Komodo, Indonesia: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Komodo Island is a part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is housing the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that is the habitat of the Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard in the world. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province. It lies between its neighboring islands: Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east, together with its sister islands: Rinca and Padar. The island has over 2,000 inhabitants on its area of 390 square kilometers.
Apart from the Komodo Dragons, there are also water buffalo, banded pigs, civets, cockatoo, and macaques in this island. Apart from the fauna, Komodo Island contains Pink Beach with pink sand. This is one of only seven Pink Beach in the world. With these attractions, the Komodo Island is a part of the New7Wonders of Nature since 2011. It is famous for daytime activities. However, there is no nightlife in Komodo Islands. There are no night clubs or discotheques in the island; guests should head to Lombok or Flores for a bustling nightlife. There are some bars on a hotel & resort providing accommodation. These hotels and resorts are also providing assistance to some tours and excursions to the places at the outskirts of the island.
The only way to get in Komodo is through ferry services. The main gateway are the ferries from Labuan Bajo, Flores. There are appropriate fees and permits upon entering the island, which are valid for one day. These are:
Entrance Fee – 225,000 IDR / 17 to 20 USD
Local Area Tax or Authority Fee – 50,000 IDR / 4 to 5 USD
Guide – 80,000 IDR per group / 6 to 7 USD per group
Additional fees may include 25,000 IDR or 2 USD for scuba diving and 15,000 IDR or 1 USD.