The first aspect to consider is that tours start from the village of Labuan Bajo port, located on the island of Flores. They usually begin in the early morning and finish in the late afternoon. That’s why we suggest arriving at least one day before and leave one day after the adventure.
Depending on the high, low season you can either choose to book your trip online in advance or, once arrived in place, you can personally go to the numerous travel agencies you will find along the main street of the town of Labuan Bajo.
To whom would we suggest a private tour: be sure not to suffer from seasickness because you will be 3 days always on a boat. It is an authentic adventure. We personally booked with Tours to Komodo and everything was perfect.
Having all the crew to yourself allows you to decide when to start, where to go, what to see, what to eat and more benefits (you can ask for vegetarian or vegan food, if you suffer from allergies you can feel free to let them know).
And most important of all, by having the guide all for you, you’ll have both a personal photographer and a walking human encyclopedia at your service. Don’t forget, before leaving Labuan Bajo, to go to groceries and get stuff you will regret not having onboard during your voyage.
In our case we got some beers (an absolute must when on holiday); onboard, there isn’t alcohol and if you’ll have the brilliant idea to buy something from the couple shops you will find on the islands of Rinca /Komodo, well be prepared to be ripped off. They have the power in their own hands, get it or leave it. But now, by reading this article you are informed so you’re safe.
Last but absolutely must-know information. The point, the main advantage of cruising with a private tour also means being independent and having a decent amount of time to take shots, videos you always dreamed about. Be 150% sure, before booking the itinerary of your choice, to sail on a vessel that features a spare little boat behind, so that you won’t be in trouble when hopping from an unforgettable island to another (with the crew begging you to swim from the boat to the beach, NO WAY!). The price for a 3 days 2 nights tour? Calculate around 13’000’000 IDR for two people, all included.
To whom would we suggest a day tour: suitable for those having a short period of time available but still waiting to see a bit of everything, on a budget and experiencing a little seasickness. A big speedboat will be your hub for the trip; be prepared to join this kind of adventure with a lot of other people, as you will be part of a group, with all the pros and cons. The price depends on what you want to see, clear; we looked around to have an idea and the average cost per person was about 600’000 IDR.