We all dream to explore the raw and wild Komodo National Park, but what about the Komodo Island tour price? Do you need to break the bank or can you fit a backpacker budget to the journey?
The legendary man-eating, cannibal Komodo dragons has evoke world-wide attraction despite its remote location. Living in the tiny Komodo and Rinca Island, the dragons has successfully lured local and international tourists to cross the Flores Sea. Boat tour quickly become the busiest industry in the nearest town—Labuan Bajo—following popularity of the dragons. Due to the remote access, however, tour prices can be quite high. For backpackers and budget travelers alike, these following tips can help you press the budget without forsaking the comfort.
Look for A Good Deal Komodo Island Tour Price
Well, looking for an affordable Komodo tour should be the first thing to do. If you are looking for cheap Komodo Island tour price, look for low budget liveaboard. They usually range from $100 – $300 per night. Some fancier, mid-range liveaboard are still quite affordable, if your budget allow. They range from $300 – $400 per night. It’s best to book online, as the price is quite steady all the year. If you plan to look for Komodo tour on the spot—particularly on high season—chances are you’ll get higher tour price than usual.
Water Sport Enthusiast: Book A Liveaboard with Water Equipment
If you come to Komodo for its divine underwater world, put special attention to liveaboard with water sport equipments. This way, you can further spent your budget by not having to rent diving or snorkelling equipments. Some boats even have kayak and stand up paddle onboard, which is surely a deal!
Only Eat Out Before and After Excursion
If you are taking a multi day trip, you will be living your trip days in the liveaboard. That means you will sleep, eat, and drink in the liveaboard. Basically, all Komodo Island tour price has covers full board accommodation in their stated price. That includes three meals per day, snacks, drinking water, coffee, and tea. During the excursion days, you gonna keep busy with hiking, snorkelling, diving, and exploring—without having to touch your wallet at all.
The only place where you gonna spend money for lunch (assuming you are not taking a quick lunch/ spending a night in nearby resort islands) is Labuan Bajo. Eateries in Labuan Bajo hasn’t really get into Bali’s restaurant level, but they are quite diverse and varied. Due to the increase of tourism, now you can find western-styled restaurants aside the local warungs (food stalls). A quick breakfast might take you about IDR 20K, while lunch can varied from IDR 30K – 60K depend on what and where you eat. Dinner in night market can be as frugal as 20K. Try the seafood, it’s their specialty and absolutely cheaper than anywhere else! If you choose to eat on fancy restaurant, however, you might need to prepare IDR 40K – 100K. Labuan Bajo has also recently welcome an affordable Italian pizza in town, which only cost you about IDR 50K – 120K.
Basically, you can prepare IDR 300K (about USD $20) and still get good food and and coffee for two days in Labuan Bajo.
Plan Komodo Island and Rinca in One Day
Not many people know that tickets entrance to Komodo National Park are valid for only one day. That means if you want to visit both Komodo Island and Rinca, put them under the same day itinerary. Visiting these island on a separate days will cost you double entrance tickets. The National Park entrance fee is IDR 150.000 /person (roughly USD $15), which can be double up to IDR 225.000 on Sunday and Public Holidays. If you want to compress your Komodo Island Tour Price, scrutinize the local calendar from now! Make sure to avoid Indonesian public holidays—they can fall on any weekday without you knowing.
Now you know how to fit Komodo island tour price to your budget, are you ready for the actual adventure?