The body of a Swedish diver was found by a tourist boat in Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, on Tuesday (02/01). (JG Photo/Donny Andhika Mononimbar)

Komodo Island Listed Among Vogue's Top-10 Summer Holiday Spots


JUNE 28, 2017

Jakarta. United States-based lifestyle and fashion magazine Vogue recently published a review of Komodo Island in East Nusa Tenggara, placing it among its list of "10 unexpected places to travel this summer."

The Ministry of Tourism issued a press release quoting the article, published on May 26. It said, "Indonesia's Komodo islands are ideal for intrepid families and honeymooners who want an experience all to themselves, away from other tourists. Best explored via luxury sailboat, these remote islands offer the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation."

The other destinations included in Vogue's list are Baja California in Mexico, Sifnos in Greece, Adelaide in Australia; Portugal, the Åland Islands in Finland, the Faroe Islands and Copenhagen in Denmark, Tofino in British Columbia and Namibia.

In its review, Vogue said visitors can enjoy various kinds of relaxing or adventurous activities, such as hiking up volcanoes, taking diving lessons, trying paddleboard yoga, swimming with whale sharks, or getting up close with Komodo dragons.

It also mentions the beautiful scenery of Sumba Island.

"The island of Sumba has been a secret favorite among surfers for years and its special resort, Nihiwatu, is drawing those who love beaches, pristine nature and local interactions," the article says.

Komodo Island has become famous as a favorite holiday destination, with Moto GP racer Valentino Rossi having visited the island and other locations, including Labuan Bajo on Flores Island, in January.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said his ministry has added more access to Labuan Bajo and Komodo Island, with national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia having commenced direct flights to the area from Jakarta last year.

Sriwijaya Air also plans to start regular flights between Jakarta and Labuan Bajo this month.

"The more flights, the cheaper they will become and this will help tourism to develop there," Arief said.

Cruises from Bali to the islands are also available.