- Published on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 17:00
- Written by Lee Starnes. Photos by Lee Starnes.
Most people think of dragons when they hear about Komodo. While the world’s largest lizards are one reason to journey to this remote corner of the world, the rugged vistas and incredible biodiversity, both above and below the sea, are more than enough reason to visit in their own right.
Labuan Bajo serves as the jump-off point for trips into Komodo National Park. A relatively sleepy town with a population of less than 2,000, Bajo is a small fishing community with a bustling tourism industry servicing the park. Once inside the protected area, mountainous islands, swift currents and turquoise waters dominate the scenery. The beauty of this place is largely untouched, with manta rays cruising the shallows and Komodo dragons roaming five different islands inside the park.
Short but steep hikes up islands such as Pulau Pandar and Gili Lawa Darat result in jaw-dropping vistas. Pulau Pandar could easily brag, with three differently colored beaches – black sand, white sand and pink sand. The Golden Passage between Komodo Island and Gili Lawa Darat is no slouch in the scenery department either, with its narrow bands of land nearly touching each other as the current rushes through.
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