Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park
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  • FLcatherinep
    Tadcaster, United Kingdom61 contributions
    Beware Dragons NOT doped !
    Well worth a visit at least once We Visited the Komodo Dragons on Rinca a day trip from Labuan Bajo. Takes about 1.5hrs by boat to Rinca. The national park rangers are very informative and we did our HOMEWORK before our trip. Ive read many reviews stating that the Dragons seem doped/Drugged I can pretty much assure you that is their demeanor, until you are within striking distance. Passive lazing unthreatening then WHAM gotcha Do your homework on the Komodo Dragon so you dont go expecting a theme Park They congregate around the rangers hut as i believe there is a bit of feeding going on mainly to guarantee us tourists actually get to see one without being hunted by a hungry one on the walk round ! Also this is a conservation project not a tourist trap all your money goes to the park so do try support them and their survival We saw a very small Komodo out on the walk the ranger was more elated than us we also saw the Megapod Birds nesting in an old dragons den. If you believe they are doped i dare you to try touch one on the nose !!!
    Visited April 2022
    Written 22 March 2023
  • Barbara-BrookeMorales-Murphy
    London, United Kingdom1,229 contributions
    Good
    There are a lot of people searching for dragons here. You will see these prehistoric creatures, smaller ones, and the giant grown-ups. Very interesting. The one thing I disliked was people crowding the animals and getting just too close. Guides included.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Susan E
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1,051 contributions
    Visit to intimidating creatures.
    If you make it as far as Flores you should take a boat ride over to the national park to walk among the Komodo dragons. When you arrive on the island there is a long boardwalk before you meet up with the rangers. They are very informative and be sure that you can have a safe experience. There is a restaurant but we did not eat there. We were staying at the Plataran Komodo Resort and took a schooner which was docked adjacent to the resort. We were on a tour so I’m not sure if these vessels are available for non-group tours.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Glenda
    7 contributions
    We came to see Komodo Dragons and we scored!
    We visited Rinca Island and the Komodo National Park. The facilities are first class it was quiet but we saw five dragons specially the little one which we were told was only approx 5 months old. We learnt a lot of information about them and the park treats the dragons the water buffalo the deer and the monkeys as will so they let nature donuts stuff in terms of not feeding them which I like.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 October 2023
  • 42carl
    Seminyak, Indonesia1,885 contributions
    Wow amazing creatures
    Been to Komodo national park and it was just amazing to see the Komodo dragons ( big big lizards) in their natural habitat. They are huge and dangerous but one of the best experiences here in Flores. You have to walk with a ranger and stay on the teail cause these dragons can be very dangerous even if the are inactive a great part of the day. A real must see when being in Flores.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Joanne
    Lake Mary, Florida1,768 contributions
    magical
    This was always on my bucket list and it was so awesome. The pier from the tender is quite a walk, so be prepared – but its beautiful crystal clear water on the way. You probably will see little dragons as soon as you get to the beach and where rangers are waiting. Our group of 25 took the ‘long’ walk – about 1.5 hours. The main spot is the ‘watering hole’ where there were about 8 dragons resting and a deer walked among them and drinking from the water. The rangers kept us in a semicircle around the area, and they were very willing to take your picture standing somewhat close to a dragon. We also saw a wild boar on the walk, but there was not a lot of action other than that watering hole. The only thing I was not crazy about was the assertive vendors all trying to sell t-shirts and wooden carved dragons. I got a nice t-shirt for $10, so I was happy. This is definitely a magical place.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 February 2024
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Jane
15 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
The park in itself is nice but it’s a wonder why the management does not invest into proper toilet facilities. There are thousands of visitor every day that pay 300k/person + the ranger fee, there’s tourists from around the world that do visit the park and yet they only have dirty Turkish toilets (ie a hole) , with no toilet paper nor water and soap to wash your hands! It’s absolutely disgusting 🤢 to the say the least ! Where goes the money?
They should address that! We did a 36 hour flight to go see the Komodo dragons and I cannot believe that the management does not have any sense of pride. It’s a natural park. There’s a limit at keeping all the money as a profit !
Written 21 February 2024
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earlymorn1606
Felpham, UK28 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Apparently we were lucky to see 4 adults and 2 babies. It was around lunchtime so they were very lethargic and sleepy. Although one did move when it smelt a deer nearby. Lots of people there and a bit commercialised.
Written 16 February 2024
