A trip to Flores’ famous frontier, Komodo National Park, is almost always equal with rugged adventure. How would it not? Komodo’s landscape, though extraordinarily beautiful, is dominated with jagged hills and underdeveloped paths. It got minimum infrastructure—which also for the sake of maintaining its “wildness”. With such condition, most travelers start to think that Komodo is only suitable for young-blooded adventurers. This is not true, however, as Komodo liveaboard sailing trip is now getting popular among senior citizens and kids as well.
Though appear to be be straight out of this wold, Komodo would actually make for great family holiday. The land, being so geographically distinct from other part of Indonesia, is full of unpredictable wilderness and unique flora and fauna species that surely attract the curious mind of children. It’s a great way to get kids to know nature better than any school book.
Just like any trip, the trip with Komodo liveaboard to this precious destination is full with plus and minus that you should put into consideration. Here are some things that you should think about before taking your kiddos into the trip.
Komodo Liveaboard Could be An Educational Purposes
If you are into Montessory learning method, you would know how impactful it is to learn something by having direct interaction with the subject of learning. Komodo provides very wide opportunity to learn everything about topography, environment, plants, and unique animal species such as Manta ray, giant bats, and the Komodo dragon themselves. The rare Pink Beach of Komodo would also be a great learning materials for kids (as well as adult, too!) of how shreds of red corals can give rose hues to the beach.
One of the main problem for most family who are travelling with Komodo liveaboard is the nausea attack. Some children are more sensitive to rocking motion of the ships—and sometimes their mothers too! Since the trip is almost inseparable with liveaboard sailing, you need to prepare some conter to keep nausea at bay. Aside from the standard nausea pills and bracelet, some essential oils like lemon and peppermint would also helpful to keep nausea at bay.
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Suitable Activities for Kids on Komodo Liveaboard
As good Komodo is for child’s education, it’s still a rough terrain that are not really kids friendly. If you plan to take your kiddos there, do a research regarding any activities that would be suitable for the kids. Most of the kids are capable enough for short hike and shallow snorkelling, which would be extra fun to do in Komodo. While adventurers teenagers would likely be enthusiastic for scuba diving safari or trekking with the dragon, the young ones might like to spend a day on the beach, playing with fishes in shallow shore (they are plenty!), or looking for birds.
Be careful though, some diving spots might be too dangerous for children under 15. Discuss with your Komodo liveaboard operator about kids-friendly spot and activities.