Padar (island)

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Padar
Native name: Pulau Padar
Adelaar off Padar Island (1998).jpg
Padar island
Padar is located in Indonesia
Padar
Padar
Geography
Location Maritime Southeast Asia
Coordinates 8°39′14″S 119°34′26″E / 8.654°S 119.574°E / -8.654; 119.574Coordinates: 8°39′14″S 119°34′26″E / 8.654°S 119.574°E / -8.654; 119.574
Archipelago Lesser Sunda Islands
Administration
Indonesia
Province East Nusa Tenggara

Padar is a small island located between Komodo and Rinca islands within Komodo archipelago, administrated under the West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.[1] It is the third largest island part of Komodo National Park.

The Komodo archipelago is famous for Komodo dragons, giant lizards that can measure up to 3 metres (9.8 ft) long. However, unlike neighboring islands of Komodo and Rinca that are teeming with the ferocious lizards, on Padar island the Komodo dragon is extinct.[2]

The topography of the island is rugged, with steep volcanic mountains and hills set against deep bays. Padar has dry climate, with only bushes and grassland vegetation covering the island, creating savanna hills. Padar island has four deep bays with beaches in different colors, most of them are white sands, while some beaches has grey and pink sands.[3][4] The sea surrounding the island has several sites popular for scuba diving and snorkelling.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Padar Island". Google. 
  2. ^ UNESCO: Advisory Body Evaluation, retrieved 2 February 2010
  3. ^ "Komodo, Rinca and Padar Island". Flores Tourism. 
  4. ^ "Amazing Padar Island". National Geographic Traveller. 
  5. ^ "Komodo Dive Sites".