This collection of rugged atolls in Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands is renowned for its impressive hiking trails, which cross over the park's peaks and offer breathtaking views of the South Flores Sea. The east coast of Komodo Island also boasts a luminous pink sand beach, with aquamarine waters filled by the region's wide range of tropical fish.
What makes the park extra special is its residents: the Komodo Dragon. The park received the UNESCO title back in 1991 in a move to protect the creatures, who are classed as the largest lizards in the world. The Jurassic-looking locals can grow as long as three metres and weigh up to 70kg. Armed with a venomous bite, tourists must be accompanied by a guide if they wish to meet these fearsome creatures. Hikers too nervous to meet the dragons in Komodo National Park can sail five nautical miles east to Padar Island, which offers similarly stunning views from its cliffs.
How to visit: Komodo is an overnight sail of 20 nautical miles from the main hub of Labuan Bajo, which will have completed construction on a mega yacht marina by 2020. Make sure you apply for a park entrance permit beforehand so that you can get close to the island's sheltered bays.
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