For all you know, you cannot just launch a backpacker solo trip to Komodo just as you did in other cities. Destinations in Komodo National Park—which cover islets, beaches, dive sites, sunset bat show, and many others—are wide spread within the park. Thanks to Komodo’s archipelagic state, there no way you can hop from one island to another by yourself. You need a liveaboard Labuan Bajo to get you around, and for many backpackers in budget, this means resorting to a guided tours. Well, unless you decide to charter the whole liveaboard Komodo, which we don’t really recommend if you are on budget. So here’s a little picture of how to have solo trip in Komodo with Liveaboard Labuan Bajo
Labuan Bajo is A Low Key Destination
Most travelers get so used to Bali and all the starred resorts, spa, shopping spree, yoga, and even mindful retreats like vegan dishes and smoothie bowls. Everything in Bali is easy. You can easily navigate by yourself in this island and find everything you need. But that’s not what happens in Labuan Bajo. The city is not exactly filled with convenient tourist accommodation and attraction. While staying option become pretty much diverse just in the last few years (thankfully), we cannot say the same with transportation, roads, attraction, and dining options.
However, if excursion to Komodo National Park is your focus, then these lack of development will make Flores even more rewarding. With most of the secluded islands remain untouched by civilisation, the wildlife is kept on its most pristine condition. You will have all your needs taken care by the liveaboard Labuan Bajo. You basically sign up for a complete package of hotel, transportation, and three-meals-a-day catering. This probably will be the most convenient solo travel through all your backpacking career.
Join An Open Trip Liveaboard Labuan Bajo
If you have all the budget for chartering a liveaboard, go ahead. This will be the ultimate of solo travel in Komodo, as you are going to be the only guest on the liveaboard. If that suits you, because personally we cannot fully enjoy the beauty of Komodo when it’s not shared. The most popular and foreseeable option is booking an open trip liveaboard Labuan Bajo. You will book a slot in the liveaboard and have 8 – 15 other people join the trip with you. Many of them are fellow solo traveler, which is great to find new friends. Just think of staying in your usual backpacker dorm room—only, this one is floating!
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Make Friends—They Will Help You Take Amazing Photos!
One of the downside of travelling solo; it’s either a selfie or group photo. Or asking a random stranger to take just good enough photo of you—and trusting them to not run away with your camera. Now, you are going to share the liveaboard Labuan Bajo with a bunch of passionate travelers. Many of them are also bloggers and influencers—and we know how skilled they are when it comes to taking snaps. Try to mingle with fellow passengers and you gonna have awesome time.