Sandwiched between Flores and Sumbawa, the hilly and desolate Komodo National Park offers you the chance 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. It was established in 1980 and listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1986.

A Komodo dragon

The total area of the park is 1,817 kmē, of which a third is terrestrial land areas, including the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Gili Mota, Nusa Kode and Padar, while the remaining area consists of marine waters, including coral reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove, and semi-enclosed bays.

The park provides refuge for 277 animal species including the orange-footed scrub fowl, an endemic rat, and the Timor deer. It is also home to the iconic Komodo dragon, found nowhere else on earth. Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the global epicentre of marine biodiversity, Komodo's waters harbour more than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges. Dugongs, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles also make Komodo National Park their home.