Visiting Komodo National Park is a trip of a lifetime for so many visitors. The National park is located west of Flores and East of Sumbawa Island. The Park is composed of three major islands, which are; Komodo, Rinca, and Padar. Visitors come to the park by way of Boat trips from Labuan Bajo, which is located at the most western part of Flores Island. The only way to get to Komodo National Park or any of the surrounding islands, is by a boat. Visitors only have a few options as far as how long they would like to visit and stay. There are a few companies in Labuan Bajo that offer Day trips and a other companies offer multi-day trips. The standard is usually 2days/1 night or 3 days/2 nights.
Day Trips are very popular, as it gives the guests a good experience more faster and that way they can see the most popular spots if they happen to be on a tight schedule and only have one day in Flores. Even though on the day trips, the guest does not get as much time, they usually still get to visit the 6 most popular locations. Those locations are; Komodo Island or Rinca Island, Padar Island, Taka Makassar, Manta Point, Kanawa, and Pink Beach. Typically the boats spend about 45 mins to 1 hour at each location. They usually leave at about 7am in the morning and return around 4pm in the afternoon. The benefits to day trips are; they are quick and you get to see popular locations. The downside is that you may feel very rushed and want to stay longer at each of the locations. You may also be on a bigger boat with many people and everyone is trying to snorkel or visit the same place at the same time, which can get a bit crowded. This is why I recommend taking a multi-day liveaboard boat trip. This way you can be a part of making your own schedule and take you time to enjoy the trip and not feel rushed.
On the other hand, taking a multi-day liveaboard Komodo trip can offer many more options of places to see and the time you spend at each location. As well, many guest take a shared boat with other guests and over the timespan of 2 or 3 days they become good friends. As well, this is an opportunity to try many different kind of foods that will be cooked by the chef onboard. Many of the chefs cook a mixture of local and western food to try. Some other locations you may get to visit on a longer trip would be locations such as Siaba Besar, Gili Lawa, Long Beach, Batu Bolong, Kanawa, Kalong, Makassar Reef and possibly a few other places depending on the itinerary that you choose. Another benefit is being about to socialise and sleep under the stars with only the sound of the waves. This is a nice atmosphere and a great escape for many people away from their lives in more populated areas. You can also take more time at location like Komodo and Rinca so there is a much higher chance that you will see Komodo dragons. As well, you can take longer to snorkel as well, which also gives more time to see Manta Rays.
Whether you choose a one day Komodo Trip or a Multi-day liveaboard Komodo Trip, there are so many beautiful place to see and thing to do. They are both great options and offer something special for each guest. If you have any questions about Komodo Tour Packages, please message us and Maika Komodo tour and we would be happy to help you with any question you may have.
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I have been in the Komodo Tour industry for over 10 years.