You could say that sailing trip is the quintessential of the exploration journey to the Komodo National Park. With a string of more than twenty islands spreads on the Flores Sea and dozens of world-class dive site underneath, it’s hard to explore this stunning frontier without embarking on a sailing trip. Among hundreds ships of all types that docked in Labuan Bajo, Komodo cruise is the most popular option for people who want to be surrounded by finer things while exploring the remote Komodo. However, there are some important things you would like to know before booking one.
There Are Different Types of Komodo Cruise Ships
When you search for cruisers in Komodo, you will have more than a dozen of options. However, they are built differently. Some Komodo cruise are built for 15 passengers onboard, while the other caters exclusively for a honeymooner couple. Some cruises put a heavy emphasis on natural exploration, while some others focus on serving a luxury experience with fine dining and onboard spa. The cheapest cruise might not actually your cup of tea, so be sure you know what you’re looking for.
Also, cruises on Komodo are totally different from cruises you might have been familiar with. They are generally small ship cruises taking the form of Indonesian phinisi boat. Most of them are made from high quality wood—adding an authentic rustic and tropical vibe. But they are not that big. They might be just 1/8 of mega ship cruises, with one pf the largest being 55 meters long.
Have A Day Bag for Daily Essentials
We have seen some travelers carried their emptied duffle bag everywhere so that they can bring sunscreen, water, and other essentials during a walk in Komodo National Park. It’s surely unpractical. Bring a daily bag to carry all your essentials—and if you can, a waterproof one.
Lower Cabin Might Get You Nauseous
Sure, the lower deck cabins are usually the cheapest, and therefore the most attractive during cruise booking. But know that the lower you get, the stronger it sways, and the higher chance to get seasick. If you decide to take the lower deck—whether for budget or cruise’s availability, prepare your seasickness medication. Also, get a pack of ginger ale, ginger candies, or even an actual ginger that you can brew and drink. It helps, really.
Some Cabins on Komodo Cruises Don’t Have Windows
Before you go, you might have wrapped up in the grandeur of luxury tropical living on a cruise. You might have imagine yourself lying in a wraparound windows cabin, watching the sceneries pass by from the comfort of your bed, only to find that the actual wraparound window cabin could cost a month worth of your salary. In fact, the most affordable cabins in Komodo cruise sometimes come with no windows. Or maybe a little porthole above the bed. Being confined in an enclosed space could be hard for some people. If you can’t, consider taking a friend with you, get an upgrade, and split the cost.
The All Inclusive Komodo Cruise Package is Actually Cheaper
At a glance, the all inclusive Komodo cruise package might looks expensive. But that actually means that you don’t have to pay for every meal during the sailing trip, take out another money for paying the national park’s entree tickets, or renting the diving/ snorkelling equipment at every dive. If you think about it, the all inclusive package is actually cheaper than buying everything separately onboard.
Travel Insurance Are A Must
You don’t want to go anywhere in the world without international travel insurance. This would cover any cancellation, accidents, and medical helps in case something bad happened.