KOMODO & RINCA ISLAND
These two hilly, desolate islands located between Flores and Sumbawa, are home to the legendary giant reptile – the Komodo dragon. Known locally as ora, it can grow up to four meters in length and weighs up to 100 kilograms, making it the world’s largest lizard. It is believed its ancestors roamed the earth up to about half a million years ago. The reptile lives on carrions of goats, deer and even the carcasses of its own kind. The only human population on the island is at the fishing village called Komodo.
The Komodo dragon is protected by law and, although considered harmless, it is advisable to keep at a distance while in its presence. The island is now a nature reserve and is part of a national park of the Komodo National Park, which is also home to a number of rare bird species, deer, and wild pigs.
The seas surrounding the islands have crystal clear waters and abundant of marine life. The only accommodation available is in simple guesthouses in the fishing village. It is advisable to carry food supplies. The best time to visit the islands is between March and June, and between October and December. Visitors who want to see the Komodo dragon have to use the services of a local guide.