The Komodo National Park encompasses a total of 29 volcanic islands (including the 3 major islands Rinca, Padar and Komodo) and is home to approximately 2,500 Komodo dragons and other various species of reptiles, birds and mammals. The park’s terrain is uniquely diverse, consisting of mountainous hillside, tropical rain forests, grass-woodland savannah, and pristine white sandy beaches which harbour a rich marine biodiversity. The marine environment is one of the world’s richest in flora and fauna and is still relatively undiscovered.
Things to do in Komodo
Komodo dragons
An official UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Man and the Biosphere Program Reserve, Komodo Island is a remarkable place. Home to fewer than 2,000 people and an impressive 2,500 Komodo dragons, this is the place to reconnect with nature. The famous dragons live on Komodo and on Rinca island but it’s also worth to combine your trip with Kelor island where there are no dragons but beautiful landscapes. There are one-day and multi day trips which will allow you to dive more into the the world of the biggest reptile that has thrived on Earth for millions of years.
Diving and snorkeling
The Komodo National Park is considered by some as the best diving location in Indonesia and even one of the best spots in the world by many people for big fishes and amazing underwater life. Crystal clear water, a lack of pollution, huge schools of fishes, pelagic fishes everywhere, sharks galore and the wonderful manta ray all year round make it a dream diving destination! Go with a traditional wooden boat or with a speed boat to explore the most famous diving spots or explore the region on a private boat trip where the schedule is completely up to you. If you are not a diver you can still join trips and go snorkeling in most of the dive locations.
Boattrips and cruises
Komodo Islands can only be explored by boat, either by a traditional wooden boat or by less convenient but much quicker speed boat. While you can make a day trip to the Komodo National Park, most tours are two or three days, with one or two nights. All trips go ashore on either Rinca Island or Komodo Island, or both, to see the Komodo dragons and include trekking on some of the islands and diving or snorkeling.
Wildlife adventure
Beside of the komodo dragons deer, wild buffaloes, long tail macaque, wild boar and numerous birds inhabit the Komodo Islands. You can easily see all those animals by going on a trip through the national park or if you are interested have a lookout for the Yellow Crested cockatoo, Rusty breasted Whistler and many more during a birding trip around Sano Nggoang crater lake and the Mbeliling Forest. Climb the mountains of Padar Island to enjoy the scenic view, go trekking to the three colored lake of Kelimutu or just relax on pink beach.
Our insider tips
Ben’s recommendation
Diving around the Komodo islands is just a dream come true! Great variety of fishes, superb and untouched coral reefs, big fishes hunting actions, and pelagic fishes at every dive site will make your dives unforgettable. You might have the chance to dive with the magnificent peaceful Manta ray and you will also see numerous whitetip and blacktip reef sharks. I rather prefer going diving by a traditional wooden boat instead of the speedboats, because it’s less bumpy and you can better enjoy the ride.
Lucy’s recommendation
The islands in Komodo National Park are stunning but so is West Flores as well. When you visit the area make sure to stay for at least 3 days and beside the dragons and the diving also visit the Sano Nggoang crater lake, the Mbeliling Forest, the three colored Kelimutu lake and the Cunca Rami waterfall. Go on a birding trip, which will allow you to see not only the dragons and main attractions, but also visit all the above mentioned places and experience the different faces of the national park.
Trevor’s recommendation
Komodo National Park is famous for its epic pictures. When you are here you really need to make sure that you can visit and experience these stunning sceneries. This place is definitely the one where you’ll not be able to stop making pictures and it’s the best place to start wildlife photography. I’d definitely recommend to go on a photo trip where you see all the breathtaking places and you can make the best shots, which will be a great memory back home.
Good to know

Go with an official guide

Instead of wandering around by yourself or staying with the locals, it is highly recommended to hire an official guide or ranger for your trip to the Komodo National Park as they have experience and knowledge regarding the animals. Although Komodo dragons have bad vision, they still can hear you and have a powerful sense of smell. An official guide always brings a long, double-branched stick to dispel the dragons and protect tourists. In the water as well, if you want to explore the marine life don’t forget to go with a trained dive instructor, because the currents are strong and there are some underwater plants and animals which can be dangerous.

Be aware of wildlife

There are some incredible creatures to be found on Bali, from elephants and monkeys, to exotic birds, but as with many wild animals, obey the signs and keep your wits about you.When walking in rural areas or at night, it’s a good idea to always wear appropriate closed in footwear, just in case you come across some of the less pleasant fauna.