Komodo Islands is home to the world renowned Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis). The islands are known for each rich biodiversity which led the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to proclaim the Komodo National Park which includes the Komodo Islands as a World Heritage Site and Man and Biosphere Reserve.
Komodo Islands are among the numerous islands of the Republic of Indonesia. It is nestled at the center of larger islands – Sumbawa and Flores.
Historical accounts point to the first inhabitants of the islands as those of the former convicts who were exiled in the place and who in turn mix with people from Bugis and Sulawesi, both part of Indonesia.
The island given its rich biodiversity is a great destination for diving enthusiasts also. With a rich marine diversity, divers will have a great time in exploring the place. It offers numerous diving sites that offer breathtaking views of the richness of the marine life in the area. With more than 35 diving sites, one there will surely be a plenty of time one will need to fully get the full grasp of the place. One will surely be amazed at the greatness it offers.
Best Time to Dive
This surely will also startle diving enthusiasts: there is no best time to dive in Komodo Islands, for the whole year is the best time for it. One need not worry about the schedule for he or she can always prefer to visit Komodo Islands and experience the breathtaking marine life as he or she go for diving. The entire year promises to offer an excellent diving experience. And throughout the year too, there are a lot liveaboard as there will be no season for them to take a time off. The climate in Komodo Islands is practically dry and sunny all year round with the months of January to March bringing in some rain and the rest of the year – April to December – is practically a dry season. With this weather condition, nothing could dissuade one to hie off and get himself or herself the taste of the wonders of Komodo Islands.
Getting There and Around
There are various ways to reach Komodo Islands. Though the place is somewhat isolated, there are ways to reach the location and savor the grandness of nature through the richness of the islands’ biodiversity. There are liveaboards coming from Bali, Indonesia which could be one’s starting point. Also, if one wants to directly visit the place by him or herself, there are daily flights from Bali to Labuan Bajo in the island of Flores and Bima in the Sumbawa Island. There are relatively a number of domestic flights from Bali to these provinces. From Bima there are ferry services that will take passengers to Komodo Islands during the months of July and August which are considered the peak season. Otherwise, local operators are making arrangements for shared boat services from either Bima or Labuan Bajo to take the tourists to Komodo Islands.
Check before you go
- Passport expiry date (most countries require at least six months prior to the expiry date)
- Visa requirements
- Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
- Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)