Komodo, island of the Lesser Sunda Islands, Nusa Tenggara Timur provinsi (province), Indonesia. The island, which has an area of approximately 200 square miles (520 square km), lies on the Sape Strait between Flores and Sumbawa islands. It is rather hilly, reaching a maximum elevation of 2,700 feet (825 metres). The only village, Komodo, on a bay on the east coast, consists of a few score bamboo huts. The island is best known as the home of the giant monitor lizard, Varanus komodoensis, often called the Komodo dragon.
Komodo Island is a scuba diver’s paradise. The currents in the area attract some of the most incredible marine life including sharks, manta rays, octopus and turtles and Komodo National Park is the perfect spot for underwater photography, drift dives and reef life. Whilst there are a huge number of diving sites in the area, most are better suited to intermediate and advanced divers, but if you’re a newbie – don’t be put off! The dive centers in town are happy to talk you through the various options so that even relatively new divers will have a great time underwater and get to experience some of the most incredible diving in Komodo National Park.