SMY Ondina in Komodo National Park
200 million people live in a country they call “Tanah Air Kita”, Our Land and Water.
The rest of the world knows this incredible place under the name of INDONESIA…
A country which can only be understood through the magnitude of its figures:
17,500 islands – more than 6.000 of them uninhabited….but who really knows ?
Almost 2 million square kilometers
Six seas covering more than 3 million square kilometers of deep blue and colourful reefs.Between Southeast Asia and Australia, the largest archipelago in the world covers an area of 2,000 kilometers from North to South and more than 5,000 kilometers from East to West.
Novels of Emily Salgary we read in our youth and the Great Sailors Romantic stories bring to our minds names of places like Bali, Borneo, Sumatra, Celebes, Makassar, Malukus….and so may more.
ISLAM IN INDONESIA
Different races and ethnic groups have coexisted here for centuries.
This is the world’s largest Muslim country, a permissive islamism that lives well with matriarchal cultures and gives an important role to women in social life.
There are also important populations of Christians and Hindus and animism is still widely practised, blended with all other religions.
It is this kaleidoscope of beliefs, customs and life-styles that make this country a real gem to visit.
V O L C A N O E S
More than 100, many of them still active, including the infamous Krakatau in the Sunda Straits……..Yes, that is why Indonesia is also called “The Ring of Fire”
K O M O D O
Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia. The island has a surface area of 390 km² and over 2000 inhabitants. The inhabitants of the island are descendants of former convicts who were exiled to the island and who have mixed themselves with the Bugis from Sulawesi. The population are primarily adherents of Islam but there are also Christian and Hindu minorities.
Komodo is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. Particularly notable here is the native Komodo dragon. In addition, the island is a popular destination for diving. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province.
Komodo lies between the substantially larger neighboring islands Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east.
The islands are famous not only for its heritage of convicts but also for the unique fauna which roam it. The Komodo dragon, the world’s largest living lizard, takes its name from the island. A type of monitor lizard, it inhabits Komodo and some of the smaller surrounding islands, as well as part of western Flores.
Komodo contains a beach with pink sand, one of only seven in the world. The sand appears pink because it is a mixture of white sand and red sand, formed from pieces of Foraminifera.