Located in the heart of Indonesia, the island of Komodo is one of the most spectacular places on the planet and can offer extraordinary experiences sure to top even the most discerning traveller’s bucket list.
Together with Rinca, Padar and 26 smaller islands, Komodo forms the Komodo National Park, set up in 1980 to conserve the Komodo dragon and its habitat. Only just emerging as a luxury yacht charter destination, the island offers the increasingly rare combination of tranquillity and wild beauty.
In easy reach of Flores, the Alor archipelago and Sumbawa, the island can easily be incorporated into a larger itinerary and so, here are five reasons to visit Komodo on a luxury yacht charter to Indonesia.
1. SEE THE KOMODO DRAGON
No visit to Komodo would be complete without coming face-to-face with a Komodo dragon – the region’s star attraction. Capable of growing up to an impressive 10 feet and typically weighing in at around 154 pounds, this unique reptile is the world’s largest lizard.
With its long, flat head, rounded snout, scaly skin, muscular tail and yellow forked tongue, it is clear to see the similarities between the Komodo dragon and its fire breathing namesake, and the creature is certainly a sight to behold when spotted in its natural habitat.
Komodo dragons can be seen basking in the sun on the island’s white sandy beaches or hunting in the nearby forest and grasslands. Good swimmers, they are also known to take to the water and often stand on their hind legs to survey their territory.
2. VISIT PINK BEACH
Located on the east coast of Komodo, Pink Beach is claimed to be one of only seven beaches in the world where the sand has a unique pink hue. Best captured on a sunny day, the effect is down to the red coral in the shallow waters, which mixes with the other grains of sand.
‘Pentai Merah’ – as the locals say – is off the typical tourist trail and can only be accessed by boat, making it ideal for yacht-goers after a peaceful and secluded time ashore.
A lush backdrop of forest-clad hills and crystal clear waters gently lapping at the shore complement the scene perfectly.
3. SWIM WITH MANTA RAYS
A small island known as Karang Makassar lies to the north of Komodo between the island and its neighbour, Rinca. Although it doesn’t look like more than a few rocks from the surface, the waters below are one of the richest feeding grounds in the world for manta rays.
Dubbed Manta Point, the site is said to be popular among the graceful animals because of its position in the centre of a large channel that connects the two different oceanic climates of the Indian Ocean to the south and the South West Pacific to the north.
Manta ray encounters are extremely common and, with fantastic visibility, it makes for a great dive option for pros and beginners alike.
4. ENJOY A MAGICAL SUNSET
The island of Komodo forms one of the most dramatic landscapes in the whole of Indonesia. Rich in contrasts, panoramas capture hillsides of dry savanna and pockets of thorny green vegetation, rolling into brilliant white sandy beaches and glittering blue waters.
What’s more, the coastline of bays, beaches and islets is interspersed with sheer cliffs and rocky promontories. Together these stunning natural features create fantastic silhouettes against which the sky turns a kaleidoscope of dazzling colours as the sun sets.
Those on a charter vacation will, of course, be at an even better vantage point anchored in a secluded bay or islet with uninterrupted vistas of the horizon.
5. DISCOVER THE RICH MARINE LIFE
As well as conserving Komodo dragons, the Komodo National Park is also dedicated to protecting the region’s incredibly diverse sea life, which forms one of the richest marine environments in the world.
Coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts and semi-enclosed bays create the perfect setting for many fascinating sea creatures to thrive, including more than 1,000 species of fish, dugongs, sharks, manta rays, whales, dolphins and sea turtles.
Such vibrant waters present no-end of snorkelling and diving opportunities for yacht charterers, and Captains and crews are guaranteed to know the best sites to visit.
For further information on planning a yacht charter to Komodo, get in touch with your preferred charter broker.
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