The official Logo of SEA Games this time is Garuda, which also the national symbol of Indonesia. The logo that depicts the philosophy of "Garuda Flight above Indonesia Nature”, as a symbol of the country. Physical appearance of Garuda represents strength, while its wings epitomizes glory and splendor. The upper green strokes symbolize the islands, forests, and mountainous terrain of the Indonesia archipelago, while the blue strokes epitomizes the vast Nusantara ocean which unifies differences. Land and water or Tanah Air in Indonesian means homeland. The red strokes represent courage, zeal, and burning passion to give the best for the country. This logo was introduced during SEA Games Preparation Ministerial Meeting in Jakarta, December 3, 2010, and launched to the public in a celebration of 300 days before the opening ceremony, January 15, 2011 at Teater Tanah Airku, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.
The official mascots for 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia are called Modo and Modi, a pair of Komodo dragons. Modo is a maleKomodo dragon wearing a blue traditional Indonesian costume and a batik sarong, while Modi is a female Komodo dragon wearing a red kebaya with a batik sash and pants. The mascots were adopted from Komodo dragons, an endemic Indonesian fauna native toKomodo, Rinca, and Padar islands in East Nusa Tenggara. The mascots was introduced and launched 200 days before the SEA Games XXVI, on Monday 25 April 2011 in three places: in Jakarta, Tanah Airku Theatre in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah and Selamat Datang Monument in Central Jakarta. "Modo" is a short name for Komodo, while "Modo-Modi" is a modified spelling of Muda-Mudiwhich means "youth" in Indonesian language, derived from pemuda (male youth) and pemudi (female youth).
Previously, the government of Palembang had chosen Sumatran elephant as the mascot through an open contest, but there was a suggestion from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the National Sports Committee of Indonesia to use Rajawali instead.Rajawali is an Indonesian hawk. Then both Sumatran elephants and Javan hawk eagles were discarded in favour of Komodo dragons. The chosing of Komodo dragons for the Games' mascots was in line with an Indonesian effort to promote Komodo National Park as aNew 7 Wonders of Nature candidate.