You have long heard about Komodo National Park for so long. You have spread the stories to your friends; pictures of vast body of blue water, savannah hills, scaly dragons, and the bright marine world—and successfully persuade them to go on a trip with you. Because happiness is only meant when shared and so does vacationing in Komodo. You cannot wait to sail the liveaboard Labuan Bajo with your bestie—sunbathing in the deck, exploring the exotic lands, roaming undisturbed beaches, and dive together under the blue sea.
But we all know making plans with friends could be a bit of headache. Especially when you are the one who arrange everything. There will always be too much thing to handle and other dozens things to consider from different perspectives. Here, we want to help you arranging a liveaboard trip with friends in frontier Komodo that would bring happiness on everyone’s face.
Set the Budget
Money would always be an important and sensitive issue. Better set the budget early on before setting any expectation. Ask your friends to be open about their budget; how much they are willing to pay. Make sure that the budget could cover accommodation, food, entertainment, and the cost of between travel.
Decide Length of the Trip
The length of the trip would closely follow budget arrangement. Remember, the longer the trip is, the more expensive it would be. Also, consider the best travelling duration for your group. How much days is enjoyable? Is a 7 days trip too long? Would 3D2N trip be enough for everyone?
Determine Destinations Candidate and Let Others Vote
It would need years to let your friends choose itineraries from dozens of destinations in Komodo. If you know your friends well, prepare several destination candidates that you think would suits the personalities most of your friends. Then, arrange a voting and choose destinations with most votes.
Browse Liveaboard Labuan Bajo to Suit Group Travel
Here’s the best thing of travelling with liveaboard Labuan Bajo. You only need to pay one price that would cover the accommodation, transportation, and meals for the whole Komodo trip. Look for liveaboard that suits the group’s budget.
Charter one boat and split the cost or join an open trip?
Depend on the budget and the member of the group, there’s two alternatives on booking the boat. First, you can take slots in open-trip liveaboard according to the amount of members on your groups. If you are only travelling with 3-4 people, this option would be the cheapest and most effective. The downside is, you cannot curate the itinerary.
The other alternative is chartering a Komodo yacht or the phinisi for a predetermined period of time. This option is definitely more expensive, but it’s more effective for large group that need a lot of space and privacy. Also, you can arrange the itinerary according to your group’s wish.
Follow Liveaboard Operators’ Itinerary
If none of you know the Komodo that well, probably you can consider to let the crew of Liveaboard Labuan Bajo arrange it for you. Give them your group’s detailed preferences and they would be happy to tailor an amazing, well-balanced trip for you!
Download Money-Sharing Apps
This is critical. Expenses on Komodo holiday would not only be the liveaboard and the planes to get there. You should also consider the cost of spending a night in hostels, meals, and entertainment costs in between the trip. Having a money sharing-apps would make it easier for your group to track and share expenses before and during the trip. It makes clear who owes whom and how much is owed—and everyone could “send the bill” without any hard feeling.