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Joanne
Lake Mary, FL1,768 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
This was always on my bucket list and it was so awesome. The pier from the tender is quite a walk, so be prepared – but its beautiful crystal clear water on the way. You probably will see little dragons as soon as you get to the beach and where rangers are waiting. Our group of 25 took the ‘long’ walk – about 1.5 hours. The main spot is the ‘watering hole’ where there were about 8 dragons resting and a deer walked among them and drinking from the water. The rangers kept us in a semicircle around the area, and they were very willing to take your picture standing somewhat close to a dragon. We also saw a wild boar on the walk, but there was not a lot of action other than that watering hole.
The only thing I was not crazy about was the assertive vendors all trying to sell t-shirts and wooden carved dragons. I got a nice t-shirt for $10, so I was happy. This is definitely a magical place.
Written 13 February 2024
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Yoo Song 냉기
Bali, Indonesia17 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Was able to witness the Komodo dragons in their natural environment while I was at Komodo National Park, and it was such an incredible experience. It is one of the most exciting things to do in Flores, despite the fact that they are enormous and deadly. Due to the fact that these dragons can be extremely deadly, even when they are dormant for a significant portion of the day, you are required to go with a ranger and remain on the trail. This is an absolute must-see when you are in Flores. Amazingg!
Written 30 November 2023
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42carl
Seminyak, Indonesia1,885 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Been to Komodo national park and it was just amazing to see the Komodo dragons ( big big lizards) in their natural habitat. They are huge and dangerous but one of the best experiences here in Flores. You have to walk with a ranger and stay on the teail cause these dragons can be very dangerous even if the are inactive a great part of the day. A real must see when being in Flores.
Written 23 October 2023
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Glenda
7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We visited Rinca Island and the Komodo National Park. The facilities are first class it was quiet but we saw five dragons specially the little one which we were told was only approx 5 months old. We learnt a lot of information about them and the park treats the dragons the water buffalo the deer and the monkeys as will so they let nature donuts stuff in terms of not feeding them which I like.
Written 19 October 2023
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Susan E
Philadelphia, PA1,051 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
If you make it as far as Flores you should take a boat ride over to the national park to walk among the Komodo dragons. When you arrive on the island there is a long boardwalk before you meet up with the rangers. They are very informative and be sure that you can have a safe experience. There is a restaurant but we did not eat there. We were staying at the Plataran Komodo Resort and took a schooner which was docked adjacent to the resort. We were on a tour so I’m not sure if these vessels are available for non-group tours.
Written 10 October 2023
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Marco C
13 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
My visit to Komodo National Park was profoundly underwhelming. I found nothing to justify its status as a "National Park." Thousands of visitors flock to the same spots simultaneously, creating a chaotic and overcrowded atmosphere. It's disheartening to witness so much litter, both in the sea and on the beaches, severely compromising the marine ecosystem.

The animals, particularly the Komodo dragons, are systematically besieged by a mass of uninformed tourists who dangerously approach them to take photographs, displaying a complete lack of respect for wildlife and the surrounding environment.

The absence of rules and a lack of an organized process to ensure a satisfying visitor experience are highly frustrating. In particular, the system for arranging rangers and guides on Komodo Island seems entirely devoid of logic and transparency, leaving visitors uncomfortable and without clear information.

I am confident that there are better-preserved and more carefully managed places in Indonesia that offer an authentic and environmentally respectful experience. I hope that Komodo National Park will seriously reconsider its policies and implement concrete measures to ensure a more enjoyable and sustainable visit for all.
Written 16 September 2023
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Barbara-BrookeMorales-Murphy
London, UK1,229 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
There are a lot of people searching for dragons here. You will see these prehistoric creatures, smaller ones, and the giant grown-ups. Very interesting. The one thing I disliked was people crowding the animals and getting just too close. Guides included.
Written 31 July 2023
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Trumpboyer86
Singapore, Singapore677 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
(+)
- A guide will be provided to keep you safe away from the komodo dragons
- Clear walking path around the island
- Towards the end, there are stores selling souvenirs
Written 28 July 2023
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