General Information About Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park is located in the Nusa Tenggara Islands, east of Sumbawa Island. It consists of 3 large islands, Komodo Island, Rinca Island and Padar Island. There are several other small islands, like Kelor Island, Kanawa Island and Kalong Island. The land area is 603 km² and the total area is 1.817 km². Komodo island is one of the 17,508 islands that comprise the Republic of Indonesia. The island is particularly notable as the habitat of the Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard on Earth, which is named after the island. Komodo Island has a surface area of 390 square kilometers and a human population of over two thousand. The people of the island are descendants of former convicts who were exiled to the island and who have mixed with Bugis from Sulawesi. The people are primarily adherents of Islam but there are also Christian and Hindu congregations.
Komodo is part of the Lesser of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. In addition, the island is a popular destination for diving. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province.
HistoryThe earliest stories of a dragon-like animal existing in the region circulated widely and attracted considerable attention. Official interest was sparked in the early 1910s by stories from Dutch sailors based in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara about a mysterious creature. The creature was allegedly a dragon which inhabited a small island in the Lesser Sunda Islands. The Dutch sailors reported that the creature measured up to seven meters in length with a large body and mouth which constantly breathed fire. It burnt them and so they could not continue the investigation. It was believed then that the odd creature could fly. Hearing the reports, Lieutenant Steyn van Hensbroek, an official of the Dutch Colonial Administration in Flores, planned a trip to Komodo Island to continue the search himself. He armed himself, and accompanied by a team of soldiers, he landed on the island. After a few days, Hensbroek managed to kill one of the lizards to investigate.
LandscapeKomodo contains a beach with "pink" sand, one of only seven in the world. The sand appears pink because it is a mixture of white sand combined with red sand, formed from pieces of Foraminifera. Beside of beautiful beach in Komodo island also many things to do such as Padar island, Kalong island, Taka Makasar and many others beautiful places.
- 6 Destinations
- Shared speedboat
- Pick-up & Drop off
- Snorkeling equipment