Komodo National Park is a 1817 square km area of rugged islands and coral reefs that achieved UNESCO World Heritage status in 1991. It is most famous as the home of the endemic Komodo Dragon, the world's oldest and largest species of lizard that can grow to 3m in length and uses venom to hunt buffalo. Other species on land include macaques, timor deer, cockatoos and wild boar.
I spent one week in Komodo during a live-a-board diving trip. The diving was without doubt the best I have enjoyed, partly because of the diversity and density of flora and fauna and partly because of the incredibly fast currents which made the drift-diving exhilarating. Highlights included a dive with 8 manta rays who fed on plankton and played in our bubbles for an hour. Another highlight was a fast drift at 'the cauldron' when I was almost swept into the side of two white-tip reef sharks. This picture shows the view from Pulau Lawadarat towards Komodo Island.