Komodo Island and its Dragons

Komodo is an Indonesian island home to approximately 2,000 people who are mostly descendants of former convicts once exiled here. The island which covers an area of 390km² is part of Komodo National Park and is especially known for its native Komodo Dragon - the world's largest living lizard!

For centuries, a local tradition required feeding the dragons by leaving deer parts behind after a hunt or by sacrificing goats. In the past, the practice maintained a friendly relationship with the animals, which can live for more than 50 years and recognise individual humans. Ancient taboos strictly forbid harming the komodos, which is why they survived here while becoming extinct elsewhere.

In 1995 a US environment protection group began a conservation project designed to create a more natural habitat for the komodos, prohibiting the feeding tradition as well as deer hunting practised by the islanders.
The deer population consequently increased and is now providing the komodos a more self-sufficient and natural hunting ground than in recent history. Still, having become used to being fed, the komodos occasionally prefer to seek out easier prey in the vicinity of human settlements by entering villages and hiding under stilt-houses while awaiting the opportunity to snap passing goat or chicken. At the same time, the animals have become more aggressive towards humans, sometimes resulting in deadly attacks. Nevertheless, the Komodo Dragon remains a symbolic attraction of the island, drawing a large number of visiting tourists, which provides employment and supports the local economy.

Komodo Island is not just known for its heritage of convicts and fearsome lizards but also for its rich marine life and excellent dive sites. Advertisements:
    Tour operators, transport, guides, dive and cruise organisers

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  • Dive the World offers excursions to Komodo Island in combination with liveaboard options for divers. Their website includes detailed information on various dive sites around Komodo.
  • Perjuangan - a traditional Indonesian liveaboard vessel offers island hopping expeditions including Komodo Island.
  • TripToKomodo.com is an organiser of various Komodo Island tours including diving and snorkelling packages ranging between two and twelve days, combined with visits to Flores or Sumba Island.
  • Komodo Tours & Travel is a full-service tour operator arranging various ecotours to Komodo Island, including diving and sailing trips to neighbouring islands, Flores etc.
  • Flores Exotic Tours - an organiser of guided tours on Komodo and Flores Island, trekking, bird watching etc.
  • Komodo Holidays - a tour operator of various Komodo Island cruises and holidays.
  • Komodo Dancer - a cruise ship operating between Komodo Island and Bali year-round.
  • Hotels in Komodo and surrounding islands.
  • Sailing cruises to and around Komodo National Park.
  • Lombok Tropic Holidays Indonesia.
  • Komodo Liveaboard - a well-maintained fleet of liveaboards from large traditional wooden schooners to smaller specialised dive vessels, offering various dive tours within Komodo National Marine Park including visits to Komodo Island.
  • Trans Nusa - local airline operating flights between Komodo and neighbouring islands.
  • KomodoTheEdge.com - Komodo and Flores overland tours from Bali.
  • Komodo Adventure Travel Ltd - organiser of tours to Komodo Island, Flores, Rinca, Bidadari and more.
  • Komodo Tours and Travel Indonesia - organiser of trekking tours on Komodo Island as well as on many other Indonesian islands, such as Lombok, Bali, Java, Kalimantan, Sumatra and Sulawesi.
  • Kararu Dive Voyages
  • Komodo Island Liveaboards
  • Flores Exotic Tours - a local tour operator devoted to the cause of sustainable tourism and supporting local communities, offering tours to Komodo Island, usually in small groups between 5 and 10 people.
  • Auf Komodo leben die größten Echsen der Welt - Die Welt article.
  • Dive and Cruise - a tour operator owned by professional divers with many years of experience, dive-and-cruise offers a variety of dive liveaboard services to the Komodo National Park.
  • East Nusa Tenggara Tours - a tour operator located on Bali which organises various trekking and diving tours to Komodo and surrounding islands.
  • Putri Komodo Tours - an organiser of volenteering tours to Flores, Komodo, Bali and other Indonesian islands, tailored to groups of students who are invited to help preserve the environment by participating in tree planting, beach and seabed cleaning activities.
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