KOMPAS.com – The management of Komodo National Park in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara will reopen Gili Lawa, one of its tourist attractions, on August 1 and will operate every day from 3 pm to 6.30 pm local tim
“The reopening [of Gili Lawa] aims to avoid the overcrowding in several areas of natural tourism objects and attractions [ODTWA],” said its official Instagram @btn_komodo on Thursday, July 29.
“Tourists can visit Loh Liang [Komodo Island], Padar Selatan [Padar Island], and Gili Lawa,” it added.
The park will limit the daily number of visitors to 25 people following their online registration.
“This quota is based on the Tourism Carrying Capacity review and it will be evaluated every two weeks.”
Kompas.com previously reported that since 2012 Gili Lawa has been very popular among tourists who will usually hike the hills and enjoy the scenery of several islands near Gili Lawa. Besides, many will head there during sunrise or sunset. Gili Lawa can be reached by wooden boat in two hours from Komodo Island.
The management also reopened Padar Selatan on July 19. Similar policies are also applied in Padar Selatan where the number of tourists and hours of operation have also been reduced. Only 300 visitors can enter the island daily.
The government has ordered tour operators to temporarily close tourist attractions in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
(Writer: Nabilla Ramadhian | Editor: Ni Nyoman Wira Widyanti)