Komodo & Rinca Island, Indonesia

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Visiting Komodo and Rinca is very adventurous. Those two islands are most famous for huge lizards called Komodo Dragons.

But from the start from the beginning… I finally reached Flores, the Labuan Bajo old harbor. I met my friends again and we decided to go on a two-day boat trip to Komodo and Rinca. Most of travelers reach Labuan Bajo to hit the islands. The boat journey was so beautiful that we decided to spend more time on the water drifting between the savage islands. The boats are quite expensive. It’s typical for Indonesia, that people won’t do you any favour and won’t help you reach the destination unless you pay a lot of money. The most difficult for me was traveling toward volcanoes, first because it’s hard to get there and the road hauliers often tell you sick prices for the transportation.

Komodo National Park.

You must be careful after you leave the boat as whole Island is inhabited by the Dragons. 😉 Of course everything is organized by the Rangers. You can have even two of them after paying some money for an entrance ticket and their protection. They know exactly how to behave and what to do in case of any emergency. You pick one of three tracking routs depending on your wealth and condition (the heat was terrible). We picked the medium length and it was not too short and not too exhausting (it took us an hour and a half). The Rangers cannot guarantee that you see a Komodo dragon but I guess it’s impossible to miss them. There is couple of thousands of them. And you will probably be taken to a place where Komodo dragons used to be fed in front of enthralled tourist crowds. That’s why they often come close to bungalows with accommodation for tourists.

Trekking in Komodo.

The island is great – it’s a national park, the natural environment for all the inhabitants. We climbed the hill with magnificent view over the islands. Unfortunately we missed the pink beaches which get the color from the red reef fragments. Good reason to come back 😉 Trekking the island we saw a lot of Komodo dragons. Predator is an amazing creature! It can eat everything, pigs, buffalo and even human (although it haven’t happen for a very long time now). The Rangers tell you different stories about the dragons. Dragon saliva teems with over 50 strains of bacteria, so if the bite is not that heavy the wound is still difficult for recovery and you will probably get blood poisoning effecting death. The dragon’s toxins lower blood pressure and cause massive bleeding. It used to be said that hunting dragons bite the buffalo in the leg and then track the animal for days and miles until it gets too exhausted to move because of the bacteria effection and lays down. But this kind of behavior is not recognized any more. The dragons tackle medium sized mammals like pigs or deer. They die very quickly from blood loss. 

We almost bumped into one dragon walking in the middle of the island. I was surprised that it wasn’t aggressive at all. He didn’t even move toward us. It’s twice faster than a human and much bigger. On the beginning of the track everyone is a little scared but there’s nothing to worry unless you remain careful. You will not imagine but afterwards we make few close photos with them while the rangers were standing close in case of any dangerous situation appeared. On a two-day trip you sleep on the boat. We decided to sleep under the sky 🙂 We stopped near the bats island. Twilight is the time the bats are coming back to the island. They were almost covering the whole sky. The sound is incredible. This nature and whole surrounding is just magic. On the next day we reached Rinca island. For the rest of the day we were enjoying beautiful water, snorkeling with fishes and mantas. It’s an unforgettable experience!

Watch a movie of huge Komodo dragon moving.

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