National Park is located in the center of the
Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of
Sumbawa and Flores. Established in 1980, initially
the main purpose of the Park was to conserve the
unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis)
and its habitat. However, over the years, the goals
for the Park have expanded to protecting its entire
biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. In 1986,
the Park was declared a World Heritage Site
and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO,
both indications of the Park's biological
importance. Welcome to one of the World Heritage "
Komodo Island ".
National Park includes three major islands: Komodo,
Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands
creating a total surface area (marine and land) of
1817km (proposed extensions would bring the total
surface area up to 2,321km2). As well as
being home to the Komodo dragon, the Park provides
refuge for many other notable terrestrial species
such as the orange-footed scrub fowl, an endemic
rat, and the Timor deer. Moreover, the Park includes
one of the richest marine environments including
coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass beds, seamounts,
and semi-enclosed bays. These habitats harbor more
than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of
reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges.
Dugong, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of
whales, dolphins, and sea turtles also make Komodo
National Park their home.
Enjoy your Adventure to Komodo Island