Komodo National Park is located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park consists of three larger islands; Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones, including the pink beach island. The island is the habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on Earth, which is named after the island. The Park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon. Later it was dedicated to protecting other species, including marine species. In 1991 the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Komodo islands (Komodo, Padar, Rinca) offers live board Komodo tour, snorkeling, diving, kayaking locations.
How To Get There
Flights from major cities in Indonesia regularly fly in and out of Labuan Bajo airport/Komodo Airport (LBJ) in Flores, mostly from Bali (50 mins). From Labuanbajo airport, continue with a car/taxi to your accommodation within the city, or find a live board tour with the relevant tour companies offering the service to see the komodo in the national park (usually start in the morning). There is no local bus service in Labuhanbajo.
You can pay the transportation for each leg of the journey, or buy a ticket for the whole journey from local tourism agency.
From Lombok, go to Mandalika bus terminal in Mataram and take the big bus going to Bima. (around IDR 225K (depart at 3 pm, around 12-15h trip (arrive in Bima between 3:00-6:00-am). This bus from Mataram to Bima actually goes to Labuan Lombok and then on the ferry to go from Lombok to Sumbawa, and finally takes you all the way to Bima.
In Bima, take a bemo (sort of minibus) to Sape harbor (around IDR 30K, around 2 hour trip), continue with a ferry (IDR 60K) to Labuhanbajo.
From Ende following this route: Ende - Bajawa - Ruteng - Labuhanbajo (take the whole day).
From Bali, a ferry and bus takes two day journey one way. The benefit of this is seeing the many beautiful islands along the way and you can also make stops at other islands. However, it is highly recommended you book this service from a reputable travel company that will arrange your bus and ferry tickets.
You can have a private taxi from Labuhanbajo airport/hotel, or share it with other travelers going the same way with you, or arrange a shared/private taxi with your hotel/tour operator.
A variety of accommodation is available in Labuhanbajo.
The people of Flores almost entirely, 90%, are Roman Catholic Christians. Muslim minorities can be found along the coast. Greater Muslim populations can be found in Ende and Labuhanbajo. The prominence of Catholicism on the island results from its colonisation by Portugal. Flores people are friendly.
Flores is a culturally very diverse place. It can be roughly divided into 10 ethnicities with their own languages, yet within these the languages they also differ ever so slightly between villages. Indonesian is widely spoken as well, and is the lingua franca. Ancient traditions and rituals (adat) are still very much alive. Spirit, good or evil, are omnipresent and meddle with people’s lives. Ceremonies are held at major events in people’s lives, such as birth and death, weddings, travelling and in case of illness. Communal rituals are performed to bless sowing, planting, or harvesting.
The Indonesian word ikat means “to tie” and it refers to the beautiful hand-woven fabric for which Flores is famous. The whole process is completed manually, starting with the spinning of the thread and the dyeing. All the dyes are made from natural ingredients such as leaves, wood, or roots, cooked and mixed together. It takes about a month to finish a small ikat. All patterns and motives have a story or a meaning. Some are for men, some for women. Styles and colors vary among regions and villages. Ikats provide an important source of income for many villages.
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