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Boat Trip to Komodo Islands – Day one at sea

Visiting Indonesia’s Komodo Island and seeing Komodo dragons in their natural habitat is on many a traveller’s bucket list. However, getting there on a budget isn’t exactly a quick and easy trip. We took a four day boat journey from Lombok to Flores, which resulted in an almost shipwreck and a few disasters before we finally made it to Komodo Island. 

You can read part one of our Komodo adventure here. 

After finally getting a board our home for the next few days, we were eager to set off on our journey.

Our boat was dazzling white and the crew kept telling us it was brand new.

Komodo Island Boat from Lombok to Flores - the traveloguer travel blog

We sat on the white bench wrapped around the side of the boat and took in our home for the next few days as the crew finished loading their supplies. 

The sleeping area was a low loft above the helm. We were relieved that there would only be six of us sleeping up there, rather than a full boat of 20 travellers. 

Once it was time to set off, we didn’t get off to the best start, as the boat almost crashed into the boat docked in front of us. The crew on both boats had to use long sticks to push the boats apart.

How to get to Komodo Islands from Lombok or Bali, Indonesia - Lombok to Flores - the traveloguer travel blog

As we slowly floated along Lombok’s coast, there was lots to see. The mainland was still close and we saw fishermen standing in the water, single drivers steering canoe-like vessels with engines, and bigger boats that dwarfed ours. 

Fisherman - boat from Lombok to Flores, Indonesia - the traveloguer travel blog

We later began to pass Sumbawa, a sprawling island in Nusa Tenggara. Nusa Tenggara is a cluster of Indonesian islands which stretch from Bali all the way to Australia.

Boat watching - Komodo Island boat trip from Lombok to Flores - the traveloguer

After a couple of hours at sea, we stopped near a tiny island. This was Gili Kondo, home to only a few fishermen and farmers. Gili Kondo looked like a paradise island. We jumped off the boat for a swim and some snorkelling. The captain kept telling us there were squids in the deep blue water, making me nervous despite my almost certainty that he was joking. He also said they had a tendency to grab you and pull you down, but to call him if it happened, as he had his harpoon!

Island off Lombok, Indonesia - Boat from Lombok to Flores - Komodo Island - the traveloguer travel blog

We covered more distance before we dropped anchor again for dinner. One of the crew passed a thin bottle of rice wine around. Dinner was tuna in a broth-like sauce with vegetables and noodles. There was a salad with lettuce and tofu and bananas for desert.

The guys started to play karaoke videos of local music up full blast, but none of us were really up for a karaoke session! We all hung out on the deck, reading and playing cards.

We were just about to go to bed just one of the guys told us to head up, as we were about to set off again. The engine roared to life just as our heads hit our thin blue matts which immediately began to vibrate.

The boat rocked soothingly and I looked out at the stars in the clear black sky as I struggled to fall asleep.

Boat from Lombok to Flores to get to Komodo Island- crew - the traveloguer travel blog

More on our Komodo Island boat trip next week.

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A four day boat trip to Komodo Island. Lombok to Flores 4 days, 6 travellers, 0 showers, 1 almost shipwreck, 2 engine breakdowns & many Komodo dragons The Traveloguer travel blog

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    Chris Lewis
    September 29, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Looks like an amazing trip, both for the cultural aspects as well as the visual too. The beauty of the area looks stunning!
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    Robin Masshole Mommy
    September 29, 2016 at 11:36 am

    That sounds like an amazing experience. I would love to take an adventure like this someday!

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    September 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    This looks like an awesome trip. One of these days, I will take a boat trip somewhere, as long as it involves fishing!
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    September 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I’d love to do a trip like this! I love to travel and explore the world, and this one is definitely on my list of places to visit.

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    September 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Wow! I love journeys like this! What an awesome experience to able to go an island that so few people ever get a chance to go to.

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    September 29, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    That sounds like a really fun trip. How cool to get to snorkel near the (almost) uninhabited island. What an experience.

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    Mimi Green
    September 30, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Even if he was only joking, I would have freaked out as well. I island experience sounds so cool yet relaxing. I’ve never been on a real boat and set out to sea. I must add it to my bucket list.

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    Gwendolyn Mulholland
    September 30, 2016 at 2:36 am

    This sounds like a fabulous trip even though I don’t think I could get in the water after hearing what the captain said. I can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip.

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    September 30, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Oh wow what fun, I haven’t been to an island before and thinking it would be a great time!

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    Rebecca Swenor
    September 30, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    It sounds like you had an interesting boat trip to Komodo Island for sure. I would love to go to Komodo Island some day. The boat trip and the stops sounded fun except for the almost wreck at the being. Thanks for sharing your interesting experience.

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    September 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Sounds like an interesting trip. the photos are lovely and really show what you saw, and how beautiful it looks! I am looking forward to more!

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    September 30, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    What an amazing trip! I love going to beautiful places and learning about the history of them! I am sure the pictures do not do it justice!

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    September 30, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    What a cool trip! I look forward to reading about the rest of it.

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    October 1, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Now this looks like a FUN boat trip!!! I would love to go to the Komodo Islands one day!

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    October 1, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    What an adventure! I had never really thought of Komodo Island but what a great place to visit. Glad you had a fun time after the rough start and despite the squid warnings. L)

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    October 1, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Looks like it was an interesting boat trip. I have always wanted to visit Komodo island. As i get so seasick I might have to fly instead of doing a boat trip there, but will read on and see how the rest of your trip was 🙂

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    October 1, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    What a unique experience! While I can’t say I’d jump in after the squid comments, I would love to see Komodo Island!

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    Carin Kilby Clark
    October 2, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    This looks like such a great experience. I’ve been on a boat for site seeing but not to just go out to sea. Definitely want to do that some day.

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    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    October 2, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Looks like you are having a wonderful Day one on your trip. I would be terrified of travelling by boat.

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    October 3, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Not so sure about the start almost running into another ship but the rest sounds awesome. Would love to experience Komodo and some of those islands sometime.
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    Lara Dunning
    October 3, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I’d love to see an island with komodo dragons, I’m not up for long excursions on boats as I get motion sick really, really easy. For someone who likes to travel being dealt those cards is a cruel twist of fate. Was the boat ride fairly smooth?

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    October 3, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I have always wanted to go to Komodo Island! The boat ride sounds like an adventure. Great shots as well!

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    October 3, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    when I went to Indonesia I only had time to visit Java & Bali, next time I’d love to do a trip like this!

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    October 4, 2016 at 3:52 am

    The Komodo islands are a source of fascination because of the unique species of the Komodo Dragon. The boat ride and the stopover at Gili Konda and the scuba diving is really the icing on the cake.

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    October 19, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Awesome place! It becomes more interesting when traveling using yachts. Great blog.

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    January 22, 2017 at 3:05 am

    It’s a great adventure. The photos made the island lovely.
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