On the way we saw boats of all kinds, from luxurious to dumpy. The ships that make these types of cruises more popular are like these.
The luxury liveaboard Indonesia in general have an old, wooden look. They do not really give much sense of security. It has two heights. At the top is where you sleep and below are the private cabins, the kitchen, the sink, and the space to eat or sit. We got very bad sea the first night and the ride was … dramatic. Just tell you that we decided to open the sack where they stored the life jackets, and we slept with them very close. The other days, luckily, were better.
How to sleep
If you do not want to pay a cab (which is expensive) you will sleep on a mat with about 25 more people. All crowded with the feet of another within inches of your face. And if your mat is at the bottom of everything, you will have to pass over the others.
How to eat on the boat
Depending on the type of boat, some eat at a table and others on the floor. In our case we ate at the front of the boat. They put trays on the floor with two or three types of food and from there we had to self-serve. The food was on occasion sparse. Does not include beer or Coca-Cola drinks. If you want you can buy before going up and take them.
What do you do during the Lombok Flores cruise?
The boat docks on different islands for a while (a few hours) where you can snorkel or diving or small excursions on foot. The truth is that at the scenic and seabed level for snorkeling is spectacular (especially on Satonda Island). You will also have the opportunity to snorkel with blankets at Manta Point. Surely you’ll see them, there are dozens, and they get pretty close to the boat. On the boat there are glasses and tubes, but no fins. Maybe you can bring your own, or you can order your whole trip through this site: divebooker
Finally you go to Komodo and Rinca to see the Komodo Dragon. But do not expect anything spectacular. The route through the national park is very short and you will see one or two dragons. Those you will see more closely are Komodo dragons who are placidly sleeping at the entrance or under some shadow without being disturbed by the presence of all the tourists (who are many) who photograph them. That is, forget about adventures in Komodo, a tourist visit like any other.
Eye with the “tourist tax”. Apart from the entrance to Komodo Park, which is 250,000 IDR, you will be asked for 50,000 IDR for a kind of “extra tourist tax”. Make it clear to the agency if this rate is included in the price you pay, and that you specify it on your bill. In our case they said it was included but they did not specify it. The captain of the boat made us pay again since on the bill he just put “all inclusive”. He told us that if we did not pay, we would not get off the boat, that’s nice, right? As always, for not arguing for hours, we pay.
And after all this, what do you think about the Lombok Flores cruise?
Overall, except for the seabed we saw, the Lombok cruise to Flores was not a good experience and for the price (125 euros) we personally do not recommend it. We complained to Abel Tours about the terrible experience with the company that made the cruise Komodo Adventure. The owner of the agency, Abel, offered to give us back the 50,000 IDR of the fee we paid in duplicate, and he told us that he would not work with that company again, I do not know if that was the case. About Abel Tours I have to say that his treatment was friendly and professional.
I think if time is available it is better to go from Lombok to Flores by Sumbawa and make some on-time visit to Satonda Island for example, or by plane. To go to Komodo or Manta Point, you can go on day trips from Labuanbajo (Flores).
At least we reached the little paradise
Once you are in Flores do not miss it Please! The visit to Kanawa Island. It is the ideal place to do nothing, rather than lie in the sun, eat Mie Goreng and spend hours and hours snorkeling, simply breathtaking. Sleeping there is a bit of a budget backpacker but you can easily make a day trip, all the agencies of Flores offer it.
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