Sailing with Komodo liveaboard budget in the raw and pristine Komodo easily become the favourite amongst travelers and divers alike. It’s affordable, it doesn’t break your bank, but it still give you the adventure and exploration you wanted. Due to the budget limitation, however, you cannot expect to have everything you need covered by the liveaboard. You need to prepare some few things by your own—after all, they have to cut high-end things and tertiary comfort to keep the price low, you know
Essentials to Bring to Komodo Liveaboard Budget
One thing that make the price of Komodo liveaboard budget could go lower than your belt is the removal of travel insurance. That means they might not cover refunds or compensation for unwanted accidents, trip cancellations, or lost and damaged property. Some liveaboard operator even have no-refund, automatic cancellation policy for lack of travel insurance. Simply say, some of them might reject you if you fail to show good medical record and travel insurance upon embarkation. It’s a safety measure that they need to take for the sake of safety of all guests, as often times, budget liveaboard don’t have qualified medical personnel on the board.
Your Own Camera
Do not expect ship photographers while you are sailing on a low-cost liveaboard. Well, some diving liveaboard might have one of the crew doubled as underwater photographer, but not all have this facility.
Personal Dive Gears
Some Komodo boat have it. Yet again, not all liveaboard provides all-inclusive dive gears to dive in the Komodo. Some do have and put it for rent, while others might only provide nitro, tanks, weight, belts, and dive master from the crew. You better bring your own dive suits and personal gears rather than end up with nothing onboard.
Personal Medical Kit
Please remember that the Komodo National Park is basically very remote and medical facilities are very limited. Once the ship set sail, you are basically thrown in the middle of nowhere. If you get sick, the nearest hospital would be back in Labuan Bajo. Bringing your own personalised medical kit is very essential if you choose to embark on Komodo liveaboard budget. Pack all your meds—asthma pills, anti-allergies, antacids and other gastritis meds, seasick tablets, and other medication that you would probably need. Never ever ditch your first-aid kit—you’ll never know what will happen, even when you feel the healthiest.
Depend on the ships’ policy, some allowed you to stock your cabin with snacks and drinks before the embarkation, while other might charge you a few dollars. If you are sailing for more than 3 days, we highly suggest you to bring some snacks onboard! You can opt for granola or crunchy seaweed for a healthier option. It’s nice to have something to munch on while waiting the boat to dock on next destination.