Komodo National Park

Located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, KNP is composed of three major islands (Rinca, Komodo, and Padar) and numerous smaller ones, all of them of volcanic origin.

Initially established in 1980, it's main purpose was to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) and its habitat. However, over the years, the conservation gradually expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. In 1986, it was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, both indications of it's biological importance.

The landscapes of the entire region are very unique and probably some of the most dramatic in all of Indonesia!

Komodo Dragons

The most remarkable inhabitant is the Komodo Lizard, (Varanus komodoensis), also known as “Komodo Dragon”, due to its appearance and aggressive behavior. These giants existing no-where else in the world, are the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of 2 to 3 meters. Their population is restricted to the islands of Komodo (1,700), Rinca (1,300), Gili Motang (100), Gili Dasami (100), and Flores (c. 2,000), while extinct on Padar.

The Park also provides refuge for other terrestrial species such as the Timor deer, water buffalo, wild boar, crab-eating macaque, Asian palm civet, the endemic Rinca rat (Rattus rintjanus), and fruit bats. Domestic mammals include goats, cats and dogs which are feral.

Bird's species are numerous such as the orange-footed scrub fowl, helmeted friarbird, white-bellied sea eagle, lesser sulpher crested cockatoo and many others.

Marine Life

The coral reefs fringing the coast of Komodo are diverse and luxuriant due to the clear water, intense sunlight and rapid exchange of nutrient-rich water from deeper areas of the archipelago.

This is one of the richest and most diverse marine environments on earth and home to over 1000 species of tropical fish, 260 species of reef-building coral & 70 species of sponges, 18 species of dolphins, 14 species of whales, dugongs, as well as numerous species of sharks, manta rays and turtles.

The Komodo National Park was officially selected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012.

Komodo National Park Tours

TOURS SELECTION

Rinca half day (Dragons spotting)

Rinca full day (Dragons spotting & 2 snorkeling sessions)

Rinca half day + Flying foxes

Komodo half day (Dragons spotting & Komodo pink beach) - Only with speed boat

Komodo half day (Dragons spotting & Padar pink beach) - Only with speed boat

Komodo full day (Dragons spotting & Komodo pink beach + 2 snorkeling sessions)

Komodo full day (Dragons spotting & Padar pink beach + 2 snorkeling sessions)

Padar half day (View point & pink beach) - Only with speed boat

Padar full day (View point & pink beach + 2 guided snorkeling sessions)

Padar + Rinca full day (View point + Padar pink beach + dragons spotting)

Snorkeling half day (2 guided snorkeling sessions / Inclusive of snorkeling gears)

Snorkeling full day (3 guided snorkeling sessions / Inclusive of snorkeling gears)

Follow diving boat (2 snorkeling sessions / Supervised by dinghy)

Flying foxes

 

(All Tours require a minimum of 4 participants / Private Tours available on request)

How to get here

There are several airlines connecting daily the airport of Komodo in Labuan Bajo with Bali, Jakarta and Kupang

By bus and ferry travelling two days and two nights through Lombok and Sumbawa. The buses start everyday from the Ubung terminal in Denpasar.

By sea with Pelni , the national shipping company that sails every 15 days from Benoa and Makassar to Labuan Bajo