You came all this way and can’t forget the dragons!!!! The Komodo Dragon (varanus Komodoensis) is the world’s largest living monitor lizard and is indigenous to Komodo, Rinca and Padar Islands. Spend the second half of your day trekking around Rinca to get a glimpse of these prehistoric creatures. Your wildlife adventure isn’t limited to dragons; buffalo, Rusu deer, monkeys, pigs and horses are also commonly present. Further down the scale, indigenous frogs, snakes and lizards abound on the island, not to forget the aptly named endemic Flores Rat. As you near the end of your trek, take in the scenery with a breathtaking panoramic view of the national park.
We offer this combined trip on our speedboat, Toby. We visit Rinca, as this island allows for a much better chance of seeing the Komodo dragons due to the presence of the ranger station. It is up to your group to decide on the short trek (1 hour) or medium trek (1.5 hours). Blue Marlin will take care of all your trekking fees. However, we recommend bringing a bit of cash on land for beverages, souvenirs, and of course tipping your lovely ranger. On Toby, 2 dives and trekking is IDR 2.000.000.
Though their bite is very strong, it has long been rumoured that their mouths contain bacteria that will cause rabid infection. However, multiple studies have shown this not to be the case and actually, the dragons’ mouths contain two venom glands producing proteins that cause these same effects. There is still much to learn about the Komodo Dragons!
Dragons aren’t picky and will eat just about anything they come across, live or dead. They can be effective hunters, but will just as happily eat something that’s already been killed including birds, eggs, boar, goats, fish, and horses - and even other small dragons!
Komodo Dragons are the largest monitor lizard on Earth, and can grow up to 3 meters in length and weigh up to 200 pounds. You might expect them to be slow, but they have been clocked at upwards of 15 km per hour.