Komodo, Indonesia

Monitor lizards in the Komodo National Park
Excursions in an almost prehistoric habitat 
Indonesian plants and wildlife

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Where the Dragons Live

During your MSC World Cruise in Indonesia, you will visit a land inhabited by dragons. Seriously! Off the eastern coast of the island of Sumbawa there is the Komodo National Park, a series of desolate yet incredibly beautiful islands which are the natural habitat of the Komodo Dragon.

Varanus komodoensis is the largest living lizard in the world; the largest specimen ever recorded was over three metres long and weighed 150 kg, although typically adult males grow up to two metres in length and weigh 60 kg. The Komodo Dragon hunts its prey by using its powerful tail or sharp claws to stun them before eating them. You should seek assistance if you are bitten by one, because its saliva is highly toxic. 
As you will see during an MSC day trip, Komodo Island is characterised by its southern coast dotted with hills, mostly dormant volcanoes, while the northern side is flat with rice fields surrounding the main inhabited settlements. During your tour inside the National Park you will see deer, pigs and wild horses; always remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring along plenty of water. 
Your cruise ship will land at Loh Liang, the main entrance to the Park, where you will find everything you need to prepare for your journey back in time. The hikes are challenging, but they are worth it, as you will have the opportunity to see unique plants and animals that look as if they have stepped out of a prehistoric world. 
A visit to the riverbed of the Banunggulung River is a must, with its monitor lizards and Sebita mangrove forest. The waters around Komodo Island are full of corals and fish, although due to the presence of sea snakes, jellyfish and, above all, sharks, it is advisable to stay on the shore.
Between October and January, keep your eyes peeled for migrating whales.
This is just one of the fantastic destinations of our cruise around the world: MSC World Cruise 2020!

Must see places in Komodo


A vast archipelago
A vast archipelago

The Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5200km between the Asian mainland and Australia, all of it within the tropics, and comprises 17,000 islands to explore. Its ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is correspondingly great – more than 500 languages and dialects are spoken by its 250 million people, whose fascinating customs and lifestyles are a major attraction.
A cruise to Indonesia features highlights across the archipelago, beginning in Medan on Sumatra’s north-east coast. From here, the classic itinerary runs to the thick jungles and orangutan sanctuary at Bukit Lawang and down towards the lakeside resorts on Pulau Samosir in South-east Asia’s largest lake, Danau Toba. Just across the water from Java sits Bali, the long-time jewel in the crown of Indonesian tourism, a tiny island of elegant temples, verdant landscape and fine surf.
The biggest resorts are in the party conurbation of Kuta-Legian-Seminyak, with the more subdued beaches at Lovina and Candi Dasa appealing to travellers not hell-bent on nightlife. Most cruisers also spend time in Bali’s cultural centre Ubud, whose lifeblood continues to be painting, carving, dancing and music-making.
The islands east of Bali – collectively known as Nusa Tenggara – are attracting increasing numbers of travellers, particularly neighbouring Lombok, with its beautiful beaches and temples.