The 4 Biggest Highlights of Komodo National Park.
There are so many wonderful things to see and do for anyone visiting Komodo National Park. The park offers beautiful clear waters for snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming. There are beautiful beaches to relax and lounge on; including the famous Pink Beach Komodo. There are beautiful mountains for trekking and getting fantastic views of the surrounding ocean. Last but obviously not least, you can see real Komodo Dragons in their natural Habitat. This area is the only place in the world that you can see that. If someone asked me what my 4 highlights of the national park would be, I would have to say, it would be to see Komodo Dragons, Hiking Padar, Snorkeling with Manta rays, and scuba diving in the National Park.
Let’s start with Komodo dragons. The prehistoric creatures are amazing to see in their natural wild habitat. By hiking on Komodo Island, you get a change to walk some of the trails and if you are very quiet and respect the area, you may see one of this amazing creatures. Sometimes they are at one of the small water holes hunting wild boars or they can also commonly be seen close to the beach areas where they seem to enjoy the sunshine and as well my be scouting or deer for a meal for the family of dragons. When you arrive to Komodo Island, it is required to have a local ranger, which does cost a park fee for every visitor to the island. This local rangers are trained to understand the Komodo dragons and keep the visitors safe. On Komodo island, there are a few different hiking options, including a short trek, medium trek, and long trek. Whenever you visit the National Park, Komodo Island is a must stop for visitors.
My number 2 spot to visit would be Padar Island. Padar is a spectacular place to visit to see incredible panorama views from the top. It is about a 45 minute trek to the top, or maybe a bit longer, depending on you hiking speed. From the top you can see 4 beautiful beach bays and a photogenic mountain range. This top area is very famous for its stunning views. You may find many tourists on top as well trying to get that perfect photo. The question you ask, may be; Is it worth hiking to the top and possible dealing with a crowd sometimes? The answer. Yes, it is. It is absolutely stunning and every visitor to Komodo Island should at least visitor there one time for sure.
My number 3 thing to do would be to snorkel Manta Point. Swimming and snorkeling with Manta Rays is a truly rememberable experience. To experience the grace and beauty of the these water creature is truly a unique experience. If you get lucky, it may even appear they are putting on a show for the people in the water, almost like they are dancing around each other. Guests are more than welcome to take underway photography, but no touching is allowed. If you touch the Manta rays, it can cause damage to their skin, as they have a protective film or barrier on their skin that you do not want to interfere with.
My last, but certainly not least thing to do, is scuba diving Komodo National park. The park is one of the top places in the world for scuba divers. There are coral gardens everywhere, and some very strong current for more advanced divers. This allows for some very diverse aquatic life in the water. You may see everything from Manta Rays, White tip sharks, Turtles, Triggerfish, cuddle fish, octopus, clownfish, lion fish, frogfish, tuna, and many more. There are also many famous locations to dive including; Manta Alley, Batu Bolong, Yellow Wall, Manta point, Castle Rock, Crystal Rock, Tatawa Besar, Siaba Besar...and many more.
For anyone coming to Komodo National Park or just looking for a Komodo Island Tour, I highly recommend trying to do some of these things.