel agency. You can also travel inside Flores in local buses, especially if you are staying in Labuan Bajo. Komodo marine reserve is best explored through diving and snorkelling trips on a liveaboard or by chartering a boat that will take you everywhere.

On Komodo Island itself, there are no motor vehicles or roads and all the exploration has to be done by walking.

Things to Remember While Travelling in Komodo

Clothes

Komodo is hot all the time. As such, you will feel most comfortable in lightweight cotton clothes. Shorts are all right for beachwear but it is safer to wear full trousers, a full-sleeved top, and a cap while trekking, for protection from insects as well as the sun. Walking shoes, sand shoes, and sunglasses are the other things that will help you.

When visiting temples or other places, you must remember to show respect to local traditions by taking off your shoes or by not wearing revealing clothes as custom dictates.

Health Precautions

No specific vaccination is required to enter Komodo. However, travellers should ideally get routine vaccinations against measles, mumps, tetanus, polio, hepatitis etc.

It is better to take with you some sunscreen lotion, a first-aid kit, and basic medicines for headache, fever, diarrhoea etc. Other recommended items are insect-repellent and mosquito-repellent sprays and incense sticks.

Visa and Passport Requirements

The main passport requirement is that the passport you carry must be valid for six months more after your period of stay in Komodo. If you have such a passport, you will be issued a visa on arrival at a cost of about $25. Alternatively, you can get a visa for 30 days or 60 days from your nearest Indonesian embassy before you start your journey.

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Shyam August 16, 2017

Hi,
What is the best time to visit this place and are there any accommodation available. Approx. days required to visit this place.

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Sherly August 24, 2017

RE : Permission to Conduct Research Study
Greetings,
I am Indonesian student and now currently studying for Masteral Biology at University Southeastern of Philippines, I am conducting a research in title Biodiversity and socio impact of Komodo habitats at Komodo National Park Indonesia.
I am writing a request permission to inquire of information from your company for supporting gathered data and this performance task is to fulfill Biodiversity and Conservation Subject in Master Biology Program.
If approval is granted, the data of this study will remain absolutely confidential and to be used on educational purpose only. Your approval will be greatly appreciated and important for my study. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Sherly

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Marc August 28, 2017

Hello,
I was reading that there is a Komodo Guesthouse located 5min. walk from the dock at Loh Liang. I was hoping to show up on October 29th or October 30th and was curious on how to establish a reservation? any help or information would be very helpful. Thank you for your time and assistance.
Marc

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Natalia August 29, 2017

Hi!
Me and my husband are going to Bali in September 15-30
And would like to visit Komodo

I wonder how much it will cost 1 day of snorkeling tour on Komodo or Rinca
Also we would like to spend 2 days (1 night)in Komodo National Park . so I would like to know what program do you have and what is the price for that.

And do you also have private tour?

Also what kind of boat do you have

Thank you very much

Natalia

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Yano August 31, 2017

I would like to know:
How many Komodo dragon are there in komomo island?
How many Komodo dragon are there in komomo national park?
I’d like to know the change in the number of Komodo dragon,decrease or increase?
How many people [tourists] visit to see Komodo dragon every year?
In the past, why Komodo dragons number decreased? overhunting komodo dragons or over hunting their bait (like pig, deer).

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Jose September 01, 2017

Estimados amigos,señores les escribo desde Peru, les felicito.

Por favor dentro de lo posible envíenme información turística y mapa.

Por favor háganme llegar lo que mejor puedan.

Gracias.

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Kadaner September 06, 2017

Hi arriving on a cruise ship Feb 20th. Do I need a guide or can I pay an entrance fee and hire the rangers upon arrival for a private group of 3 people. Thanks

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Rangi September 12, 2017

Hi,
My name is Rangi Hirini, I’m a researcher with Dateline which airs on SBS Television in Australia.
I’m just email because I’m looking into a story about Komodo Dragons.

I’m trying to find someone who interacts with these Dragons, I’m looking more into someone who literally interact with them.

Thanks,
Rangi

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Alice September 19, 2017

We are travel agents and have 2 clients scheduled to arrive to Komodo Island on the Oceania Regatta from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Is it possible to arrange a ranger tour to see the Komodo National Park during that period?
They would need to be met at the tender port to begin the excursion.

Thank you for any assistance.

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Brad September 21, 2017

My wife and I will be visiting Komodo Island by cruise ship on 20 November 2017. Can you please let me know if I can book a part day tour direct with the National Park to see the ‘dragons’ or must I only book through a third party tour operator.

Many thanks.

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Vogel September 25, 2017

Hello,
My name is Lucas, I am a French student, and actually I make a master of ecology in Lille.
During this year, we must do one traineeship, and that’s why I’ve sent this email to you .
I saw you’re park by a french reptile Trader : Karim Daoues, with some picture of Varanus salvadorii. My passion is herpetology, and my dream it’s to work about Varanidae ( Varanus prasinus, macrei, beccarii or salvadorii) , have you some traineeship to propose in ecology of them species or have you maybe some contacts ? I have some difficultes to find some contacts with theses species, and my teachers have a great network in Europe, but in international it’s limited ..
I hope you can help me on this search .
Best regards

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Rémi September 25, 2017

Hello,

we are student at Laval University in Canada and we are working on the Komodo Park. We want to know if its possible to get some scientificals informations about the preservation of the Komodo Dragon and the management of the sea ressources.

