Here’s the most common reaction when travelers go into Komodo trip for the first time: they are struck silent and dumbfounded. Simply because each unique destination in Komodo was touched by magic. From the rare rosy-tinted beach to the scaly beast we called Komodo dragon, Flores seems like an outlandish heaven. That kind of tropical paradise that’s way out of your expectation—in a mix of strangely good way. A rare heaven gifts that’s so special it makes the crystal clear ocean and dazzling sands that’s surrounding the area looks like only embellished jewel to adorn something even more special. Here, we would unveil the secret.
First and Rarest: the Komodo Dragon
Komodo trip is essentially hunting a chance to see the rare, almost mythical Komodo dragon in direct and close proximity. The last and only dragon on earth, absolutely free to roam the wilderness without the border of those tall and thick glass. A top chain predator whose blood is still thick with prehistoric instinct. And that’s was not a mere exaggerated expression. Research shows that the Varanus Komodoensis has been around since 40, 000 years ago. They come from Australia, reach the isolated island of Indonesia, and evolved into a giant terrestrial lizard due to the lack of other predators. Today, their bodily size remain more or less the same, thanks to the nurturing care of the park rangers. Their ancient genetics, however, apparently remains intact.
The dragons might not be dinosaur, but they are still a living relic of the ancient time.
Second: The Pink Beach
Ah, the epitome of every Komodo trip. The eye-candy of this remote wilderness. No trip is complete without splurging some time in the middle of Komodo’s rare, pink hued beach. They say that there are only seven pink beaches in the world, and where you’ve reach Komodo, you’ll be able to relish in these nature wonder. Just like a spell of magic, the Pink beach constantly steal tourists’ hearts and collect it under the sands—maybe that’s why the sands are gleaming with pink!
No, just kidding. The pink beach is one of nature’s rare phenomenon. It happens when the seabed around an island is heavily populated with red corals or foraminfera. The tides and currents wipe these corals and bring the tiny bits of the dead corals to the shore. When it get mixed with the naturally white sands, you got the gorgeous pink beach.
Third: The Three-Colored Bays of Padar Island
Now that you knew the secret behind pink beach, let me present another wonder of the Komodo National Park: four bays of Padar island, each is unique to its own color, which will be visible from Padar’s famous view point. Here lies one of the travelers’ favorite and the most phenomenal outlook in Komodo trip: jagged terrains and four coves with crescent beaches, shining under the sun.
The pink beach was a same result of red corals process. The other one, white sandy beach, is just another naturally white washed crumbs of died corals. And the last one is the black sands. You have probably known black sands in some beaches, especially in a volcanic islands. Yes, black sands beaches are formed from the ashes of volcano. Despite of sitting in close proximity, the bays on Padar island are divided by the chains of elevated peaks and jagged hills, preventing them from getting mixed.
Forth: The Surreal Savannah Fields
One of the main element of Komodo that makes a Komodo trip feels so outlandish is the presence of savannah fields. Everywhere you go, you will be surrounded by vast, golden savannah that covers the whole terrain. As if you are lost from the world and thrown away back in time.
Sit in the eastern part of Indonesia with far fewer rainfall makes Flores unique with its vegetation. Instead of the common rainforest as it found in tropical countries, Flores has savannah and that makes the wilder west vibes get even stronger.
So when will you launch your own Komodo trip and enjoy these all?