WHY KOMODO ISLAND IS FAMOUS ?
The existing and living Komodo dragons (Varanus Komodoensis) are only found in Indonesia, precisely on Komodo Island (Loh Liang), Gili Motang Island, Gili Dasami, Padar Island and Rinca Island. It is the biggest Lizard that lives today and has existed four million years ago.
Although this island was first occupied by humans led by local Raja (King or Leader), the island's first popularity came after W. Douglas Burden, a geologist, naturalist, hunter, filmmaker, and author, visited Komodo Island in 1926.
Having previously obtained permission from the Dutch Government to collect specimens of Komodo Dragon located in Dutch East Indies (Now Modern Indonesia), William traveled with a cameraman, a professor in Herpetology and with his own wife.
Arriving at the Komodo Islands, he was assisted by a local king or king in those days along with their 15 hunters who helped them set traps. Unfortunately, they brought the Komodo dragon to America, exhibited at the Bronx Zoo and left to die and be preserved. It is recorded to be the museum's most famous exhibit in history.
Later the Komodo island was established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. WWF and Conservation International have also recognized the islands as a Global Conservation Priority Area. Komodo National Park is also included as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
HOW TO PLAN A TRIP TO KOMODO ISLAND ?
Using a plane from Jakarta or from Bali is the fastest and economical option. We recommend you rent your own Komodo boat. Make sure your Komodo Boat is officially registered in the Park National Park and also there are no surprises or hidden costs in it. Laba Laba Boat offers several trip options to suit your budget if you want to explore Komodo National Park privately, without joining a noisy and overly crowded sharing trip.
HOW TO GET FROM BALI TO KOMODO ISLAND ?
The simplest way to Komodo Island is from Labuan Bajo by renting a Komodo Boat. It takes about 3 hours one way, from Labuan Bajo to Komodo Island.
To get to the city of Labuan Bajo first you must use a plane from Jakarta or from Bali. You can learn more from here for more detail flight schedules and airline information.
The only ideal way to explore Komodo National Park is to rent a private Komodo boat that has been officially registered at Komodo National Park. This is the most ideal way so that your time not only just spend to visit one place, but also various surrounding exotic islands that have special characteristics so that your trip can be maximized.
WHY IS KOMODO ISLAND CLOSING ?
It was a mistake and sensationalism in the media (both local and international media) that made the public being misinformed that the Komodo island was closed.
Initially the Governor of East Nusa Tenggara Province, Victor Laiskodat ordered the Komodo National Park to be closed because the Komodo dragon population was decreasing because of too many tourists coming.
However, after examination and discovery of facts, it was found there was indeed some information that the Komodo Dragon being smuggled which was then sold to international markets such as Europe and China by irresponsible parties.
Central Indonesian Government has canceled plans to close Komodo island to tourists, with the country's environment ministry saying that Komodo dragons living there are not under threat from the existence of tourists coming to the island.
WHY INDONESIA CANCELS KOMODO ISLAND CLOSURE ?
Because based on fact-finding, the Komodo dragon population is not threatened and instead, has an increase in population numbers (apart from the existence of several cases of smuggling of baby dragons to the international market).
The reason for the local government of the province of East Nusa Tenggara to close the entire island of Komodo due to cause by tourists was not proven to be correct, because the existence of tourists has no effect on the population of the Komodo dragon.
CAN YOU STILL GO TO KOMODO ISLAND?
At the moment, the Komodo National Park official temporarily just closing Komodo Island for tourism activities due to ongoing improvements and several construction activities to build better public facilities. However, other islands around the Komodo National Park remain open and available to tourists. If you want to see Komodo dragons, we recommend going to Rinca Island because it is far more adventurous and economical in terms of the entrance fee tickets.
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