Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara – A Natural Wonder on Land and Sea

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April-May 2011

As I’ve summed up in our blog post some time ago, to finally be on the Komodo trip felt somewhat surreal to me. Located in the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia, that was the furthest east I’ve been to in my own country (you’ve probably read posts on Kupang, Alor, and Ambon, which are even further East, but those were traveled and written by Mumun). And to know that the Komodo Islands was a candidate for the New 7 Natural Wonders, I gotta admit that it added a kick to my excitement. And as I’ve concluded from my travels so far, going with the right travel mates is as important as the destination itself. This time, I was lucky to have it all!


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HOW TO GET THERE

There could be ways of transporting yourself to Komodo Islands, but here’s what we did. More on the details, check out under How To Get There tab.

-       Jakarta-Bali-Jakarta plane tickets with Air Asia promo tickets about IDR 200,000. Bought during a promotion program.

-       Bali – Labuan Bajo– Bali flight by Trans Nusa, IDR 1,400,000 / return tickets, bought about a month prior to the departure date.

-      LOB boat, which included transfer to Seraya Island by the Lisa boat, booked weeks prior to the D-day, costing IDR 3,500,000 / 3D2N cruise / 6 pax. It costs more for foreigners. Contact: +62 852 538 10409 to(if I’m not mistaken) Ms. Aurelia.

-       Seraya – Labuan Bajo IDR 250,000 / boat / 6 pax. Free if you’re going with their 8 AM daily schedule.


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ACTIVITIES

-       LOB (live on board)

We took the Lisa boat, which info you can look up there *pointing to previous section above*.

Another recommendation: KLM Surya Indah boat that my other friends took.Contact: Ari the captain at +62 812 394 52 702. Or through an agent (Jeffry Buana at +62 812 369 899 82), and cost for us Indonesians (through agent): IDR 7,200,000 – 8,2000,000/ 8 pax/ 3D3N.

While LOB, we stopped by some snorkeling and diving points, as well as some islands to check out the famous komodos and to run around on some pretty beaches.

-       Snorkeling & diving

These are basically the stops we made throughout our LOB trip for snorkeling: Kelor Island, Kambing Island, Pink Beach, Manta Point, Kanawa Island, Bidadari Island, Seraya Island.

And here are where Cici, Vindhya, Norman and Endi dived while Nina and I had to settle for snorkeling only: Manta Point, Sambolon Kecil Island, and Sebayur Island.

Dive operator: Komodo Aqua Dive, satisfying service. How to contact them:

+62 385 41875 (phone & fax), divingkomodo@gmail.com / info@divingkomodo.com.

Prices: IDR 800,000 / 2 dives / person, IDR 1,000,000 / 3 dives / person, IDR 350,000 / 5 meters introductory dive / person, IDR 1,000,000 / 10-12 meters discovery dive / person.

At that time Philippe Tabbagh was the dive instructor. He now teams up with a local and opens a dive operator, Komodo Drift Diver.

-       Trekking & Komodo watching

There are some fees to be paid entering the main islands of Komodo National Park. Total for 6 people is IDR 75,000, with additions of IDR 5,000 per camera, IDR 50,000 for each diving person, and 2 rangers (1 for max 5 people) for IDR 34,000 on each island.

Biggest and most popular islands that house biggest population of komodos: Rinca Island and Komodo Island.

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SLEEP

-       LOB with Lisa boat, including food, water, gas. (details under Activities).

-       Seraya Island Bungalows on the coast of Seraya Island, about IDR 200,000/night/room, IDR 50,000/extra bed. 

-       Gardena hotelin Labuan Bajo, on Jalan Yos Sudarso, and we got a IDR 180,000 / room / 3 persons deal. Facilities included fan only, free tea, coffee, water, and breakfast starting at 7 PM. Only 5 – 10 minutes walk to the port, a 20 minute angkot ride away from the airport.

