Written by Sandra on 25 Oct, 2000
A short walk from the pier will take you to the National Park's office where you have to pay a couple of Rupias - and receive piles of receipts in return. If you are lucky you already spot deer on your way. You are not…Read More
A short walk from the pier will take you to the National Park's office where you have to pay a couple of Rupias - and receive piles of receipts in return. If you are lucky you already spot deer on your way. You are not allowed to wander around the island alone - understandable considerung Komodo's other inhabitants than human beings: the amazing Komodo Dragons, huge lizard-like animals which can reach up to 3 meters and a weight of up to 75 kilos. After paying the admission you get to know your guide who will accompany you on your walk and most probably you will see one or more dragons. The guides are extremely friendly; they know their island well and lead you to the best places. I still remember the moment we came across our first dragon: it was resting in the shade and observing every step we took. It closed its eyes again after having recognized that we are not the appropriate food. You can approach them VERY carefully and the guide will take care, too. The last time we got as close as 1.5 meters and took great shots. We even saw a baby dragon! Other animals you might be able to find are deer, butterflies and if you are very lucky you will see one of the last free cockatoos. Oh yes, and spiders. Huge spiders. Coloured spiders. Scary spiders. The flora on Komodo is also worth a mention. You find a lot of colourful and sometimes strange flowers that you can admire. Depending on the time of the year of your visit to Komodo you will find the hills either still green (in spring) or more yellowish brown if you come in the summer. But every season has its own merits.
Unlike Bali and Lombok, the climate on Komodo is hot and dry so take enough water with you.
If you come independently with a boat, don't miss to cruise around the islands. The landscape is breathtaking, you won't be disappointed.
And if you are like me, you will fall in love with this region and come back over and over again.