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TRACKING KOMODO ISLAND, THE NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF NATURE

Komodo Dragon

Komodo Island is the original habitat of the world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon. There are more than 2,000 Komodo free living on this island. Komodo is a predatory animal shaped like a giant lizard's body size with a length of about 2-3 meters and weight up to 100 kg more, these animals occupy the top position in the food chain.

Komodo Dragon

        Komodo can run at a speed of 20 km / h in a short distance, able to swim and dive as deep as 4.5 meters and can climb trees. These animals are able to see as far as 300 meters and can detect the presence of food such as meat and carcasses within a radius of 4-9 kilometers.

        Komodo Island is located in Nusa Tenggara Islands that include the Komodo National Park which is managed by the central government. Komodo Island is located east of Sumbawa Island, separated by the Sape Strait. Komodo Island is the westernmost tip of East Nusa Tenggara province, bordering the province of West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

Location

        Komodo National Park is a cluster of three main islands that make up a single unit along with 175 other small island (approximately 90% unpopulated) with an area of the national park area reached 1,817 square km. The third of the island is the Komodo island, Rinca island, and Padar island.

        Komodo Island is not only contains Komodo, there are many other animals that inhabit this island such as horses, deer, various species of birds, snakes, monitor lizards and many more. One way to enjoy the island and see the animals is tracking.

Tracking

        When tracking, you will be invited to climb Mount Ara which has a height of 538 meters above sea level. You will also pass the Water Hole is a place to drink and rest Komodo. You can see the komodo dragons were drinking or shelter under a tree in the vicinity.

        There are four track to choose, short, medium, long and adventure. The track length is 1-8 km depending on the type you choose. If you choose a long and adventure, you will be invited through the forest, rivers and beautiful hills. As for short, the trip will end up on a hill with amazing views of the bay. However, all four tracks will pass through Water Hole so you do not need to be confused to choose the track.

Tracking

        During the tracking, you and the group will be accompanied by a Ranger. Ranger will equip you with a stick which has two branch ends, The sticks are made of wood and can be a weapon to weaken the komodo dragons. If the komodo attack or pursuit of a sudden, forked end of the shaft which is used to suppress the neck dragons, in a short period komodo will weaken and stop attacking.

Ranger Komodo

        Komodo Island is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, because of the existence of Komodo dragons can only be found in this place along with the Rinca island, Padar island and Gili Mota.

        In 2011 the island of Komodo also won the award for the New Seven Wonders of Nature which is a tribute to the seven best natural attractions in the world, determination of winners is obtained from the results of voting and research experts. Komodo Island won the highest vote along with six other tourist attractions, that is Iguazu waterfall, Amazon forest, Puerto Princesa underground river, Jeju island and Table Mountain.



TOWARDS KOMODO ISLAND

  • If you use the air line, you can use a plane departing from Denpasar, Bali to Labuan Bajo. Arriving in Labuan Bajo, you can use the Ferry ship to the island of Komodo.
  • You can also depart from Tanjung Benoa, Bali to Labuan Bajo. After that you can use the Ferry ship to go Komodo Island. You can also use the bus departing from Denpasar, Bali to Labuan Bajo with Ferry ship, after which you will cross to Komodo Island using Ferry ship again.
  • You can also choose Live on Board. If you choose Live on Board, you will stay on top of Ships For several days to get to Komodo National Park. During the trip, you can dive with the group and guides. Facilities provided quite complete, bedrooms, dining and toilet. The price charged ranged between 175-10000 USD per night depending on how the package you choose as well as existing facilities. Ships depart from Bima, Bali, Lombok and Labuan Bajo.




ACCOMMODATION

  • The majority of tourists choose to stay at a hotel located in Labuan Bajo ( See also : Favorite Hotels in Komodo island )
  • You can also use chartered ships to stay apart to get around. Most ships have been equipped with a bed, toilet and meal package. And facility rental fees depend on the size of the vessel you hire.
  • You can stay at home Ranger Komodo Island. This house-shaped House on stilts with a limited power supply, usually electricity will be turned off at 10 pm.




TIPS

  • Komodo dragons are beasts, the dragon bites able to kill their prey, because the Komodo dragon saliva contains virulent bacteria Pasteurella multocida. Bacteria from saliva is what can kill. Therefore, you should always be within reach and follow the Ranger when tracking, because the ranger is able to control and understand the properties of Komodo and Komodo also according to the ranger.
  • When tracking, don't make noise and sudden movement because Komodo dragons are very sensitive to movement and sound.
  • If you are a woman who menstruation, You must report to the Ranger, so the Ranger can give more attention to your. This is done because the Komodo dragon can smell meat, carcasses and blood well up to a radius of 4-9 km.

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