For many travelers, embarking a journey to Komodo (no, not kimono, as my computer insist) is an escape dream. Getting there, however, is not exactly an easy trip. Unless you own a helicopter, taking a Komodo boat trip is the only way to get there. Choosing the right boat is not an easy task by its own. Sometimes the search result in shipwreck or backpacker boat where everyone is sleeping on the deck.
I often heard disaster stories from fellow travelers with their wooden boats. Some pay too much for what they see in the ads, some end up with moody engines and almost left stranded in the ocean. Luckily, I’ve done my research and stumble upon a pretty awesome Komodo Liveaboard. I was travelling with a group of friend, and this Komodo boat trip happen to just everything we need.
Inside the Komodo Boat Trip: The Cabin
I was ready for a frugal adventure. I have prepared my camping sleeping pad and portable blanket if I need to sleep in the deck. At least my back won’t suffer from the hard wood. It turns out that the liveaboard have not one, but three very decent cabin for us. There were 10 people in our group, so the four of us must sleep in the same room. It was very nice, though. The larger room have one queen size bed and two bunk beds, which reminded us back to our college years.
Many people I know was somewhat tolerating their wooden boat, but I honestly really enjoy my time here. The teak interior is really my favorite! I wouldn’t really enjoy my time there with sea sick stomach if it wasn’t because of the calming decor.
I have a few experiences with ships to cross Indonesian archipelago, and I never been any happier. There were too many times when a boat’s toilets acted as real party pooper (quite literally). That’s why I was taken aback when I found that our boat even have real shower on it! Gone by the days when you took a bath with awkward heart-shaped water scoop. Yay! Looking at that, I instantly know that we had choose the right Komodo boat trip.
A Day in The Deck
Instead of a messy pile of beanbags and sleeping bag, the deck looked like….an actual living space. Just like how a deck should. Yes, there’s still bean bags and mattresses, but they are actually for lounging instead of spending the night. The life in our Komodo boat trip was awesome thanks to the comfortable teak deck. You can waste your time by taking a hundred summer snaps from this stylish deck before reaching the next island.
An Actual Meal
I heard that our liveaboard is preparing meal for us, but what I expected is not what I deserved. My trip friends and I have prepared a bag full of snacks and drinks, just in case. When the first lunch time come, the crew in our Komodo boat trip prepared an amazing meal for us. Complete with fritters, too! Tea and coffee were always available, and you can always request a cold glass of cocktails.
Despite of the hot and humid weather, our Komodo boat trip went very smooth. We stopped to Padar first before the dawn in our first morning for a hike. And oh boy, the view was magnificent. We spend one of the most amazing sunrise in our life, right in the top of Padar’s famous hilltop. The rest of the day was an amazing trekking and dreamy sunbathe in Padar’s pink beach.
Some of us done our snorkeler gear and looking for a meeting with manta in Manta Point. We go back for lunch, and spent the afternoon resting in the deck, enjoying the dramatic view. When the sun is about to go down, our Komodo boat trip stopped in the middle of ocean. We have no idea until the captain told us that we were floating near Kalong Island, island of the bats. It was the most wildest sunset I ever heard. Just as the sun sets, thousand of bats starts to fly from the island, crossing the tangy sky. They are looking for foods in the neighbourhood.
And have I mentioned you that we only have to pay $37 per person per night for such a very descent Komodo boat trip?