For many people traveling in Indonesia, visiting Flores and the Komodo Islands is a top bucket-list item. In my opinion, taking the Komodo boat trip from Lombok over 4 days and 3 nights is one of the best ways to experience this incredible slice of Indonesia.
This guide will answer all your questions about the Lombok to Flores boat trip, as well as those for the reverse trip.
Video from the Lombok to Komodo Island Trip
Here are a few clips I put together from this epic journey!
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How to Get to Komodo Island? – Is a 4-Day Boat Trip the Best Option?
If it’s your first time researching Komodo and how to get to Komodo Island, then you might be understandably confused about where to actually go.
The gateway to the Komodo Islands is a small harbor city known as Labuan Bajo. If you’re taking the 4 Day and 3 Night Komodo boat trip from Lombok, this is where you will finish.
If you’re looking to experience the best of the Komodo Islands and National Parks, taking a Komodo boat trip from Lombok is going to be one of your best options. Here’s a list of reasons why:
- Shorter, 2-Day Boat trips from Labuan Bajo run at almost the same price!
- You’ll save money on flights
- You’ll get to experience other highlights on the way, including Moyo Island
- The boat stops at all the Komodo Island highlights, including Padar Island and Rinca Island
- All National Park fees are included! – This is a big one, costs can run over $50 USD for just the entry tickets
Alternative Option for How to Get to Komodo Island
If you’d rather fly straight to Flores or Komodo, then it’s also possible to grab a cheap domestic flight to Labuan Bajo (also known as Komodo airport – LBJ). There are flights connecting daily to Denpasar in Bali. You can compare cheap flights to Komodo airport here.
As you might already know, it’s also possible to do the reverse trip, from Labuan Bajo to Komodo, which covers the same boat itinerary in reverse. If you plan to do this, then I’d recommend booking a flight to Labuan Bajo.
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Booking a Komodo Boat Trip From Lombok
There are two main operators than run boat trips from Lombok to Komodo Island or Flores. After doing a little bit of local research, I found that Wanua Adventures is the best value and have the best, safest fleet of boats. I booked my trip with Feel Lombok, who organized everything for me including accommodation pickup for the exact same price as you’d get at the ticket office.
Note I’m not being paid to advertise for Wanua Adventures. I’m simply recommending them based on my personal experience.
How Much Does the Boat Trip Cost?
The Komodo bat trip from Lombok costs 2.8 Million Rupiah per person for deck class. I thought this was excellent value, as the trip is all-inclusive and includes everything for 4 days and 3 nights.
You could pay a little more to get your own cabin. However, I’d recommend just getting the deck class because the cabins can get hot and noisy since they’re closer to the engine, which will run all night.
What’s Included on the boat?
Here’s a list of what’s included for the Wanua 4-Days and 3 Nights Boat trip from Lombok to Komodo Island (Flores).
- Accommodation pick up from anywhere in Lombok
- Deck bedding with a pillow and blanket for 3 nights
- All meals, typically Indonesian style food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Snacks, unlimited coffee, and tea
- Unlimited fresh drinking water (they give you a free reusable drink bottle to minimize plastic waste)
- Lockers for small bags and valuable items
- Snorkels and masks
- All relevant National Park Entry Tickets
- Hiking guides to spot Komodo Dragons on Komodo and Rinca Islands
What’s Not Included?
As you can see, you get pretty much everything you’ll need on a 4-day sailing trip to Komodo. The only thing that you might want to bring is some beers or wine. The guys can organize large Bintangs for 50 000 each when you arrive at the departure meeting location.
How Often do Boats Run from Lombok to Komodo and Reverse?
The Wanua Adventures 4 days and 3 nights Lombok to Komodo boat trip departs every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. If you’re planning the reverse trip from Labuan Bajo to Lombok, then boats leave every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
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Komodo Boat Trip From Lombok Itinerary
Here is the full Komodo boat trip from Lombok itinerary by the Wanua Adventures tour to help you understand what you might expect on the trip.
I’ll do my best to give an accurate recap of my entire experience. However, unfortunately, we experienced some engine troubles on the second day, so the trip had to be extended. This wasn’t a problem for me personally since we were still able to go on all of the adventures. Regardless, although that my itinerary was a little different from the one below, I’ve written the standard Komodo boat trip from Lombok itinerary to help you understand what to expect.
Day 1 – Depart from Lombok – Kenawa Island
Depending on where you’re staying in Lombok, there will be a minibus organized to pick you up between 7:00 and 8:00 AM. From here, you will be dropped at the meeting point in Ampenan, which is the old city near the Pier just north of Mataram.
Here, you’ll be given a quick briefing, settle any unpaid debts, and have the opportunity to organize any beers or wine you might want to bring with you.
Lombok Kayangan to Kenawa Island (Palau Kenawa)
After everyone has met at the Ampanan meeting point, another minibus will make the 2-hour journey to the harbor on the East side of Lombok Island. Once we arrived, we were immediately greeted with fresh fruit and loosened the docking ropes for the short journey towards Kenawa Island (Palau Kenawa).
