Komodo National Park, Flores

Being one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia, it is one of the must visit places in Indonesia. The park is situated in the Wallacea Region and identified by WWF and Conservation International as global conservation priority area.


Where is it

Komodo National Park is in Flores, Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. It is located in the center of Indonesian archipelago, between Sumbawa and Flores.

Komodo National Park Map, Indonesia

Komodo National Park Map


Why go

It is the home to the Komodo Dragon, known as Ora to the Indonesians, and as a refuge for many other wild terrestrial species, with mixture of Asiatic and Australian origins. It is also rich marine life, consisting of over 1000 species ranging from reptiles like sea turtles to mammals like dolphins and whales, and also 250 species of reef coral. There are even chance of sighting flying foxes (fruit bats) at night across star-filled night sky.

Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Komodo National Park


When is the best time to go

It is tropical all year round thus always good to visit but it has more rain at the end of the year and could be really hot during August/September.

What to see

Komodo Dragon Indonesia

Komodo Dragon

The Komodo Dragon of course, touted as the living fossil. Walk around them upclose and personal but be forewarn and beware as there are reports that they can be dangerous if agitated.

There is also other varieties of wildlife like the Timor deer, wild horses, wild boar, buffalo, long-tailed macaques, palm civets, fruit bats and Rinca rat.


What to do

Dive to immerse in the rich marine life and coral reefs. It could be strong currents but the viewing is still amazing. Diving here brings high chance of rare marine life and coral reefs.

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Snorkel at the Pink beach, where you can have a chance to swim with sea turtles, manta rays and rock-hole island among incredible arrays of corals and fishes.

Camping and kayak – if you got enough of watching Komodo dragons or wildlife, fret not as you can do more outdoor activities like camping and kayaking. With kayak, you can even explore more places that are too narrow for the boats to get to, which undisturbed, are naturally rich with reefs and fishes.

Komodo National Park, Indonesia - Eagle Sea

Eagle at the Sea, Komodo Island


What and where to eat

Most people come here for the activities and not really the food as it is limited in choices but there are some budget eateries nearby the park headquarters in Pulau Rinca.

Where to stay

You can find guesthouses within the park itself or you may choose to stay in Loh Liang (Komodo Island) or Loh Buaya (Rinca island). Else better budget and choices would be in Labuanbajo where you can take a trip to the park in the day. You may also choose to stay in the motorboat that takes you to the island as they do come with cabins and rooms. Many tourists had good reviews on Komodo Resort * just next to the Komodo National Park.

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Komodo Dragon walking

Komodo Dragon walking


How to get there

By sea – there is a ferry/boat service from Sape in Sumbawa or Labuanbajo in Flores, twice a every week.

By air – the best way is to fly to Labuanbajo from Denpasar, Bali without the need to transit on another flight or boat. Sky Aviation serves regular flights on this route.

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach

Komodo Dragon walking at the beach


How to get around

The park is not that huge so most places can be cover on foot. Else you may charter private boats around as there are no public or regular boats.

Where to go nearby

Next to here is the famous beaches of Bali and Lombok, so hop over and have some relaxing, sun, sea and food!

Safety

Komodo Dragon Defense Stick

Komodo Dragon Defense Stick

Stay safe as the Komodo dragon do have histories of attacking human. So beware and do not get too close, and always stay close to your guide and listen to warnings. While out trekking to find them, a pole is very useful not only as a support but also in need as a weapon for defense. Komodo Dragon’s bite are suspected to be venomous and can cause massive blood loss therefore it is wise to stay alert and safe.

Photo credits from top: Burmesedays, leafbug, Millzero, leafbug, Richard Liblanc, leafbug, Adhi Rachdia and david.james.harris

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Author: Rachel

Fascinated by Indonesia, Rachel hopes to bring the best Indonesia Travel Guide to independent travelers so that they can enjoy what Indonesia has best to offer. Being an independent wanderer herself, Rachel knows what it takes to make a good, fun-filled yet responsible independent traveling. So let’s join her to discover wonderful Indonesia together. Google+

3 thoughts on “Komodo National Park, Flores”

  1. Hello Rachel! Your blog is AWESOME!
    It has been helping me A LOT through our trip! My wife and U are traveling the world and we are now in Indonesia gor one month. Most all our activities were based on the advise from your webpage. We are currently in Lombok heading to Gili.
    We plan to go to Komodo in about 3 days, its possible to find cheap homestays inside the park? And to arrange diving its better in LabuanBajo? In the National Park we find snorkeling rental or we should have it arranged in Labuanbajo?
    – we are loving the landscape here, but as low-budget travelers we are finding it very hard to get honest information around here; seems that there are scams and people trying to make more money from you everywhere…

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