In Labuang Bajo on Flores Island I boarded a small boat for a two-day tour around the islands of the Komodo National Park. Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The boat was very comfortable, the crew was friendly, and the cook was great. I was the only passenger on this private trip, which made it very relaxing and comfortable.

We started out by visiting Manta Point to see whether the mantas are around, they were not. We continued on to Pulau Karangan for some snorkeling, and then to "Pink Beach" for more snorkeling. The Pink Beach is really pink. It is caused by debris from red corrals that are ground up into sand.

From Pink Beach we continued to Kalong Island to see the flying foxes. Unfortunately, they too were not around, too much disturbance by cruise boats. We continued on to Komodo Island where we anchored overnight.

The next morning I did a two-hour walking tour of Komodo Island to see the dragons. We then continued on to Rinca Island for another two-hour walking tour to see dragons. It was a great experience.

Unfortunately, my camera didn't work anymore, I just had a small point-and-shoot camera. Because of that I didn't get many good bird pictures in the Komodo Islands. But I did get to see the Komodo Dragons (Varanus komodoensis, german: Komodowaran, french: Dragon de Komodo), which was fascinating. They are BIG. The biggest one that I saw was about 2.5 m (8.2 ft) long, and weighed probably over 50 kg (110 lb). See the Komodo Dragon entry in Wikipedia.

It is difficult to find accurate numbers of the dragons. According to my guide, there are about 3,000 Komodo Dragons on the islands. They live on four islands, Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang, and Nusa Kode. Komodo and Rinca islands each have about 1,250 dragons, Gili Motang, and Nusa Kode each have about 250 dragons.

After the visit to Rinca Island we returned to Flores Island for a night in Labuan Bajo. The next morning I visited the Batu Cermin cave, seeing cave crickets, cave spiders, and bats. In the afternoon I returned back to the USA via Bali.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Komodo Islands

Boat Spent Couple Days
The boat I spent a couple of days on. It was very nice, in very good shape. (734k)
Small Sandbank Part Pulau
Small sandbank, part of Pulau Karangan in the Komodo islands. I did some snorkeling there. (689k)
Village Komodo Island
Village on Komodo Island. (898k)
Guides Walks Carry Long
The guides on the walks carry these long sticks with forked ends to keep the dragons at bay. You can see how big those dragons are. (1.5M)
Docking Pier Park Entrance
Docking pier at the park entrance on Komodo Island. (800k)
Bay Rinca Island
Bay on Rinca Island. (730k)
Entrance Batu Cermin Cave
Entrance to the Batu Cermin cave. (1043k)
Inside Batu Cermin Cave
Inside the Batu Cermin cave. (666k)
Stalagmites Batu Cermin Cave
Stalagmites in the Batu Cermin cave. (804k)

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