At 7:00 am this morning, we anchored in Slawi Bay off the coast of Komodo Island. The Komodo National Park encompasses the entire island and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally established in 1980 to protect the Komodo Dragon (largest lizard in the world), it became a Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1986. Of course, we are here to see the Komodo Dragons! They are dangerous. Every year, a few people are killed by the dragons. And for that reason, all visitors to the island must be on a tour and accompanied by a guide and lookouts! For the squeamish, there is another tour to the village and the handcraft center.
We had taken the tour in 2010, so elected to stay on board this time. But I have photos from our previous visit: