Pulau Rinca Island (also known as Rinca, Rincah and Rindja), is a small island located close to Flores island and Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, within West Manggarai Regency. The island covers a total area of approx 198 km2 (76 ml2).
- Pulau Rinca Island is one of the 3 largest islands part of Komodo National Park. It is famous for Komodo dragons, huge lizards which measure up to 3 m (9.8 ft) long. Rinca is populated with many other species including buffalos, wild pigs and many birds.
- Being less popular and less visited than Komodo Island, it is a good spot to see the giant Komodo dragon in natural environment with few people to disturb them. Day tours are arranged out of Labuan Bajo by small boat at park's headquarters.
- Living conditions for locals are often hard. Education facilities are quite limited for kids and several non-government organisations aid with the provision of books. Local people also take care to avoid Komodo dragons as Komodos in the region occasionally attack and kill people.
- Komodo and Rinca bracket a north-south passage located between Flores Sea and the Indian Ocean. Because of the narrow gap and large bodies of water, the waters between Komodo and Rinca are subject to whirlpools and strong currents exceeding 10 knots.
- In June 2008, a group of 5 scuba divers (3 British, 1 French and 1 Swedish) were discovered on the Southern coast of Pulau Rinca Island after having been missing for two days. They had drifted 32 km (20 ml) from where their boat abandoned them. The group survived on oysters and shellfish.
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