Minggu, 22 Mei 2011

The Komodo Dragon Habitat and World Class Diving in Indonesia

Komodo Island is one island in Indonesia territory. This island has a land area of ​​390 km and has about 2000 inhabitants. Komodo Island is a small part of the Sunda chain and is part of the Komodo national park. This island is the natural habitat of the Komodo dragon. in addition, this island is one of the famous diving destinations in Indonesia. Administratively, komodo island is part of the province of East Nusa Tenggara.

Lying 200 nautical miles east of Bali, Komodo National Park nestles between the large islands of Sumbawa and Flores, all of which are part of Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara on current maps). This unique biosphere was born in the great volcanic uplift that formed Sumatra, Java, Bali and the islands lying eastward to Papua New Guinea.

In 1928 the Dutch colonial government of the then Dutch East Indies formalized the nature reserve status originally conferred on Komodo in 1915 by the Raja of Biwa in neighbouring Sumbawa. Indonesia decreed the area a national park in 1980, and in 1992 Komodo was declared a World Heritage Site. Despite these official designations and its obvious interest to the scientific community, Komodo is daily suffering irreparable damage by the hand of man. Almost before the world can properly appreciate the natural beauty of Komodo - home of the Komodo Dragon - its wonders are in danger of disappearing forever. It is disturbing that so little has changed since the declaration of Douglas Burden, leader of the 1926 American expedition to Komodo:

"a place where every prospect pleases, and only man is vile" komodo dive sites

The People at the The Komodo Foundation and the Department of Tourism of Manggarai, West Flores want to make a difference and are dedicated to preserving this rich and wonderous area for the benefit of future generations


Komodo National Park has the lowest annual rainfall in all of Indonesia, with an abbreviated rainy season in the month of January. For most of the year Komodo is dry and hot, parched by arid winds from the Australian desert that blow from April through October. Maximum temperatures reach 43 C, with minimums of 17 C in August.

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