I'm planning to go and see Komodo dragons. I fly to Bali. Does anyone have a good suggestion on how to get from Bali to Komodo? How long time would it take by ferry? Or should I fly? I have 5 days in total for Bali and Komodo and have quite tight budget.
Try peramatour.com OR
fly Denpasar to Laubanbajo on Flores and try to catch ferry to Komodo then fly back to Bali from Flores.
Bussing through Lombok and Sumbawa would take quite a while, let alone the return from Komodo to Bali.
Found these notes on a travelblog -
We flew into Laubanbajo, Flores Island, Indonesia to cut the grueling over land and sea trip in half.
We walked down to the pier and made a deal with a fisherman to take us out to Rinca Island, a smaller, more remote island than Komodo. We teamed up with a young doctor from Sweden, a Kiwi relief worker from East Timor, and two Brits to set off early on the 2 hour boat ride. There were hundreds of Komodo dragons on this small arid island and the first thing we saw was a dragon down by the pier.
If you manage it, post a blog as I wanna get there in the next few years.
I flew from Denpasar to Labuanbajo, Flores. I think it took just over an hour. Unfortunately i can't remember the price. It should be easy to get a boat from there to Rinca or Komodo (or both). I stayed on a small boat overnight which was good and visited both islands. There are a couple of cheap guest houses right near the harbour in Labuanbajo as well that are ok. If you are on a tight budget then you will need good negotiation skills, unless you can hook up with people.