Rinca Island

Rinca island is the best place to go to see dragons in their natural habitat. As it is closer to Labuan Bajo (the main departure point for any visit to Komodo) it is also the easiest place to witness the largest lizard on earth. Depending when you visit, the treks can be a bit challenging in the high humidity and heat of Rinca, so be prepared. There are three different walks offered – from a short 1 hour walk that is not stressful, a longer two hour walk that goes up to some very scenic viewpoint and a longer 4 hour walk that ends in Rinca Village. Tell your ranger/guide which one you prefer – and bring water

Rincah island measures 198 square kilometer. It is a part of the Komodo National Park. There is one village on the island, Rincah village, which has a population of 1074 souls. Being a lesser known island (and less visited) than Komodo it is a most ideal place to watch the Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat, with less people to disturb them. It is easy to arrange a day trip from Labuan Bajo (Flores) by small boat. Make sure to check in at the Park Head Quarters.

Living conditions for local people on the island are often difficult. Education facilities, for example, are quite limited for children. Some non-government organisations help with the provision of books for children on Rinca. Local people must also take some care to avoid Komodo dragons because Komodos in the area occasionally attack and kill humans.

Rinca and Komodo bracket a north-south passage between the Indian Ocean and the Flores Sea. Due to the large bodies of water and narrow gap, the waters between Rinca and Komodo are subject to whirlpools and currents in excess of 10 knots.

In June 2008, five scuba divers (three British, one French and one Swedish) were found on the Southern coast of Rinca after having been missing for 2 days. The group had drifted 20 miles (32 km) from where their dive boat abandoned them. They survived on oysters and other shellfish.


Rinca Island