Liveaboard Labuan Bajo: Three Basic Facts

The popularity of Komodo National Park as the last sanctuary of the only Komodo dragons left in the world has reach international exposure. Islands around the National Park has also reveal its hidden beauty, along with well-protected pristine diving sites that will make other sites looks rather pale. With so much things going around, the Komodo National Park is not a single destination. With the trip comes Liveaboard Labuan Bajo (name given from the famous port town where all the boat docks), which also become increasingly popular among travelers. The Komodo trip and the boat is inseparable, and today you’ll learn some interesting facts about this Phinisi.

Liveaboard Labuan Bajo: Three Basic Facts

All the trip launched and back at Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo is a port town as well as the capital district of Wes Manggarai, located in the tip of westernmost of Flores. It’s the gateway to the Komodo National Park and around. Every single boats that will take you for a Komodo trip is docked here. By the end of the trip, your boat will return to Labuan Bajo and probably stay for a few days for some maintenance.

It’s not exclusive for divers

Liveaboard was almost synonymous with a dive trip. They were originally made to cater diver’s need for a lodge during underwater exploration. Liveaboard boats offers a place to stay on a multiple day trip in the ocean and a chance to reach remote dive sites that are not accessible on a day trip. Labuan Bajo, however, have a different approach on a liveaboard trip.

The Komodo National Park is more than dragons and premium diving sites. There are deserted islands with unparalleled scenery, empty shores, and pink beaches begging to be explored. It’s perfectly fine to go to an absolutely no-diving trip with Liveaboard Labuan Bajo if you are not a diver (or not certified for diving level in Komodo. The land excursion itself is extremely fulfilling. Padar, Gili Lawa, and Kalong are some of the most famous island with absolutely gorgeous scenery.

All Liveaboard Labuan Bajo is inspired by Indonesian traditional phinisi

Hundred years ago, the Indonesian were known as remarkable sailor men. They took a two-masted model of schooner for sailing—a style that’s been adopted by most Liveaboard Labuan Bajo today. Entirely made of wood, their boats preserve the old tradition, yet equipped with modern technologies. Nothing can complete the experience of sailing around the prehistorical-looking Komodo like a wooden phinisi do. 

We can say, sailing with liveaboard is the most perfect way to enjoy the whole Komodo. Have you try a Komodo trip with liveaboard? Share your experience below!