3D/ 2N KOMODO ADVENTURE--1 night at Hotel & 1 night On Board

Language Dutch, English, Indonesian
Price 479,00 USD for excursion
Capacity Group of more than 10 people
Duration 3 days

Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands that compose the Republic of Indonesia. The island is particularly notable as the habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on Earth, which is named for the island.

The earliest stories of a dragon existing in the region circulated widely and attracted considerable attention. But no one visited the island to check the story until official interest was sparked in the early 1910s by stories from Dutch sailors based in Flores in East Nusa Tenggara about a mysterious creature. The creature was allegedly a dragon which inhabited a small island in the Lesser Sunda Islands (the main island of which is Flores).

The Dutch sailors reported that the creature measured up to seven metres (twenty-three feet) in length with a large body and mouth which constantly spat fire. Hearing the reports, Lieutenant Steyn van Hensbroek, an official of the Dutch Colonial Administration in Flores, planned a trip to Komodo Island. He armed himself, and accompanied by a team of soldiers he landed on the island. After a few days, Hensbroek managed to kill one of the lizards.

Van Hensbroek took the dragon to headquarters where measurements were taken. It was approximately 2.1 metres (6.9 feet) long, with a shape very similar to that of a lizard. More samples were then photographed by Peter A. Ouwens, the Director of the Zoological Museum and Botanical Gardens in Bogor, Java. The records that Ouwens made are the first reliable documentation of details about what is now called the Komodo dragon (or Komodo monitor).

Ouwens was keen to obtain additional samples. He recruited hunters who killed two dragons measuring 3.1 metres and 3.35 metres as well as capturing two pups, each measuring less than one metre. Ouwens carried out studies on the samples and concluded that the Komodo dragon was not a flame-thrower but was a type of monitor lizard. Research results were published in 1912. Ouwens named the giant lizard Varanus komodoensis. Realizing the significance of the dragons on Komodo Island as an endangered species, the Dutch government issued a regulation on the protection of the lizards on Komodo Island in 1915.

The Komodo dragon became something of a living legend. In the decades since the Komodo was discovered, various scientific expeditions from a range of countries have carried out field research on the dragons on Komodo Island.

Komodo has a human population of over two thousand. The people of the island are descendants of former convicts who were exiled to the island and who have mixed with Bugis from Sulawesi. The people are primarily adherents of Islam but there are also Christian and Hindu congregations. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province. The island is also a popular destination for diving and it has been included into the controversial New7Wonders of Nature list since November 11, 2011.

The island is famous not only for its heritage of convicts but also for the unique fauna which roam it. The Komodo dragon, the world's largest living lizard, takes its name from the island. A type of monitor lizard, it inhabits Komodo Island and some of the smaller surrounding islands, as well as part of western Flores. Javan deeralso inhabit the island, though they are not native. Other fauna include buffalo, civets, cockatoo and macaques.

Komodo contains a beach with "pink" sand, one of only seven in the world. The sand appears pink because it is a mixture of white sand combined with red sand, formed from pieces of Foraminifera.

Tour Code : 002-nwtKOM-3d-042016

Start/ Finish : Komodo airport of Labuan Bajo West Flores, Indonesia

Grade : Moderate to Sternuous

Leader/ Guide : Park Ranger/ English speaking Guide

Price : US$ 479 per Person

Guaranteed to Run for a Minimum 02 Clients.

Day-to-day Itinerary

Day 1: DENPASAR - LABUAN BAJO – RINCA ISLAND – KALONG ISLAND ( -/ L/ D). Upon arrival at Komodo airport of Labuan Bajo West Flores, meeting service then transfer directly to harbour for embarking on a motorized fisherman’s wooden boat to Rinca Island. It takes approx 2 hours to Rinca island. Lunch on board. Arrive at Loh Buaya Rinca Island, follow the trail until we reach the Forestry Conservation Post for registering your ID and purpose of visit. Continue trekking inland includes Gunung Ara for approx 3 hours in search for Komodo Dragons in their natural habitats. Scientists call this giant reptile as “Varanus Komodoensis” while local people call it as “ORA’. Usually some of these reptiles stay around under the stage of ranger’s house. Other visible wildlife on this island includes water buffalos, wild boar, deer, monkey, and various colorful tropical birds. At a higher view point Rinca offers a spectacular view over the island’s landscape and the sea. Trek down back to boat and sailing towards Kambing island for an afternoon freshen up swimming. In the afternoon sail to Kalong island (Kalong=flying foxes) to see thousands of bats flying out of their nests to hunt for evening meals. They will return the next early morning. Dinner and stay overnight On Board (well organized for your comfort).

Day 2: KALONG ISLAND – KOMODO ISLAND – PINK BEACH – LABUAN BAJO ( B/ L/ D). Breakfast on boat while sailing closer to Loh Liang station then take an hour mild trekking to Banugulung–former feeding ground to see the Komodo Dragons in the wild. During our way into the “Jurassic Park” you may see colorful birds, wild boar, deer, and other natural livings. Since feeding activity has stopped some years ago as to let the Komodo Dragons going back to their natural habitats, opportunity to see the Komodo Dragon itself is quite a wait and patient. On our way back to the boat have a short stop at Komodo cafe as to allow you do some shopping for Komodo branded T’ shirt, hat, key hanger, statue of Komodo dragon and a lot more are on display. Similar to Rinca, at Komodo also there are still several Komodo Dragon stays around under the rangers’ house. Back to boat for having lunch while sailing to Pantai Merah (Pink Sandy Beach). It named Pantai Merah because of the red coral on the seabed breaks off with the tidal changes and mixes with sand, causing it to turn a pale pink colour. Here you can spend sometimes for snorkeling or swimming in the clear crystal water–a lot of beautiful coral reefs and colorful fishes to explore beneath this sea including parrot fish, clown fish, and turtles too. Or you can just lying down and having sun bathing on beautiful pink sandy beach. After admiring the beautiful under water then continue sailing to Taka Makassar to see Mantas (depend on the weather….). Next sail to Kanawa island. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and stay overnight On Board.

Day 3: LABUAN BAJO – DENPASAR ( B/ -/ -). Breakfast on board. Sailing to Bidadari island for more snorkelling, swimming or just having fun on the white sandy beach. Transfer to Komodo airport for your flight back to Denpasar. Service ends!

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