Eponymously named due it being the primary location of the largest lizard species in the world, Komodo Island is a remarkable place to view this huge predator in a semi-natural environment. The inhabitants of the island are the descendants of convicts that were placed here from the Indonesian mainland into a penal colony forced to live with the deadly Komodo dragon. The traditional method of appeasement was the annual sacrifice of a number of deer and goats which allowed the dragons to keep their distance from the resident humans. The Komodo dragon, although not in the habit of attacking humans, is highly dangerous and so should not be approached in any situation.
Komodo fishing village is the only place where there is any accommodation for visitors as most generally do not stay on the island for very long, instead preferring to partake in long day-trips. It is however possible to arrange with your tour operator beforehand.
Komodo is also famous for its remarkable marine life and Sabolon Besar is among the favoured spots for divers due to the remarkable coral, the possibility of swimming with giant Manta Rays and the remarkable underwater caverns which drop thousands of feet instantly. Snorkelling in Pink Beach is a famous pastime also.
The landscape is unbelievable in its scarcity; it is dusty, barren and covered with hills of all sizes. As the island is 280km², it is possible to traverse in a day but given the humidity it may be advisable to spend a little time, particularly if trekking. Getting in is only possible by boat as the island does not sustain an airport.
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