also check Komodo island (not the whole national park!) to be closed in january 2020

  • What  is Komodo National Park like?

Komodo National Park is situated between Flores and Sumbawa. The biggest islands are Komodo, Rinca and Padar. Padar is famous because of the thousands of pictures from where photo's have been takes for an overview. It is one of the moest beautiful areas of Indonesia.


  • What  is a reasonable price for a boattrip?

Not so easy to answer as this very much depends on what you want to do. The cheapest tours are shared on an open deck boat for as little as Rp 400.000 per person to very luxury huge boats or speeboats for which should be paid "French cote d 'azur prices" eg millions of Rupiah


  • What  choices for a trip do I have to visit the national park?

- simple open deck boats (recommended) on shared base, up to 14 people starting
   at Rp 400.000 for a trip to Rinca and Rp 500.000 and up for a trip to Padar, Komodo,
   Pink Beach and Manta Point

- simple open deck  private boats  for 1,4 million and up for a trip to Rinca and 1,7
   million and up for the trip to
  Pink Beach and Manta Point  

- multi day trips shared on an open deck boat

- multi day trips private on an open deck boat

- speedboats for half a day, shared or private

- speedboats for a whole day, shared or private

- speedboats multi day, shared or private

- big scooners

- and anything in between


  • Should I book in advance?

There is no need to book in advance unless you have high demands. Labuan Bajo is full of boats, agents and touts. Prices on the internet are (often too) high, a deposit is often asked (but you are not protected by law)


  • What about safety?

This is a sensitive issue. The authorities try to control everything but it is not yet of a professional standard. A lot of things you can do yourself.

- check the weather one day before

- when shopping around ask the agent about the permit for the next day

- be keen on a minimum of two engines when hiring a small open deck boat, even
   better three

- (enough) lifevests

- check communication on board (radio, mobile phones and the ability of English)

- check crew, usually a minimum of 3 people

- be aware when hiring an open deck boat with a storey on top as for the balance
   the base of the boat has to be strong and heavy enough

- Keep the emergency call number with you 115

- also check this part


  • What when the weather is not fine?

In case of strong winds and currents most agents cancel your trip and you will get your money back or you get offered an alternative (be keen to discuss that) like Rinca island instead of the Komodo/Padar trip.


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