Discover Komodo Island - Lombok
For adventurous travelers who want to dive in crystal blue waters full of magnificent corals and marine life, or want to see the ancient, awe inspiring reptiles in their native habitat, Trip Guru suggests an adventure in Komodo Island. Komodo Island is part of the Komodo National Park which is a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve.
The Komodo dragons may not breathe fire or fly but they are still magnificent and can render you speechless. At 2 to 3 meters in length and some specimens tipping the scale at 165 kilograms, this is the largest lizard on earth. While the world famous Komodo dragons are the biggest draw of the island, they share the island's savannah with horses, wild buffalo, deer, wild boar, snakes, and various types of birds. If snorkeling and scuba diving is more to your taste, the island does offer diving spots that are simply amazing. The unpolluted, glassy seas surrounding the island is teeming with life and is home dolphins, whales, green turtles, sharks, stingrays, and thousands of species of fish. Liveaboard diving is popular with divers in Komodo.
Don't walk alone, preferably have a ranger or guide with you as they know best how to deal with the dragons and the best places to see them. Also, don't disturb or feed the dragons, as they can suddenly turn aggressive and are known to be able to move very fast. While trekking, make sure to wear shoes since the island is home to 12 types of snakes, three of which are venomous. Bring some insect repellent as the area does have mosquitoes. There are currently no accommodations on the island itself and most chartered boats to the island also serve as guest accommodation if staying overnight.
There are 2 to 3 daily flights to Labuan Bajo from Bali, and twice a week flight from Kupang. In Labuan Bajo you can then charter a local boat. If you would want to stay for several days in the area, charter a local boat which will also serve as your accommodation. Another option is to charter boat accommodation from Bima. The travel time is longer at 7 hours but the boats are bigger and have better facilities than those offered at Labuan Bajo. Best time to visit Komodo Island is during the dry season of April - December. To have a better chance of seeing the dragons, go in the morning when they are most active.