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Komodo Island is home to Komodo National Park, where Komodo dragons reign supreme and visitors are granted an unforgettable glimpse in to the world of nature, marine biodiversity and preservation.
Komodo Island was created in the volcanic uplift that created Sumatra, Java and Bali. There is only one settlement on the Island - a "fishing village" of around 2000 people, thought to be descendants of convicts exiled to the island from Sulawesi. The residents make a living fishing, breeding goats or as craftsmen. Little is known of the island's early history, and Komodo dragons were thought a folk tale until their discovery in the early 1900's. Komodo Island national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986; it is the only place on earth where the famed prehistoric Komodo dragon can be found in the wild, and is accessible only by a ranger escorted tour*.
*Enjoy the scenery from deck or join a Shore Tour and see this beautiful destination up close. For the safety of our guests, passengers going ashore at Komodo Island will need to partake in a guided P&O Cruises' Shore Tour.
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Join our tour to Komodo Island National Park and see the spectacular Komodo dragon. These fascinating creatures are cannibals - they eat their young, and sometimes their eggs. If feeling threatened, young Komodo dragons will roll in faeces to prevent being eaten by adult Komodos. 50 types of bacteria live in the Komodo dragon’s saliva, seven of which are septic. They have also been known to swim from island to island for survival, and have an incredible sense of smell, picking up scents of a carcass up to four kilometres away.
Your ship will anchor offshore and passengers who have arranged a tour into the National Park will be transferred ashore. Independent exploration of the island is not permitted.
There is no public transport available on Komodo Island.
For quarantine reasons, please do not take any food or drink (other than bottled water) off the ship.
An information centre selling a small selection of handicrafts is located at the jetty. Please ensure that any items you purchase do not contravene Australia's or New Zealand's strict quarantine laws.
Komodo Island has a tropical climate. The average temperature hovers around 28 degrees all year round.
Credit cards are not accepted on Komodo Island.
Public telephones are not available on Komodo Island. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water and insect repellent.
Only passengers who have booked the "Komodo Island National Park Visit" tour will be allowed to disembark in port. Bookings can be made onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
Please dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.