-       Transit stays in Bali at Mahkota Guesthouse. We managed to haggle and got a very good deal for both transit days (the first night of only 6 hours stay, and the last day before going back to Jakarta of only 8 hours stay without even spending the night). The total price was IDR 800,000 / 6 people.


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GETTING AROUND

- In Labuan Bajo:

Angkot is the way to go, especially if you’re only going around the main road that sorta circles the town. The angkot could split to another route but basically you just need to tell the driver where you’re going, then he’ll take you to the nearest spot on the main road or tell you which angkot to take. Not available after dark, I don’t think. Price: IDR 2,000 – 3,000 / ride.

Ojeg is another great choice of transportation here. A pricing reference: IDR 5,000 / ojeg (which means 1 pax) from Paradise Bar to Gardena hotel. And that equals to about..um.. gee.. I don’t know, 15 minutes walk, perhaps?

Walk. Yup, every place is so near to each other. The hilly roads can be a healthy path to take, y’ know, burn some cals and pump those young hearts.

- In Komodo National Park:

Between islands: by boats. LOB or day trips. Boats are “parked” at the town’s port.

On islands: walk, of course!

- In Bali:

Car rental: Mr. Putu at +62 812 380 0003, we haggled to IDR 150,000 / car (Avanza), and we only needed IDR 60,000 worth of gas for our brief drive-around.

Mr.Putu or his staff can drop off and pick up the car at the airport.

Taxi: from airport to Mahkota Guest Houst IDR 35,000 / taxi (which actually only takes about 20 minutes of walking).

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EAT

- In Seraya Island Bungalows

The only place where you can get food at Seraya Island was at the Seraya Island Bungalows’ restaurant. Spaghetti, omelet, pancake, French fries (or chips), fried rice, stir fried chicken or fish, banana fritters, and many other choices, cost about IDR 25,000 – 40,000 a portion of main dish.

- In Labuan Bajo

Paradise Bar, for eating and drinking, and live music.

The Corner Restaurant & Bar, on the National Rd. Food options range between Indonesia, Chinese, and Western. Um, but I forgot the price range.

Street food stallsJust walk along the main road (about 500 m to the left if you’re just coming out from the port), you’ll find this row of food stalls selling various kinds of food. Gorengan (fried battered snacks), noodles, es teler.

- On LOB trip

All meals were provided by the boat crew, and included in the total LOB pricing. The food was yummy, especially when you just finished snorkeling or diving, where you tend to get too hungry. Tea and coffee were also available, as well as bottled water.

- In Bali

Alley Cats at Poppies Lane 2, we were there for their Swedish meatballs. IDR 32,000 / portion of 10 meatballs and mashed potato, or IDR 50,000 / portion of almost 30 balls and mashed potato.

Other options in the menu: Roasted Chicken, Salmon Baguette with Cream Cheese, etc, and some require bookings.

Lao Ta, a Chinese restaurant in the streets of Tuban. Great food, we shared portions of seafood with rice, and spent about IDR 52,000 / person.

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LOB (live on board)

LOB is simply living on a boat for a certain amount of time. We sleep, we eat, we cook, we poop, we wash our clothes, we tan, we play cards and games, we fish, we live on the boat, you name it. It’s our temporary home. Ain’t it cool, having a home on the water? Maybe someday I can walk on water!

This was my 2nd LOB after Tanjung Puting trip. And so far, I’m a fan of it! Imagine, falling asleep to the sight of starry sky, the sound of night birds, and sometimes a soft rocking by the waves. In the morning, you wake up and stretch on the front deck, then sit on the edge of the boat with feet dipped in the water and a cup of hot tea or coffee in your hands… Ain’t life grand?


