We visited Komodo Island, habitat to the Komodo Dragon, named for its tropical home.  This place is like one I’ve never seen before.  We anchored in a kind of protected lagoon surrounded by amazing green peaks, jutting out in an array of odd angles, each dotted with lush trees and bush.

KOMODO ISLAN PANOWELCOME TO KOMODO

Taking tender boats to shore, we arrived to receive a tour of the island, guided by a local and two ‘guards,’ armed with Y-shaped sticks.  As the world’s largest lizards, Komodo Dragons are very dangerous and strong so I guess I was surprised to just see sticks to defend us.  But it’s worked for years and we didn’t get attacked so it’s all good…

OUR GUARD AND HIS STICKNATIONAL PARK PATCH

A beautiful hiking tour in the muggy air with gorgeous views and then there they were, 5 of them just laying out in the sun.  They were HUGE.  Over 2800 inhabit the island, outnumbering locals by 800 or so.  They are beautiful creatures, but deadly.  Each bite contains enough toxic bacteria to kill a full-grown deer, however this may take a couple days.

VIEW FROM KOMODO HIKEKEEP SILENT

KOMODO LYING DOWN

KOMODO TONGUE

KOMODO FACE

KOMODO MUSHROOMS

KOMODO DEER

Although a bit hassley, eager to make sales from the influx of tourists, the human residents are even more beautiful.

RIDING SHOTGUN MOTHER AND CHILD WATCHING THE GUESTS LOCAL KOMODO CHILDREN BEACH LAUGHTER BATHING AT KOMODO CANOEING TEENS CANOE AND CHILD LOCAL CANOES WITH SHIP TENDER BOAT SALES

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