Komodo Island Travel Guide

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A small island of 280 kmĀ², Komodo Island is located between Sumbawa Island and Flores Island. Almost entire Komodo Island are hills and barren, except palm tress and woods. This island is famous with its giant lizards which are considered the last of their kind remaining in the world today. To many modern naturalists, East Nusa Tenggara is particularly interesting because of its unique species, called the komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis).

The local people call the animal: ora. It is a giant lizard with 3-4 meters length whose ancestors roamed the earth about half a million years ago.

Komodo lives by eating carcasses of goats, deer, and even of its own kind. The only human population in this island live in fishermen village. They also breed goats which are used to feed the giant lizards.

Komodo is protected by law and though they are considered harmless, it is advisable to keep them at distance. Komodo is now preseved at national park. The national park is home to a number of rare species, deer, and wild pigs, which are prey to the lizards.

To see komodo at day time, baits have to be set in the hinterland where local guides are needed. The sea surrounding the island offers sea life, crystal clear water, and white sandy beaches. The only accommodation available is simple guest houses in the fishermen village. It is advisable to carry food supplies. The best time to visit the island is between March and June, and between October and December. Komodo Island is accessible only from sea. From Labuan Bajo, visitors can travel to the island by boat about 3-4 hours. 

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: http://www.petra.ac.id/eastern/ntt/komodo.htm

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September 01, 2009 new by detty