Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, Komodo National Park covers vast areas of land and sea between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. It's much more than the home of the legendary Komodo lizard (aka the Komodo dragon). Terrestrial denizens include Timor deer, 72 bird species and an endemic rat. And the underwater world is beyond compare, with pristine coral reefs and ocean currents patrolled by manta rays, dugongs, sharks, sea turtles, dolphins and at least 14 whale species.
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When most people visit Komodo National Park they focus on visiting Komodo Island (to see the dragons), Pink Beach, Manta Point and they hike Padar. This image below is the view from the lesser known Gili Lawa hike with Komodo island off into the distance. The hike is up a steep dirt track - make sure you have plenty of water before attempting the hike.