Home of the infamous dragon
More famous for its infamous inhabitants than anything else, the Island of Komodo is home to the spectacularly scary Komodo Dragons. Though not kind to humans, humans have been kind to the dragons over the years, preserving their habitat in a national park and declaring the island a World Heritage Site.
Technically the Komodo National Park spans three major islands 2Komodo, Rinca and Padar3 and numerous smaller islands. Komodo Island is serviced twice a week by a ferry which also travels to Sape and Lubuan Bajo. Tours to the island also take place regularly and are ideal to see the island's most famous attraction; the Komodo Dragon.
The Komodo Dragon, also known as the Komodo Monitor, is the largest living species of lizard, growing up to 3 metres long and weighing around 150 kilograms. Due to its size the lizard dominates the ecosystem of the island, feeding on large mammals like deer and swallowing large chunks of flesh whole. As if their size and diet wasn't terrifying enough, komodo dragons are also the largest poisonous lizard in the world. The lizards hunt their prey by simply biting and poisoning them with their saliva, later going in for the kill properly once their prey grows weak.
While coming face to face with one of these creatures may sound horrifying, Komodo Dragon tourism is alive and well in Indonesia. Locals of the island have managed to live in relative piece beside these large lizards and operate regular treks to witness these beasts in the wild. If you're not a lizard person, kayaking, snorkelling and diving on the island may be a more appealing option.