The Komodo National Park, is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. It consists of 3 main islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous small islands.

Komodo National Park is one of our favorite destinations. Here’s why :

1. The Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragons caught on camera fighting in mating season. Image :

Komodo Dragons caught on camera fighting in mating season. Image :

The Komodo Dragon is a living dinosaur, a magnificent creature which has inhabited the earth for 4 million years. This largest species of lizard can ONLY be found in Komodo Island, Rinca, Padar, and Gili Motang, their natural habitat. Tiger Blue loves Rinca Island.  It is much less visited, is well off the usual tourist route and provides an authentic adventure away from the crowds.

Do you know that Komodo Dragons are fine swimmers? They can, and do between islands, so…..make sure you’re on high alert if you decide to stroll or hike around these beaches and islands.

The Komodo Islands are also famous for other ancient indigenous species….. The flightless bird called the megapode that can be spotted in the undergrowth on your hikes, & the amazing flight of thousands of flying foxes at dusk. View this amazing natural phenomenon from the top deck of Tiger Blue.

2. Trek to Padar

The breathtaking view of Padar. Image :

The breathtaking view of Padar. Image :

Komodo is great for hiking. The grassy slopes tempt you ashore. Hiking up the paths on Padar Island is invigorating but when you get up there, it’s beautiful! It’s like looking out over a 3D map of Komodo. Padar’s peak is one of the most famous photo locations, so please expect a few people on top.

3. Big Fish

Swim with This Beauty. Image : Mark Rosenstein

Swim with This Beauty. Image : Mark Rosenstein

For marine-life fans, Komodo National Park offers big fish! Whether snorkelling or diving at Manta Point, near Karang Makassar (Makassar Reef), you can find Manta rays, some up to 3 meters long. Other biggies are the Grey Reef Shark, White Tip Shark, Giant Trevalley, Napoleon Wrasse, and many more. If we’re lucky, we can attract large pods of dolphins to ride boat’s bow wave.

4. Crystal Rock

Beautiful Corals. Image : Martin Klein

Beautiful Corals. Image : Martin Klein

Crystal Rock is underwater heaven for divers. It is an undersea mount of beautiful soft coral. At low tide its tip is exposed above water.  Black Tip and White Tip sharks, Giant Trevalley, Dogtooth Tuna, Seahorse, Turtle are a few of the wide range of species found here.

5. Castle Rock

The underwater life. Image : Jeff Mullins

The underwater life. Image : Jeff Mullins

Castle Rock is another great dive spot, located about 300 meters from Crystal Rock. It’s a great location to swim with sharks. It is not too deep, with great visibility & generally has the same marine species as Crystal Rock

6. Trekking Gili Lawa Darat

Gili Lawa Darat in Komodo National Park

Gili Lawa Darat is one of the smaller islands within Komodo National Park. It takes approximately 40 minutes to hike its highest peak, but the view is just too great to miss. Trust us!

7. Calm Seas

Komodo National Park Calm Seas

The ultimate way to explore Komodo National Park is to use a phinisi liveaboard. In season, Komodo promises calm seas & mild currents……great for sailing, snorkeling and diving!

8. Your own private island

Small island in Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park has several small, beautiful islands. Away from it all and with no one else around, you can have your own private island!

When you’re on board Tiger Blue, prepare for extra treats! We provide shade, great BBQ lunches or dinners, and arrange stunning sundowner and cocktail locations…..with your own bonfire! These are once in a lifetime experiences.