Visit Komodo Island Indonesia, part of Komodo National Park. It is located between the two large islands of Sumbawa and Flores, which we have written about in previous travelogues. We bought tickets for a three-day visit to the entire park, which also includes Padar island and Rinca island. The price was very good because there are not many tourists at this time of year.
On the second day of our trip to Komodo National Park, we had to wake up at 4:00 in the morning to enjoy the sunrise from the top of Padar Island. The summit of Padar Island is the most famous panoramic place in Komodo National Park.
Padar Island is one of the four islands where Komodo dragons live, but the island is quite large and the number of dragons is small ... so we had to wait for Komodo Island to see some dragons. There is very little rain in this part of the world and for this reason the vegetation is savannah. It is rare to find trees that keep the desired shade for us tourists.
As we know, the island of Komodo has the largest population of Komodo dragon, which in the past was an endangered species. Apart from this main attraction, there are quite good places for snorkeling, because there are many well-preserved coral reefs in the area. The local population has big problems with fishing because there are big restrictions due to the proximity to the park. I want to tell you about my meeting with the Komodo dragon. These are the largest reptiles in the world, feeding on buffaloes and deer, which are specially bred on the islands for them. Most Komodo dragons lie in the shade all day, and taking a selfie with a Komodo dragon is pretty easy.
The rangers themselves help us because they know who has eaten recently and is too lazy to move. The lizards rarely eat once a week and are so lazy and accustomed to feeding them that if the people are not there, they will starve to death. Besides, they smell awful, in other words, they are not a pleasant sight.
Long time ago there was smuggling of Komodo dragons and their number decreased significantly. There are currently about 1,700 individuals, most of them are quite small in size and walk freely on the island. The most enjoyable part of our trip to Komodo National Park is a walk on the beautiful beaches. We liked the pink beach the most, where the sand is really pink.
There are also black beaches because the island is volcanic nature. There are generally no comfortable beaches because the coast is either rocky or covered with mangrove forests. So we headed to the two neighboring islands to dive.
The water is really nice and the heat is deadly. This trip to Indonesia turned out to be a very interesting place, which I highly recommend. The food is mostly seafood delicacies that we managed to try, like traditional rice flavored with various spices. We only had one day to walk and explore Komodo Island and could not see its other inhabitants, such as the Timor rusa deer (the food of the lizards in the park), the water buffalo, the wild boar, the monkeys and the reptiles.
As you know, the population of the islands in Indonesia is growing rapidly and this is a big problem for nature. The government is taking steps to protect the flora and fauna in this part of the world, and parts of the park have been closed to visitors. We are pleased with what we saw and goes to our next trip to Sumbawa Island.