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In Indonesia, tailing dragons with a taste for blood

Pink Beach on Komodo Island. Farther inland, a hungry Komodo dragon sniffs the air for blood (top right) and an aggressive Komodo is spotted - from a distance - under a ranger shack. Pink Beach on Komodo Island. Farther inland, a hungry Komodo dragon sniffs the air for blood (top right) and an aggressive Komodo is spotted - from a distance - under a ranger shack. (PHOTOS BY DOMINICK A. MERLE FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)
By Dominick A. Merle
Globe Correspondent / October 23, 2011

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When a hungry, flesh-eating, 300-pound Komodo dragon is wildly sniffing the air for fresh meat fewer than 20 yards away, you curse the curiosity that brought you here in the first place. Especially when you have been told that this giant reptile can easily devour 80 percent of his own weight - that’s all of me and half the guide - in one meal.

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If You Go

What to do
Three types of guided walking tours are available on Komodo Island, best described as tenderfoot (about 90 minutes), medium (2 to 3 hours), and adventurous (half day). Day tours from any of the Labuan Bajo hotels range from $100-$150 including transfers from hotel to dock, boat to Komodo Island, tour with guide, and lunch.
Cap off your day by swimming or snorkeling off Pink Beach. The sand’s color is the result of white sand mixing with red foraminifera (tiny one-celled sea creatures). Beware of stinging jellyfish.
Where to stay
Bintang Flores Hotel
Labuan Bajo, Flores Island
www.bintangfloreshotel.com
A four-star property on a beach, $80-$110.