ANIMALS

Komodo: an island in Indonesia inhabited by dragons

Komodo Island is an island in Indonesia, part of the Small Sunda Islands, that offers much to its visitors. This unique place is home to unspoiled nature, where one can explore fairy-tale scenery, moonlit walks on the beach, and peaceful boat trips.

But that's not all: this island is known for the famous Komodo dragon that lives exclusively on its territory.

Incredible but true: let's find out more about this particular island and its ''dragons'' together.

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An island in Indonesia inhabited by ''dragons''
Komodo Island is an island in Indonesia that offers much to its visitors. This unique place is home to unspoilt nature, where one can explore fairytale scenery, moonlit walks on the beach and peaceful boat trips. But that's not all: this island is known for the famous Komodo dragon, which lives exclusively on its territory. Incredible but true. Let's find out more about this particular island and its 'dragons'. (Source: wikipedia, harpersbazaar.com)
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How to see Komodo dragons?
On Komodo Island, the iconic animals are the dragons of the same name: Komodo varanus, or kizawi, are giant lizards that look like something out of a science fiction film.
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Dangerous Komodo dragons
The safest way to observe them is at the Komodo National Park. It is absolutely forbidden to walk around the park alone, without being accompanied by an experienced guide, because the Komodo dragon can turn out to be an animal that attacks humans. Therefore, inconsiderate gestures, running or getting too close to these animals should be avoided at all costs.
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Hunting tactics
Due to its size, this lizard dominates the ecosystems in which it lives. It captures its prey, invertebrates, birds and mammals, either by chasing them or by ambushing them. Its group hunting tactics are an exception in the reptile world. The diet of the largest specimens consists mainly of deer, although they also consume considerable amounts of carrion.
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Numerous animals
About two thousand people, descendants of former confined prisoners, live on Komodo Island and, in addition to the largest saurian in nature, there are numerous animals such as wild pigs, water buffalos and birds of different species.
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The northern tip of Komodo Island and adjacent islets
Komodo Island is a perfect destination for those who want to have an unforgettable experience. Komodo Island is the paradise on earth where any adventurous traveller should decide to stop.
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How to get to Komodo island?
The point of departure can be Bali Airport, Jakarta Airport or Labuan Bajo Airport. The latter is the most recommended stopover, since from there it is possible to take a boat to Komodo Airport.
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When to go to Komodo island?
Planning the right time for a trip away is essential, especially to avoid the periods of torrential rains that could ruin the holiday. The best time to go to Komod isalnd is from April to December. Avoid January to March, when it is the rainy season.
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