Komodo National Park is the real deal when you are looking for an opportunity to travel back in time. On the brink of extinction, Komodo dragons are native to East Nusa Tenggara and can be found in the national park that consists of three larger islands: Komodo, Padar and Rinca. Founded in 1980, the park was created to protect these giant lizards and other native species, including those who live under water. In 1991 the park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Komodo National Park is located in the Lesser Sunda Islands between the Island of Sumbawa and Flores. The gateway to Komodo is arguably the island of Bali. While most visitors to Komodo National Park enter through the gateway cities of Bima in eastern Sumbawa, or Labuanbajo in the west of Flores, the true departure point is actually Bali. Both Bima and Labuanbajo are serviced by regularly scheduled flights that depart daily from Denpasar to Bima, Denpasar to Labuan Bajo.
SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND DURING YOUR VISIT IN KOMODO:
1. You have been registered and entrance fee are paid, but you will be charged camera fee in Komodo National Park
2. For your safety, you must be accompanied by a guard when traveling outside the visitor center area or along the beach
3. Garbage disposal is a problem here, please put litter in its place
4. This is a National Park. Leave all plants, rocks and corals where you find them so they may be enjoyed by others.
5. Water is very scarce, Please conserve it during your visit
6. The Buildings are made of native Materials and are highly flammable. Be careful with cigarettes. If you use a candle or a mosquito coil, please place them on burning plate.
7. Please ask any rangers if you have questions or problems.