Komodo is an odd island. It is dry, hot, and relatively barren. As you approach from a distance, you see Komodo as a low, hilly island. This island is composed of a silica-rich rock called rhyolite porphyry. The rhyolite contains large, perfect doubly terminated quartz crystals some of which are up to a centimeter long. These rocks are geologically distinct from the rocks found on islands to the east and west, which are more mafic in character. The island of Komodo is considered only 70 million years young, fashioned by eons of violent volcanic uplifting. From the air, the jagged edge of this island looks like claws of a mythical creature with webs of bone white coral sand. Tons of murky green mangrove forests trim the edges creating the effect of a lush oasis along the scorched brown land. Lontar palms spread thinly through the hills of the island and cactus lie along the dried mud flats of the low lands. The island seems inhospitable for man and beast, as only the heartiest of beings inhabit the unkind and threatening setting.
Take a trip to the Komodo National Park to learn
about this young islands history. Look at the underwater world of Komodo
National park is indeed a spectacular display of the most colorful and diverse
marine life in the world.
Go and see the closest thing left to prehistoric dinosaurs, the Komodo Dragon. The Komodo Dragon is the largest lizard in the world. Also know as a the monitor lizard.
Go on one of the many diving trips available in Komodo. If you are luck enough to scuba dive you will see what water was meant to look like.