Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara
There is an island in Indonesia called Komodo Island. The name of the island is also the name of the reptiles that are native to the island, the Komodo giant lizards, known to be the largest living lizards in the world. The island has become a National Park, located in Komodo sub-district, West Manggarai district, East Nusa Tenggara province. Flores is the capital city of the province.
Komodo island is especially famous for its native animals (varanus komodoensis) which are protected animals. East Nusa Tenggara province has many smaller islands, one of which is the komodo island. To get to there by a traditional boat from Flores, it takes around 4,5 hours. At Bajo harbor in Flores you can rent a boat costing Rp 600,000 – Rp 1.5 million per day.
On your boat trip to the island you can see the beautiful views of the nearby islands. The entrance ticket price to enter the national park of komodo is not expensive. To be in the park for three days, a domestic tourist has to pay Rp 75,000 while an international tourist US$15. In the park, you can go trekking across the park guided by an officer. Also, you can go swimming and diving while enjoying the beautiful underwater view.
To see the Komodo reptiles, you should wait until it gets dark, because during day time, the reptiles are rarely seen. They avoid the heat of the sun by staying in the bush or their holes.
To spend the night on the Komodo island, just rent an inn room for Rp 50,000 – Rp 60,000 per night. Before leaving the island, you can buy souvenirs such as T-shirts, caps, hats, traditional carving handicraft.
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