Wonder-ful Komodo

Nov 13th, 2011, in Featured, Travel, by

Komodo Island’s bid to be named one of the World’s New 7 Wonders of Nature has (provisionally) succeeded.

Komodo Island and its famous dragons have joined an elite group including the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil and Table Mountain of South Africa, and the island also defeated some other very worthy competition, including the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

7 Wonders of the world
And the winners are….

Iguazu Falls had world-famous footballer Lionel Messi on its side, while Komodo Island was spearheaded by former Indonesian vice president and enormous briber Jusuf Kalla.

Jusuf Kalla, Komodo Ambassador
Komodo Ambassador, Jusuf Kalla

The bid was also assisted by a public campaign in Indonesia to vote for the island by sms and social media.

Komodo Island’s nomination for the New 7 Wonders list is said to have helped increase tourism numbers by almost 200% in 2010, with numbers continuing to increase this year. thejakartapost

The frequency of flights to nearby Komodo Airport has also increased, with 3-4 flights daily.

Would you like to visit the wonder-ful Komodo Island, and see Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat? If you do, you can fill in a booking enquiry here. If you are undecided, you can get more information about travelling to Komodo Island here.

10 Comments on “Wonder-ful Komodo”

  1. David says:

    Well it’s been like the competition to get the Olympic Games for a city, full of waste of money allegations, etc, and legal threats. Some are complaining it will be a catastrophe for the island in eco terms, what with all extra boots treading all over the place.

    That organisation, their next competition is the New 7 Wonders – Cities, you can nominate Jakarta here

  2. ET says:

    Some are complaining it will be a catastrophe for the island in eco terms, what with all extra boots treading all over the place.

    It’s called progress and development. Next the Komodo dragons will be fed hamburgers.

  3. Chris says:

    Some are complaining it will be a catastrophe for the island in eco terms, what with all extra boots treading all over the place.

    You never know, what with all the extra tourists the area might even get a HOSPITAL.

    Yes, I’m serious:
    Labuan Bajo in dire need of hospital

    You can nominate Jakarta here…

    Alternately, someone could nominate Ubud; it has form as the top city in Asia.

  4. timdog says:

    The NTB province/Bima regency governments should really be doing more to get in on the act, and promoting Sape as an alternative access point for Komodo, with Bima as air-arrival point (a bigger airport, one less prone to having cows wander onto it, than LBJ)

    Labuanbajo, which used to be a charmingly sleepy spot with some decent value accomodation, is currently struggling under the weight of its sudden increase in popularity…

  5. rustyprince says:

    They should quickly re-establish the daily gore fest, of the tethered goats presented to the Dragons, before its on the nomination list for ‘The Worlds 7 Most Boring Spectacles’.

  6. Lairedion says:

    If Jusuf Kalla can be fed to the dragons Komodo might raise its chances….

  7. bonni says:

    ? ? ? Vote for Lovely Komodos ? ? ?

  8. Mauricio says:

    No, please. Forget about Ubud. We don’t need any accolades, penghargaan, awards, etc. They will only further ruin the place.

    Those who voted for Komodo may have dealt the place a fatal blow. Once the hand of the Indonesian state touches it, it will become tainted with corruption, the trees will be cut down, the dragons served for meat in the McDragon Sandwich. If Komodo (and Rinca) are to remain what they are, they need less rather than more national and internationa “attention”.

  9. balipoet says:

    Hee’s a piece I’ve done on Komodo:

    How do you upload a photo directly here without using a link?

  10. David says:

    Can you pick one name and stick to it?

    You need to be logged in for the images bit, but here ya go

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