Explore and Take in Komodo Island’s Exoticness
If there is a place in Indonesia that you must come to visit, it would be komodo island. The land houses the rare reptile komodo, which lends the island its namesake. The island itself is part of the East Nusa Tenggara Province and it is in this island that you can find the Komodo National Park. The Park was made UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 1986 for its function to preserve the unique living relic that is the komodo. The part is so large it comprises three islands in its area: Padar, Rinca, and the Komodo Island. Plus other innumerable islands of tinier sizes, the Park occupies 603 square km of land in total and is home to around 2,500 komodos.
Komodo can grow averagely up to 3 meters in length and 90 kg in weight. In normal days, they would roam the vastness of savannas and rain forests but at times they can be seen to live at beaches and corals next to blue seas. Especially on Rinca Island, it is common to see a herd of komodos resting just outside national park rangers’ houses. Even when you cannot see a komodo around, you will find it fascinating to encounter sceneries of blue seawater, savannas, mangroves, and beaches.
Diving and snorkeling can also serve as a fun pastime, which are available by taking part in cruise ship or a boat of a fisherman. Recommended diving points include Tatawa, Batu Bolong, and Merah Beach. Many divers state that Komodo Island is arguably one of the most recommended spots in the world to enjoy such activity. The Island’s oceanic zone is home to many species. As much as 385 types of corals live underwater, as do 70 sponge species, 10 dolphin species, 6 whale species, green turtles, varieties of sharks, as well as some stingrays. Komodo Island itself was at a point included as one of the contenders for Seven Natural Wonders of the World, mainly due to its ability to preserve the life of Komodo Dragons and its unique combination of different biotic communities. In order for you to be able to see this rare species of reptile, you need to go by feet. Their natural habitat makes it necessary to climb up a mountain or go trekking for hours. While that may sound like exhausting, that is the price you need to pay for before witnessing the dragons at large doing their things.