Located in the south eastern borderline of Indonesia, the Komodo National Park of Flores region arise as a new raw holiday destination for the wanderlust who are looking for adventures out of the beaten path. It’s the only land where the ancient Komodo dragons roams freely in their wild habitat. This isle is home for rugged savannah hills, pink beaches, undisturbed shores, and marine life-rich waters! You can easily spending a week exploring this remote beauty. Hopping from one island to another, diving the lively ocean, and just taking a time off on the boat. Though the Labuan Bajo has plenty of liveaboard choices, sometimes we want the best of both. A good liveaboard that could give you a lifetime memories and won’t break your wallet to enjoy it. And for the most of us, Komodo liveaboard budget remains as the best options.
But you must have some questions hanging in your head when you heard about low-cost liveaboard. Does it really worth the price? What is the price range for budget liveaboard in Labuan Bajo? What do you need to sacrifice to get into such economical liveaboard? This time, we are going to break everything we know about Komodo liveaboard budget—and yes, that included their actual prices. So let’s dive in.
Price Range of Komodo Liveaboard Budget
One of the myth of a sailing trip: it’s a super costly holiday that could only be done by the rich. Sailing trip in SE Asia—particularly Komodo—proves the otherwise. Sailing trips here start from a very cheap price. The lowest economical liveaboard we find is the Emperor Raja Laut, which start only from $198/ night/ person. This boat could take up to 12 passengers in 6 cabin; that means two people in one room. Not bad at all! Some cheap liveaboard could offer less than $100 per night per person but sometimes that means you need to sleep in an open deck. Not really the most comfortable, if you ask us.
You have a lot of competitive liveaboard Labuan Bajo in the range of $225 to $290. The best boat at this range is Wisesa ($233/ night/ person), Royal Fortuna (250/ night/ person), Mermaid II (249/ night/ person), and Mermaid I (281/ night/ person).
Next, a little bit pricey but still fall in the range of budget boat Komodo is the ones in the range of $300 to $370. Boats at this range of price are usually the best for economical diving trip. Most of them provides diving and snorkel equipments at low prices. They also tend to equip their boats with good furnitures and decorations. The best boat at this range is Mantra ($304/ night/ person), Samambaia Liveaboard ($ 309 / night/ person), and Tanaka ($365/ night/ person).
Could Liveaboard Budget Has Luxury and Comfort?
You might think that with low price come low quality. Wait until you climb aboard into one of the ship and see it with your own eyes. On most of quality liveaboard budget, cheaper price means fewer passengers on board and less food & amenities to provide. Some Komodo liveaboard budget like Wisesa, M/V Mermaid I & II, and Duyung baru only cater to 6 – 8 passengers on one trip. For us, that means more privacy and plenty of spaces to relax in between diving and islands exploration. These low-cost liveaboard we mentioned even have ensuite bathrooms for every cabins. Each cabins are usually air conditioned (or fans at the very least), spring beds, and clean sheets.
Despite of the economical cost, these boats boast large indoor saloon and beautiful outdoor lounge. Both are fully functional for dining and definitely enjoyable for just relaxing in. And at such price, these are definitely the best you can get!