About Diving in the Komodo National Park.
The pristine waters of Komodo National Park are home to commonly seen turtles, various species of sharks and Manta Rays, Giant Trevally, Barracudas, Rainbow Runners, Dogtooth Tunas, Groupers, Napoleon Wrasse and many more. The macro species commonly seen are the colorful Nudibranch, Ghost pipefish, Mandarin fish and the tiny Pygmy seahorse. Occasionally, there are the sightings of Whale species, Dolphins, Dugongs, Frogfish, Blue Ringed Octopus, Wunderpus, Devil and Weedy Scorpionfish and Flamboyant cuttlefish
About Komodo National Park
Located in East Nusa Tenggara, Komodo National Park (KNP) is the home of the unique and rare Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Because of the unique and rare nature of this giant lizard, KNP was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.
The park includes three major islands, Komodo, Rinca and Padar, and numerous smaller islands all together totaling 603 square kilometers of land. At least 2,500 Komodos live in this area. The larger dragons are usually three meters long and weigh up to 90 kg. Their habitat comprises beautiful savannas, rain forests, white beaches, coral reefs, surrounded by a sparkling aquamarine sea. In this area, you’ll find a plethora of wild life, among others wild horses, wild buffaloes, deer, wild boars, snakes, monkeys, and various types of birds.
On Rinca Island, you can see Komodos basking outside the homes of national park rangers, or “parked” near the officials’ homes. If you don’t wish to view the dragons, Rinca and Komodo have beautiful sceneries with white beaches, mangroves, savannas and aquamarine waters. During the dry season, the panorama transforms into golden savannas and hills due to the dried grass.
Your legs are your dependable transportation on these islands. Good thing most people never leave home without them. When you wish to see these animals in their natural habitat, you’ll have to walk to the nearby hills (walking trails have been designated). On Komodo Island, you’ll have to climb Mt Ara (538 meters above sea level) for 3-4 hours.
On Rinca Island, the hike takes about 1.5 hours. If you are lucky, you can see Komodos going after their prey, fighting, or even employing their mojos along your way, as illustrated by this picture on the left. If that’s too much for you, you can look for a herd of deer, buffaloes, or wild horses.