Komodo yacht charter
With so many islands in Indonesia to choose from and explore, Bali is probably the first island that springs to mind for a visit or a private yacht charter. Bali is known for its unique culture in Indonesia and its long history as a tourist destination. However, the Komodo Islands, part of the East Nusa Tenggara region of Indonesia, is a more untouched destination to go sailing and cruising on holiday. Due to the unique geographical position of the Komodo Islands, you can explore it by sailing directly from its gateway town of Labuan Bajo or choose a yacht charter in Komodo from Bali or Lombok. Getting to Komodo National Park is most accessible from the town of Labuan Bajo at the western end of Flores is the easiest and also from Bima on Sumbawa island. These two airports have domestic flight connections to international airports in Bali and Lombok. There are several daily flights from Bali and Jakarta to Labuan Bajo.
Why charter a yacht in Komodo?
The name ‘Komodo’ should echo distantly in your mind as an exotic location famous for Komodo Dragons, the largest lizards on earth. Visiting the dragons is a must-do while in Komodo Islands on a private yacht charter. Komodo dragons measure up to three metres and weigh around 150 kilos. Other fun activities around Komodo island include hiking to the peak of Padar Island to enjoy a stunning view of three beaches, all with different colours. Yes, just try swimming on Komodo Pink Beach. Underwater Komodo has excellent scuba diving throughout the Komodo National Park. You can snorkel with manta rays in Taka Makassar and turtles in Siaba and Tatawa islands. With 29 islands in Komodo National Park, there’s so much to discover apart from Komodo dragons.
What are yacht charter prices in Komodo?
Komodo yacht charter is available in Labuan Bajo, and also Bali and Lombok. A skippered yacht with crew for you and your friends starts from around 4,000 USD for a week. Look out for some world-class Komodo yacht charter options from Bali with prices up to 100,000 USD for a week yacht charter across Komodo Islands. Charter a catamaran in Labuan Bajo and expect to pay around 300 USD per hour, or 900 USD for a day on a motor yacht, but do you only want to spend a few hours on your charter yacht? Lombok is another option where you can charter a traditional Indonesian yacht to Komodo for 1,500 for a day.
When is the yachting season in Komodo?
Yacht charter season in Komodo spans most of the year. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to Komodo, stay there, and choose the time of year that suits you best. July, August, and September are the best months to sail your charter yacht in Komodo with winds averaging 15-20 knots. From June until October, the high season in Komodo has pleasant winds blowing from the South East. It will be hot and sunny during the daytime and cool at night time. Low season in Komodo runs from November until April, and you may experience similar temperatures but with rougher seas and more frequent and heavier rainfall. Note how Komodo National Park changes color from arid to green as the seasons change.
Komodo yacht charter for a day
Komodo National Park covers a surprisingly large area and encompasses 29 notable islands. It is essential, both for your enjoyment and safety, that your skipper and crew know the area well. The moment you leave Labuan Bajo by charter yacht, you will experience the vast expanses of breathtaking scenery to explore without the crowds. Komodo National Park is well managed and monitored. The rangers are very friendly and knowledgeable about the park and the environment. You can encounter Komodo dragons on Komodo Island and Rinca Island, offering splendid trekking guided by park rangers.
If you want to charter a yacht in Komodo for a day, we recommend heading South. The West Coast of Flores and the East coast of Rinca Island features high cliffs with large fjord-like bays. These provide excellent protected anchorages. Away from these haven bays, currents can run at high speeds that create standing waves, whirlpools, and other wonders. Rising rocky headlands riddled with caves mask these protected bays and inside their cover are hundreds of tiny white, sandy beaches, leading to arid grasslands with fan palms whistling in the wind. Don't forget to take a kayak on your day yacht charter in Komodo. It's one of the best ways to view the wildlife in this area and enjoy the superb walking on land.
Komodo yacht charter overnight
Why not stretch your day trip to Rinca Island and stay overnight on your charter yacht from Labuan Bajo. You will be able to enjoy the sunsets and the early sunrise on board. At the Southern end of Rinca island lies an ancient, flooded volcanic crater open to the ocean. An amazing feat of nature still visible in this day and age. The island of Nusa Kode at the center of this wonder of nature and entering in is dramatic, with cliffs rising to 400 meters overlooking both sides. This is a superb area with a perfectly protected anchorage off the front of a white sand beach frequented by Komodo Dragons. Nusa Kode has first-class diving and snorkeling with dreamy clear waters and large numbers of rays and other sea life. So drop your anchor overnight and make the most of your two days in this wondrous natural environment.
Komodo yacht charter for a week
When taking the Komodo yacht charter for a week, head west towards Pulau Padar that lies in the channel between Rinca and Komodo islands. Besides a jaw-dropping peak to climb on Padar Island, there are several easy and safe anchorages with great beaches and excellent wall diving. Further downwind at the southern end of Komodo Island, you can see wild natural features with rock pinnacles above and below the water.
This southern part of Komodo National Park can experience dramatic changes in water temperature as the warm waters of the Flores Sea pour South through the Sape Strait. Here is a terrific opportunity to dive with manta rays in a place called Manta Alley. Overhead you will see birds of prey hovering as they hunt or fish, and on the untouched beaches, wild boar, monkeys, and deer can be seen in the early mornings and the evenings.
Many local yacht charter experts recommend 4-10 days for a charter in Komodo National Park with four days as the minimum and seven day charter giving you the most time and freedom to explore all that Komodo has to offer. Stretch your yacht charter to 10 days or more and explore West of Komodo Island, outside of the Komodo National Park. This peninsula is mostly unpopulated and has spectacular scenery.
North and East of Komodo the coast of Northern Flores are spectacularly beautiful with superb beaches, great snorkeling, and diving, cultural visits to primitive hill tribes and magnificent volcanoes, and mountains. To the south lies the southern coastline of Sumbawa and Sumba that offer fantastic empty beaches. When you take a yacht charter for a week in Komodo, you can try it all.
Wedding yacht charter in Komodo
Exchange vows with the beautiful sceneries of Komodo National Park, under the glamorous stars on the Komodo Island internationally renowned as the home to prehistoric dragons (Komodo Dragons). The magnificent deck, exquisite cuisines, live bands to colorful flower and ocean voyage exhibits a Hollywood-movie like vibe, exclusively for your wedding. Guaranteed to host one of the most beautiful photoshoots for weddings, Labuan Bajo is a perfect destination for a wedding yacht charter in Komodo Islands.