Ever since the words spread out, the once quiet and remote Komodo National Park is getting more attention from the international world. It’s not a surprise, especially if you think about the crystal clear water, savannah islands accentuated with high Lontar palm trees, and of course, the gruesome Komodo, the last dragons on earth. Sailing trip with Komodo liveaboard is undeniable. It’s an amazing way to unveil the rawness of Komodo National Park and relish on the wonderful display of nature. However, it’s easy to get carried away on your Komodo gateway and forget the important things. Pay attention, cause here are things you should not do during your dragon trip to avoid dangerous risks.
Not Researching Komodo Liveaboard Options Before
Just for you know, the options for Komodo liveaboard in Labuan Bajo is abundant! There are at least one hundred boats ranging from super budget to super cruise sailing on Komodo waters. Don’t wait until you come to Labuan Bajo to choose your boat. See legit Komodo tours websites on the internet who have detailed information and pictures about the boat. Browse on Komodo liveaboard listing websites. Stalk your favourite boats on their social media to see their latest discounts or deals. Ask for price from various boats to get a sense of their standard price.
Lured into False Sense of Security in Komodo National Park
When you first see the Komodo Dragons in the real life, you might be a little surprised to see how ‘docile’ the beastly dragons seems. They are not as ferocious as you’ve seen on Nat Geo Wild channel. So many tourists get lured into a false sense of security, thinking that the dragons are not really that dangerous, while in fact they are. They might be quiet and well fed, but they can still sprint very quickly and rip a bite when they are interested with a promising prey. And in the eye of dragons, you are still a prey.
Venturing Alone to the the Park
Never, ever walk inside the Komodo Islands or Rinca without a ranger. No matter how many documentaries you have watched about the dragons or how many times you have visited the island. It’s dangerous and you should never walk without a ranger.
Walking Too Fast or Dropping Something Around the Dragons
Do you know that the sounds of dropped camera sounds very similar with the sound of a deer falling to the ground? The Komodo Dragons respond very well with that—thinking that the dropped things are a prey. Also, they will be interested to chase something that moves too fast. And believe us, you don’t stand a chance when chased by a Komodo Dragon.
The guide on your Komodo liveaboard would explain basic safety upon meeting the dragons. So please do listen.
Insisting on Komodo Dragons Walk during Your Period
Big mistake, folks. A very big mistake. The Komodo Dragons are super predator and they are highly sensitive with smell! In fact, they can taste particles of blood in the air up from five miles away! So if you have your period (or wearing too much perfume), don’t be surprised to see a Komodo stalking you from behind!
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Not Bringing A Trekking Shoes AND A Pair of Sandals
You Komodo liveaboard trip won’t consist only the Komodo island, you know. Most likely you will also visit Padar Island (for the famous top!), Rinca, Kelor, and other small islands within the park. And that means a lot of hike. Given the jagged landscape or most islands, dusty and rocky paths, and the burning sun during the day, please do bring your trekking shoes. It doesn’t have to be the heavy duty one—a good pair of sneakers will do. Also, don’t forget your rubber sandals. You will get into the water a lot and you’ll want a pair of rubber sandals that’s quick to dry and flexible.
Dressing Too Naked Outside the Komodo Liveaboard
Though you can wear only shorts or bikini as much as you like on the Komodo liveaboard boat, please do cover your body up while you reach the lands. This is still Indonesia, and they will expect anyone to pay respect to their local ethic codes. Appropriate and modest dressing will be very much appreciated.