Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Indonesia. It is home to the famous Komodo dragons, which is why many refer to the island as the Komodo dragons island, as well as a variety of other wildlife and natural wonders. We visited the island as part of our trip to Flores Island, one of the several islands we visited during our 3-month Indonesia trip.
Based on our experience, here are some tips for visiting the park and what you can expect to see during your trip:
What to See on Komodo National Park
The main attraction of Komodo National Park is the Komodo dragons ((Varanus komodoensis), which are the largest lizards in the world and can grow up to 3 meters in length. You can take a guided tour of the park and visit the dragons in their natural habitat, either on Rinca Island or Komodo Island.
Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its unique wildlife and fascinating landscape. The park is actually comprised of 29 islands, the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca.
See below some images of Komodo dragons we took during our trip.
Interesting Facts about Komodo Dragons
We had many questions when we visited the park, and we tried to learn as much as we could be Komodo dragons.
- How fast can a Komodo Dragon run? On land, a Komodo Dragon can run as fast as 12 miles per hour (20 km/h) when it sprints.
- Can we outrun a Komodo dragon? When the Komodo sprints, a human cannot outrun it!
- Can a Komodo dragon kill a human? The sharp Komodo dragon’s teeth contain poisonous venom, which can kill within hours.
- How big is a Komodo dragon? The largest living lizard in the world!
- How much does a Komodo dragon weigh? A full-grown Komodo dragon can weigh 300 pounds on average.
- How long is a Komodo dragon? A dragon from Komodo can reach up to 10 feet (3 meters).
- How long does a Komodo dragon live? On average, a dragon from Komodo lives about 30 years.
- How does a Komodo dragon hunt? The animal hides in bushes, waiting patiently for its prey to come nearby. They terraced the victim using their strong legs, sharp claws, and teeth.
- What eats Komodo dragons?
They eat wild boars, snakes, and civet cats. Moreover, adult Komodo dragons also kill and eat younger dragons. The life of a baby Komodo dragon is indeed at risk of being eaten by adults, so young dragons tend to live in trees to protect themselves.
- How fast can Komodo dragons swim? Dragons are not as fast as when running, but they can swim well for about 1,000 feet (300 meters) as they cross the sea between nearby islands. They can stay underwater for about 18-20 minutes.
- What makes the reproduction of the Komodo dragon so unique? A female Komodo dragon can lay between 15 to 30 eggs, which are buried for eight months until they hatch. What makes the Komodo dragon unique is that, while the mating process is mostly between a female and a male, females can also produce eggs without matin through a process called parthenogenesis.
- Is it legal to own a Komodo dragon? It is illegal to buy any endangered Komodo dragon.
- What is the history of Komodo dragon species? First described as a “land crocodile,” the world’s largest lizard, also referred to as the Komodo monitor or the Komodo Island monitor, originated in Asia about 40 million years ago and migrated to Australia. The large animals migrated back to Indonesia around 15 million years ago.
Other Activities to Do on Komodo Island
In addition to visiting the dragons, there are a number of other activities you can enjoy during your visit to Komodo National Park.
In addition to the dragons, the park is home to a variety of other wildlife, including buffalo, deer, pigs, and a number of bird species.
Hiking Komodo Island
They are two hiking trails in the park, and hiking Komodo Island is a great way to explore the island and a chance to see the dragons hunting or simply wandering their natural habitat.
The pink colors are incredible, though it must be a sunny day for them to be really striking.
Scuba Diving Komodo Island
These include snorkeling or diving in Komodo crystal-clear waters, which are home to various colorful marine life. The best time to dive Komodo is November through March.
Komodo is considered one of Indonesia’s top diving spots, along with diving in Papua Raja Ampat. The strong currents mean the sites are best reserved for experienced divers, but those are in for a treat: expect manta rays, reef sharks, and shallow coral gardens.
Sailing Komodo Island
You can also take a boat ride around the park and visit some of the smaller islands or relax on one of the beautiful beaches and soak up the sun.
How to Visit Komodo Dragons Island
The best way to visit Komodo National Park is to arrange a tour through a local tour operator. There are a number of options available, ranging from day trips to multi-day tours that include accommodation on one of the nearby islands. You can also visit the park independently, but it is recommended to hire a local guide to ensure your safety and to help you make the most of your visit.
Komodo is off Flores Island Indonesia, which is a great departure point for any Komodo tour.
There is no airport Komodo per se, and people will arrange flights from Bali to Komodo via Flores Island.
You can also book a Bali to Komodo Island tour or join a Bali Komodo cruise.
Overall, a visit to Komodo National Park is a truly unforgettable experience. Whether you’re interested in seeing the dragons up close, exploring the underwater world, or just enjoying the park’s natural beauty, you’ll find plenty to see and do during your stay.
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