Sunday, March 29, 2009

komodo island, home of the giant lizard

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 Komodo Island, Indonesia, is one of the most dangerous places in the world. Tropical typhoons rip trees from their roots. Strong currents swirl over the reefs, causing shipwrecks that leave castaways on the island.
And during the rainy season, the wet monsoon, the king-cobra and other poisened snakes patrol the island's forests and grasslands. Deadly spiders hang from their webs, ready to jump for a 4 to 5 m. leap. Poisened millipedes march through the underbrush, and rats, as big as grown-up cats, swarm over the kampung-place. feel like an adventure ???  Welcome to Komodo island.







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Komodo island adventure


Komodo National Park has widely known with the home of the giant lizard Komodo Dragon - which has just declare to be one of the latest heritage of the world. 


Komodo National Park is nestled between eastern Sumbawa and western Flores lie three tiny grass-covered islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, which together form the Komodo National Park, a protected wildlife reserve.

 

This is the home of the giants lizard known as the "Komodo Dragon" or ORA in local dialect, it was thought to be a myth until the turn of the century, when fishermen who were forced by a storm to take shelter on Komodo sight the flesh eating monsters. 


Komodo National Park offers its beautiful landscape, take you close with a touch of unspoiled Nature. Komodo, Padar and Rinca, which together form the Komodo National Park,is a protected wildlife reserve by the Indonesian Goverment.
The Komodo had protected by the law and although they are considered harmless, it is advisable to keep them at a distance. 
Komodo Island is now a nature reserve, home to a number of rare bird species, deer, and wild pigs, which are prey to the lizards as well.



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About 20,000 people visit this remote area each year. Some days no one comes at all, but at the height of the season in June and July, 100 tourists a day may float in to see the dragons.

Komodo dragons live in one of the driest area in Indonesia, where there are few permanent water sources, only few vegetation and its greener during rainy monsoon. 

This is the world's largest monitor lizard, varanus Komodoensies, when full grown it measures up to 3.13 meters (10feet 2 inches) in length and weight anything up to 165.9kg (365pounds). 
They are fearsome creatures with enormous jaws, squat muscular legs and sharp claws. Preying on live deer, goats and wild pigs, they lie in wait hidden in the long grass
These giant reptiles really look like dragons, so may be they truly are the source of the ancient Asian Dragon myths, what is told. And they have truly dragon breath. After they feed on rotting flesh, bits of the flesh rot in their teeth. Bacteria from the flesh lives in their mouths, making a sickening, rotten smell.

That means trouble to humans. Because a bite is dangerous and injurious. After they cut a tendon or tear a muscle, the injured animal limps away. A bacterial infection from the dragon's mouth kills the animal in a day or two. The dragon, along with siser & brother-dragons, tracks down the body by following the stench.

The islands of Komodo National Park are oceanic volcanic islands which are constantly : rising, eroding, and subsiding in the sea. 
There are no active volcanoes in the park although the islands are located in one of the world's most active volcanic belts, tremors from volcanic belt are common. The closest active volcano last erupted in 1975. Gunung Sangeang Api located northwest of Komodo island last erupted in 1997 and is still smoking from the northern peak



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Komodo coral
Komodo island has breathtaking under water life.
Explore the under water live and its ecosystems which has well known as the best diving site in the world.
From beautiful coral, reefs, thousands sort of fishes to the crystal water and beautiful beach are await adventourous visitors.
Diving package to komodo coral are also offer to depart from Denpasar - Bali either by boat or by flight.


local people of Komodo
There are a total of over 2,300 people living in the park. There are only 3 village in the park. Komodo village has 1400 people, Rinca village has 1074 people and Kerora Village has 223 people


In Komodo village , most people are originally from Bima (East Sumbawa), Selayar (South Sulawesi) and Manggarai (West Flores). 

In Rinca village, the people come from the same places as Komodo village, but there are also Bajo people from Sulawesi. In Kerora village, the people originally came from Bima and Manggarai. 
 
