Komodo Island plays home to the world’s biggest lizards – the Komodo dragons – which are named after the island. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers breathless landscapes, unique wildlife, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Komodo is only one of Indonesia’s 17,508 islands, however, due to its uniqueness, it has been considered one of the 7 New Wonders of Nature.
The Komodo dragons are without any doubt the main attraction of the island, though there are more features that make this destination so special. From exclusive native fauna and flora to dazzling pink sand beaches, there are loads of activities for you to enjoy.
There are also amazing places within the national park to do some snorkeling and diving which gives you the opportunity to explore Komodo’s marine life. With more than a handful of experiences on offer, there is no excuse not to visit!
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WHERE IS KOMODO ISLAND?
Komodo Island is part of Indonesia’s archipelago which lies in the Pacific Ocean between Labuan Bajo in the island of Flores and the island of Lombok.
Situated in Komodo National Park, the island of Komodo is the third-largest island of the four that constitute the National Park, with a surface area of 390 square kilometers and approximately 2,000 inhabitants living on the island itself.
HOW TO GET HERE
First, you need to get to the main town of Labuan Bajo, Flores. There are multiple flights from all bigger airports around Indonesia including Bali, Lombok, Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, and Kupang airport.
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In Labuan Bajo, you will find loads of accommodation offers which suit everyone’s different tastes and pockets. It’s a great place to stay before and after your adventures around the national park.
Once you’ve touched down safely in Labuan Bajo, you’re going to need a boat to get out to the islands, and the trip from Labuan to Komodo takes approximately 2-3 hours.
DAY TRIP FROM LABUAN BAJO
If your time is limited, you can simply book a day trip to Komodo from Labuan Bajo.
Depending on your preferences and budget, you can opt for a group tour or a private boat tour.
There is one tour that I can highly recommend which covers all the highlights on a full-day trip from Labuan Bajo.
The Komodo Full-Day Boat Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.
This tour covers the top locations in Komodo National Park such as the famous Padar Island, Pink Beach Komodo, seeing the famous Komodo dragons, and swimming at Kelor Island.
It also includes a hassle-free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Labuan Bajo, return boat transfers, and an English-speaking guide.
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MULTI-DAY SAILING TRIP
A special way to get to Komodo Indonesia, and one that I highly recommend, is a multi-day sailing adventure on a live-aboard boat where you’ll get to sail around the enchanting waters of Flores.
It’s the more expensive option but it’s by far the best way to explore all the islands in the region. Not to mention experiencing the stunning underwater world all around Komodo National Park. The water is warm, crystal clear and the abundance of different animals you’ll find in between the vibrant coral is breathtaking.
I personally booked my tour with Travass Life who offers amazing tours to Komodo Island.
Their most popular 3-day tour includes visits to Komodo Island Indonesia, Kelor Island, Rinca Island, Kalong Island, Padar Island, Pink Beach, Taka Makassar, Manta Point, Sebayur Island, Kanawa Island, and Labuan Bajo. This will give you the chance to see this stunning archipelago of islands for a very decent price.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
If you want to fully experience everything which Komodo has to offer, you should aim to visit during the dry season which is between April and December.
Although Komodo National Park is open 365 days a year, as a consequence of the heavy rain which can fall, especially in January and February, tours may be canceled. To avoid it, do not book your Komodo trip for those months.
Between April and June, the island of Komodo is covered in a green landscape which makes it the perfect time to take some wonderful pictures.
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Between July and August, the weather is still acceptable, but be aware that you might find the island full of tourists, and therefore harder to experience Komodo’s nature and simplicity.
The best time to visit Komodo Island Indonesia is between September and November due to a few reasons such as good weather and a peaceful atmosphere.
KOMODO NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fees to Komodo’s National Park vary between $10 USD and $18 USD, depending on if you are visiting during weekdays, Sundays, or local holidays.
Tickets are only valid for one day, so if you want to spend more days in Komodo you’ll need to buy new tickets every day.
If you decided to visit the island using a private boat, there are fees applicable depending on the size and type of boat.
There are also many activities which you can choose to do, and which also come at an additional cost. These activities include canoeing, diving, snorkeling, and hiking.
KOMODO DRAGON FACTS
One of the main facts about the Komodo dragons, which some people still do not know, is that they are not actually dragons but giant lizards that can grow up to three meters.
As the name suggests, the Komodo dragon in Indonesia is endemic to the Komodo National Park. It means they do not exist anywhere else in the world, so if you fancy seeing these amazing massive creatures, this is the only place on earth to do it.
Another interesting fact is that the Komodo dragon’s tails are the same size as their bodies, and they use their tales to attack other animals.
This giant lizard can also swim! They are not only the kings on land, but they are also the kings in water. Believe it or not, the Komodo dragon can swim between the five islands where they live, and which are situated miles away from each other.
A bizarre fact about the dragons is that fossil evidence has been found in Australia which indicates that the Komodo Dragon originated from Australia, four million years ago.
Komodo Dragons are not only strong and able to kill a human with their tale or bite, but they are venomous as well. Some scientists defend that Komodo Dragons have bacteria on their tongue which can kill a human in hours, however, others believe that its venom is made of proteins that are similar to a snakes’ venom.
Although a Komodo’s Dragon bite is venomous to other animals and humans, they are not dangerous to other individuals of the same species.
The Komodo dragons are carnivore animals and they are able to eat up to 80 percent of their body weight in one single meal! Do not mess with these guys!
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE ISLAND
If you are aiming to spend a day, or even only a few hours on the island of Komodo, there are different guided tours which can take one hour up to eight hours. The starting point of the routes is located near the ticket office when you arrive.
There is a short trail that is suitable for all visitors, a medium trail where you may be able to spot not only some Komodo dragons but other endemic animals as the Timor deer.
If you are fancying a longer hiking trail which can take up to three hours, you will pass some scenic spots and encounter different areas where Komodo dragons spend their time.
Those are the most popular hiking tours, however, there are other longer options for those who are keen to experience a big and exciting adventure.
During these Komodo tours, the English-speaking guide will tell you some curiosities about the dragons and other wildlife of the island, and you will be able to see how the dragons live in their natural habitat and even be able to spot some of their nests.
At the exit point, you will find souvenirs stores where you can buy some exclusive gifts which you can take home with you or send them as gifts. There are also food and drink vendors at the exit if you’re feeling a bit thirsty and peckish.
PINK BEACH KOMODO
Most Komodo tours have the same schedule and after you’ve spent some time with the dragons, your boat will take you around to the famous Pink Beach Komodo for a swim and snorkel.
The unique color of the sand on Pink Beach is created from red corals in the ocean which make this beach one of a kind. It’s a great spot for swimming in turquoise waters, snorkeling, and beach bumming.
If you choose to visit this island (which I highly recommend you do) you can be sure that you will find lots of interesting things to see and do.
From observing the world’s largest lizards, and swimming at Pink Beach Komodo, to diving in the full-of-life waters along the coast, you will be more than pleased with your visit to this remarkable vista!
WHERE TO STAY IN LABUAN BAJO
Labuan Bajo is the main town in the region and the best place to stay before and after sailing the islands.
There are dozens of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations in Labuan Bajo below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: SUDAMALA RESORT
MID RANGE: SUNSET HILL HOTEL
BUDGET: SEAESTA KOMODO HOSTEL
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