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Komodo, the volcanic island of giant lizards, lies 320 miles (515 kilometres) east of Bali. Komodo is 25 miles (40 kilometres) long and 12 miles (19 kilometres) wide; its parched hills ascend to a height of 2,410 feet (734 metres). Komodo is home to a small community of some 500 people who make their living primarily from fishing. The island's centrepiece is Komodo National Park, where you will find the most tangible legacy left behind from the Jurassic Era.
Komodo Island was little-known and the Komodo dragons were only a myth until pearl fishermen discovered the giant lizards in the early-1900s. Extinct almost everywhere else, the island attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world who come to see the Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. Komodo National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A variety of bird species also make their home on the island.
The Komodo dragon's great bulk and weight are its most unique characteristics; even hatchlings average 20 inches (51 centimetres) in length. The adult male can reach 10 feet (3 metres) and weigh up to 330 pounds (150 kilos). Females attain only two-thirds of this size, and lay up to 30 eggs at a time. With their saw-like teeth, these fierce creatures are able to rip apart a deer, goat or wild pig. The animals have an uncanny sense of smell, and are considered among the world's most intelligent reptiles. They are quite agile over short distances, and can move swiftly to capture their prey. It was established to protect the habitat of the unique Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest lizard and its remit was extended to protect the entire ecosystem.
Komodo Port is famous for its thousands of acres of flora and fauna; this makes the Komodo port of call a haven for nature lovers and many a traveler from all over the world. This Indonesian tourist destination is home to a culturally and religiously diverse population. Muslims, Christians and Hindus live in harmony in this beautiful island.
Where You're Dock
The ship is scheduled to anchor off Komodo Island. Guests will be taken ashore via the ship's tenders to a wooden jetty near the small Information Centre.
Things to See
Komodo Port has a lot to offer for those who love nature. Located between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa is the Komodo National Park; this includes the islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca. The Komodo National Park was founded in the year 1980. Six years later, the park was declared as a world heritage site. Going to the park means you will be visiting the infamous Komodo dragons. The park serves as a haven for the Komodo dragons protecting them from extinction. Be very careful with the dragons though because one bite from these dinosaur-like animals can kill a person.
Going to the island of Flores and Sumbawa is also advisable for those who love to trek. Going to the nearby islands will be a good experience for those who do not want groomed trails. Trekking through the unbeaten path is, after all, much more exciting.
Depending on the time you have available, one or more guided tours on the islands of Rinca and Komodo itself. Please note that it is neither permitted nor advisable to do any tours without local guides, as the Komodo Dragons are dangerous when they attack.
This area is inhabited by more than a thousand different fish species, making it one of the world’s richest marine habitats. You may also swim in the Flores Sea on your incoming or outgoing boat trip to one of the islands. Beware of sharp corals on the sea floor near some of the small islands.

Kanawa Island Diving, Kanawa Island, Flores (on Kanawa Island an hour out of Labuan Bajo on the edge of the Komodo Marine Park), +62 821 44802882. Based on Kanawa Island and working alongside Kanawa Beach Bungalows, 14 rustic bungalows located on the beach with restaurant and daily free transfer from Labuan Bajo. Offers daily 2 or 3 dive trips into the marine park as well as diving day and night from the beach on the house reef. A full range of PADI courses from Discover Scuba to Divemaster. The position of the island on the edge of the marine park means a saving on travel time to the dive sites in the central and northern areas of Komodo Marine Park.

Komodo Liveaboards (Komodo Liveaboards). Komodo Dive Liveaboards (Rinca Islands Liveaboard) cruise gives divers the ability to explore some of the most pristine and diverse marine habitats on the planet, while living right on the Komodo Liveaboard diving boat.
Komodo Kayaking (rinjaniclub@gmail.com), Eco-Lodge hotel, +628175730415,. Many of the islands in the chain are either inaccessible to large boats or difficult to access. However with a sea kayak, you can travel anywhere you like. Into small grottos and bays, around rocky points and slowly above shallow reefs brimming with fish.

Sea Kayaking and SUP'ing Komodo Islands (info@noroads.com.au), Komodo Islands,  +61395988581. There are dozens of uninhabited islands within and just outside the Komodo National Park. Many of these are only accessible by unmotorised vessels such as sea kayaks and SUP's. These trips are the only full supported expeditions in the park using proper expedition style sea kayaks, not sit on tops. This agency uses these sit in kayaks as the seas can get turn from tranquil to treacherous quite quickly, and a proper sea kayak is the only vessel that can handle it safely.They also have a 20-meter support boat. People taking this trip sleep on isolated beaches by pristine reefs, stay in safari style tents with bush showers and toilets available, and eat wonderful Indonesian cuisine. There are 3-day and 5-day sea kayak and SUP trips all year round with the best times of year for paddling between April and November. From $1800.

Wicked Diving, Komodo, (Located on Main Road in Labuan Bajo - next to Treetop restaurant), +62 821 46 1165538 (info@wickeddiving.com), [8]. Small dive center in Labuan Bajo operating their own Komodo liveaboard for 4 and 7 day tours. Offering daytrips, training and snorkeling tours. 
Flores spa, Jl soekarno hatta labuan bajo. Pamper yourself with a professional treatment, from reflexology to full body massage, remedial treatments and sunburn remedy. It is the favorites of all the divers. 
Blue Marlin Dive Komodo (info@bluemarlinkomodo.com), Jalan Soekarno-Hatta, Labuan Bajo,+62 (0) 812 376 6496, [9]. Offering day boat and liveaboard guided trips, full services for open-circuit and rebreather (CCR) divers, equipment sales and diver training in a purpose-built pool. Ikan Biru, newly refurbished liveaboard, continues to provide custom itineraries around the marine park. Equipped with modern marine safety equipment and an extremely experienced crew. Featuring a rooftop restaurant and accommodation.

