The Province Of Komodo Dragons

I've dreamed to acquire to Komodo isle since simple school, when the instructor told the students to memorize the animals together with plants of Indonesia. Rather than waiting for role assignment or society or downfall from a rich uncle, I decided to relieve upward together with only acquire on my own.


Komodo National Park, which is ane of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is located inwards the due west component of Flores Island together with is component of eastern Indonesia. To acquire there, yous demand to wing to Bali, abide by a flying to Labuan Bajo, Flores together with thus move past times boat. It's an exhausting journey, but similar I said before, it is worth the journey.

Airlines serving flights Denpasar-Labuan Bajo are Merpati, Lion Air, Sky Aviation, TransNusa (cmiiw). You tin negotiate for the boat prices in ane lawsuit yous brand it inwards Labuan Bajo, but my friends together with I (we were a grouping of v women) opted to purchase a tour bundle from valadoo.

We departed to Labuan Bajo on Oct. 31 on Merpati. During the flight, I sat adjacent to a pastor (or at to the lowest degree he claimed to live one, he was non wearing the outfit). We talked nearly the role of my trip together with upon hearing that I was nevertheless single, he prayed that I would before long abide by the gentleman. "Actually Father, I am directly traveling amongst 4 friends, who are also single. Can yous pray for them too?" I said. He said he would together with said,"When yous come upward in ane lawsuit to a greater extent than to Flores island, together with I'm certain yous will, I pray that yous come upward amongst your husband." Amin to that :).

View of Labuan Bajo

We arrived inwards Labuan Bajo at xi a.m., together with the starting fourth dimension affair that stroke was the heat. Oh my Lord, Labuan Bajo was really hot compared to Jakarta. Pak Kanis from the move agency picked us upward at the airport, which saved us from the ruckuses that were taxi drivers together with nosotros before long boarded the wooden boat that nosotros would occupy inwards the adjacent 24 hours.

I don't similar the thought of spending the hateful solar daytime on the boat due to my displace sickness, but if I desire to regard Komodo dragons, thus it is the exclusively way. Fortunately, during the trip the body of body of water was quite apartment together with I could bask the boat ride. Our starting fourth dimension goal was...(drum rolls)...

Rinca Island

We threw the anchor at Loh Buaya, which agency the Crocodile Bay inwards local language. Before nosotros left the boat, Pak Kanis asked whether whatever of us was having our period. "Komodo tin odor blood from far away together with they volition come upward afterward you. If you're having your period, it is best to remain inwards the boat," he said. We were rubber that week, but imagine the frustration if nosotros came all the way exclusively to abide by that nosotros were having our period. Girls, live rubber when visiting the dragons.

After nosotros completed the direction materials to acquire inwards the park, nosotros started to trek, accompanied past times a ranger. But non far from our starting point, Komodo dragons already gathered close the kitchen area. Something's cooking together with the big lizards came all the way to abide by out.


Don't permit their clumsy motion fool you. Komodo tin run 18km/hour. They also receive got nifty odor ability. They mingle perfectly amongst their surrounding, making the preys unaware of their presence together with unprepared for their attack. Stay on your trek amongst the ranger. Also, accept off the sunglasses from fourth dimension to time. You may accidentally stride on their tails together with exclusively God knows what volition hap next.


Here's an example. Can yous spot a komodo inwards that photograph above? Yes, there's ane over at that topographic point because it is guarding its nest. One komodo tin lay upward to thirty eggs, but of the thirty eggs, exclusively thirty per centum hatch. And fifty-fifty if they hatch, non all survive. Some of them acquire eaten past times their mothers or other predators such every bit boars together with falcons.

Once a komodo eats a big prey, it volition non swallow anything else for a month. It drinks in ane lawsuit a week. The females mate amongst the strongest komodo that win the competition. The ranger said,"We tin larn from komodo nearly living inwards describe of piece of employment amongst nature together with non becoming greedy. Komodo exclusively eats when it feels hungry."

But life every bit a komodo is non easy, it seems.


Here's an quondam manlike somebody komodo that could non walk anymore. The ranger said that his refer was Opa Baron. Opa is a Dutch discussion pregnant grandpa. Why was the komodo named that? "Because he in ane lawsuit ate a High German named Baron Rudolf," the ranger said. Ouch.

Besides seeing the komodos, nosotros also spotted stags, does together with boars. They also blend amongst the forest, thus remain alarm together with remain tranquillity for the wild animals tin come upward at you, non the other way to a greater extent than or less every bit inwards the zoo.

There is a stag inwards that photo, yous only receive got to expect carefully.


I've never been to Africa, but trekking inwards Rinca isle gives me a feeling that I'm inwards the dark continent. It was really hot (perhaps to a greater extent than or less 42 score Celsius when nosotros came), the Earth was dusty dark-brown together with the grass looked similar a golden velvet.

The golden velvet carpet

The lovely colouring of falling leaves

The holes on the Earth are the nests of crabs.

We spent the night past times Kalong Island. It was a clear nighttime together with nosotros got to regard the stars.

Komodo Island


We woke up, had breakfast together with watched the bats circling higher upward the Kalong Island every bit they returned to their homes. Today we're going to Komodo Island. Here are some animals nosotros met that day:

Winged lizard

This is how yous should accept photograph amongst komodo: from a distance together with amongst extreme caution.

This is how the photograph turns out :).

More stags together with does.

To my dismay (although my friends practice non percentage the sentiment), nosotros didn't come across the iii types of poisonous snakes that inhabit Komodo together with Rinca island. We did abide by the serpent skins.


We hiked upward Sulphurea hill, but alas nosotros didn't abide by whatever yellow-crested cacatoo (Cacatua sulphurea). The view was majestic, though.


Pink Beach

After trekking inwards the heat, snorkeling inwards the crystal bluish H2O of Pink Beach, Komodo Island makes a dainty treat.

 It doesn't expect pinkish from this side

You should expect closer..

And expect underwater too:)

Guess which feet are whose? :D

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