The first thing that will come to mind when you hear about Komodo sailing trip is, as it should be, booking the Komodo boat. Though it seems super easy, finding a good boat that suits your preference is quite a hard work, let alone finding the best deal. Labuan Bajo has wide collections of liveaboard for all preference. All you need is set some time aside and put that into a good research.
The overflowing tourists from diverse travelling styles and budgets who come to Flores gives significant impact to tour operators’ growth. Today, Flores is blooming with various sailing trip packages available to suits everyone budgets. From humble liveaboard with basic rooms and shared toilet to ultra-luxurious liveaboard for two, Labuan Bajo has it all. But what can you do to get the ultimate best deal Komodo boat?
Surf the Boats
You have the internet on your hand and you can Google it anytime. So why wait? Nowadays many Labuan Bajo tour operators has set their online presence. You only need to visit their websites and find informations you are looking for.
Tips: since you cannot see the boat with your own eyes, always choose Komodo boat tour who showcases complete gallery of their boats. The virtual tour to every corner of the boat will give you a picture of how the boat looks like. Find detailed informations of facilities, services, and what onboard. Avoid websites who are shy away from putting pictures or complete boat informations—it smell fishy (pun intended).
Walk Around the Town
If you are keen to see something with your own eyes before believing, do visit Labuan Bajo few days prior. Go to the harbour where all the boats are anchored and give them a little tour. Walk to the very end of the row and visit every shops that draw your interest. Talk with the owners and see what type of Komodo boat they have. You can also make appointment with some of the online tour you had visited and see the promise in reality.
Compare and Compare
To find the best deal, you need to have lots and lots of comparison. The more you compare, the better you know the real value of the boat in each type. Prices can be greatly varied for basically standard type, but can also have little difference with liveaboard of slightly upgraded version. If you only see a few dollars between value liveaboard and bigger Komodo boat, we’d strongly recommend you to take the latter. Why pay for slightly cheaper price for sleeping in open space deck when you can have clean cabin of your own for few additional dollars? Now that’s what I would say as best deal
Switching From AC to Fan
If the liveaboard has cabin with fans and offers the same type of cabin with air con for some more dollars, I’d take the fan one at any given day. Having nice cabins is nice, but eventually you are expected to spend more time outdoor than curled up in bed.
Be Picky with Safety
When you can forsake some creature comforts, never put safety into second priority. It’s no use to get cheap boat if you get stuck in the middle of the sea with broken engines. Or having your boat almost drowned by the strong waves. Find whether the boat has life jackets and other safety measures, and when it was last maintained. Your safety should be a number one priority!