Komodo is one of the largest islands of Komodo National Park, arising proudly from the turquoise Flores Sea. Soaring palmyra trees punctuate its open landscape of rocky outcrop, auburn paths, dry forests, and glassy sky. The highest point on Komodo is Mount Satalibo, which stands at 730 meters high. It is here where rare orchids that are claimed to bloom only once a year can be found.
As the name speaks for itself, the island is well-known for the prehistoric monitor lizards, commonly known as the Komodo dragons. Together with the last survivor of the ancient, gigantic lizards stalking the terrain, you have officially entered the Lost World. There is an estimated population of 1,000 Komodo dragons on Komodo Island, making it the ideal place for sightings of the creature as compared to the other islands. Visitors can go on a ranger-led trek upon reaching the ranger station in the small fishermen village in Loh Liang, which is also the largest facility in the area. Be prepared to be amazed at how much the park rangers can fill you in on everything about the Komodo dragons while witnessing the creatures at their most natural habitat. While the Komodo dragons may seem to be docile at first sight, it is always recommended to be extra cautious and keep a safe distance from them. They have an excellent sense of smell, so be sure that all wounds are clean and nothing forbidden is in your bag as they can smell blood even from a far distance. Although, the dragons are the main creatures on Komodo, those who wish to see more wildlife can go on a longer trek.
Facing the famous Pink beach, Komodo village is the largest settlement in Komodo National Park. Villagers are mostly fishermen and carvers who are native of Komodo Tribe. It is believed that they can communicate with the dragons. Legend has it that the Komodo dragons that live on the island are descendants of Orah, the dragon borne to the Dragon Princess. This led to the people in this small fishing village to share their land without borders with the Komodo dragons while still holding on to their customs and traditions.