The park is most famous for its enormous reptiles, the Komodo dragon (Varanus Komodensis), the biggest lizards inhabiting the world today, which can reach a length of 3 metres. Komodo dragons top speed is 18 km/h, their skin is armour-reinforced and they hunt down large prey such as deer and wild pigs. They obviously don’t fly but there were indeed records made about them spitting fire in the early 19th century! Today the dragons are unfortunately an endangered species and require protection.
Komodo National Park has the driest climates of Indonesia. Komodo National Park has little or no rainfall for approximately 5 months of the year (between May and September). Most of the annual rainfall of between 800mm and 1000mm will come between the months of November to March. The hot (30C) day time temperatures of July & August are countered by cool seas and breezes.
Raja Laut is fully equipped for scuba diving. Further details and specific diving itinerary can be prepared on request.
The water around the Komodo are swept by strong currents which makes for some challenging diving but also for encounters with big fish like sharks, rays and tunas. July and August, having cooler seas and being more nutrientrich, have lower visibility but have blooming marine life.
The main gateway to the Komodo National Park is from the village of Labuan Bajo, on the island of Flores. Labuan Bajo is an ideal port of embarkation and disembarkation for a cruise in the Komodo archipelago. The easiest way to reach Labuan Bajo is to take an airplane from Bali. There are many flights daily and the flight time from Bali is 1 hour.
Alternatively one can choose from many possible embarkation points either in Bali, or Lombok, Moyo, Sumbawa, or eastern Flores. Please contact us to find out more.
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