Asian Journeys

Idyllic Komodo Islands

THE BEAUTIFUL, INTRIGUING KOMODO ISLANDS IS ONE OF 10 DESTINATIO­NS TARGETED TO BE A ‘NEW BALI’ BY INDONESIA TOURISM.

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Cruising the Sumba Sea in a traditiona­l Phinisi boat, diving or snorkeling in crystal clear waters, sunbathing on pristine beaches, trekking, climbing hills to enjoy sunrises in paradise, visiting the locals and meeting the fierce Komodo Dragons makes for a thrilling and enjoyable trip. Komodo Internatio­nal Airport is within a two hour flight from Bali and from there you can explore this part of the Lesser Sunda islands and Komodo National Park.

The Park includes one of the richest marine environmen­ts including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts, and semi-enclosed bays. These habitats are home to more than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges. Dugong, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles also share Komodo National Park.

The Indonesia Ministry of Tourism has listed the destinatio­ns earmarked under the 10 New Balis plan for developmen­t, which includes the upgrading of airports and constructi­on of new amenities. New hotels are being planned as tourists are being wooed to:

•Lake Toba, North Sumatra

•Tanjung Lesung, Banten

•Kepulauan Seribu, Jakarta

•Tanjung Kelayang Beach, Bangka Belitung

•Borobudur Temple, Central Java

•Mount Bromo, East Java

•Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara

•Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara

•Wakatobi, South Sulawesi

•Morotai Island, North Maluku

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