The volcanic islands of Komodo and Rinca are part of the Komodo National Park, established in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon.
Thriving dragon populations on both islands provide an opportunity to see these huge animals in the wild although you will be accompanied by a forked staff-wielding guide at all times.
Trekking opportunities around Komodo Island include a hard but rewarding climb to the summit of Gunung Ara and hiking to mangrove forests thick with birds, fish and bats.
Not only a haven for ora, the Komodo National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 in recognition of its rich marine environment harbouring dugong, sharks, manta rays, dolphins and a number of whales. It offers excellent diving and snorkelling at specific spots, for the surrounding waters are turbulent and laced with eddies, whirlpools and riptides.