Travelling By Ship To Labuan Bajo
Travelling to Labuan Bajo by ship may be a fun and cheaper alternative – there are big passenger cruise ships that connect Bali with Labuan Bajo; Tilongkabila by PT Pelni being one of the more prominent operators offering passage with ships departing from Benoa Harbour in Bali to Labuan Bajo twice every month. From Labuan Bajo, you could travel to other parts of Flores with a rented transportation or by public bus.
In previous years, you could choose from tickets in three price classes; a first class ticket, second class and economy, which would cost you less than one million rupiah per person. First class passengers would enjoy their own private room that comes with an attached private bathroom and two beds. Second class had two bunk beds and a private bathroom. But today, the PT Pelni has abolished all first and second classes and maintains only the economy class tickets which mean everyone would have to remain within the mass hall with other passengers and sleep on open individual beds and use shared bathrooms. The ship can carry a maximum of 970 passengers over a duration of 24-hours. There is a restaurant on board, where you can order simple meals.
Another option is to go with a tour company who will also arrange your daily itinerary throughout the programme. In this way, you can sit back and relax without having to worry about what to do and where to go next. There are many companies offering three to five-day trips between Bali’s three sister islands (Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan), the Gili Islands (Lombok) and then onwards Labuan Bajo, which include a snorkelling or diving program and a visit to either Komodo or Rinca islands to see the Komodo dragons. For those feeling more adventurous, you can even choose 10-days packages that include excursions to Sumba and the Sumbawa islands.
To avoid any unpleasant surprises, be sure to agree exactly on what is included in your price, including food, drinks and National Park entry tickets. Also, do be advised that the seas can become very rough during the rainy seasons (December–February).
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