The island has become famous for a rich history as once being the final stop for convicts in the region, but this small biosphere is known for another reason. It is home to some of the most unique and largest monitor lizards on Earth, the Komodo dragon. It is one of the only places in the world, outside of a zoo, where visitors are able to see the Komodo dragon in its natural environment.
The Komodo Island got its name from the lizards that live there, but much of the island is also set aside as a national park dedicated to their care and preservation. The park was established in 1980 to preserve the Komodo dragon, and in the years that have followed, it has become a popular place to visit within Indonesia.
The park plays host to many popular tours and events, and all of them center around the Komodo dragons themselves. Visitors are invited to enjoy what is known as the Komodo Liveaboard. This cruise starts on the island of Flores, and it caters to guests who enjoy the diving experience. The boat takes the guests to the various dive spots of Komodo Island, and they are customized depending on the weather and the expectations of the guests.
For those who aren’t interested in diving, there are adventure tours to the island that start on one of the neighboring islands. These tours are led by a park ranger and take guests through the natural habitat of the Komodo dragon. They include sailing, hiking, and even volcano climbing, and individual tours can be catered to meet the needs and timetables of the guests.