Komodo, widely known for the legendary Komodo Dragons, prehistoric carnivorous lizards slithering and hissing through the brushes. But this part on Indonesia has a lot more to offer, both on land and in the warm waters that surround this archipelago.
The islands are mostly uninhabited, although a few are home to semi-nomadic fishing communities, and a couple are house remote and secluded dive and snorkel resorts.
The jagged hills are covered with love vegetation, thorny and brown in the dry season, and grassy and lush over the rainy months. Here one can find wild deer, buffalo, monkeys, snakes and various birds, amongst others. The hills provide elevated views of stunning clear bays with turquoise waters and sparkling white sand beaches.
But the real attraction in Komodo, for us water lovers, is the incredible life thriving below the surface. Being in the center of the “Coral Triangle”, the most marine bio-diverse region on the planet, means that the variety of corals, fish and invertebrates is simply staggering.
Snorkelling Komodo offers a range of experiences, drifting through current over some of the healthiest and most colourful reefs in the world, snorkelling with manta rays over cleaning stations, snorkelling with turtles, of which there is a huge local population, and the opportunity to snorkel with sharks.
The bright reef fishes are often found in large schools and pelagics also make frequent appearances, with trevally, barracuda, eagle rays and the occasional whale shark or dugong passing through.
Our resort of choice in the area is the stunning Komodo Resort situated on a secluded island on the edge of the marine park, with luxurious beachfront bungalows, a lovely sunset bar and sea view restaurant serving plentiful delicious Italian and Indonesian fare.
To visit this resort, one would fly into Labuan Bajo airport, on the western tip of Flores Island, and take a boat to Sebayur, where the resort is located. The flight from Bali is approx. 1 hour an the boat ride is between 45 mins-1.5
Join one of our two week fully guided snorkel tours to either Alor and Komodo or Bali and Komodo in 2019 or 2020. Click here for more information.
hours depending on whether one uses a speed boat or wooden slower boat.