Komodo is famous to travelers for its Komodo dragons, the-lost-world vibes, and exceptional underwater conditions and remarkable marine life. Breathtaking views of towering dormant volcanoes, jagged mountains, undulating hills, and pristine valleys with swaying savannah are everything. Once you set the sail to Komodo, you will immediately feel the outlandish vibe and feel like you are finding a long lost world where the ancient and prehistoric Komodo dragons roam the land. As sailing is a mandatory method to explore the magnificent Komodo, of course you would want to complete the experience by sailing in the best Komodo liveaboard you could find—without breaking the bank. In this article, we want to share the best liveaboard on a budget for your upcoming Komodo holiday references.
Best Komodo Liveaboard — the Budget
When you are travelling to somewhere as remote as Komodo, you know that going for budget option would largely means leaving convenience behind. But here we have three budget liveaboard recommendation where basic facilities are arranged with great hospitality and travelling comfort in mind.
Tanaka is one of the best Komodo liveaboard to explore Komodo National Park for those on a budget. Often running the popular three to seven nights trip departing on almost every week, the 35m Tanaka can host up to 14 guests in 5 cabins. All cabins are equipped with individually controlled AC and ensuite bathrooms including bathrobes, towels, and storage space. Diver enthusiast would be thrilled for having diving packages and snorkelling guide included on the price. What’s more, Tanaka have extra water sport entertainment like Kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard to use in Komodo’s pristine water. For a standard 4D3N sailing trip, Tanaka charges around US$ 1,294—and with such complete facilities, this boat is definitely a deal.
Joining the 25m KLM Regina is a great way to explore the best of Komodo in intimate small-sized group. The boat itself come with 2 cabins three large double beds and three bunkbeds, catering to maximum 8 passengers on one trip. When you are not diving, snorkelling, or busy doing island excursion, relax on the open roof top terraces featuring comfortable bean bags where you could sit back and stare out into the open sea. With only US$ 633 for a regular 4D3N trip, Regina is truly the best answer for budget travelers. The downside would be the unavailability of complete diving equipments for avid divers alike. You might need to bring/ rent the diving equipments on your own. But if islands exploration is your sole purpose with some snorkelling here and there, this boat is your best bet.
The KLM Helena is a 30m traditional sailing boat, fitted with modern amenities and furnishing. With 5 air-conditioned and ensuite cabins, this phinisi is ready to take up to 12 passengers to sail all around Komodo. For those who are interested, the boat provides two kayaks to chill whenever the boat pull over on calm and brilliant water. The food is delicious and always freshly prepared, but you are always advised to notify any food allergies prior to departure. If you don’t really have much budget to spare but still want a proper and comfortable sailing trip, then Helena could be your best Komodo liveaboard option.