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travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

When it rained, it could be a little problem. The captain and his crew quickly rolled down the tarpaulin with a bit of our help, and any hanging clothes had to be taken down except swimsuits that are meant to be wet anyways. At times like these, all I could do was just hope that storm and big waves didn’t come up. Even if it did, let’s just hope that all the life jackets were in prime condition and function well. Hm, this didn’t occur in my mind at all before reading about Adventurouskate’s bad experience around the Komodo waters (and she did go at the west monsoon season between December and March, which is usually a bit more dangerous).

As for the boat size and type, there are a lot of options. Ours is a very simple and small one because that’s what we could afford. But if you happen to have more budget, why not go for one that is more spacious and preferably with western toilet? Oh, speaking of which, ours was kinda funny. The washroom was in the very back of the boat, with a squatting toilet, and..get this.. no back wall! Hahaha… The silly thing is that you don’t know when some boat would suddenly cross your way and see you butt-naked while showering! So I took my little beach cloth and hang it on a wire string in the back (no idea what it’s there for), and made myself a curtain! Oops, I forgot to take a picture of it. 


SNORKELING & DIVING

We hopped off our home to snorkel at some spots recommended by our captain. The underwater view was lovely, and visibility was fine. But to be honest, I wasn’t that much impressed because I had seen similar, if not better, underwater view at the Togians. I saw mostly the same kinds of fish, and Togian’s corals were even denser and more colorful. Blame it on my high expectation * guilty smile *

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But something great and unforgettable happened to me in the Komodo waters and not in Togians: I saw manta rays!!!! Oh!!! So happy and excited and touched and… well I can’t say I’m speechless now, but I was then when it was happening!

The snorkeling spot was called, well, Manta Point. But the mantas don’t always show, so we were lucky to be there in the manta season. We ‘bumped into’ a number of mantas (probably 4 or 6) only by snorkeling. Oh wow, it was..amazing! Those gigantic 4 meter long angelic creatures swaying their wings and floating in the water just a few meters away from us, it felt unreal! 

 Endi even got carried away that his hands were a bit shaky and almost lost the moment to snap some pictures of the mantas. Imanaged to snap some for the sake of documenting, while I actually wanted to just indulge myself in that very beautiful moment. (So I love you guys just the same as I love mantas. Smooch!) 

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travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

The next day was diving trip, departing from Seraya Island. We had booked a trip with Komodo Aqua Dive in Labuan Bajo a few days before, and they picked us up at the island. Nina and I were the only ones who didn’t dive, but it was really fun to see their preparation and briefing by the dive guide on the really nice and spacious boat. One of their diving sites was the Manta Point, and surely this lucky bunch saw more mantas and even closer. Envy!!

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travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

We were really lucky because we came in the time when current wasn’t bad at all and we saw quite some mantas. However, it’s said that the best underwater view is located further (north), which would take a lot more time and money to get there. Well, maybe next time.

TREKKING & KOMODO WATCHING

The main ‘attraction’ of this trip: watch komodos in their habitat. They scatter on a couple of islands with most of them living in Rinca and Komodo Islands. These islands also house villages that are surrounded by forests and hills where komodos live naturally. But being tourist attractions and a part of the Komodo National Park (translates to Taman Nasional Komodo), paths have been arranged around a hilly forest area that are often taken by them lizards, where visitors can (most of the seasons) see them pass by. 

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- Rinca Island

This 19,900 ha island houses about 13,000 komodos.   

We chose the 1 km trekking path (another option was 5 km, I think), which was done in an hour with our 2 rangers (because there are 6 of us).

At the start of the path we saw a couple of komodo lazing around in front of the staff’s kitchen for they could smell the food from miles away. Yup, komodos have strong sense of smell. And they’re very sensitive to the smell of blood, it could trigger them to attack. That’s why menstruating women aren’t allowed to enter the island, purely for safety reason. So, ladies, mark your calendar before deciding when you’re going to Komodo National Park.

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Scenery was GORGEOUS, especially where we stood on some hills and look over the bay far down. Having lived in the western part of Indonesia almost all my life, this part of the country amazed me with its different kind of vegetation and landscape. It looked a lot like what I’ve seen in New Zealand through The Lord Of The Rings series. It felt like we weren’t in Indonesia.

