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Flores to Rinca/Komodo Island

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Flores to Rinca/Komodo Island

Hi there,

We are planning on visiting Flores for a couple of nights on our trip to Indonesia. We are planning to fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo using Trans Nusa airlines and will be arriving in the morning - believe the flight arrives around 8am ish.

Is it possible to organise day trips to Rinca/Komodo island whilst we are in Flores, or even just catch a boat over to the islands, or is the only way to see the islands on an overnight boat trip (e.g perama tours).

Many thanks,

Gary

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21. Re: Flores to Rinca/Komodo Island

You can get a day trip to Rinca/Komodo Islands can be visited on a daytrip with no problems. We visited them with Kencana tours on the 4 day trip to Lombok but it was only 2.5 hours from Lbajo to Rinca if my memory serves me well. We just turned up and booked our tours with no problem. If you do it that way you'll get a better price as you can play the agents off against one another!

There are plenty of tour agents in Lbajo but make sure you see the boat first!

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22. Re: Flores to Rinca/Komodo Island

I did the Komodo/Flores trip in October with a friend:

Top tips:

- flights to Flores with Lion Air/PT Wings

- expect delays flying out of Labuan Bajo (and therefore the flights from Bali to Labuan Bajo are also often late) so make sure you don't book the boat trip for the day you are due to arrive as you might miss half a day

- book your boat and overland trip with teddyaimbal@yahoo.com. You can expect the prices to be around 3.5m rupiah for two people for 3 day boat trip and 4m rupiah for two people for a 4 day overland trip.

- getting our own boat is worth it, and getting your driver is also worth it so you can choose where to stop and what to see, and you will feel much safer on the crazy roads in a good car.

- if you can, bring a pillow and sleeping bag or a sleeping bag sheets and your own towel, it will make you much more comfortable in the not so glamorous hotels along the way.

- do get up for the sunrise at Kelimutu

1. Labuan Bajo

We flew from Bali to Labuan Bajo, booked directly from PT Wings/Lion Air (from Lion Air website - http://www2.lionair.co.id/) There are no problems paying with foreign credits cards as some other airlines seem to have based on other reviews. As far as airlines in Indonesia go, this was in pretty good and their fleet is very new.

We stayed first two nights in Bintang Flores Hotel. Rather than booking directly from the hotel I booked on www.agoda.com and paid only half the usual price.

One night in Labuan Bajo would have been enough though as there is not much to see. Bintang Flores hotel was great, good food, great service, great pool area and apart from the rock hard pillow very comfortable and clean.

Whilst in Labuan Bajo I would recommend going to the paradise sunset bar in the evening. Food was good and the view at sunset even better. They have live music some nights too.

2. Komodo Boat trip

We had our own boat for the two of us rather than share with any package tours and did 2 nights and 3 days on the boat going to Rinca, Komodo, Pink beach, Angel Island, etc. From talking to various agents, there seems to be a set itinerary that the captains are used to doing, but if you charter a private boat you can of course ask for any changes and skip the bits you are not interested in.

The boat was great, especially compared to some others that we saw along the way and it is clearly very well looked after. It was a local wooden boat and had a toilet/shower, a cabin with two beds, dining area, sundeck, kitchen and the crew area. We chose to sleep on the deck rather than the cabin and the crew made our beds on the deck each night on request. There is also electricity. We had a crew of three (captain, cook and general helper). All food was provided on the boat and the food was great every time. There were around 5 dishes at lunch and dinner, fruit smoothies, coffee and tea all the time, afternoon cakes and a tasty little breakfast. Water was provided but we brough on board our own soft drinks and alcohol.

We saw plenty of dragons both on Rinca and Komodo, went snorkelling in a number of places, saw manta rays, the flying bats etc. Snorkelling equipment was provided. The dragons on Komodo are bigger although there are more in Rinca, so I do think it was worth going to both. Bring some cash on the boat as you will need to pay to take a camera there.

