Bali is wonderfully beautiful, but if you’re looking for adventure and adrenaline, then it’s time to explore the Komodo National Park in West Flores, Indonesia.
Home to the Komodo Dragon, the Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only place in the world where you can come face-to-face with these deadly yet intriguing creatures. It is also home to over 1000 species of marine life, mammals and birds endemic to the area.
Covering over 1,733 km2, the Komodo National Park is largely made up of 3 main islands – Padar, Rinca and Komodo and the sea that surrounds it. It is part of a coral triangle, meaning that it has one of the richest marine biodiversities on earth.
Here are some incredible tips for you if you’re planning on exploring the Komodo National Park soon!
FLYING INTO LABUAN BAJO
The Komodo International Airport is located in Labuan Bajo, a once-sleepy fishing town turned tourists’ hub located in the West Manggarai district of Flores. It’s an easy 1-hour flight from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, and you’ll be landing before you even know it.
The airport was formerly known as Mutiara II but was later renamed to honour Labuan Bajo’s status as the entry and exit point to the Komodo National Park.
GETTING TO THE KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
It is worth mentioning that while Labuan Bajo is the gateway to the national park, the entrances to the park are located some 40km away on Komodo Island and Rinca Island. You probably already gathered that the best way to travel to Komodo is by yacht, so if you’re looking for a romantic and luxurious dream experience, do get in touch with us at Flagship Luxury Expeditions for a private, dedicated and fully customized travel experience for you and your loved ones.
THINGS TO DO AT THE KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
See The Komodo Dragons
There are approximately 2500 Komodo Dragons scattered across the Park namely on Komodo Island and Rinca Island. Be sure to stay close to your guide as the Komodo Dragons are dangerous and have been known to attack humans in the past. They can outrun and outswim any human or animal, even climb trees to get to their prey.
Fun Fact: A Komodo Dragon can grow up to 10 feet long, and has 60 curved, extremely sharp teeth containing a deadly venom that will send its victims into shock, weakening the system as sepsis sets in. Death occurs within a day, with the dragon following the prey and closing in as it finally collapses.
Swim With Manta Rays
You don’t want to miss the marvellous opportunity of swimming with the Manta Rays! It is a safe yet thrilling underwater experience that you won’t soon forget. Head to Karang Makassar, also known as Manta Point to enjoy this wonderful experience for yourself.
While it is not guaranteed that the Manta Rays will be there when you arrive but don’t worry, you can still enjoy an exhilarating experience exploring the park’s stunning and colourful underwater world and its abundance of tropical fish, sea turtles, sponges, sea horses, corals and if you’re lucky, dolphins!
Please remember to not touch the Mantas or any underwater creatures while you’re swimming to avoid damaging the Park’s fragile ecosystem.
Hike to the peak at Pulau Padar
Pulau Padar is one of the most beautiful islands within the Komodo National Park. We’re sure that you’ve seen photos of it on social media. It is located between Komodo and Rinca. Be warned though, it’s quite a steep hike to get to the very top. But once you’ve arrived, the view is just breathtaking, worth every step!