So you have pinned the raw and wild Komodo National Park for your next solo trip destination? This Indonesian frontier has been rising as the next “It” thing amongst travelers alike for its exceptional terrestrial beauty, stunning aquatic life, and of course, the legendary Komodo Dragons—the lasts of prehistoric beasts who live only in this region. Given to the KNP’s landscape, sailing trip with liveaboard boats and cruises are hugely popular, even for those who are wandering alone! Here, we have solid reasons why Komodo cruise is perfect for solo travelling.
The Social Accommodation
When you have done a lot of solo travelling, you know how much accommodation could impact on your trip. A boring, lonely trip could improve so much just by finding lively crowds on your traveler hostels. For solo travelers, accommodation is one way to meet other travelers and share exciting stories. The Komodo cruise is a perfect place for that. The cabins are decent and in par with hotel-standard, yet accommodate for the social interaction solo travelers need. All cabins in any boats and cruises in Komodo features either bunkbeds or double beds—some even squeeze additional single beds for the family/ group room. That means, as a solo traveler, you will be paired up with other passenger that could be your closest buddy during the adventure.
The Safety of Guided Tours
Ah, we all know the reputation of guided tours on solo travelling. Whenever you open the TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet, they will always advice you to try exploring by your own. But we gotta remind you, that here in Komodo, solo exploration is neither the safest not the best option. Out of Labuan Bajo, the islands within KNP are totally wild; minimum infrastructure, zero electricity, and limited fresh water. Also, there’s still the merciless Komodo dragons roaming in the wild. Wandering alone in KNP is not the wisest decision, if you asked us.
On a side note, almost all cruise and liveaboard of Komodo sell all-inclusive trip with pre-packaged itinerary, and that would be your best option. Well, unless you want to book the whole cruise and arrange your own itinerary! Most of the cruise also provides dive master, which for us is a good deal.
Lots of Friends to Help Your Photos
One of the struggles of travelling alone is taking photos! Hardly any photos of the trip are not selfie-taken or simple portrait from tripod. But in Komodo cruise, you would take the trip together with likeminded people who, mostly, would be willing to help you take one or two awesome photos. And when they are not available, you can always rely on the boat’s crew!
Budget Certainty on Komodo Cruise
Depend on the situation, sometimes solo travelling could save a fortune, while in other times it could be more expensive than travelling with a partner or groups. But one thing we love in Komodo cruise is their simple budgetary. Usually, boat tours in Komodo offers fixed price per slot per person—so you essentially pay the slot for yourself. For one price, you’ve paid for transportation, lodging, and meals. You only need to add the KNP entry fee (per person) and park ranger fee (per group). As long as you don’t take the “single supplements”, your budget would be safe.