Komodo National Park is a popular destination for travelers and divers all around the world, and for a good reason. The national park has plenty of features that attract international attention. For one, the two island, Rinca and Komodo Island, are homes to the largest lizard on the planet the Komodo Dragon. These fearsome lizards have inhabited these islands long before humans have settled on it. Komodo National Park is also a diving hotspot and a great place to sight the Manta Rays, Mola – Mola Sunfish, as well as other exotic pelagics and marine life. In this article we’ll be giving you some pointers before you go and plan your trip to Komodo National Park.
Getting to Komodo National Park
The best way to get to Komodo National Park is by firstly flying to Labuan Bajo located on Flores Island. This will be the main gateway from which you can enter the park. You can also take overnight boats from Lombok and Sumbawa, however these will have significantly longer travel times.
Labuan Bajo is highly recommended for travelers wanting to stay a few nights on the island. The place itself is relatively small, but it makes up for it by having a wide range of facilities and conveniences for travelers such as restaurants, villas, dive shops and a port where you can take day trips to other surrounding islands.
So you’ve made it to Komodo National Park and you’re ready to go on your adventure to explore the park, where should you go?
If you’re up for some trekking, then Padar Viewpoint should be on top of your list. This is probably one of the most iconic viewpoints in all of Indonesia. The views are nothing short of spectacular, with panoramic views that stretch over the horizon.
As we mentioned earlier, Komodo National Park is also famous for its excellent diving conditions. You can catch a glimpse of the majestic Manta Rays that like to roam the waters here. They’re naturally curious creatures, and they are more than welcome to have divers accompany them as they grace the waters below. And while you’re diving don’t forget to observe the beautifully healthy coral reef systems that are found in the waters of Komodo National Park. They are also home to many macro critters waiting for you to witness them.
Komodo National Park is teeming with beautiful landscape, exotic wildlife and crystal clean waters. If you’re planning a diving trip to Komodo National Park, feel free to reach out to us at Aqura Dive! Our PADI certified divers will be more than happy to guide and accompany your underwater journey in the park.