Visit Komodo National Park
Located in the Eastern end of the vast Indonesian Archipelago the Komodo National Park is currently 1817km and with the current expansion plans this will soon be extending to 2,321 km2 including marine and land reserves. The park is home to the infamous Komodo Dragons and many extraordinary species of Marine Life.
The current threats and issues that the Komodo National Park deal with differ between species and the states of the ecosystems from with they are from. The Komodo National Park is the leading contributor to the maintaining and reintroduction plans for many endangered species such as the orange-footed fowl, the Timor deer and a number of endemic rodents. Underwater the situation is different, the main focuses on marine life are combating the over fishing of commercial species and the protection of the damage in which these dramatic declines in biomass inflict upon these unstable ecosystems and protection of coral and all marine life from the destructive and indiscriminate techniques that are often employed in Indonesia such as dynamite, cyanide and indiscriminate netting methods that collect far more unwanted fish then the target fish. Coral environments have evolved to respond only to very slow changes in their environment and this kind of destructive practice has to be combated. The Komodo National Park‘s focus underwater is concentrated the coral reefs themselves, the mangroves, seabed grasses, semi enclosed bays and seamounts, all of which are represented from with the respective areas of the park.
Reaching the national park is not difficult despite its secluded tropical location, most guests visit as part of a trip based in either Sumbawa or Flores and reach the Komodo National Park via Labuan Bajo in the west Flores area or from Bima, the gateway city in eastern Sumbawa. It is also possible to fly directly into Labuan Bajo from Bali Denpasar everyday on airlines such as Indonesia Air Transport (IAT) and Trans Nusa airlines that also offer flights from Java. These are always cheap and short flights making a short trip to the Komodo National Park an easy day out from many of the Indonesian Islands.
The Komodo National Park
has over 1000 species of rare fish, 260 species of progressive base line coral that actually create the reefs themselves and 7 species of sponges that are essential to the surface of the reef. Large species are also present including sharks, Dugong, manta rays, over 14 species of endangered whales, dolphins and the now recovering giant turtles.
Awareness of these programs is essential to the improvements of these situations which are of huge importance in the future of the world’s biosphere. Come and marvel at the wonders and hope instilled in the National Park and contribute to the progress. The Komodo National Park is an excellent day out for all the family where some of the rarest and most wonderful creatures are viewable in their natural surrounding, protected from the dangers that the modern world has inflicted upon them.