Kenawa Island Sunset Viewpoint
The first anchorage location on the Lombok to Komodo boat trip is Kenawa Island. This is a small island with surrounding white beaches and a small hill from where to watch sunset.
We all climbed to the top and watched the first sunset slip away behind the distant Lombok horizon. This was a great time to snap some shots and an opportunity to meet your fellow crewmates.
After sunset, we again boarded and set course for Bola Island, where we would lay anchor and sleep for the night.
Day 2 – Bola Island to Moyo Island
Since it’s a little bit of a stretch to get to Moyo Island from Bola Island, the captain turns the engine on before sunrise. This might be a little bit of a rude awakening, especially for those sleeping in cabin class, since they’re right next to the engine room. For this reason, choosing deck class is a much better option.
Morning Dolphin Greetings
We awoke to the first ocean sunrise by the captain calling out for a pod of dolphins. We sipped coffee, watching the dolphins splash and play in the golden Indonesian seas.
After an unlimited portion of banana pancakes, we arrived at Moyo Island. We were surprised to see that the vegetation was completely different from what we’d seen in Lombok prior. The trees were greener and reminded us more of an Australian island landscape.
The first item on the Moyo Island agenda was to take a short jungle hike to Moyo Waterfall, also known as Air Terjun Moyo. While the main waterfall wasn’t flowing at maximum potential due to the season, it wasn’t completely dried up and still had a decent trickle.
Moyo Waterfall Tree Jump
During the dry season, the main attraction at Moyo Waterfall is actually not the waterfall itself. The team guided us up the waterfall and into a small jungle clearing with a narrow but deep freshwater pool.
From here we took turns jumping from the highest trees directly above the waterhole.
Snorkeling at Moyo Island
After the morning waterfall trek, it was time to get our masks and fins on for the first snorkeling opportunity of the Lombok to Komodo boat trip.
The waters surrounding Moyo Island are pristine with healthy coral reef and schools of fish.
Following the snorkeling trip, we ate a plentiful lunch and bunkered in for the long stretch from Moyo to Komodo National Park.
Long Stretch to Komodo – 18 Hours Sailing
Since you’ll be covering a large stretch of water from Moyo Island to Komodo National Park, the next 18 hours will be spent on board the boat. While there isn’t much to do during this time, it’s an essential part of the journey to Komodo from Lombok.
As I mentioned earlier, we experienced some engine troubles at the start of this section and were forced to anchor at a nearby island known as Satonda Island as we waited for a replacement boat. For us, this wasn’t a big deal. We spent the rest of the afternoon jumping from the boat into the crystal clear waters and swapped boats later in the evening.
We were told that this long stretch of ocean is susceptible to rough seas and strong wind. However, we had flat seas the entire trip in October. If you’re a little seasick, the crew stock seasick tablets to help with symptoms.
Day 3 – Komodo Island, Pink Beach and Long Beach (Pantai Namo)
Finally, after a long stretch at sea, you’ll finally arrive in Komodo National Park. The first item on the agenda is to visit the famous Komodo Island to see the Komodo Dragons.
Included in the trip price is a guided hike around Komodo Island to spot some wild Komodo Dragons. Our guide was super informative and spotted a couple of small dragons on the trail. After the hike, we were taken to the restaurant were we spotted some absolute monsters!
Do the Komodo Restaurants Feed the Komodo Dragons? Updated Info 2019
Like me, you might initially assume that the restaurant on Komodo Island feeds the dragons to keep them coming back. However, I sought out some local knowledge into the matter to see if it was true.
It’s true that the Komodo dragons were being fed up until 2009. However, this was stopped with the introduction of a new conservation law. The introduction of this law is strictly enforced by the national parks, who are responsible for protecting the dragons.
It’s important to remember that Komodo dragons are large reptiles, and therefore need to minimize movement throughout the day to conserve energy. They are drawn to the restaurant by the smell of food. However, dragons only actually eat once a month, therefore you’ll just find them lazing around rather than hunting most of the time.
The Komodo dragons need to rely on their natural hunting behaviors in order to get food on Komodo Island.
Pink Beach Komodo Island
Pink Beach is one of the most famous beaches on Komodo Island. It’s known for the naturally pink sand, incredible snorkeling, and turquoise water.
My tip for Pink Beach is to snorkel out roughly 150 meters from the shore. Here, you’ll find a steep reef wall with incredible coral and marine life.
Long Beach Komodo Island
The last activity on Day 3 of the Komodo boat trip from Lombok is a stop at Long Beach. This is also known as Pantai Namo, and as its name suggests, it’s a long stretch of beach on Komodo Island. What you might not know is that this beach is also technically another “Pink Beach”. In fact, our opinion was that this beach was actually “pinker” than Pink Beach.
Regardless, this stop is another great opportunity to do some snorkeling. We spotted several turtles and even a reef shark!
