SUMBAWA, JALANJALANAJA- Komodo Island is an island located in the Nusa Tenggara Islands, east of Sumbawa Island, which is separated by the Sape Strait. Komodo Island is known as the original habitat for Komodo dragons. This island is one of the Komodo National Park areas managed by the Central Government.
Komodo National Park consists of 3 large islands, Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and Padar Island, as well as other smaller islands. The total area of this national park is 1,817 km2.
Komodo Island is located at the westernmost tip of East Nusa Tenggara Province. On the island of Komodo, Komodo dragons live and breed well, according to data, until mid-2009, the island is inhabited by about 1300 komodo dragons (+/- 2500 in all islands in TM. Komodo). Komodo is the largest lizard species in the world, with an average length of 2-3 meters, and a body weight of at least 90 kg.
In the Komodo National Park area, you can also find horses, wild bulls, deer, male wild boars, snakes, monkeys, and various types of birds. In addition, Komodo National Park has amazing underwater biota. Divers say that the waters of Komodo are one of the best dive sites in the world.
Route to Komodo Island
If you come from Jakarta, you must transit in Bali first. From Bali, the journey continues to Labuan Bajo, a small town in the northwest of Flores which is the gateway to Komodo Island. There are several airlines that serve the Denpasar-Labuan Bajo route, with a travel time of about half an hour.
Price of admission
Tourists who come to this attraction do not need to spend a lot of money on tickets. Because the ticket price is very cheap. There is an additional guide fee that must be used.
domestic tourists only pay 5000 rupiah, while foreign tourists pay 150,000 rupiah
An additional fee of 80,000 for a Komodo tour guide, because every tourist must be accompanied by a guide. This is for the safety and security of tourists.
Variety of Tourist Activities
Including Komodo National Park, connected with Labuan Bajo via flights and live aboards. Tourist visits were recorded at 176,830 people with 60% being foreign tourists.
The main tourist activity is to see the Komodo dragon directly physically. Sea turtles in large numbers, colorful coral reefs are also increasingly enlivening its natural wealth. Tourists can also enjoy the beach, diving, snorkeling, or climbing hills with amazing views.
- Boat Tours to Komodo Island
Labuhan Bajo is the initial pier to Komodo Island and a series of islands around it. At this pier there are many speed boats with various types of boats and prices. The distance from Labuan Bajo to Komodo National Park is about 3 hours by boat.
- Nature Tours and Seeing Komodo Dragons Live
The main activity in this tourist attraction is of course seeing the physical Komodo dragon, the pride of Indonesia's ancient animals. Getting a full treat about Komodo, tourists can understand all their life activities. Interacting with animals with hard skin and sharp claws, tourists must be accompanied by a ranger.
Tourists can also pose with this giant lizard with the help of a ranger who makes it look close. Located in the Komodo National Park, its establishment aims to protect Komodo and the surrounding flora from extinction. The population of Komodo dragons (varanus komodoensis) was recorded at 3,012 individuals and was stable from the threat of extinction.
Other places, Rinca Island, Padar Island, Gili Montang Island, and Nusa Kode Island are locations where these rare animals live. Located on Rinca Island, tourists can visit Loh Liang with 2,000 Komodo dragons that are released freely. If lucky, tourists can see firsthand the battle of male Komodo dragons fighting over female Komodo dragons.
- Enjoy the Beach Panorama
In addition to rare animals, here has the charm of the exotic natural panorama around it. Small islands nearby have clear blue sea water and still clean.
Before encountering the giant reptile, Komodo, tourists must trek to reach their habitat. During the trip, tourists will be treated to a very beautiful landscape.
- Diving and Snorkeling on Komodo Island
Of the 137 thousand hectares of Komodo National Park Area, 60 percent is water. The waters of Komodo National Park are also famous for the beauty of coral reefs, fish, and clear blue water. The corals are presented in various forms, ranging from mushrooms, wrapped in a purple layer, and waving.
For lovers of water sports, this location is a very enchanting scuba diving paradise. At some points, the beauty of the underwater world is even compared to world famous spots. Such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, to the Reserve System of Belize and the Galapagos in Ecuador.
Snorkeling and diving can be done at Manta Point to swim with Manta fish. Tourists can also swim with turtles and sharks by diving in Batu Samsia. Or dive in Crystal Rock with Barramundi Fish, Parrotfish and various typical Komodo fish.
Facilities On Komodo Island
Komodo Island has a number of adequate facilities, ranging from shelters to food stands. The construction of the pier, road arrangement, toilets, and several information boards were addressed to support tourism. For tourists who want to have a culinary tour, they can visit Kampung Ujung which serves seafood menus.
Being in the Komodo National Park, tourists must obey some rules. For example, it is forbidden to start a fire, it is forbidden to touch animals, it is forbidden to bring disposable drinking water bottles and styrofoam. Tourists are also prohibited from taking anything from the National Park area.
Komodo National Park also organizes a management system that includes tourists, information centers, and savanna ecosystems. In addition, there is also tightening of security and control over snorkeling and diving activities.
Komodo Island Location
This ancient animal tourism island is located in West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. Visitors from outside the area can take a flight to Labuan Bajo first. After that proceed with a sea tour to Komodo Island.