KOMODO ISLAND AND ITS KILLER RESIDENTS

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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17 responses to “KOMODO ISLAND AND ITS KILLER RESIDENTS

  1. Hi Kayleigh,
    so you already landed at Indonesia. welcome! 🙂
    It’s beautiful!!, i really want to go to Komodo Island for its beauty beaches, but I’m afraid of reptile, so i don’t think i could make it, even though it’s in my country T_T…

    Even, while reading this post, i’m shivering for seeing the Komodo pictures, sorry to say that i have to skip those part 😀 😀

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      • I do hope so, it’s not about the safe feeling, Kay, but i afraid of the entire existence of reptile..especially when I’m imagining their skin, yakss *lets forget it*

        I live in Borneo; I’m working in South Borneo and every 8 weeks i get my field break and go to where my dad live in East Borneo for two weeks and then back again to South. Forth and back like that.

        Do you still around Indonesia?

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      • Yep, for the next month my ship is doing an Indonesian itinerary: Jakarta, Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Sulawsi, and Surabaya. It’s fantastic!

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      • Hi Kayleigh,

        I’m planing to go to Jakarta at early April. Which are will you be heading at Jakarta? If we might cross our path there :).

        That’s a fantastic route. Wish you enjoy Indonesia to the fullest 😀 😀

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      • Thanks Yuna, it’s been great.

        I would have loved to meet up but we will be heading back to Europe on March 28. What do you like to do in Jakarta?

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      • Owch, that’s a pity. Wish we could meet at the other trips 🙂

        Ehm, i usually spent my time for hanging out with my friend when I’m at Jakarta and when i go to Jakarta with my nieces and nephew i go to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Dunia Fantasi (amusement park) at Ancol.

        But, what i really want to visit at Jakarta is Kota Tua (litterally Old Town), it fills with Historical Building from Dutch Colonial in Indonesia.

        Ehm, not much to see, but shopping arcade :).

        Mind if i know your plan in Jakarta?

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  2. My brother and family took my parents there a few years back. My dad couldn’t get over been outnumbered! Wonderful photos. And thanks for dropping by and the follow.

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