The Komodo National Park of Flores is Indonesia’s next big thing and nobody could deny it. Travel bloggers constantly rave it. Divers from all around the world never stop coming just to enjoy the pristine waters and incredibly rich marine life. The government officials even promote the Komodo seriously, enlisted the region as the must-visit “The 10 New Bali” in Indonesian Ministry of Tourism’s website. But as Flores is very remote and still on its way to developments, many things need to be throughly planned before you go for a Komodo boat trip to the land of Dragons.
The Basic You’ll Get on Komodo Boat Trip
So. Three big islands and more than 20 smaller islands make up the Komodo National Park and embarking on liveaboard trip is the only way to get around. You need a Komodo boat trip. It’s basically sleeping in a boat and embark on multiple day trip excursion. But you can always opt for a day trip and go back to Labuan Bajo to sleep every night.
The basics on Komodo boat tour usually includes:
- Three to seven nights of basic accommodation (depend on the length of the package)
- Full board meals every day
- Free coffee and tea throughout the day
- Snorkel gears
Luxury, Middle, and Budget
Just like anything in the tourism world, you will find Komodo tours on varying levels. This region has all sort of liveaboard tour operator; from the very low budget to highly luxurious boat package. The good thing is, you have very wide options to choose that suits your budget. However, you do need to be very meticulous on the process. Make sure to hire a responsible, trusted Komodo boat trip operator. One thing you need to remember while selecting a boat operator; you really get what you pay. There’s real difference between IDR 500K/ day trip to IDR 3.5 million/ day trip—mainly on the boat’s facilities. So if you find a cheap trip that sounds like it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
Diving or Non Diving Komodo Boat Trip
They basically do three kinds of trip in Komodo. The exclusive diving trip, the pure islands excursions, and a mix of both. Book a trip that really suits your interest. If you don’t do diving, don’t book a trip with diving included in the package.
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Prepare Your Komodo National Park Entry Fees
Some boat trip operators in Komodo don’t say that the price of the package doesn’t include the park’s entrance fee, some do. Always check earlier with your boat operator before the trip. If they don’t tell you, have enough cash in handy to pay the entrance fees and some emergencies.
Check the Destinations
Komodo has A LOT of awesome destinations! The most famous are Padar Island, Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and ultimately, the Pink Beach. But the park has abundant of beautiful other places you need to visit. Kanawa Island, Manta Point, Taka Makassar, Gili Lawa, and Bat Island are just to name a few. Do your research and see which ones you want to visit. Check with the boat operator if they have your wished destinations listed on their package.