Visit Komodo National Park is one of my top must-do lists in my lifetime. This national park consists of three larger islands called Komodo, Rinca and Padar and belong to the home of Komodo dragons, the world’s largest lizard. It was also declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are plenty of other small islands and the choices to travel around are by boat, speedboat and yacht. So at last, I come across a tour operator named Indahnesia who offer a reasonable price at 2,050, 000 rupiah (USD $150). Just what need! Sitting on a slow boat allows me to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the islands, take plenty of photos and videos and would not get seasick at all. I don’t mind the small size of the boat or cabin but sure feels comfortable to sit and sleep.
The boat comes with basic facilities include onboard cabins with air conditioner that can fit up to 8 people, a toilet, kitchen, sundeck and first aid kit. During the 3 days 2 nights trip, we were provided with 7 meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunch and 2 dinners), snacks, mineral water, coffee and tea. It also includes entrance fee to Komodo National Park, using the snorkeling gears and GoPro. The company also provide 2-way hotel or airport transfer. So, I can say it is value for money.
When arriving at the Meeting Point (as per itinerary), I meet up with my tour agent, Indah and she introduces the local guide, Jun along with the rest of the guests to me. The other guests are from Seattle, United States (1), Morocco (1) and Indonesia (5). When Jun took me and the other guests onto the boat, we were greeted and given a warm welcome by the captain of the boat, Taher and the rest of the crews, Frans, Raffy and Fausy.
We have cover many beautiful islands and stunning beaches which are Kanawa Island, Gili Lawa Barat, Komodo National Park, Manta Point, Namong Beach, Pink Beach, Kalong Island, Padar Island and Kelor Island.
We were well taken care throughout the entire trip. Our guide Jun is very organized with the trip and takes us to all places as in the itinerary. Captain Taher always ensure the safety of all the guests, his crews and of course, the boat. Our cook prepares different type of food, make sure we are well fed and suit well with my taste. The other two crews were very helpful too in a way that make sure the boat is kept clean, taught me how to snorkel and take us up trekking along Gili Lawa Barat and Padar Island
Thanks to the tour operator Indahnesia, the agent Indah and their entire boat crew for making it the most wonderful memory. Click here to read the full story on where I have visited and the photos of the amazing nature wonders of Labuan Bajo and Flores
If you are reading this and want to seek the same type of experience, I would highly recommend them to you. Visit their website, Indahnesia Tour for full details.