Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands that compose the Republic of Indonesia. The island is particularly notable as the habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on Earth and consequently named after the island. Komodo Island has a surface area of 390 square kilometres and a human population of over two thousand. The people of the island are descendants of former convicts who were exiled to the island and who have mixed with Bugis from Sulawesi. The people are primarily adherents of Islam but there are also Christian and Hindu congregations.
Komodo is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. In addition, the island is a popular destination for diving. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province.
Komodo lies between the substantially larger neighboring islands Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east.
Best Time To Dive
Diving in Komodo is avaliable all year round. The Live-On-Boards here do not close for an off-season because every month of the year promises top quality action. Overall, the period where the visibility is at its best is from November to January. There may be rough surface conditions at the northern dive sites from January to March. From July and August, the southern parts and Rinca Island may experience rough seas.
There are approximately 9 dive sites diveable from Komodo which includes sites at Gili Lawa, Tala Island and Tatawa Island.