Ever since it’s nomination as one of New 7 Wonder of Nature, Komodo National Park has definitely gained a place on travelers’ bucket list. Home for the last colony of Komodo Dragons on earth, idyllic beaches, and jagged savannah hills, this UNESCO World Heritage site has a certain wild and wondrous flavour to satisfy the most Jurassic-esque adventure. Certainly, cruising around the Flores Sea while hopping between island within the national park is the best way to enjoy Komodo’s beauty. You might have heard some of Komodo’s main attraction; bird-eye view of panoramic hills, pink sands, dragons, wild life, and incredible marine life. Here, we compiled six things you might have not know about sailing in Komodo.
The Dry Season Might Get A Little Wetter
Indonesia, where Komodo National Park is located, is a tropical country. Being all surrounded by water with high humidity, it won’t be strange if sometimes you find the rain fall in the middle of your Komodo sailing trip, that supposedly done in dry season. But worry not, the rain would probably last an hour or so, before the sky get all bright again.
It’s Busier Than You Think
You might have pictured Komodo as somewhere remote, off form the beaten path, and totally idyllic with only few humans around. While it’s true that Komodo is all remote and unspoiled, it might not as empty as you’d think. April to September is Komodo’s busiest time—boats are departing back and forth from Labuan Bajo, carrying travelers from all around the world. But don’t worry, your Komodo operator will help you to escape the crowds!
Komodo Sailing Trip Might Be Totally Closed on Rainy Season
Rainy season in Indonesia could hit very hard. During these times, the sea would be too rough to sail in, and the weather could be highly unpredictable at some times. Last year, a couple of boat were hot by the storms and got wrecked because they insist to sail despite the bad weather. For safety reason, a lot of boat operator closed their Komodo sailing trip during this season, which usually last from January to mid-March.
Be Prepared to Exercise Komodo Cruising Trip, A Lot
Exercise is probably the furthest thing on your mind while you are on a holiday. But when you are in Komodo sailing trip, you will get to exercise, a lot. Be prepared to walk a long trek for Komodo Dragon sight-seeing, hiking the hills of Padar Island, Gili Lawa, and other islands, and swim/ snorkel in Komodo’s bright water. Some of the best view in Komodo (the one you see on social media) can only be reached by climbing steep hills, so get your feet ready.
Komodo Are Not Related to Dinosaur
Despite their dinosaur-esque apperance, Komodo dragons are not a dinosaur. They may be prehistoric, yes, but these gigantic lizard are descendant of Megalania priscus, 20 foot long monitor lizard from Australia. But they still have lethal bite, muscular limbs, and strong grip just like dinosaurs do.