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travel Indonesia - Komodo National park

travel Indonesia - Komodo National park

Actually this kind of scenery is what we saw through out the whole Komodo trip, but this hill on Rinca Island was the best spot for the view. The palmyra-palm trees (lontar in Indonesian) grew on the hills and mountains, making cute silhouettes. Thatch grass thrived on the hills, but thank God it wasn’t too thick, that our rangers Mr. Kuba and Onky could still see a komodo crawling up towards where we stood! Oh sh*t!

They shooed the lizard away with their ‘magical’ split-end sticks. And they told us to walk down the hill and avoid the komodo, when suddenly up crawled another komodo toward us! Ohhhhdouble sh*t! And double gratitude to Mr. Kuba and Onky when they, again, shooed away this other komodo and still keeping us safe from the first one. We hurriedly – but had to act calmly – walked down the hill and headed out to our boat. But still we managed to take pictures with lazy komodos in the background… with our hearts beating quite fast.

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- Komodo Island 

Again, we chose the shortest trekking path, that took us 1 hour to walk on, with 2 rangers who were ready with their split-end wooden sticks. And though the island is named after the leading role of the National Park, it’s not as gorgeous as Rinca Island. The best view was on the Fregata Hill, where we could see the jetties by the bay

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Similar to what we saw on Rinca Island, there were deers roaming around the woods… waiting to be attacked and eaten by komodos. * frown * Fortunately, this time we weren’t approached by any komodo.

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Near the island’s entrance (and exit) there’s a row of souvenir kiosks, mostly selling komodo statues of tiny to humongous sizes. We had bought ours from other boat’s crew in the middle of the sea, IDR 30,000 each for the small one. The price was more or less the same in those kiosks.

Lazing around and watch the falling stars..

This has never been a top priorities of my things-to-do when traveling, but it always ends up as being one of the happiest moments in the trips. Maybe I just never acknowledged the lazy and idle side of me?

We lazed around on the deck of our small boat when living on board, at the balcony of Paradise Bar in Labuan Bajo, and the ultimate stargazing was when Vindhya, Endi, and I lay on the Seraya beach where we saw numerous falling stars. And yes, I did make some wishes. But I forgot what they were. So I don’t know if they’re granted or not.

When the sun was setting, we didn’t wanna miss the beauty even if that meant hiking up a hill and passing through a field of goats. And from the Seraya hill, you could see the view of the other side of the island. What a sight for sore eyes, guys.

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travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

- On LOB trip

All meals, which were provided by the boat crew, were sometimes served on the rooftop of the boat driver’s cabin, and sometimes on the ‘living room’ of the boat, that is the space where we do and keep most of our things. It was a pretty small boat, so we had to keep aside our stuff whenever dinner was about to be served.

And it was a great idea by my friends to bring our own kecap pedas (hot soya sauce) and abon teri cabe (shredded chilli with tiny sea fish) to compliment the menu. Well, the food was delish to begin with, but we just liked to enhance its deliciousness. Humans, always wanting something more!

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travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

- At Seraya Island Bungalows

Though we liked their food very much, we gotta admit that service wasn’t top notch, as they really took their time preparing food. So you better place your order 1-2 hours before mealtime. Even so, sometimes they’d still make you wait a while until food was served.  But hey, you could use the waiting time to socialize, chat with other guests, they might have interesting info on spots to snorkel or roam about that didn’t pop up in your Googling results!

You can also charge your gadgets, ie. cellphones and iPods, at some of the electricity outlets there in the café, since Idon’t think they provided the outlets in the bungalows. Take turns with other guests cos there aren’t many outlets provided.

