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Komodo

Diving in Komodo National Park, now a "UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve" is is something most only dream of doing. The park and surrounding area boasts one of the world's richest marine environments, with over 260 species of reef building coral, 70 species of sponge, marine worms, molluscs, echinoderms, crustaceans, over 1000 species of cartilaginous and bony fish, marine reptiles, and marine mammals. Some notable marine species include pygmy seahorses, frogfish, nudibranchs, manta rays, Napoleon wrasse, trevally jack and groupers.

Located east of Bali, the Komodo National Park is nestled between the large island of Sumbawa and Flores in Indonesia, all of which are part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Officially declared a World Heritage Site in 1991, the Komodo National Park encompasses 132,000 hectares of marine waters making it one of the largest protected zones in the world. The Komodo National Park and surrounding areas boast a unique biosphere born in the ancient volcanic eruptions that formed Sumatra, Java, Bali and the islands lying eastward to Papua New Guinea. As a consequence, the topography of the islands is both striking and unique.

The Komodo National Park hosts a rare diversity of animals, including a population of the world’s largest lizard, the famous Komodo Dragon. For bird watchers, there have been over 150 bird species identified including the sulphur-crested cockatoos, imperial pigeons, white-breasted sea eagles and maleos.

Photo credit: Tomas Jansson

Komodo Travel information

  • Time zone: GMT +8
  • Currency: Rupiah
  • Language: Indonesian is the most common language
  • Water: Avoid drinking tap water and ice made from tap water. Instead, opt for bottled water.
  • Visa: As a Swedish citizen you are eligible to a visa on arrival (along with 61 other nationalities), which is valid for up to 30 days. Please contact us for more information.
  • Health: Please contact your local vaccination clinic to see what you specifically need.
  • Recompression chamber: Available in Bali. It is both incredibly expensive and difficult to arrange transport to the chamber, so long safety stops, nitrox and a very comprehensive dive insurance is necessary.
  • Country code: +62
  • Electricity: Main resorts and liveaboards have EU 2-pin sockets with 220 volt.
  • Weather: The climate is hot and tropical with temperatures between 25-32c depending on the season. Diving can be done year round, with the best diving being done between October and April. 
  • Tips: A common tip is ca 10% of the total check
  • Clothing recommendations: Everyday clothing is appropriate in most cases. When visiting temples, please make sure to cover your shoulders, and legs to below the knee, preferably using a sarong and sash. Hats and light clothing to protect your skin from the sun is recommended.

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