The Komodo National Park is a national park in Indonesia located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones, with a total area of 1,733 km2 (603 km2 of it land). The national park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard. Later it was dedicated to protecting other species, including marine species. In 1991 the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Indonesian government established Komodo National Park in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon (Varanus Komodoensis) of which there are only around 4,000 to 5,000 individuals in the wild and are on the IUCN list of Vulnerable species. Komodo and the hugely abundant surrounding reef systems are home to some of the best dive sites in the world. The 500,000-acre reserve encompasses mountains, dense woodlands and both white and black sandy beaches. The Park encompasses 510 square miles of exceptionally diverse marine habitats, including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts, and semi-enclosed bays. These habitats harbor more than 1.000 species of fish, 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges and numerous soft corals. There are also many vulnerable and endangered large marine life species regularly encountered in the area such as two species of Manta Ray, the Reef and Oceanic, Dugong, ten species of dolphin, six species of whales including the blue whale and sperm whale, several species of Sea turtles including the hawksbill and green, many species of shark and much more.
Due to the numerous islands, all volcanic in origin, and the meeting of the Flores sea to the North and the Indian Ocean to the South, the Komodo national park attracts a huge diversity of marine flora and fauna. As you travel through the park the landscape makes it feel that you are almost stepping back to a land before time and into the Jurassic period! It is one of the jewels in SE ASIA crown for diving wildlife, still relatively untouched and boasting some of the best diving in the world, incredible bio diversity, stunning coral reefs, big fish encounters, currents, drifts and Macro.....all in one place!
|Komodo Park Fee (Mon-Sat)||175'000||Per person per day for Divers and Snorkelers|
|Komodo Park Fee (Sun and Public Holidays)||250'000||Per person per day for Divers and Snorkelers|
|Entrance fee to Rinca and Komodo (Dragon tours)||50'000||Per person per day|
|Camera Charge on land||50'000||Per person per day|