For the 3 day boat trip we paid 3,5million rupiah (around US$350) for two people which included our own boat, all meals, water and fruit juices, snorkelling equipment, transfer to the boat and off the boat, and a crew of three. To me, that seemed good value.

We had originally booked the boat with Jeffry at Putri Komodo tours. However, we was slow at responding and on the day, it turned out that the engine had failed and he tried to find us another boat but it was all a bit of a shambles. In the meantime we contacted the guide, Teddy Aimbal who we had booked for our overland trip and he sorted us out with the boat within half an hour and sent the captain to meet us at the hotel. We paid 1m rupiah the day we booked and the rest once we got to the boat the next day. What was especially appreciated was that with other agents we had spent ages negotiating the boat prices to around 3m rupiah but Teddy just gave us the fair price to start with. He also followed up with the captain during the boat trip by phoning in to make sure everything was going well.

3. Overland to Maumere

After the boat trip we spent 4 days driving from Labuan Bajo to Maumere. We booked Teddy Aimbal as our guide (teddyaimbal@yahoo.com) and he sorted out the driver who was his friend. 4 days seemed a bit tight and for the driving distances I would recommend spending couple days more if you can. But it can be done in 4 days with just enough time for the main sightseeing spots. The driving time each day was around 5 hours on average. The longest day I think was 7 hours.

Labuan Bajo - Ruteng: In Ruteng we stayed at some new hotel and I can't remember the name but the guide can book it. It was clean and comfortable 3*. The nunnery, Santa Maria was also recommended to us but it was full that night. We stopped at the spiderweb ricefields along the way but as we set off quite late in the day there was not much time for other stops.

Ruteng - Bajawa: We stayed at Hotel Edelweis. It was ok for one night but no hot water and I wished I had brought a sleeping bag and my own pillow.... We had dinner across the road in a nice restaurant and then went to the hot springs where you can sit under a hot waterfall. During the day we also stopped at an arak distillery and some other spots.

Bajawa - Moni: We stayed at hotel Hidyah. It was so nasty I thought it was a joke when we arrived... All I can say is book early while there is still availability at the Moni Eco Lodge! We just booked so late that it was already full so had to choice. This day was probably the most beautiful scenery ever along the drive. However, it was close to the Kelimutu lakes so we managed to get to see sunrise over the lakes.

The prices for these hotels was around $25-35 per night and they were all booked for us by Teddy. No advance deposit was required, just pay on check out.

Moni - Maumere: We stayed at the Sea World Club at their ocean front suites. It was heaven after the less than luxurious hotels along the way and I wished we had more time there. Ask for the one with the four poster bed. http://www.sea-world-club.com/

I booked by emailing them directly and no deposit was asked before arrival.

Along the way we also stopped at a black sand beach, white sand beach, beach with green and blue stones, a traditional village, an arak distillery, lots of ricefields and a number of scenic stops. Having our own driver and guide was great as the trip was based on how we were feeling each day, so we could sleep in if we wanted to and pick the stops that we wanted to make from the recommendations the guide had.

We flew out from Maumere again on PT Wings, booked directly from website.

As reported by many the roads are crazy at times but we had a good driver and were never worried. The car was great and so comfortable you could just recline and nap if you wanted to. Food everywhere was great (we followed our guides recommendations for restaurants) and we had no problems with upset stomach or anything like that. People throughout the island are really friendly and helpful and I felt safer than I do in London. Having seen the local buses I would not recommend them. It is not that expensive and definitely worth the money.

We paid 4million rupiah for two people, which included private car and driver, guide, petrol, national park fees, and food and accommodation for the guide and driver. We paid half at the beginning of the trip and the second half on arrival to Maumere. No advance deposit was requested. Teddy was pretty quick in responding to our queries and booking things and was also contactable by mobile beforehand. I would recoomend him as a guide and for car ask for the "hunny bunny" car which was great. We were well looked after often until late at night but alway unobtrusively and sensibly, he had answers to pretty much any questions we came up with, handled hotels for us, knew all the best places to eat and made sure we got to try lot of Flores specialities and also cooked himself us the best meal we had all week when we got to Maumere.

