Komodo National Park is one of the 21 Model National Parks in Indonesia and is one of the five national parks that were first designated in Indonesia. Komodo National Park was established in 1980 which is located in Komodo District, Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province. Yes, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is an ancient and rare species that is almost extinct, you can only find it in Komodo National Park. The Komodo dragon is a large creature similar to a giant lizard with a length of 2-3 m and a weight of up to 165 kg, or 100 kg on an empty stomach.
Due to its uniqueness and rarity, Komodo National Park was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986. It was first scientifically researched in 1911 by JKH Van Steyn and since then the goal of conservation has been broadened to protect all biodiversity, both sea and land.
Komodo National Park includes 3 main islands, namely Komodo, Rinca, and Padar Islands, as well as many other smaller islands which together have a land area of 603 km². The total area of Komodo National Park is currently 1,817 km². Extended to 25 km² (Banta Island) and 479 km² of marine waters will result in a total area of up to 2,321 km².
In the Komodo National Park area, you can also find horses, wild bulls, deer, male wild boars, snakes, monkeys, and various types of birds. In addition, Komodo National Park has amazing underwater biota. Divers say that the waters of Komodo are one of the best dive sites in the world.
With a group of islands and biodiversity found in Komodo National Park, here are five tourist destinations that you can visit there, namely Loh Buaya, Pink Beach, Gili Laba, Kelor Island, and Komodo Tourism Village.