Komodo Island, Indonesia

I have been to Komodo Island before at which time I saw the Komodo dragons. Here is a link to the post:  https://lesliesh.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/slawi-bay-komodo-island-indonesia

Komodo  is located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, in the eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago. The major draw here is, of course, Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve since 1992. The region is home to roughly 5,700 Komodo dragons, which are the largest lizards in the world, growing to lengths of three meters (almost 10 feet). This trip I took a tour to the local village on the other side of the island. On the way to the pier I saw a native Timor deer (photo) which provides some of the food for the dragons.

  Kampung Komodo is a small village that houses the park rangers who guide all of the tours on the island.  Komodo has always been governed from afar and thus suffers from  lack of infrastructure.  The average level of education here is roughly that of a fourth grader. We visited an school in the village which provides elementary and some secondary education. There are 18 teachers for some 300 students. Further education requires the students to go to nearby Flores Island where they are required to board. We first walked through the village and then visited the school where some of us had school supplies to donate. After meeting the Head Teacher we were invited to visit the classrooms where some of the children were studying. However, most of the children were soon running around vying for our attention.   After leaving the village we continued our boat ride to Pink Beach, located in Komodo National Park, named as such because some of the sand is mixed in with small particles of red coral which gives the beach an overall pink cast. Some people snorkelled and I swam. The water was lovely and I could have happily spent more time there.  I attach few photos of the village, school and beach.  Tomorrow we are in Bali.

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