I've seen a Komodo dragon in a zoo but always wanted to see them up close in the wild.
When a traveler arrives in Indonesia, often the first thing they want to do is visit the islands of Bali and Lombok. However, for some visitors, their major priority is exploring the Komodo National Park. Read the below to find out why Komodo National Park is one of the world’s finest nature areas.
Komodo National Park covers three islands: the Komodo Island, the Padar Island, the Rinca Island, and lots of smaller islands too. It’s located between the area of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara, east of the more popular Bali and Lombok.
The Komodo National Park is a World Heritage Site
Komodo National Park was created in order to provide a natural shelter for the ancient and rare Komodo dragon. The importance of this place is accepted by UNESCO, who classified it as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the early 1990’s. This Park is also considered to be one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, which has established its global significance.
Meet the most famous dragon
Komodo Dragons can only be found on five islands in the entire world. Four of these islands are part of the National Park, along with the nearby Flores Island in East Nusa Tenggara. According to experts, this particular species has managed to survive for millions of years, making it one of the oldest existing species. Many scientists believe that the famous Dragons are similar to dinosaurs, showing similar physiological structure to them. This is why Komodo Dragons are often referred to as the last existing dinosaur in the world. The species is also famous worldwide as the biggest living species of lizard, with an average size of three meters. These animals have interested the majority of the scientist community and also curious tourists too. However, this park is far less touristy than neighboring Bali or Lombok, allowing a state of purity and natural salvation. A lot of people may want to spend their vacation in the best spa in Bali in order to have some rest, while others want to be explorers and get in touch with nature.
Meet Komodo dragon’s friends too!
Komodo Dragons are not the only reason for visiting the National Park. Its distinctive natural environment combines strong current ocean waters and volcanic features, which have made it possible for thousands of different species to find their own home all around the islands. There are over 1,000 species of tropical fish, over 200 species of coral, almost a hundred species of sponge, as well as rare endemic species like the orange-footed scrub fowl, sea turtles, dolphins, and dugongs who live in the area.
An unforgettable underwater experience
A walk in the National Park is a great way to spend your day exploring the most famous animals of Indonesia. Getting in touch with the underwater environment is also an unforgettable experience. There are a lot of diving centers that are willing to offer you the most exciting dive of your life. There are classes for beginners and experienced divers too, depending on your level. Divers are guaranteed to come across rare exotic species, from neon tropical fish to sea turtles. Many of the gorgeous species of coral and fish can also be observed just by lazily floating about on the water with a snorkel.
Do not miss the chance of visiting this famous park. You will surely understand that we all need to respect nature and the animals and feel blessed that we are surrounded by such a beautiful and colorful environment. If you visit Indonesia with your kids, then you will want to go to the Park for sure, because they are going to love it.