Home to the rare Komodo Dragon and a long list of natural wonders, Komodo National Park in Indonesia is for many a bucket list destination. Not only can you encounter the largest species of lizards on the planet (that can weigh up to 150 lbs!) in their natural habitat, but you can also admire spectacular bay views, snorkel past colorful underwater marine life, and walk along the park’s famed Pink Beach.
Where is Komodo National Park?
Located in Indonesia, Komodo National Park can be reached by flying from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali to Komodo Airport on the island of Labuan Bajo.
You’ll find three major islands to explore, Komodo, Rinca and Padar, each surrounded by a cluster of smaller islands. Declared a World Heritage Site due to its incredibly rich marine environment and biological importance, it is considered one of the most important nature conservation areas in the world.
The park is known for being home to Komodo dragons, an endangered species with only an estimated 3,000-5,000 still in existence. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the island of Komodo is where to go to find these large lizards. It’s also listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, home to deer, monkeys, water buffalo and whales.
Beyond its gigantic prehistoric inhabitants, Komodo National Park offers outdoor enthusiasts the chance to explore an incredible array of natural landscapes that include savannas, rainforests, white beaches and beautiful corals. There’s plenty to keep you busy here, from hiking and snorkeling to bird watching and diving.
Walk along the scenic trail in Padar Island to reach the easy-to-reach summit where you can marvel at the extraordinary views of the turquoise bays. It’s often referred to as one of the most beautiful islands in Indonesia, with a terrain that features bright green landscapes highlighted by picturesque peaks.
Take a boat to the Instagram-famous Pink Beach to admire its unique pink sand. While the color of the shoreline is its most popular feature, a result of crushed red coral mixed with sand, it’s the crystal clear waters and colorful marine life that will lure you in. From pygmy seahorses to blue-ringed octopus, manta rays and sea sponges, these habitats harbor more than 1,000 species of fish and 14 species of whales, dolphins and sea turtles.