teradesa.com East Nusa Tenggara Province has so many tourism paradises in every corner. One of them is the charm of beauty offered by the island at the westernmost tip of East Nusa Tenggara, Komodo Island.
Komodo Island is the original habitat of Indonesia’s ancient animal, the Komodo dragon, which has also been designated as one of the wonders of the world. Komodo Island is also one of the islands included in the Komodo National Park and is a conservation habitat for these giant lizards.
Curious to see what the charm of Komodo Island looks like? Let’s take a peek at the beauty of Komodo Island, which is one of the best tourist destinations in NTT!
The charm of Komodo Island
1.History of Komodo Island
The first person to name the island Komodo was a Dutchman named Steyn Van HensBroek. HensBroek came to Komodo Island after hearing about the existence of a large animal on the island that was said to be similar to the mythological dragon. HensBroek’s exploration of the island was documented and published in the Bogor Museum and the island became known as Komodo Island.
Since ancient times, people living in the area around Komodo Island have also coexisted with Komodo dragons. In fact, according to local beliefs, it is said that every resident is born with twins, namely one baby boy and one female komodo dragon, so the dragons are considered family.
This belief is what makes the people around Komodo Island never hurt the animals that are now rare and can coexist until now.
In 2013, the New Seven Wonder organization has also designated Komodo Island as one of the 7 wonders of natural tourism. This designation was also given directly on Komodo Island.
2.Location of Komodo Island
When viewed from its geographical location, Komodo Island is located in East Nusa Tenggara Province, which is in the eastern part of Sumbawa Island. The island is located at the westernmost tip of East Nusa Tenggara Province and borders directly with West Nusa Tenggara Province.
Komodo Island is also adjacent to Rinca Island, Padar Island, and other small islands that are part of the Komodo National Park and are managed directly by the Komodo National Park Center.
If you want to visit Komodo Island, you can fly from Jakarta and transit in Denpasar. From Denpasar, the journey continues to Labuan Bajo, a small town in northwest Flores which is the gateway to Komodo Island. Travel time from Denpasar-Labuan Bajo is about half an hour.
3.Fun Activities on Komodo Island
There are many things you can do when visiting Komodo Island. The main attraction of Komodo Island, of course, is seeing Komodo dragons directly in their natural habitat. According to data, until mid-2009, this island was inhabited by around 1300 dragons. If you are lucky, you can see Komodo dragons attacking their prey, fighting, or walking slowly along the road.
You should also make sure you are in top condition when visiting this island. This is because to enjoy the charm of Komodo Island and Komodo National Park perfectly, you must trek up the hill. On Komodo Island, you have to climb Mount Ara as high as 538 meters above sea level for 3 or 4 hours. But after reaching the top, you can enjoy the expanse of hills framed by exotic blue sea.
In addition to trekking activities, you can also sail by boat. If you are lucky, you can see dolphins swimming to the surface of the sea water and can play with the dolphins. Not only dolphins, you can also see the beauty of the underwater where there are a variety of beautiful fish hiding in the coral reefs. On this island, you can find 385 species of beautiful corals, 70 types of sponges, 10 types of dolphins, 6 kinds of whales, green turtles, various types of sharks, and stingrays.
In addition, there are unique things that you can find when visiting this island, namely witnessing the lives of inland communities on Komodo Island. They are the people who have directly preserved the nature there.
After being satisfied enjoying the beauty of Komodo Island, don’t forget to buy souvenirs sold by residents in the surrounding residential areas to remember what you have passed on this beautiful island.
That’s the charm of the beauty of Komodo Island located at the westernmost tip of East Nusa Tenggara. How, Friends, are you interested in visiting the island which is the habitat of this Komodo dragon?
In addition to the charm of its tourist beauty, there are still many other things that you can find in the interior of Eastern Indonesia. Click here to get to know more about the interior of Indonesia.