Flore is an amazingly beautiful island and the only thinkg I would change about our trip would be to stay longer!

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23. Re: Flores to Rinca/Komodo Island

Hello,

I would like to share my successful experience of a Komodo tour. We booked a 3 night /4 day tour with Jeffrey Buana, the owner of Putri Komodo Tours (e-mail address mykomodo@yahoo.com) and were delighted.

We decided to stay two nights on the boat (with two cabins, bunk beds since there were 4 of us) and one night at Jakarta luxurious hotel.

The request was to send a 50% deposit after which we received a receipt. A week before our flight to Bali, Jeffrey sent us the flight tickets from Denpasar to Komodo and on the departure to Komodo day his assistant picked us up from the hotel in Bali to the airport. In Komodo Jeffrey waited for us at the airport to take to the boat. 4 people made up a boat crew. The weather was unfavourable -middle of March- rain and strong wind. The crew was very knowledgeable and responsible. Not everyone can handle a boat in such weather. We saw a similiar boat which sank early in the morning near Rinca just because their crew did not take necessary precautions and did not choose a safe place to anchor for the night. Because of the rain and strong wind our crew did not sleep all night to be able to control the situation should anything happened. We really appreciated that!

The food was superb. During our two-week stay in Bali the best food appeared to be on the boat! Still remember the smell of delicious freshly cooked fish or bananas in coat. Yammie!!!!

Because of the rain we were not able to see some places and do some activities on the itinerary ( for example, snorkel with manta ray). However, what we saw was really worth travelling! 3 dragons in Rinca and 6 dragons in Komodo!

On the eve of our departure Jeffrey took us to the best local restaurant in Flores. We had a very nice chat while dining. On the last day Jeffrey came to the airport to see us and treated us with coffee and cakes while we were waiting for the flight. After he had left, we heard the announcement about cancellation of our flight. We were really worried about the situation. To our joy, Jeffrey heard about the flight cancellation and returned to the airport to solve the problem.

Should we decide to book a tour to Flores or neighbouring islands again, we will definitely address Jeffrey.

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24. Re: Flores to Rinca/Komodo Island

you can take a boat to Rinca and komodo island started from Labuan Bajo harbour then you can stay for one night on the boat and stay for one more night in the hotel in Labuan Bajo. you can take your flight the day after to Bali

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25. Re: Flores to Rinca/Komodo Island

better you take 2days n 1nigt,so you can visiting rinca -komodo- snorkeling at pink beach- snorkeling at manta point. you will find me in labuan bajo. its my address: kalistoflores@gmail.com.

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26. Re: Flores to Rinca/Komodo Island

Hi We are going in February 14. Can you give me an idea of cost and the excursion you used please. There is only 2 of is and I have only been told we must hire boat and guides cannot join a another party. We were quoted $600 3 days . I thought that was very expensive. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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29. Re: Flores to Rinca/Komodo Island

We just returned from Flores as independent travellers. We were picked up by our hotel. Bay view Gardens.. Like you we only wanted one day but were so pleased to have stayed the night on the boat. We snorkelled with turtles, saw the best reefs ever ( and we live on the Great Barrier Reef Australia) we swam with maybe18 huge manta rays...oh yes saw the Komodos, even a baby one, wild buffalo, deer.... Our humble boat was called Armada. We slept on the deck which converted into a huge bed they prepared. Just us 4, It included L D B L cooked by the captain and fruit tea coffee and biscuits! 800000 each. No English from the crew but not necessary when a smile says a thousand words.

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30. Re: Flores to Rinca/Komodo Island

Do you know what the rate for this was and who you booked with

On line i am seeing rates of $185per person canadian arounr 2,000,000 irp

thanks