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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Komodo Diving Holidays

Komodo National Park Tourist Information

Sandwiched between Flores and Sumbawa, the hilly and desolate Komodo National Park is made up of the islands of Rinca, Padar and Komodo.

Padar Island, Komodo National Park

The only village is Kampung Komodo, a tiny fishing village. Half an hour walk north of here is Loh Liang, the tourist accommodation camp where you can stay in basic wooden cabins, buy food and arrange guided walks. There's a camp at Loh Buaya on Rinca too, but there is no food for sale here.

Apart from dragon spotting, there are some good walks, viewpoints and game viewing with buffaloes, deer, wild pigs and birds. You can also board a glass bottom boat cruising the local waters, and there's a good chance to see large sea mammals, such as whales and dolphins.

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The rest of this page contains information about:

* How to Get There
* Climate
* Sightseeing and Things to do

Got a question?
Have a look through our Frequently asked questions
How to Get There

The island of Komodo is quite isolated, being some 400 km from Bali. We offer liveaboards which run from and return to Bali, so you do not need to be concerned with getting to Komodo.

If you choose to visit the area independently, the easiest way to reach Komodo is via Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores and Bima on Sumbawa - there are flights almost every day from Bali. For information on how to get to Bali, please visit our Bali tourist information section.

If you are booking a liveaboard trip through us, the dive boat operator will organise your domestic flights. Otherwise, Indonesia's domestic airlines do not have reliable websites so we advise customers to book domestic flights from Bali through our recommended ticketing agent:

Manado Safari Tours
Telephone: +62 431 857637
E-mail: info@ManadoSafaris.com
Skype name: jhbmanado

Manado Safari Tours make the reservations, have the tickets issued and delivered as e-tickets (by email) or upon arrival in Bali. They may also courier them to you, if this is your wish (extra charge applies). Dive The World has no involvement whatsoever with the booking arrangements, we simply recommend this ticketing agent due to their professionalism and reliability.

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Climate

The very dry season is between April and December with the coolest months of July and August having an average temperature of 30°C. Rainy season is between January and March, but Komodo does not have torrential rain as in the rest of Indonesia, and is relatively dry and sunny all year round. The weather affects liveaboard dive charters only in certain areas at specific times of the year. You can dive in Komodo all year round. Please check our Komodo dive sites descriptions for more detailed information on diving seasons.

We recommend a visit during high season which is between April and December.

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Sightseeing and Adventure
Komodo Dragons

Komodo dragon, Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Komodo dragons are the largest member of the monitor lizard family. They grow over 50 years to 100 kg and almost 3m from head to tail tip. They use burrows to maintain their body temperature during the night, and bask in the sunlight to raise their temperature at dawn. They live off wild dear, pigs, buffalo and even horses, lying in wait and employing camouflage and ambush tactics.

There are now only approximately 1,100 dragons left in the park on Komodo Island, Rinca and Gili Motang, and outside the park area in eastern Flores.

In the 1990s they numbered only 3,300 so if you want to see the dragons before they fall the way of the dinosaurs, now is a good time to come.

Park entrance fee is a minimally small amount.

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Interested?

If you're keen to dive some of the most awe-inspiring reefs in the world and catch a glimpse of the magnificent pre-historic dragons of Komodo before they walk this earth for the final time, then click below to check your options now for:

* Komodo Diving Sites
* Komodo liveaboards

Be sure to book in plenty of time to avoid limited choice! The best scuba diving opportunities are booked by repeat customers who book well in advance to ensure their reservation!

Source : http://www.dive-the-world.com/tourist-information-indonesia-komodo.php

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