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Komodo Island Trek

Komodo National Park lies within an area known as the Wallacea—the domain of a fierce and rare species of reptile that looks like a dinosaur, but is called a Komodo dragon and, of course, is not even remotely related to either a dinosaur or a dragon. Instead, the Komodo dragon is the remnant of a once widespread ancient order of monitor lizards that today survives on only a handful of these islands. Approximately 1,100 of this protected species remain on Komodo Island. This giant reptile often measures up to 11 feet in length and can weigh more than 300 pounds. Like other monitor lizards, the head is tapered, the ear-openings are visible, and the neck is long and slender. The Komodo dragon is a carnivore, and preys on the deer and wild pigs that inhabit the island. They also sometimes eat their own young. It is a good swimmer and, for short distances, quite swift on land. The island of Komodo itself is about 60 squares miles in area and is volcanic in origin, with dramatic landscapes of 2,000-foot craggy mountains, deep arroyos, canyons, savannahs and monsoon rain forests. Fresh water is scarce on the island, collected during the monsoon season in a few isolated areas. Human habitation is therefore limited to only one settlement in Slawi Bay. Once ashore, you will be escorted on foot to Komodo National Park for a walking tour in search of the Komodo dragon. Accompanied by park rangers and an English-speaking guide you will walk about one mile (roughly 1½ hours) to the fenced area near Banunggulung to look for the dragons. You’ll have a chance to take some photos here. Guests with less walking ability can walk partway or just stay at the ranger station where Komodo dragons are occasionally seen. An open bar with soft drinks and mineral water is available to you at the ranger station and reception area. The monsoon forests of Komodo teem with activity of other wildlife, particularly in the morning before the sun is at its peak. Squawking cockatoos flock in often leafless trees, disturbing large green imperial pigeons, black-napped orioles, sun birds, flowerpeckers, and noisy friarbirds, while shiny black dragoons and enormous crows soar nearby. Finally, you will reach the finish point and have some free time for local souvenir shopping.Notes: Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. The Komodo dragon is wild and is not artificially fed by the local authorities. The park rangers accompanying the tour will decide which route the trek will follow. Weather conditions can be extremely hot and shade is limited; dress accordingly, wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring bottled water.
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10 out of 11(91%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Komodo Island Trek
Review 1 for Komodo Island Trek
Overall Rating
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Unique, but disappointing experience

Date:March 26, 2014
GlobalTraveller
Location:London UK
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:March
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
You must get off the ship at Komodo Island as you cannot see the 'dragons' in the wild elsewhere (not the same as seeing them in a zoo cage). Unless you have managed to arrange a private tour with a ranger in advance (almost impossible to do) then you cannot disembark the ship unless you are on a tour (nothing to do with HAL, but it is to protect the wildlife). The 'long' trek (more like a Sunday afternoon stroll) takes you through pretty unremarkable scenery and at the end you encounter the animals. If these are all you want to see (as we did), then you might as well go on the shorter walk, since the animals are obviously always at the same place, just a few yards away from the end. The chances of seeing them elsewhere are pretty remote, especially if you are in a group. Having done other nature treks elsewhere, we were disappointed and I found the walk pretty boring, until the last 10-15 mins when we got to where the animals were.
To get back to the ship you have to run the gauntlet of a large market with children begging. Shame. If someone could just advise the islanders that a large number of stalls selling the same items is counter-productive and having children overtly asking for money in a somewhat aggressive way id offputting, then they would doubtless sell far more.
To sum up: you must get off to see the animals, but don't have high expectations. However, you MUST be on deck for the lengthy sail away as the scenery is magnificent. This really was one of the highlights of the trip.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+15points
15out of 15found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Komodo Island Trek
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good to see dragons and other wildlife

Date:March 20, 2014
Kernowman
Location:Launceston, UK
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:March
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
This was a good excursion. Our ranger was knowledgeable and provided a very good guided tour. We saw deer, a wild boar, a flying lizard and several Golden Orioles. We saw the dragons only near the end of the trek where they (I counted nine) were congregating round a waterhole. This water hole is also on the short trail, so if it is only dragons you wish to see, this may be a better option as it is very hot. Seeing these creatures is a wonderful experience and not to be missed. At the end of the trail, you follow a roped path which forces you through a series of local souvenir stalls with fairly aggressive hawkers and young children tugging at the heart strings. This excursion or the shorter version is thoroughly recommended.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+9points
9out of 9found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Komodo Island Trek
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Visiting the Dragons at home!

Date:February 22, 2014
PeteBog
Location:USA, Los Alamitos, California
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:March
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
This hike was exciting and educational. On booking the tour, I was a bit worried (unnecessarily) that the hike might be too strenuous or perhaps dangerous. The path is in a level forest area and not too long, and the guides are well trained and numerous. The dragons seemed to be interested in us too, and want to come over to look! A couple of times the guides just decided to pull a dragon back away from the group, when one seemed to be getting too close for the guide's comfort. No problems, just great photos, and now I have seen them up close!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+6points
6out of 6found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Komodo Island Trek
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Unique Experience

Date:August 6, 2013
yogi
Location:Australia
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:November
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
This experirnce can not be seen anywhere else in the world and is a must for anyone visiting this area. From the desert like kandscape in the ocean to the unique animal life. A must
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+11points
14out of 17found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Komodo Island Trek
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

This was amazing to view

Date:December 12, 2012
Greenspeed
Location:Columbus Ms
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:November
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
It was one of the highlights of the entire cruise. You really do get up close and personal with the dragons. One walked within 10 feet us us. Do not miss this.You cannot go ashore without an excursion.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+14points
16out of 18found this review helpful.
Review 6 for Komodo Island Trek
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

The are "Really Big"

Date:November 26, 2012
Anonymous
Location:Texas
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:November
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Nice trip to see the "dragons." It was very, very hot.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+3points
6out of 9found this review helpful.
Review 7 for Komodo Island Trek
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

The dragons and more

Date:May 4, 2012
Camembert
Location:Canada
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:March
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Delightful tour in an exotic location !
We got to see the dragons (a lot of them) and we were even attacked (closely followed) by a racing dragon. Fortunately (their bite is lethal), our knowledgeable guide and 2 assistants had long prong to keep them at bay. It is a very special tour, something that cannot be duplicated anywhere else in the world. This tour is for everyone but there is a long walk involved...not for mobility challenged persons.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+33points
33out of 33found this review helpful.
Review 8 for Komodo Island Trek
Overall Rating
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Extremely overpriced

Date:February 6, 2012
bahasa
Cruise Date Year:2011
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
A short walk with a sweet but not knowledgeable guide. some people got to do snorkeling and other activities for half the price by booking ahead of time on their own.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
+7points
15out of 23found this review helpful.
Ratings-Only Reviews for Komodo Island Trek
Based on the average of (3) ratings-only reviews
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Would recommend? Yes 3 out of 3
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5