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travel Indonesia - Komodo National park

- In Labuan Bajo

THE CORNER RESTAURANT & BAR. On our arrival day at Labuan Bajo, Nina treated us birthday lunch at this wifi connected restaurant on the National Rd (I think it is also called the Soekarno-Hatta Road). Food options range between Indonesian, Chinese, and Western.

 Cap cay (a Chinese veggie dish) cost IDR 25,000, a portion of fried rice cost IDR 15,000-20,000. The restaurant was on the 2nd floor (with a dive operator on the floor below), and our table was near the balcony from where we could look out to the seaport in the hot sun.

Oh, have I not described the food taste? Well, it was just okay. I was sorta sweating from the hot Flores chili that I added to my fried rice. All for my curiosity on their chili reputation being so damn hot, at least according to Nina. And was it really hotter than the Javanese chili? Hm,… I doubt it..* confused *

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STREET FOOD STALLS. There are a lot of simple diners along the main road, and we finally settled at the row of food stalls, which sell various kinds of food. The one we were curious about was the es teler Komodo (translates to ‘komodo drunken ice’..! It’s actually a mixed fruits with ice and named after the location).

But they ran out of es teler Komodo, I guess it’s the locals’ favorite, so we had to settle with es teler Makassar (Makassar being the capital city of South Sulawesi and the biggest city closest to Labuan Bajo seems to have a quite significant name there, cos I saw a lot of other things and places were named after it). This beverage consisted of mixed fruits, and jelly I think, with coconut milk mixed with sweet condense milk, and obviously lots of ice. It was like an oasis in the desert..drinking this cold and fresh beverage in the dusty streets of sunny, hot day in Labuan Bajo.


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The street diners were full with locals. Although we’re Indonesians and brown (or tanned) skinned as well, still we were kinda like elephants in the room, with our sunglasses and shorts (which came in a package of being tourists), and Jakarta accent. But it didn’t stop us from enjoying the food, sitting among the locals, facing the sea on the other side of the wire fence. It was a lovely afternoon, indeed :D


PARADISE BAR. 

We only had a few drinks there, but I can say that this is my favorite hangout place in Labuan Bajo. It was quite a trip walking up the hill to get to the bar, especially after several days of exploring the Komodo Islands on the land and sea, but the relaxing ambience was worth the sweat, tears and blood *dramatic mode : on* 

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travel Indonesia - Labuan Bajo

They serve various house mix drinks, each with its own unique name, like Paradise Wine, Flores Jungle Juice, and Arak Jingkrak, mostly containing alcohol. Live reggae music was playing. I don’t know whether it was the music, the fatigue, or the drink, but I felt like falling asleep on the comfy chair that I pulled to the balcony facing the boat-lamps lighted sea with starry sky. Chitchatting with Endi, Vindhya, and Cici was a lot of fun, and at times like these, predictably somebody would spill out their romance story..hohoho.. Me likey juicy story! As Jamie Foxx sang it, “..blame it on the a a a a a alcohol…”


- In Bali

We had several hours to kill between flights on our way back to Jakarta.

ALLEY CATSat Poppies Lane 2 was our choice for a place to gobble each a portion of their famous Swedish meatballs. The meatballs and a mountain of mashed potato were served with the real taste of mushroom gravy (trust me, it’s not easy to find a tasty mushroom gravy here in Indonesia). Endi and Vindhya shared a monster portion that consists of almost 30 balls and gigantic mountain of mashed potato. And guess what, they gobbled it all down! Woohoow!!I could not imagine how full their tummies must’ve felt, cos I couldn’t even finish my regular portion!

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Now, did I get you curious? Does your saliva run down and are you longing for the scrumptious meatballs? Well, here’s how to get to Alley Cats: Enter Poppies Lane 2 from the Ground Zero (the Bali bombing monument), then make a right at an alley about 100 meters from there, and you’ll see the Alley Cats signage. *disclaimer: if this direction doesn’t take you there, blame Endi, cos he was the one who took us all there as it is his favorite restaurant*

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And then there’s LAO TA, a Chinese restaurant in the streets of Tuban, where we had our midnight meal on our transit night before heading to Labuan Bajo, Flores. Great food, especially the seafood! Oh!

