Want a once in a lifetime chance to cruise across the Indonesian coast with 20 other backpackers in a party boat? Opt for the boat from Lombok to Flores as opposed to the treacherous 24 hour bus ride. This four day three night adventure will leave you with memories and instagram worthy pictures to last a lifetime!
Swim with manta rays, snorkel with nemo, explore Komodo National Park, and the reason most people go on this trip, get up close and personal with a Komodo dragon! From crystal clear waters to the closest things to a real life dragon you can find (which only lives on this one island – no where else in the world!) there will never be a shortage of activities to keep you entertained.
How to get from Lombok to Flores by boat?
The three-day, four-night journey is part of an organised tour, which can be booked in travel agents across Bali and Lombok. Most of the boats leave from Senggigi Lombok port. You can easily grab a ferry over from Bali, the Gili Islands, or take a taxi from anywhere on Lombok to the port, without any advance booking.
Where will I sleep?
When you sail from Lombok to Flores, there are two types of accommodation “classes”, deck or cabin. I highly, highly, recommend booking a cabin if your budget allows for it, as no one will deny the deck is cramped and uncomfortable.
On a budget trip, a deck spot should cost you between 1.3-1.7 million rupiah (depending on your negotiation skills!), and a cabin between 2-2.5 million rupiah. With a deck sleeping arrangement you will be on the floor on the deck with a mat, pillow, and blanket, sleeping alongside 20 fellow passengers! This can be an incredible experience for some – those who enjoy camping you will feel right at home. Those who require a little more comfort, may want to go for the cabin option, where you’ll get your own little room, which is no bigger than the size of a double bed.
What to expect?
Included in the price for the Lombok to Flores boat trip are three meals a day and all activities. You will eat family style breakfast, lunch and dinner, all prepared fresh on the ship.
Activities such as exploring untouched islands and swimming with manta rays, will keep you busy as you sail towards the Komodo Dragons. The evenings are filled with drinking beer and hanging out with the rest of the passengers.
Expect that at some points there will be rough seas and some people will get sick so bring your motion sickness medicine. Additionally, on some boats there are no showers, one “hole in the ground” type “squatty potty” and minimal sanitation. Bring your moist towelettes and a couple extra bottles of fresh water to rinse off, and maybe wash your hair on the side of the deck throughout the trip.
Where to next?
After four days, the boat will drop you off in the small fishing village of Labuang Bajo on the western coast of Flores Island. Take some time to explore the seaside town before continuing on to see the rest that Flores has to offer (pink beach anyone?).
Many people fly from Komodo Airport back to Bali. Flights are not cheap but almost everyone agrees to fork up the extra money as opposed to taking the bus, or a return boat. If you can stomach it, a bumpy bus journey will be a way cheaper option to get you back to Lombok, and then you can take a ferry back to Bali.
By Jennifer Poole – You can check out Jennifer’s Instagram here.