The only human population on the island is at the fishing village called Komodo who supplement their income-breeding goats, which are used to feed the lizards. 

   
There is some evidence that the original people of Komodo lived on Gunung Ara. Trees such as jackfruit, coconut and mango, as well as remains of ceramics on Gunung Ara suggest that people once inhabited that area several hundred years ago. 

However, the people of Komodo village are thought to have settled there less than 100 years ago. There is a story that the settler of Komodo village were exiles from Bima. 

Most people who live in the park are fishermen, but there are also merchants and teachers. Some people carve Komodo dragons for sale to the visitors.



What could be better than breathing in the fresh air while the sun warms your back? A vacation to one of the country's hundreds of parks or shorelines will leave you with a new appreciation for nature and a checklist of where to visit next year.

accomodation
Travel to Komodo National park with variation of accommodation choice either on board, at the ranger house, simple guesthouses in the fishing village. Or at the resort on Flores island offer you maximum eco tours experiences to bring you close with nature atmosphere. 

The new renovated ranger's houses in eco style accommodation, with modern facilities featuring with private bathroom, limited electric power supply, dining. Only few step to the beach of Lohliang. Ranger's houses becomes an alternative accommodation offer to visitors whom for some reasons are not able to sleep on boat.

 
 

Komodo island has breathtaking under water life.
Explore the under water live and its ecosystems which has well known as the best diving site in the world.
From beautiful coral, reefs, thousands sort of fishes to the crystal water and beautiful beach are await adventourous visitors.





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 trip to Komodo
Komodo is no longer a remote island accessible only by wealthy tourists on private boats. Today there are over 20,000 visitors a year that visit the park. The majority of visitors still arrive by cruise ship, 

Komodo island can be reach either from Labuan Bajo (West Flores Island) or Bali by boat or flight. 
it is better to check the local available tour from the local travel agent.

Komodo island is accessible from the sea only. Fly to Labuan Bajo, from where it is about 3-4 hours by boat to the island.


The gateway to Komodo is arguably the island of Bali. While most visitors to Komodo National Park enter through the gateway cities of Bima in eastern Sumbawa, or Labuanbajo in the west of Flores, the departure point is actually Bali. 
Both Bima and Labuanbajo are serviced by regularly scheduled flights that depart daily at 9:30am from Denpasar to Bima, with connecting flights to Labuanbajo. 
The gateway cities are also connected to Bali by overland buses and inter-island ferries. There are local coastal ships that travel between Lombok and Labuanbajo. These boats cater to tourists and take passengers on a four day trip that includes a day and night in Komodo National Park.

After arriving in Sumbawa, a ferry service from the port of Sape in the east of the island to Labuanbajo picks up and drops off passengers in Komodo in the July-August peak tourist season. Otherwise local tour operators organize shared boat charters from either Bima or Labuanbajo to Loh Liang and the smaller islands in Komodo National Park.






Komodo dragons live in one of the driest area in Indonesia, where there are few permanent water sources, only few vegetation and its greener during rainy monsoon. 



komodo  has virgin beaches to explore



meet face to face with Ora the giant lizard


komodo island view from the ship


















1 comment:

Hanny said...

An Indonesian fisherman has been killed by Komodo dragons after he was attacked while trespassing on a remote island in search of fruit, officials said Tuesday.

Muhamad Anwar, 32, bled to death on his way to hospital after being mauled by the reptiles at Loh Sriaya, in eastern Indonesia's Komodo National Park, the park's general manager Fransiskus Harum told CNN.

"The fisherman was inside the park when he went looking for sugar-apples. The area was forbidden for people to enter as there are a lot of wild dragons," Harum said.

Other fisherman took Anwar to a clinic on nearby Flores Island, east of Bali, but he was declared dead on arrival, he added.

Komodo dragons, the world's heaviest lizards, can grow up to 3 meters (10 feet) in length and have a toxic bite that they use to kill prey such as buffalo, returning to feast when the animal succumbs to the poison.