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We have all seen some documentary about komodo national park these huge lizards that have scared us with their aggressiveness and voracity, but we do not always locate where to find them in freedom on a map. Now, concluding this virtual visit to the wonderful island of Flores, in Indonesia , I present to you the only place in the world where these monitor lizards live.

komodo national park

The Komodo National Park, in Indonesia , is formed by 29 islands, being Komodo, Rinca and Padar the largest, forming 2,193 square kilometers of total area. It was created in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragons, endemic to these islands .

In addition to the 5,700 dragons estimated to live here, many of its islands have perfect beaches and crystal clear waters for snorkeling. With reason, this spectacular scenario was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991.

where is komodo national park?

The Komodo National Park is located in the center of an archipelago of Indonesia and consists mainly of 3 volcanic islands, remember Google in the information provided on the Doodle platform . “The Komodo landscape is different from any other, and its landscapes include dry savanna conditions and lush forests; all surrounded by white sand beaches and bright blue water.

The National Park is accessed from Labuan Bajo, the westernmost town on the island of Flores . There are two options for this: a one-day boat tour that returns to Labuan Bajo on the same day, or, on a multi-day tour that takes you back to Lombok, stopping on Komodo Island, and other islands.

Komodo jumped to the press on August 16 for the wreck of a tourist boat with 25 passengers, among which were Spaniards. Just traveled on this tour of several days passing through Komodo.

indonesian komodo dragons

Disturbing volcanic profiles of brown and dry green tones emerge where the waters of two oceans, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, intermingle. Indonesia is the only equatorial region in the world with an exchange of marine fauna and flora, precisely due to the clash of the Eurasian and Indo-Australian tectonic plates under its seas. in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, among the islands of Sumbawa and Flores , the 1,800 square kilometers – with aspirations to become 2,300 – of the Komodo Island National Park ( include the three main islands: Komodo , Rinca, and Padar.

Although the largest island and where most dragons inhabit is Komodo, it is easier to see them on the island of Rinca . It turns out that dragons are usually more active at dawn and dusk. The boats arrive at noon, when the dragons hide to protect themselves from the sun. However, in Rinca, they tend to wander around the houses where the Park employees live.

In any case, in the routes by Rinca and Komodo it is obligatory to hire a ranger that will guide the group and that, in case of attack of a dragon, will be in charge of protecting us . When I was in Rinca, the visit lasted an hour and a half, which took us through areas frequented by dragons, nesting areas, hunting, all in a mainly desert environment.

Labuan Bajo itself has no great tourist attraction, but since you are here, you should not miss the beautiful sunset adorned with small islets in the background and fishing boats closer to the port .

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Updated: July 22, 2018 — 8:55 am

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