Komodo liveaboard sits in the top of the list for any traveler who wish to make a trip to Komodo. Made to cater traveler’s need for exploring the foreign frontier, these schooners is a perfect cross between vessel and a floating resort. Following Indonesian traditional phinisi, most of the boats are made entirely from wood, presenting Indonesian ancient charm in the past for an authentic sailing experience, but not without being equipped with creature comforts.
Liveaboard boats are designed for people to live aboard the ship. These boats are large enough to have a number of built-in cabins, kitchen, diver area, diving and water sport equipments storage, and spacious communal room for a get-together place. This way, travelers have the possibilities of exploring Komodo’s pretty little islands and plentiful dive sites without having go back and forth from Labuan Bajo. Taken that you need the liveaboard for your journey, there are few things you need to know about the boats. Do take notes to ensure a smooth sailing preparation.
Some Komodo Liveaboard are not operating during the monsoon season
While the monsoon season rapidly approaching Labuan Bajo, most of the liveaboard boats are already take their last trip of the year. The hardest rainfall happens between December to February. During these times, the sea would swell and the weather would generally be too dangerous to sail. Most liveaboard operator are taking a rest—only larger boats that take the risks. Generally, you will be advised to wait until March, when the sun shines again and the sea has getting calmer than before.
Most Liveaboard don’t cover travel insurance
Almost all liveaboard operator in Labuan Bajo doesn’t have travel insurance included in the package. This is almost guaranteed in Komodo budget liveaboard. You need to be responsible to yourself and have your own travel insurance anywhere you go. Though liveaboard trips are generally safe, it’s better to be protected on your independent travel insurance in case something went wrong.
Standard Liveaboard usually cater to 8 – 20 people
Komodo liveaboard boats are generally not a mega ship. They normally cater between 8 to 20 people just for a single trip. This ensure an intimacy settings between passengers and quality services from the crew—no one is left behind.
Beside that, Komodo waters is not really suitable for bigger cruise. The coral under the water is protected and the straits between islands are sometimes too narrow to pass on. With standard liveaboard size, they need to keep the passengers small to make sure everyone has decent cabin and space to stay in.
You can rent the whole liveaboard alone
Though most of the boat in Labuan Bajo are sold for open-trip kind of trip, there are some Komodo liveaboard that can be rented as a whole when you need extra privacy. Private occasion as family trip, honeymoon, and bachelor party are perfect excuses to launch a journey without outsider disturbance and get really disconnected in the frontier Komodo with only the closest person to you.
Itineraries can be pre-made or tailored
When you walk to Komodo boat operator offices, chances are they have itinerary ready in hand. Some operators have it fixed—it’s either you take it or leave it, but some allows you to tailor your own itineraries, especially when you rent a private Komodo boat. A flexible trip like this offers you a chance to pick up only the most interesting destination around Komodo to visit. You can leave out the ones that either not interesting or require a specific skills you don’t have (e.g: deep water diving licence).