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Komodo hunting on Komodo Island

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After days at sea on our Komodo Island boat trip, we finally arrived in the Komodo dragon heartland of Komodo Island. We awoke to find ourselves surrounded by beautiful humpback islands that reminded me of the hills of New Zealand’s North Island.

After a breakfast of banana pancakes and thick Lombok coffee, we finally set eyes on Komodo Island.

Komodo Island is actually one of many islands that make up Komodo National Park. Padar Island and Rinca Island are the two other big islands, along with more than 20 small and tiny ones. The national park was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

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A long wooden jetty greeted jutted out from the beach to meet us. We jumped on to it and made our way to the entrance that reminded me of Jurassic Park.

We passed some stalls selling souvenirs as we made our way through the little clusters of older tourists dressed in high waisted khaki shorts.

We sat at a stone table as we waited for our guide.

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A tall skinny man dressed in a green uniform arrived to tell us some facts about the dragons before leading us into the wild, armed with only a thin wooden stick.

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The long stick didn’t look like it would be a match for a mighty dragon, but we followed him into the bush.

Komodo dragons are the largest living species of lizard, and can grow to as long as 10 feet and can weigh 150 kg!

Not only do Komodo dragons attack and swallow their prey, a Komodo dragon bite can kill you. Its saliva contains toxic proteins that can paralyse and prevent blood from clotting.

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Komodo dragons can also eat up to 80 percent of their body weight in one go, too.

As we headed through the bush, our guide pointed to a baby Komodo dragon up in a tree. I couldn’t see it, but was a little unnerved at its impressive camouflage.

When they’re young, Komodo dragons climb trees to keep themselves safe from predators. Sometimes they can even be eaten by their fellow Komodo dragons.

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Moments later, a wild pig rustled by as we passed lemon basil bushes, which filled the air with a beautiful scent. We spotted a deer and water buffalo through the trees as we continued on our mission.

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Before long, our guide told us to stop.

There, mere feet away was a long Komodo dragon in our path. I was shocked at its size. Its belly hung down with the weight of a deer it had just eaten, our guide explained.

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We stood back and watched the big beast waddle around. Our guide got between us and the Komodo dragon and took some photos of us standing nervously in the background.

After simply staring at the scaly creature for a while, we continued on our hike.

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Our guide brought us through the lush jungle past streams and up onto long grassed hills. The entire time I felt a little nervous that there could be other Komodo dragons lurking in the grass.

When we reached the peak of our climb, we paused in the humid air to take photographs of the pretty view.

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We didn’t see any other dragons on Komodo Island, at least not any real ones. We were glad to have seen such a big one up colose so early into our adventure.

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Soon it was time to get back on the boat to do some more exploring of Komodo National Park.

 

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19 Comments

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    Tuhin
    November 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Just wondering how they manage to keep the dragons away with a stick? wooo scary!
    by the way, it might have been an experience to remember!

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    Susan cooper
    November 27, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I would have been terrified! How brave to venture in the territory with just a stick to protect you…or silly. Cool story.

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    Tiffany
    December 3, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I keep seeing people do this and I don’t know if I would have the nerve! The look so cool though.

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    Kevin's Travel Diary
    December 3, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Ohhh sounds great, i love komodo dragons. GREAT POST, i enjoyed reading

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    Carrie @ Two Small Potatoes
    December 3, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Dang, I’m not sure what I’d do if I were charged by a 10-foot long Komodo dragon. Love the photos!

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    Jessica {The Bohemian Diaries}
    December 4, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Christine! This post is amazing because since I was in the 5th grade I have had a weird fascination/obsession with Komodo dragons! Every time I have seen one in a zoo I have freaked out because to me they are just so cool! And now- an island full of them! Thanks for sharing, I am sooo putting this on my list of the obscure places to travel to one day! 🙂

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    Sarah
    December 4, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    So cool. Crazy that his belly was so distended after eating a deer – mine would be too! Ha! Also loved this: “We passed some stalls selling souvenirs as we made our way through the little clusters of older tourists dressed in high waisted khaki shorts.” Bwhahahahha! High waisted khaki shorts!! Indeed!
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    Castaway with Crystal
    December 5, 2016 at 7:41 am

    OMG it was my absolute DREAM to see these things in real life when I was a kid. My sister and I were obsessed with them after watching a documentary once. i want to go visit, so thanks for the post 🙂
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    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    December 5, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I had no idea there was an entire island named after these dragons! They look like such fascinating creatures. Your photos are lovely, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Lara Dunning
    December 5, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I didn’t know they were the largest species of lizard. Cool! That big ol’ belly puts a new take on the words “food coma.” Wow!

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    The Clueless Abroad
    December 6, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    The Komodo dragons are just out of this world. Amazing creatures! Same as Crystal, I’ve been dreaming about seeing them since childhood. 🙂 Maybe one day we’ll also manage to find out way there. 🙂
    Looks like you’ve had an amazing experience!
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    Hannah
    December 9, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I love Komodo island and Komodo dragons, realized that after watching hours of documentaries on Komodo dragons, I know nearly everything about them. Including their gore and bloody side, so I would be quite sceptic following one guide with one stick!

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    Deborah Thompson
    December 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Very exciting adventure! Thanks for sharing! We saw some very large lizards on Yao Noi Island in the Phang Nga Bay area of Southern Thailand. They would just stroll past our villa; didn’t even care if we were around or not! (I wrote an article about it if you are interested to take a peek -it’s under the High Gloss section on our website :))

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      Christine Maguire
      January 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      I think I’d be a bit scared if giant lizards were that close to my bed! 😄 I love the little lizards though

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    same day agra tour by car
    January 23, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Hello, I loved your blog, it’s beautiful and we felt like we were in the wonderful places too. I love traveling, and if it were possible I would live like that too. But we can travel with your posts. Your blog is charming!

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    Gabriela
    May 4, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Good morning/afternoon/evening, Mrs./Ms.

    My name is Gabriela, from Petra Christian University Surabaya, Indonesia.
    Right now, I am currently working on my final project/thesis of: Travel Motivation in Visiting Komodo National Park (Padar island, Komodo island, or Rinca island).

    If you don’t mind, would you please fill in this questionnaire?
    (Here’s the link to it: https://goo.gl/forms/bq3Zlv65YjhWaZjE3)

    Thank you very, very much, and God bless you. 😊😊

    Regards,
    Gabriela A

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    Teguh Lie
    September 6, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Hello, I really enjoyed your blog regarding Komodo hunting on Komodo Island. It is very informative those are planning to visit Komodo. There are many small and tiny islands make up Komodo national park. The national park was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.Along with you can enjoy Jurassic Park and Komodo dragons are the largest living species of lizard. I and my friends are planning to visit some places in Indonesia- Rinca Island, Komodo Island, Pink Beach, Scuba Diving, and Flores and booked our tour from a local travel Company “Komodo Wanderlust Tour”. Now I am so excited for my trip.

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