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On The Tail Of The Komodo Dragon In Indonesia

Written By Rio Gonzales on Friday, May 18, 2012 | Friday, May 18, 2012

“The Komodo Expedition” is a seven-night adventure, March to October, designed to explore the pristine wilderness and waters of Indonesia’s Komodo National Park, a World Heritage Site.  The Park is near the eastern end of a long skinny string of the 17,508 islands that make up Indonesia and covers three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar.
The Komodo dragon, simply the biggest and fattest lizard on earth, is undisputed superstar of the park.  Some grow to almost 10 feet long.  And they eat meat, especially the little local Timor deer. Yikes. Komodo Island is also distinguished by its pink sand beach, one of only seven in the world.

In addition to dragons, these islands are also a rich refuge for buffalo, monkeys and wild horses, civets, cockatoo and macaques.  Over 1,000 species of fish are happily at home in the now-protected coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds.  There are at least 260 species of reef-building coral and 70 species of sponges, plus dugong (a manatee cousin), sharks, manta rays, and about 14 species of whale, dolphin, and sea turtles.  As you may imagine, this is a world-class diving site too.
The experience starts or ends with a two-night stay at Amanwana, an ultra-luxe tented wilderness hideaway on Moyo Island. The Amanikan, their 3-cabin 105-foot coastal cruiser magically infuses the romantic old spice trading-type vessel with luxurious modern amenities and proceeds slowly through the Nusa Tenggara island chain. Dive and snorkel some of the world’s most biologically diverse underwater sites – a forgotten Eden – on land and sea.
The incomparable Aman Resorts offers this ultra-extraordinary expedition of 5 nights aboard the professionally crewed Amanikan, all meals, two dives a day per person; and 2 nights on land in the Amanwana resort, all meals, with one dive a day per person.  How? Americans fly to Singapore or Hong Kong, then to Bali … and a last lap via floatplane.
Exclusive and expensive.  Jungle and/or Ocean Tents (fabulously, artistically furnished) start at $27,840 US.

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