Established in 1980, Komodo National Park was one of the first Indonesia National Parks and is considered to be part of the world's valuable natural heritage. It is situated between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores and is 173.300 ha in extent. The park's most famous inhabitant is the Komodo lizard (Varanus kodoensis), the world's largest reptile. These animals, known as "Ora" can grow up to 3 meter in length and achieve a body weight of 90 kg. Besides conserving the Komodo's island habitat, the National Park also protects a large area of coral reefs, which are home to a vast array of under water marine life. Loh Liang is the main entrance point for visitors to the park and can be reached in about 2.5 hours by chartered boats from Labuan Bajo, the reserves's nearest town on the island of Flores. It can also be reached by public ferries which run daily from Sape, on the island of Sumbawa. Visitor's accomodation is available and there is a dive shop and a glass bottom boat for visitor's wishing to view the reefs.
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