Business as usual in Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park has been in the news a lot this past month. News and misinformation have been mixed up. The fact is now Komodo National Park is still open, only Komodo Island may be is closed. Want to know more about diving with Hammerhead sharks? Click here to read our exciting facts about hammerhead sharks blog.
Latest news as of 5 October 2019
Komodo National Park remains OPEN
“The Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, Arief Yahya, welcomed the decision to keep Komodo Island National Park in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). The areas will remain open for tourists from Indonesia and overseas.”
“Guntur Sakti highlighted that the decision from the meeting at the office of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, in principle, they are aligned with the result from the research team. It stated that Komodo Island does not need to be closed, because there was no basis for closure from an ecological, social, and economic aspect.”
“Based on the result from the komodo population monitoring by the Komodo National Park Centre and Komodo Survival Progamme (KSP); it was found that over the past five years, the komodo population fluctuated in a relatively stable trend, between 2,400-3,000 Komodos. The presence of tourist in the tourism area within the Komodo National Park is not a factor in the decrease of the komodo population.”
Press release from Guntur Sakti
Acting Head of the Public Communication Bureau Ministry of Tourism of The Republic of Indonesia
Komodo Dragons in Komodo Island, Rinca and Padar Island
Our Bali-Komodo-Bali 2020 cruises will be “business as usual !”
Says Kay from Mermaid Liveaboards. The current information is that only Komodo Island may temporarily close from January 2020 (for potentially 1 year) and only for land tours. Here’s some detail and a copy of the most relevant news report :-
1. By July this year, the parties wishing the closure have to submit their reviews to government in Jakarta… assuming their wishes are granted.
2. The plan is to close ONLY Komodo Island and only to land visits.The Komodo National Park and Marine Park is made up of many many islands. We will move our dragon walks to Rinca Island. The 2nd largest island in the Komodo National Park and where frankly we already frequently go walking with the dragons . Plus we see dragons on the beach at Horseshoe Bay in the south of Rinca Island. Home to the world famous dive sites Cannibal Rock and the Yellow Wall of Texas. So guests will “not miss out” nor do they need to consider delaying any trips to 2021…
3. Diving, snorkelling etc will not be affected. Our schedules will deliver the best of the best from the Komodo National Park plus the Nusa Tenggara region including all the Komodo national Park islands we dive already plus Moyo Island, Sangeang Island, Gili Banta. There is currently no itinerary revision for diving/snorkelling at all !
4. No land visits will be affected apart from Rinca dragons trek instead of Komodo Island dragon trek…
You can still see Komodo Dragons in the wild in one of the other islands in Komodo National Park!