Komodo Island is a national park mostly known for its population of the world’s largest living lizards whose aggressive behaviour and scary appearance have earned them the name of ‘Komodo Dragons’. These unusually large reptiles exist nowhere else in the world and their size has been attributed to island gigantism, since they don’t have to coexist with any other carnivorous animal.
However Komodo Island is much more than these distinctive giants. The park has been identified as a global conservation priority area due to its unparalleled terrestrial and marine ecosystems as well as location in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago. Its remote and rugged landscapes, green vegetation, white-sand beaches and blue waters have also earned it a place in the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
The national park includes three larger islands (Komodo, Padar and Rinca) and 26 smaller ones. Rinca is a highly recommended spot for travellers visiting Indonesia; it is a great place to see the Komodo dragons in their natural environment with fewer people as it is less known and visited than Komodo Island.
Additionally the convergence of warm and cold water bodies creates and environment that attracts a large number of species such as blue whales, manta rays, sharks and dolphins. These waters are considered the best in the world for diving, if you visit the area between April and September you will find smooth water and perfect conditions for underwater adventures.