Top 9 Experiences in Komodo National Park

July 17, 2011 No Comments » – Komodo National Park is The Real Wonder of The World. Komodo National Park is located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores in the Lesser Sunda islands of Indonesia. The Park belongs in the Komodo Sub-District of Manggarai District in the Province of East Nusa Tenggara. The park includes three major islands, Komodo, Rinca and Padar, and numerous smaller islands together totaling 603 km2 of land.

Here are Top 9 Experience in Komodo National Park:

1. Komodo Dragons

The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is a large species of lizard found in Komodo island, Rinca island, and Gili Motang. A member of the monitor lizard family (varanidae), it is the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of 2 to 3 metres (6.6 to 9.8 ft) and weighing around 70 kilograms (150 lb). Because of the unique and rare nature of this animal, Komodo National Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.

2. Pink Beach

Pink Beach on Komodo Island is famous for its beautiful pink sand. This color is a mixture of sand from white calcium carbonate and the bright red skeletons of organ pipe corals, which are relatively abundant in certain areas of Komodo National Park. Other pink sand beaches are found in some of the eastern bays on Komodo Island, as well as in southern Padar.

3. Castle Rock

Castle Rock is The Best Dive Sites in The World (Scuba Travel UK). Curious batfish as well as schooling barracuda, trevally and mackerels swim at 30-40m depth. At approximately 20m depth there is excellent soft coral growth and numerous seafans that host pygmy seahorses. The top of the rock is a good, calm place to explore during safety stops. For the keen eyed Yellow Pygmy Sea Horse can be found here along with a variety of Nudibranchs and Flatworms and Frogfish.

4. Cannibal Rock

Cannibal Rock or Batu Buas is famous for its varied and colorful invertebrate life. Rich soft corals abound as well as sea apples and other sea cucumber species. Amongst many surprises are flamboyantly colored nudibranchs, and fire urchins with Coleman shrimp. The fish life can also be quite good at times with an array of scorpion fishes, schools of red snappers and surgeon fishes. Unusual fishes such as pygmy seahorses and frogfishes may also be seen. Night dives are excellent, especially on the sandy slope of the northern side of the island starting at about 25 m depth.

5. Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo, a place sounds to the world nowadays. Its name attracts the tourists to come over and enjoy the beauty of its underwater nature, as well as to visit the islands within reach, inhabited by the komodo population.  Located at the west corner of Flores Island, Labuan Bajo has been used as the main entrance to Komodo National Park, which consists of Rinca Island, Komodo Island and Padar Island. This capital of West Manggarai has evolved to be a tourist destination filled with home-stay hotels, resorts and dive resorts. There are many expatriates living in this city and they own properties and/or tourism operator companies.

6. Gili Laba

Perhaps not many of us recognize Gili Laba. Nevertheless, this island is a must to be visited for you who take Komodo National Park trip. This island has an exquisite tropical landscape. Here you will do a bit strenuous trekking. It is so because many of the travelers are not able to reach the peak of Gili Laba. With the land slope of 70 degrees, this will be a challenging activity you might want to try on.

7. Ikan Cara

It would be an incomplete one when you visit Komodo National Park without having a culinary tour. The fried Ikan Cara coated with banana leaf, Cah Kangkung served with tomato sauce and banana juice are the most delicious Labuan Baju specialties meal and beverages that you can taste. Enjoying the fried ikan cara with the landscape of the harbor from the top of the hill gives you a distinctive experience. I have to admit that the taste of the crispy fried ikan cara was indeed kicking my tongue off. Added with the cah kangkung with tomato sauce plus the warm-served rice make these local meals even more popular in the local and international tourism world.

8. Rinca Island

This island is featured by the small dry forest that is ideally for komodo and other animals like water buffalo, monkeys, birds, pig and deer living free in this habitat. Rinca Island has been appointed to be one of the Komodo Conservation Area and one of the best places to visit in Flores. We might able to see more Komodo dragon population living in this area compare to Komodo Island itself and make it as a favorite tourist destination in this park.

9. Caci Dance

One of the most popular traditional dances in East Nusa Tenggara is Caci Dance of Manggarai regency. Local people believe Caci Dance is one of the mystic dances in Flores, because of the ancestor’s spirits involve in this rare ceremony. The word of Caci derives from the local language “Ca Ca Ci” which means fight one by one or battle one by one. The two local gentle mans hit each other by using whip and shield. So, the dance also called Caci whip fighting.

Let’s explore Komodo National Park and Happy Green Travels!

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