Rinca Islands, Flore's land that time forgot
A part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of UNESCO World Heritage sites the Komodo National Park with other islands, Komodo Island and Padar, Gili Motang and 25
smaller ones. Located just off the western tip of Flores, about 2 hours sail from the nearest town of Labuan Bajo, the capital city of West Manggarai.
Rinca Island is one of only a very few places to spot Komodo dragons in the wild and is often overlooked by tourists on their way to the more-popular Komodo Island. It is more likely to spot komodo dragons in their natural habitat on Rinca Island where there is less impact from tourism.
The Island itself occupies only 123 square miles and aside from a tiny fishing village, the island is completely undeveloped. Miserably hot and dry, Rinca is also a home for other exotic and dangerous wildlife such as wild pigs, buffalos and various kinds of birds.
Although never a guarantee, the chances of spotting dragons in the wild are much better on Rinca than on Komodo Island, due to the more natural environment the Komodo Dragons are
forced to wander around in search for food. With an addition of a little luck you may find only yourself and a park ranger - armed only with a stick - wandering the bush in search of komodo dragons.
As mention above, the environment in Rinca is more natural and that makes a visit to witness the living fossil here is far more exciting. An unforgettable journey to land that time forgot.
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