Thank you very much

Dominic
Pauline
and
Rémi

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Helga October 02, 2017

We will come to Flores mid of november and are no divers. We like to see the dragons in Rinca e komodo. Can you recommend a hotel and travel agency or cruise.Thank you very much

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Ryan October 05, 2017

To Whom it May Concern,

My name is Ryan, I am South African born, and I am currently finishing up a civil engineering internship in Vietnam. Once I am finished I hope to visit Komodo Island as I have always been fascinated by the animal and the place.

I am also an amateur adventurer, I like to do small adventures to raise money for charity and create awareness for deserving causes. I am hoping to paddle a kayak around the island of Komodo – it will take me about 6 days – and raise awareness for keeping our oceans clean. I will also be generating funds for a charity in Indonesia, I have not decided on which charity yet, if there is one that is linked to Komodo Island I would love to choose it.

The reason I am contacting you, is to find out what permissions I would need to obtain in order to do this adventure? Would a typical Indonesian visa be sufficient?

I look forward to hearing your opinion on the adventure.

Best regards,
Ryan.

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Zuchair October 10, 2017

Selamat siang Bapak/Ibu,

Saya Zuchair salah satu mahasiswa Teknik Manajemen Lingkungan, Sekolah Vokasi, Institut Pertanian Bogor. Saya ingin bertanya, apakah TN Pulau Komodo terbuka untuk mahasiswa melakukan Praktek Kerja Lapang (PKL) di TN Pulau Komodo? Kebetulan saya sangat tertarik untuk melakukan PKL di TN Pulau Komodo. Terima kasih.

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Vogel October 11, 2017

Hello,
Do you take some traineeship in you’re park ( I am the French Student). I am very enthousiastic, and ready to start one Mission with you, if you need some person to make ecological action. If it would be easier for you, if you give me you’re number I will call you (I don’t found it on internet). I hope you can help me to realize my dream: work with the fabulouse reptiles : the Varan.
I thank you in advance!
Best regards
Lucas

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Jana October 11, 2017

Hello,

I am interested in visiting Komodo National Park in November or beginning of December. Do I need to get any special permits before going> or make a reservation?

Thank you,
Jana

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dolores October 19, 2017

ello there.

I saw your web site and we will be interested in your tours.

We are 4 persons ( we will be on a cruise) and we would like a good tour through the island.

We will arrive at 8am and depart at 3pm. So Komodo is a tender port we will need time to leave the tender.

If you offer that kind of services, I would like to have all possibles itineraries in which we could use our little time in seeing the best of the island

The dates will be on March, 13th and we are 4 persons

Please sent itineraies as well as prices

Thanks

Dolores

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Afri October 21, 2017

Selamat siang say afri, saya mau Tanya berapa biaya tiket masuk perorang ?

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Chris October 21, 2017

I would like detail of the cost of Komodo park entry and a guide.
Thanks

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Michael November 02, 2017

Hello,
I’m looking to come to Komodo in December. Is there a place to stay on the island? A cabin or in someones home?

Thank you very much.

-Michael

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Geoffrey November 07, 2017

Dear Madam or Sir,
I set up an association about education and conservation of environment in France (whose name is S’PECE), and I would like to know if it would be possible to make a report of the activities of the National Park and if it is possible to do something with you, in particular with the lizards, to present their ecology, their behavior or something else? Maybe in January or February if you can.
This document will present to french peoples your work in the National Park and the particular ecosystem of these islands.

Thanks in advance for your answer.

Best Regards,

Geoffrey
Founder of S’PECE

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Al November 12, 2017

Be so kind sending me a compilation of links and sites most suitable to learn more about Komodo Island(s) and Flores. (Accomodation, simple but clean, accessability, suggestions of sites to visit, etc)
My wife and me are currently looking at possibilities to travel Indonesia around the upcoming x-mas season for the duration of about one week, looking for the opportunity to hike, swim, possibly scuba dive…avoiding any clubbing and turbo city night life. Many thanks ahead of time
Al

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Kyle November 12, 2017

Dear Komodo national park,
We plan to visit the Komodo National Park on Nov, 19th (next weekend), we will arrive in Flores on 18th.

Would you mind letting us know how to arrange the tour and the price for the tour?
If you need more information, please let us know.

Thank you very much.

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shahla November 13, 2017

Dear Sir/Madam
I and my husband want to travel to Komodo, I have several questions
1- Is there any hotel in Komodo National Park?
2- If isn’t any hotel in Komodo National Park, how can we stay there for 10 days?
3- If we stay in Labuan Bajo, Do we travel to Komodo National Park every day?
we want to stay for snorkeling beach, is there snorkeling beach in Labuan Bajo?
how many days are for tours “Komodo National park”?
I wait you response and help.

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