How to get to Komodo National Park
The Easiest And The Fastest Way To Get To Komodo
Before setting out on your visit, and learning how to get to komodo, it is important that you understand where you are heading and the easiest ways to get there. Komodo is in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago, and is between Sumbawa and Flores islands. The fact that Komodo is a UNESCO reserve for both a marine diversity and of course the Komodo Dragon makes this a growing tourist destination. The snorkeling and diving in the National Park is almost unsurpassed, and it is completely understandable as to why one would want to go. Now that you know where you are going let us discuss the best ways for you to get there.
Any tour to Komodo will start and finish in Labuan Bajo. This is the main transportation hub for the whole province. There is the airport, ferries, buses, local boat service and multiple private car hire services. With 5-7 flights a day to Denpasar and then onto international flights, it is readily accessible. There are daily ferries to Sape on Sumbawa and weekly ferry service to Sulawesi aboard Pelni. Due to time and accessibility, nearly all visitors fly in and out via Labuan Bajo Airport – it’s even called Komodo airport!
From Labuan Bajo to Komodo:
Join an organized tour
Charter a local boat
The personal way to visit Komodo is to charter a boat for at least 2 days with one 1 night on the boat. Certainly longer charters are available, and needed to see much more of the park. But to see the dragons, sleep in the park, visit a few beaches and snorkeling. Most of the charter boats are fairly small, with limited facilities, so any trip longer than 2 nights would require re-supply at LBJ. There are larger charter boats can go for about a week without re-supply, The small boats usually come with a crew of 2, captain and mate.
The boat choice is basically with or without a cabin. Boats with a cabin are usually a little bigger and include an upper deck sitting area. The upper deck sitting area is nice to have for photo taking or just escape from the boat’s noisy engine. Prices can vary wildly – but with good haggling you should pay about $300 USD for all food and beverage on the boat, including a full load of beer, sodas, and water. Komodo National Park Fees are not included and have to be paid directly to the park’s contract operator .