After all that snorkeling, the boat anchors outside of Padar Island in preparation for the epic sunrise trek in the morning.
Day 4 – Padar Sunrise Hike, Rinca Island, Kelor Island, and Labuan Bajo
Day 4 of the Komodo Island boat trip from Lombok is arguably the most epic.
Padar Island Sunrise Hike
You’ll be woken up early by the crew to begin the short but epic sunrise hike to the top of Padar Island viewpoint. If you google “Komodo” this is the photo that you’ll probably see first. It’s the iconic line of jagged mountains on mountains edged by sandy beaches of every color.
The hike doesn’t take more than 20 minutes and there is a newly constructed pathway that makes it an easy walk. The views from the top of Padar Island was one of the most incredible sights I’d ever seen, which makes up for how crowded it can get.
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Since you’re in Komodo National Park, you get double the chance to see wild Komodo dragons. This time, the boat stops at Rinca Island, which is much smaller than Komodo. Again, you’ll have a hiking guide included in the initial price, who will guide you to see the dragon nesting sites and resting Komodos.
The final stop of the epic boat trip from Lombok to Komodo Island is Kelor Island for sunset. Unfortunately, due to the engine complications, we cruised past this island and didn’t have time to stop.
However, we still saw some of the famous bats who make the nightly flight from the island and block out the setting sun with their sheer numbers.
Labuan Bajo, Flores
And just like that, the trip comes to an end at the main port of Labuan Bajo, the harbor capital of West Manggarai Regency of the island of Flores. We said our goodbyes and after checking into our hostel, met up at the Paradise Bar. This is a popular Reggae Bar overlooking the harbor.
Wanua Adventures Komodo Trip Review
As you can probably tell by the itinerary, I was really impressed with the trip. If you read my other travel guides and blogs, you’ll know that I don’t usually choose guided, multi-day trips. However, I’m personally stoked that I decided to hop on the Wanua Adventures Komodo Island boat trip.
In terms of a Wanua Adventures Komodo trip review, I’d give it a 5/5 simply for the value. Once I arrived in Labuan Bajo, I tried to compare boat trips and island hopping trips and found that 2-day trips cost just as much, with fewer stops.
Although we experieced some boat issues, I was astounded by how quickly a local company organized a replacement boat.
Tips to Make the Most of the Lombok to Komodo Boat Trip
If you’re already considering or planning to jump on board a Komodo boat trip from Lombok, then you might benefit from these quick tips.
- If you plan to have some beers, organize them before-hand. You won’t be able to buy any onboard once the boat has left Lombok
- If you have them, bring fins. You’ll only be given snorkels and a mask
- Bring reef-safe sunscreen, you’ll be in the sun for the majority of the trip
- Bring a dry-bag to keep your things dry on the beach and the boat
- Book a hostel or hotel for when you arrive in Labuan Bajo in advance. Check out or book the Seaesta Hostel after the Komodo boat trip from Lombok – this is the most epic hostel in Indonesia!
Labuan Bajo Flores – Where to Stay
More than likely, you’ll be dropped at Labuan Bajo a little after sunset. For this reason, it’s probably best to book your accommodation for the fourth night before departing on the Komodo boat trip from Lombok. Here’s a list of the best options.
WHERE I STAYED: CIAO HOSTEL
In terms of hostels, this is one of the best that I’ve found in Indonesia. Everything is super clean, it includes free transport to the airport or into town and sits on the hill above Labuan Bajo. In my opinion, the sunset view from the balcony is well worth the money.
BEST HOSTEL IN INDONESIA – SEAESTA HOSTEL
Even if you’re not staying here, visiting Seaesta Hostel is a must in Labuan Bajo. This place is insane! It has an incredible rooftop bar and pool, a fully airconditioned gym and super comfortable bunks with thick mattresses. Although we didn’t stay here, we chose to spend a lot of time here chilling by the pool or working.
CHEAP DOUBLE BUNK – SIOLA HOTEL
My second accommodation in Labuan Bajo was the Siola Hotel. This one is super basic and caters more for budget travelers. If you’re a couple, this is the cheapest double bed you can find in Labuan Bajo. For $9, you’lll get a double bed right next to the night market and harbor, free breakfast and a private bunk with bamboo door.
Travel Insurance for the 4 Day Boat Trip To Komodo and Flores
Although it’s not something that’s super fun to talk about, the reality of traveling in South East Asia is that anything can happen. One of the only companies that I know of that will cover the Komodo Island trip from Lombok is World Nomads.
I always purchase travel insurance from WorldNomads.com, since I believe that they are the best for adventure travelers. It includes cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities, including boat trips.
More Epic Photos of The Komodo Boat Trip From Lombok
Are you considering a Komodo boat trip from Lombok or vice-versa? If you have any questions, shoot them through. For now, enjoy some more epic photos from our Komodo trip!
For now, here are some more photos of my boat trip from Lombok to Komodo Island.