ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS INDONESIA ISLAND HOPPING

ENCOUNTERING THE DEADLY KOMODO DRAGONS ON KOMODO ISLAND, INDONESIA

Komodo Island in Komodo National Park, Flores, Indonesia

Encompassing deadly Komodo dragons, candy pink beaches, rolling chocolate hills and dazzling clear waters, Komodo National Park is home to some of the most extraordinary islands in the world.

It comes as no surprise to learn that tourism in this area has grown dramatically in the past 5 years.  And Island Hopping Tours around the National Park are now generating huge revenues for the gateway & once remote fishing village of Labuan Bajo.

There are a wide variety of island hopping tours available depending on your budget, time and interests.  And if you’re looking for some guidance on which one to pick, be sure to check out our full blog post:  ISLAND HOPPING IN LABUAN BAJO

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But for now I want to talk about the mysterious Komodo Island – home to the fascinating Komodo dragons.  There are just 3 other islands in the world where this mythical-like species can be found.   And all are part of the Komodo National Park.  Komodo dragons are the largest lizard in the world, & despite their deadly reputation, tourists flock to the jurassic park landscapes for a chance of sighting them.

Upon arrival at the island we were taken to the office & introduced to our ranger.  The rangers are there to guide you on the trek & to also protect you from the dragons if deemed necessary.  Although extremely uncommon, an attack by the dragons is no joke.  Their saliva is highly venomous, & 1 bite could result in amputation of the limb or worse.  Under no circumstances should you attempt this trek without a ranger present.  It has proved fatal for tourists in the past & the rangers are not shy of sharing some of the horror stories with you!

After a quick de-briefing we were asked which trek we wanted to do out of easy, medium or hard.  We opted for the medium trek which would take around 1.5 hours, and we set off confident of spotting some dragons.  It was only a matter of minutes before we spotted the first one.  He was taking a break from the midday sun under some trees, and if it wasn’t for the ranger could have been very easy to miss.  Their reptile skin camouflages perfectly into the rugged terrain, making them quite the lethal predator.

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As we continued the trek deeper into the forest, learning more fascinating, yet terrifying facts about the dragons, it all started to feel very surreal.  Like a scene from Jurassic Park everybody was on edge & nobody wanted to be at the back of the group! 🙂  It was all in good humour though & we proceeded to spot a further 5 Komodo dragons along our route.  We also spotted some wild deer & boars, who will no doubt end up as lunch at some point in the future… 😦

All in all it was a unique experience that really got the adrenaline pumping.  And a must do for any adventure seeking travellers! Just make sure to watch those ankles… 😉

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COSTS

Entrance Fee – 285,000RP/pax including ranger

HOW TO GET THERE

Komodo Island is only accessible through a private or organised boat tour.  For more information be sure to check out the full blog post: ISLAND HOPPING IN LABUAN BAJO

KOMODO NATIONAL PARK MAP LOCATION

 

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ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE TO LABUAN BAJO IN FLORES

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We are Charlotte & Natalie, and Our Taste for Life documents our adventures and experiences as a British lesbian couple, backpacking and wander-lusting around the world on a budget. We hope our travel guides, tips and blogs prove helpful to you… Happy travels!

7 comments on “ENCOUNTERING THE DEADLY KOMODO DRAGONS ON KOMODO ISLAND, INDONESIA

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  6. Wow! Literally real life dragons… minus the fire.

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