A trip from East to West Flores leads you along savannahs and rain forests, terraced rice fields and majestic mountains. Villages with intriguing animistic ornaments intersperse with real monasteries from a time when missionaries spread the Christian word. The island’s geographical position lends to one of the world’s most dynamic marine environments and of course who can forget the search for the famous Komodo dragons.
Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park is located in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. Established in 1980, initially the main purpose of the Park was to conserve the unique Komodo dragon. The National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar.
Komodo island has been listed as one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’ and is famous for the Komodo Dragon, believed to be one of the oldest living lizards, originating 50 million years ago, and the last of its kind on the earth today.
As well as beautiful beaches, there is plenty to do for nature lovers, such as trekking to Kelimutu Volcano to see its three crater lakes. Snorkelling trips and forest hiking tours can also be arranged from your resort. The amazing marine biodiversity of Komodo National Park with its unspoilt corals, rich and diverse underwater life, makes it fantastic for dive sites.
To get to Komodo National Park, fly from Jakarta or Bali to Komodo Airport which is situated in the town of Labuan Bajo in Flores. Komodo National Park can only be reached by ferry, on 3-4 hour boat from Labuan Bajo pier.