Diving Komodo National Park and Visiting the Komodo Dragons
Imagine a sprinkling of lush islands that embody a healthy natural landscape. The islands are accessorized by white sandy beaches, towering volcanoes and a biodiversity that is held sacred. Framed by azure waters that sparkle brilliantly, the underwater world is even more amazing than all that lies above, with thousands upon thousands of species.
Komodo National Park is a place of wild adventure, especially in regards to its scuba diving and protected landscape. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, it is a preserved home to native species and the amazing Komodo Dragon. An area that is also rich in marine diversity, it creates a visual candy store for divers of all abilities.
Located in Indonesia in the Wallacea region, this global conservation priority area, is situated smack dab between Sumbawa and the Flores Islands, a part of the Indonesian archipelago. Made up of three different major islands – Komodo, Rinca and Padar – and 26 tiny islands, the park actually encompasses 1,800 square kilometers of sea and land area.
Komodo National Park is home to many species of land animals and birds. Most notable, of course, is the Komodo Dragon or Ora as the Indonesians refer to it. This amazing lizard can grow to three feet in length and is considered to be the planet’s largest living lizard. In addition to its incredible length, it can also weigh up to 70 pounds. Other animals that can be seen on the islands include Timor deer, wild horses, water buffalo, orange-rooted scrubfowl, long tail macaques, palm civets, fruit bats, rinca rats and the sulpher crested cockatoo. There are also a fair share of snakes like the cobra and Russel’s pit viper.
The true treasure of this special place is the marine habitat. It is literally spellbinding, making you want to never leave. Within the crystal clear turquoise water that surrounds the various islands live thousands of species of fish, marine reptiles like the beautiful sea turtle as well as dolphins, whales and dugongs. In addition there are almost 300 different species of coral and nearly a hundred species of sponges. There are also a plethora of manta ray species and sharks.
The park offers divers various ways to dive. There are dive sites that allow visitors to enter the water from land. But the true beauty of Kanawa is especially amazing via a live-aboard diving vessel. Using a liveaboard gives you a pristine and private viewing of the incredible natural habitat as well as the beautiful night sky. Giving yourself the gift of doing a Komodo liveaboard dive trip is like offering a personalized trip to paradise.
Traveling to Komodo is fairly simple. Traveling from the major Indonesian cities of Sape, Labuanbajo and Flores there is a ferry service that takes visitors and full time residents twice a week. Do be aware that weather can come in and make it difficult for ferry service.
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