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travel Indonesia - Bali

- Sleeping on a boat

It’s not something that everyone can handle or enjoy. I’m glad I can because it’s a one-of-a-kind experience we land people can ever have. To be able to sleep well, be prepared with a blanket (can be a sarong or a thin real blanket). The night can get windy but it can also get warm. Some people would prefer having a sleeping bag ready, but I haven’t found any use of that until now.

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travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

- Seraya Island Bungalows

This is the only resort on the Seraya Island. I love bungalows on a beach. Fresh water is only available from the faucets a few hours starting 6-ish PM. Other than that, well, they provide some buckets for you to scoop water from the sea, which is only a few meters from the bungalows. Electricity was only available at 6 – 10ish PM. Outlets were only available in the restaurant, I think.

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travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

Our stay at the bungalows was lovely in general. Great view, comfy rooms, good food (more about it under Eat tab), good snorkeling at the house reefs. However, there was a little problem. Here goes.

After the LOB trip, we were transferred to Seraya Bungalows. The transfer was a bit of a problem. Apparently, the Seraya Bungalows didn’t bother to build a jetty for visitors. They expect boats provide their own canoes to transfer guests from the boats to the shore. While boatmen expect otherwise.

 Well, finally Seraya Bungalows’ grumpy manager managed to send his crew to pick us from the boat after a worrisome argumentation with our boatmen (and the argumentation happened between the boat and the shore). Phew! Oh and, this happens again the next day when the dive operator came to pick us up for a day trip. Gee, talk about a service business!

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Still in the inconvenience concerning Seraya Bungalows’ grumpy manager, we had to move up our schedule by one day, to get back to Labuan Bajo. We checked out one day earlier because they couldn’t promise us a ride in the very early morning the next day, while we had to catch our 9 AM flight back to Bali. Well, I think it’s their loss not to have guests as lovely and fun as we are..err.. I mean..not to have us for one more night, which means more money for them! Oh well. So then after a little snappish discussion, he agreed to transfer us to Labuan Bajo at 3 PM for IDR 250,000 / boat / 6 pax. The ride took about 2 hours.  

Well, I don’t know if that’s just the kind of person the manager is, but if you wanna avoid unnecessary argumentation that could probably wreck your holiday, you might wanna stick to their boat schedule, which is at 8 AM everyday. Plus, you wouldn’t need to pay for the ride. But if you find sports in confrontation, then make a schedule according to your liking! Heehee..

- Waecicu Eden Hotel

It’s located on Waecicu beach is another option to stay around Komodo islands. Nope, we didn’t go there. I myself didn’t even know of its existence until my friend Indra came back from their trip 2 months later than mine, with photos and stories about this wonderful place.


Gardena hotel

It was one of the many budget hotels (or hostels to be exact) in Labuan Bajo. We picked this hotel randomly, just because it was the one that Vindhya recalled and the rate made sense.

The location was also strategic. Only a short walking distance from the port, surrounded by the town’s hustle and bustle, but not to be disturbed for the rooms are elevated on a steep ground. The only problem would be if you had bad knees. The garden café was great for hanging out and sipping some drinks in the afternoon, but do apply mosquito repellent after dark.  

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travel Indonesia - Labuan Bajo

travel Indonesia - Labuan Bajo

-Mahkota Guesthouse

Located in Tuban, only 10 minutes of driving from the Bali’s airport, the cab fare would be IDR 35,000 / cab. The guesthouse is clean, organized, has friendly staff and owner, and a nice swimming pool! Too bad we had too little time there.

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Service was great, they lent us 2 motorcycles to be used by the 6 of us (!) to have supper at Lao Ta restaurant, located on the main road not far from there. How nice of them! And what fun it was for us, acting like high school rascals on the street! Heehee..

