Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands, and Komodo is just one of them. Photographer Suwandi Chandra describes his recent trip to Komodo as “very accidental.” A friend invited him to go but then backed out of the trip, so Suwandi boarded the plane alone. It turned out to be a great decision.

Komodo Island is known for being the habitat of the strange Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard on Earth. Oddly though, Suwandi says Rinca, a nearby island, is actually the better place to go if you’re hoping to see Komodo Dragons. The ratio of land space to number of Komodo Dragons means you have a higher chance of seeing one on Rinca than Komodo.

Besides searching for the elusive (and typically lazy) Komodo Dragons, Komodo and Rinca Islands are full of other things to do. Suwandi occupied his time with hiking, snorkeling, and exploring the terrain.

Suwandi says the beauty of Komodo can’t be captured in photos, but he hopes that his pictures can show viewers that there is more to Indonesia than they think.

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