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The Unbelievable Wonders of Komodo National Park in Indonesia

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Run, don’t walk, to Komodo National Park in Indonesia. It is one of the most extraordinary and beautiful places that I have ever visited and it is virtually untouched. I don’t know if that will last. Where else in the world can you hop on a boat and spend days exploring uninhabited islands with pristine beaches, some of which are pink? You throw on a mask, snorkel and some fins and you find yourself swimming with giant manta rays, turtles and breathtaking fish, coral and plant life. If you need a little bit of danger to spice up your life, hike on Komodo or Rinca Island, the two islands in Komodo National Park where Komodo dragons run free. We did all this and more.

 

A pink beach in Komodo National Park.
A pink beach in Komodo National Park.
Swimming with manta rays in Komodo National Park in Indonesia
Photo by Alexandra Rose on Unsplash

 

My family of 6 went to Indonesia for 17 days in March. My children were 13, 14, 16 and 20 years old at the time. We went to five unique destinations and had dozens and dozens of mind blowing experiences. We went to Bali, Komodo National Park, Kelimutu on Flores Island (to hike the volcano), Borneo (to see the orang-utans), and Yogyakarta on Java Island (to see Borobudur, the oldest Buddhist temple in the world). In the next two blogs, I am going to discuss our experiences in Komodo National Park. But, stay tuned for future blogs on the other destinations.

 

Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site located within the Lesser Sunda Islands near the provinces of East and West Nusa Tenggara. The park includes three large islands called Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones. The total area of Komodo National Park is 1,733 km2 or 670 mi2. Except for park rangers, the islands are uninhabited.

 

Padar Island in Komodo National Park
At the top of Padar Island with three different colour beaches below – white, black and pink!

 

Komodo National Park is within the Coral Triangle. The region has 76% of all known coral species in the world. It is a habitat for 37% of the world’s reef fish. More than 3000 species of fish live in the Coral Triangle. In addition, it is home to six out of the world’s seven marine turtles species.

Komodo National Park in Indonesia
Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash

Before leaving Flores Island (where our flight landed), we had to purchase daily entrance tickets to Komodo National Park. Police boats cruise the waters making periodic checks that tickets have been purchased.  We never came across one during our stay, but it must be a serious matter. Our tour guides always asked for and held onto our tickets before we left for our day.

 

Komodo Resort

We flew 1 1/2 hours from Bali to Flores Island. Employees of the resort met us at the airport and drove us 15 minutes to the port. After that, we took a 45 minute speed boat ride to our hotel.

We stayed four days at the luxurious Komodo Resort on the deserted island of Sebayur. It is located just outside of Komodo National Park. From now on, when I think about running away from home to live on a beach with gorgeous accommodation and delicious food and drinks, I will think of this resort.

 

Komodo Resort near Komodo National Park
The view from our beach side bungalow at the Komodo Resort.

 

Komodo Resort had sixteen seafront bungalows with private bathrooms and terraces. They were kept impeccably clean. All meals were included in the cost of accommodation. Breakfast was by buffet, but lunch and dinner were served a la carte. I can attest from watching my 16 year old son eat, that there were no limits to the amount of entrees or desserts that we could order (except self control – obviously lacking by my son). The Chef specialized in Indonesian and Italian food. Incredibly, the resort had a pizza oven and we had a pizza night.

 

View of Komodo Resort from the water near Komodo National Park.
View of Komodo Resort from the water.

 

Completing our experience, the resort had a beach-side spa and bar. We loved ending our day with a massage, followed by drinks to watch the sunset. The overall vibe to this resort was beach bum meets tropical cocktails with umbrellas. The staff hangs out at the beach bar in the evening all the while making sure we had everything that we wanted or needed.  It was a fantastic blend of excellent service and friendly, down to earth, people.

 

Excursions into Komodo National Park

Each night, we booked our next days excursion with the Komodo Resort. It offered scuba diving, snorkelling, and land based excursions in Komodo National Park. We do not scuba dive, but based upon the extraordinary sea life that we witnessed while snorkelling, I would definitely consider getting my scuba license and returning.

Each day, we had a boat to ourselves with a staff of 5-6 people.  For snorkelling, we had a guide in the water, a spotter on the boat, and one person in a motorized dinghy keeping an eye on us. On board, staff were on hand to offer us a steady flow of water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, beer and snacks through the day.

 

Pink beach in Komodo National Park
The dinghy from the boat taking us to a pink beach.

 

I won’t lie. I booked our visit to Komodo National Park because I wanted to see the Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. How cool was that going to be! I knew that while we were at the resort, we would be able to snorkel and swim, and hopefully visit Padar Island (sometimes currents make it difficult to reach from the resort).  But, these things were going to be “add ons”, to basically fill up our time at the resort.

 

Komodo dragon in Komodo National Park.
One of the Komodo dragons that we saw on Rinca Island.

 

Well, I can not tell you how absolutely and completely wrong my expectations were. Spending time with the Komodo dragons was definitely cool and unnerving, but everything that we did left me awe struck. Komodo National Park is a global centre of marine biodiversity where we witnessed nature at its best. It felt magical every day.

 

Komodo National Park in Indonesia
Photo by Wexor Tmg on Unsplash

 

The details of our four day adventure in Komodo National Park can be found in my next blog called Komodo Dragons and Pink Beaches: Just Another Day In Indonesia.

 

If you are interested in reading more about our adventures during our three week trip to Indonesia, here is a list of all the articles that I have written:

The Unbelievable Wonders of Komodo National Park In Indonesia;

Komodo Dragons and Pink Beaches: Just Another Day in Indonesia;

Kelimutu: A Breathtaking Indonesia Volcano and Its People;

Exploring the Untouched Beauty of Kelimutu Indonesia

A Stunning Borneo Ecotour With Teens

 

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13 Comments

    • They aren’t the cute and cuddly types but you definitely feel like you are seeing some leftover relatives from the dinosaur age!

  • I really want to do this! It’sa bucket list for me for sure! I love the different colours of those beaches!! Have never seen anything like it! Look forward to reading the next instalment!

    • Thank you. There were lots of surprises for me in Komodo National Park. One of things that I loved was that there were really cool things to see above the water as well as under the water. That doesn’t always happen. I really loved it there.

    • We only scratched the surface of what Indonesia offers. But what we saw was spectacular, interesting and diverse – and all for reasonable prices! Hopefully, you can explore it soon.

  • This is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been to! Always wanted to visit but it’s one of those places that you never actually think you’ll get to see… so definitely a dream come true! You can get a lot closer to the dragons than I’d expected but there are plenty of rangers on guard constantly. If you have any questions you can always contact by email (info@duyungbaru.com) or phone (+62) 815 891 0056.

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