Flores Komodo Expedition (Main Road across TransNusa Airline Office), Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Flores, NTT, Indonesia, +62 85239816967 info@floreskomodoexpedition.com. Flores Komodo Expedition organises boat cruises to the Komodo National Park to see the dragons in their natural habitat. The snorkeling tours lead to wonderful islands with white sandy beaches and colorful coral gardens. During the overland trekking and sightseeing tours in Flores one can visit Kelimutu three coloured crater lakes, vulcanos Ebolo and Inerie and all the Megalith Villages in the area of Bajawa. 
Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia, identified by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area, and is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores.
Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of more than 1,800 km2. As well as being home to the Komodo Dragon, also known as the Komodo Monitor, or Ora (to Indonesians), the park provides refuge for many other notable terrestrial species. Moreover, the Park includes one of the richest marine environments. Climate is tropical all year round, and both extremely hot and dry > °F 104 (> 40 degrees Celsius) during August and September.

Komodo National Park was established in 1980 and was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986, both indications of the Park's biological importance.
The park was initially established to conserve the unique Komodo Dragon and its habitat, first discovered world in 1910. Since then conservation goals have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both marine and terrestrial.
The majority of the people in and around the Park are fishermen originally from Bima on the island of Sumbawa, and from Manggarai, South Flores, and South Sulawesi. Those from South Sulawesi were originally nomadic and moved from location to location in the region of Sulawesi to make their livelihoods.
Descendents of the original people of Komodo, still live in Komodo, but there are no pure blood people left and their culture and language is slowly being integrated with the recent migrants.
Little is known of the early history of the Komodo islanders. They were subjects of the Sultanate of Bima, although the island’s remoteness from Bima meant its affairs were probably little troubled by the Sultanate other than by occasional demand for tribute.
Stay safe
The Komodo Dragon has a history of attacking humans. Beware of getting too close, and if you are visiting via the park's office (which you should), ask for a guide and stick close to him. Do not wander off or do anything without his consent. Komodos may approach the guest rest area during daily feeding time, but in this time, find a building (which are usually elevated) and stay clear from the railings. Komodos can and will jump to obtain food if necessary. Park rangers are usually present at these events and will deflect any Komodos trying to get in (which they can do).
You may be given a large pole with a split on the end, forming a "Y" shape. This can be used as a walking pole or for moving things on your path - however, if wild animals threaten, it can be used as a last form of defense (despite being hardly useful against komodos). Overall, try keeping a watchful eye and steer clear of any wildlife.

Komodos are extremely dangerous if close enough. They can run faster than humans (and accelerate very quickly), so best not approach if necessary. Jumping into water (as Komodos are often found near the beach too) doesn't help either, as they can swim faster than humans, can dive, and can also swim against strong currents (in fact, sometimes Komodos are found on neighboring islands, suspected of swimming there).
Zoologists formerly believed that the main problem was the dragon's diseased-filled bite from the rampant bacteria residing in their mouth. More recently theories have been put forward that the Komodo Dragon is actually venomous, and that the biggest problem when bitten is shock and massive blood loss due to the ferocity of the bite. Whichever, getting bitten is not a good thing.

The absence of crocodiles on Komodo Island (due in part to a lack of suitable habitat) leave the Komodo Dragons with no natural predators.
Younger Komodos may live in trees. While not as dangerous as their parents, they can still jump off suddenly and cause panic. Snakes, monitor lizards, and other animals are also present and may cause minor problems.
Saltwater Crocodiles are not present on Komodo Island but they may be present on the surrounding islands and in the ocean. Any area with estuaries and river mouths should permit extra caution as, although they are technically not present on Komodo, the islands ARE within the species natural range. It was once believed by Indonesian natives that monitor lizards (including the Komodo dragon) were capable of warning humans of a crocodile's presence.
Pink Beach Pink Beach
This popular swim and snorkel spot boasts a shimmering beach of pink sand, the result of pulverized red corals and is only one of seven pink beaches in the world.
Eating Out
The Komodo port of call offers culinary delights that will surely whet the appetite of every visitor. Indonesian and international favorites are served in its many restaurants. The restaurant inside the Golo Hilltop hotel makes delectable Indonesian breakfasts. They serve western cuisine as well but the Indonesian dishes are just so mouthwatering, your tour will not be a complete one if you do not try them. A limited selection of food is available near the park headquarters on Pulau Rinca, and the prices are not high by Western standards.
Atlantis, Jl pantai pede gorontalo labuan bajo (Next to jayakarta hotel). Spanish and seafood restaurant and beach club, offering tasty and fresh food, free shuttle bus and free usage of swimming pool. Every saturday night it turns into a disco with live dj and entertainment. Wonderful for sunset. 10% discount to all certified divers.
Souvenir stalls near the Information Centre offer a variety of souvenir items, including t-shirts, postcards and woodcarvings of the giant lizards. The local currency is the Rupiah. U.S. Dollars are generally accepted; credit cards are not. On Pulau Rinca near the park headquarters you may buy hand carved wooden komodo dragons along with park stickers and park t-shirts. Prices may be cheaper in Labuan Bajo, Flores than on Pulau Rinca.
Ombak Biru (Komodo Dancer), Kuta Poleng A3, Jalan Setiabudi, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, +62361766269. A luxury liveaboard that has been operating in Komodo National Park for the past 10 years. Part of Dancer Fleet Inc., mainly offering 10 night trips to explore North & South Komodo and surrounding islands. 

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