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  1. DMW

    Komodo development

    These sorts of schemes often seem to harm the smaller local businesses who cater for lower budget tourists. A few years ago, the regional government introduced a $100 permit to visit the Rajah Ampat Islands in West Papua. This was done without any local consultation, and the homestay owners were...
  2. DMW

    Komodo development

    That must presumably have been constructed after I visited. I didn't see any cruise liners, just local boats bringing small groups. Like you, I'm glad I visited before this nonsense. I actually enjoyed the boat ride out to Komodo more than the lizards. I was far more interested in seeing...
  3. DMW

    Komodo development

    It was pretty much the same 3 or 4 years ago. The claim that tourists are affecting the dragons on Komodo doesn't fit the reality I witnessed, which is that most tourists hang around the HQ area, or go on one of a handful of walks with a ranger. That leaves a lot of Komodo free of tourists, and...