Divers : 8 Things Why Komodo Island Should Be On Your Travel List

A calling for divers and hikers to visit this Magnificent Komodo National Park. The absolutely beautiful and scenic island has a great deal to offer from perfect blue water, rich marine biodiversity and various land fauna to a pink sand beach, perfect weather, and gorgeous mountains. Besides the Komodo dragon at Komodo National Park, this island is rich with coral reefs for eager divers around the world. Let’s get a closer look at why you should visit Komodo Island!

1. Komodo Dragon

Top reason to visit the island is clearly the Komodo dragon itself, The island is well known as the habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on Earth, which is named after the island. A type of monitor lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 meters (10 ft) and weighing up to approximately 70 kilograms (150 lb). Komodo dragons can run up to 11 miles an hour in short bursts.

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2. Popular Diving Destination

As a part of the Coral Triangle, which contains some of the richest marine biodiversity on Earth, it makes it easy for Komodo Island to be a popular destination for diving. Full of a variety of fishes (whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, manta ray, dugong), seagrass beds, colorful, untouched coral reefs and dense mangrove forests. With fierce currents on every dive site, diving in Komodo is mostly reserved for experienced divers. And because of the most dynamic marine environments in the world, your dive experience will be an unforgettable experience.
Best diving conditions are from March to October (March, April, May, June, July,August, September, October).

3. Other Fauna

This island is also rich in various land and sea creatures. Visitors can witness these animals roaming freely in their natural outdoor habitat. We can find a diversity of reptiles, mammals, and birds. 12 snake species, 9 lizard species, various frogs, the Timor deer, Javan deer (though they are not native), horses, water buffalos, wild boars, the endemic Rinca rat, fruit bats, banded pigs, civets, cockatoo, macaques, the orange footed scrub fowl and over 40 species of birds. Marine fauna that you can find on your diving includes over 1,000 fish species, 70 types of sponges, 10 types of dolphins, 6 types of whales, dugongs, green turtles and various types of sharks, huge manta rays, stingrays, marine reptiles and crustaceans and occasionally migrating whales.

4. Pink Beach

Komodo contains a very impressive beach with “pink” sand, it is one of the seven wonders of the world. The sand appears pink due to the degradation of red coral in combination with the white sand, it creates the soft pink. The colour from microscopic animals called Foraminifera who have pink shells and live in coral reefs surrounding the beach. This should be on your list of island hopping tours from Labuhan Bajo to Komodo Island. Not just to experience the pink beach, but to also enjoy the panoramic views of green hills, turquoise waters and blue skies will surely take your breath away. It’s the perfect spot to swim, jump off the boat and hike up to the top of the mountain for mesmerizing views.

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5. Pandar Island

This island is the perfect place for hiking with and spectacular views all along. you can see many grassy, green and blue panoramic hills that will spoil your eyes. Hike to the tallest peak of the mountain to enjoy a stunning view all around the island. A hike up the main peak of this mountain will approximately take 2 to 3 hours. A real breathtakingly beautiful landscape on Padar Island is the one that cannot be missed.

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6. Rinca Island

Rinca Island is the perfect spot for those who are looking to catch a glimpse of the exotic Komodo Dragon in their natural surroundings. To explore this wildlife of Komodo Dragon, visitors who come here must hire the service of an experienced ranger. Rinca occupies only 123 square miles and aside from a tiny fishing village, the island is completely undeveloped. Miserably hot and usually dry, Rinca is the perfect home for exotic and dangerous wildlife. The dense forest gives way to grassy fields and a few scattered watering holes where the Komodo dragons hunt for prey.

7. Traditional Life

As a traveler who likes to get a glimpse of traditional life, Mesa Island is the perfect destination for it. This island in the middle of the Flores Sea is the best place for you to learn about cultures. Led by sea gypsies (known as the Bajau people, not well-documented). This village has a population of approximately 1,500 residents and visitors can witness locals engage in their daily life such as drying fish, sea cucumbers, processing shellfish and preparing various seafood. The locals at Mesa Island are very friendly and children will often follow you out of their curiosity. Known as nomads who lived only on the boat, they adapted to build their own house in this Island. You can see their traditional stilt houses that hover above the sand and shoreline to describe their culture.

8. Perfect Weather

The climate is tropical, hot all year round, with a muggy, rainy season from December to March and a dry season from June to September. Temperatures are high and quite uniform throughout the year. The least hot period is from June to August. From September to November, and sometimes by mid-August, the hottest period of the year occurs, and the temperature can reach 35/37 °C (95/99 °F).
The sea in Komodo is warm enough to swim in throughout the year: the water temperature ranges from 27 °C (81 °F) between July and September to 29 °C (84 °F) between November and May.

As an addition, Komodo National Park has been included into the New 7 Wonders of Nature list on November 11, 2011.

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