We contacted them by phone at +62 361 863 4999


All the pretty places are worth the hassle of getting there. The Komodo National Park is amongst them. And the less dough you’ve got, the more hassle you’re gonna be in for.

A couple of entries by Trans Nusa airline to some cities on Flores, like Ruteng, Bajawa, Ende, Maumere, and Larantuka, are provided from different points. But the most convenient point of entry is from Bali to Labuan Bajo, the most northwest town on Flores Island.

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From Labuan Bajo, take a boat for an LOB (live on board) trip at the port. Better reserve ahead, so the boat crew would be ready with every lodging and food provision.

As I’ve stated under IN BRIEF tab, we bought Jakarta-Bali-Jakarta plane tickets a year before the trip when Air Asia was having their big promo. They do this couple of times each year. Better watch out for the next ones, guys!

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Our Trans Nusa plane tickets between Bali and Labuan Bajo were bought about a month prior to the departure date. Purchasing the tickets was a little fuss cos they weren’t available online, so Norman had to make phone calls and transferred the money via ATM n’ all. But you might get lucky by purchasing tickets online here.

Their contacts: koe@transnusa.co.id, Fax. +62 380 832 573, Phone. +62 380 822 555 (Hunting), among other numbers that you can see here.



- In Labuan Bajo:

Angkot is the way to go, especially if you’re only going around the main road that sorta circles the town. The angkot could split to another route but basically you just need to tell the driver where you’re going, then he’ll take you to the nearest spot on the main road or tell you which angkot to take. Not available after dark. Price: IDR 2,000 – 3,000 / ride.

Ojeg is another great choice of transportation here. A pricing reference: IDR 5,000 / ojeg (which means 1 pax) from Paradise Bar to Gardena hotel. And that equals to about..um.. gee.. I don’t know, 15 minutes walk, perhaps?

Walk. Yup, every place is so near to each other. The hilly roads can be a healthy path to take, y’ know, burn some cals and pump those young hearts.

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- In Komodo National Park:

Between islands: by boats. LOB or day trips. Boats are “parked” at the town’s port.

On islands: walk, of course!

travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

travel Indonesia - Komodo National Park

- In Bali:

Car rental:Mr. Putu at +62 812 380 0003, IDR 150,000 / car (Avanza), and we only needed IDR 60,000 worth of gas for our brief drive-around. Mr.Putu or his staff can drop off and pick up the car at the airport.

Taxi:from airport to Mahkota Guest Houst IDR 35,000 / taxi (which actually only takes about 20 minutes of walking).

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Air Asia Jakarta – Bali – Jakarta = IDR 200,000 

Trans Nusa Bali – Labuan Bajo – Bali = IDR 1,400,000 

LOB IDR 3,500,000 / 6 pax 

Bali transit accommodation at Mahkota Guesthouse (after haggling) = IDR 800,000 / 6 people / 1 night + 1 day 

Seraya Island Bungalows = IDR 500,000 / 2 rooms / 6 people 

Car rental in Bali = IDR 150,000 / day / 6 pax + IDR 60,000 for gas 

Taxi back n forth Bali airport – Mahkota Guesthouse = total IDR 140,000 / 6 pax 

Dive trip with Komodo Aqua Dive = IDR 800,000 / 2 dives / person; IDR 1,000,000 / 3 dives / person; snorkeling only = IDR 100,000 / person.

Meals average of IDR 20,000 – 40,000 / meal / person.

Komodo National Park about IDR 85,000 / person incl. entrance fee, camera fee, ranger fee, and diving permit.

2 Responses to Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara – A Natural Wonder on Land and Sea

  1. Hi nice trip report and very helpful! I will try to go in March.

    • Thank you, we’re glad :D
      Let us know how your trip goes, we’d like to know if our info is really helping when others go out there :D
      Have a great trip!

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