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Somer Dive Komodo Liveaboard Budget Guide

How much does a liveaboard cost in Komodo National Park? This Komodo Liveaboard Budget Guide for Scuba Divers will answer that question for you, as well as what you should expect from each budget category.

We have analyzed the prices, inclusions, exclusions, and amenities of some of the most popular Komodo liveaboards (focusing on scuba diving activities) in 4 different budget categories:

  • Low Budget Liveaboards (<$300/night)
  • Mid-Range Liveaboards ($300-$400/night)
  • Semi-Luxury Liveaboards($400-$500/night)
  • Luxury & High-End Liveaboards (>$500/night)

Please note that some of the operators actually offer their liveaboards in other currencies (EUR & USD) and these rates are based on the exchange rates on April 2, 2018, so please check each operator’s official website for the latest rates.

 

Komodo Liveaboard Budget Overview

Before going into details, let’s go over a few common things that you have to know about liveaboard costs especially in Indonesia.

What’s always included in the price:

  • Full board accommodation (all meals, snacks, drinking water, coffee, and tea)
  • 2-4 guided dives per day
  • Weight belts, tank, air fills

What may or may not be included in the price:

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (wine and beer might be included in some high-end boats but it’s rare in Indonesia as alcohol is not cheap!)
  • Land-based activities or tours (such as Komodo trekking. Sometimes a small fee has to be paid cash onboard)
  • Park and port fees
  • Scuba diving courses, usually never included
  • Nitrox fills if available onboard
  • Equipment rental
  • Transfers from/to the airport/hotel
  • Single supplement: if you’re a solo traveler who would like to have a room to yourself, liveaboard operators will usually charge a fee

What’s almost never included:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Dive insurance (we really recommend that you get a good one!)

 

Apart from all that, guests are usually advised to give a gratuity to the crew as well. It is not mandatory, but the recommended amount of tip is usually around 10-15% of the price you pay per person.

Non-divers and kids usually receive a special rate or discount, but the amount varies between operators.

 

Low Budget Komodo Liveaboards (<$300/night)

For the low budget category, we are going to analyze 2 boats: the Amalia and Sokaraja.

Somer Dive Komodo Liveaboard Budget Guide: Low Budget - Amalia Somer Dive Komodo Liveaboard Budget Guide: Low Budget - Soka Raja
Left: The Amalia; Right: The Sokaraja 

Amalia Sokaraja
Pricing/night/pax From $271 for a 3-night trip From $175** for a trip of any length
Duration 3, 4, 5, 6 nights 3 & 4 nights
No. of Dives 2-4 dives/day 2-4 dives/day
Boat Length/Width 29m/5m 25m/5.20m
Divers:Guide Ratio 4:1 4:1
No. of Rooms/Divers 5 cabins for 10-11 divers 4 cabins for 10-12 divers
Room Types 1 x Family Room for 2-3 pax (shared bathroom), 2 x Standard Twin with 2x single beds for 2 pax (shared bathroom), 2 x Double En-suite Cabin for 2 pax (private bathroom). All rooms have windows and fans. 3 x Double Cabins for 2 pax, 1x Shared Cabin with bunk beds for up to 6 pax
Amenities Stand up paddle-board (free), indoor salon with a TV, library and books, photography bench, sun deck, open-air dining Indoor lounge with a flat-screen TV, sun deck, open-air dining, air-conditioning during the day
Inclusions Full board accommodation with all meals, snacks and soft drinks , guided dives according to itinerary, land excursions, full set of equipment, beach BBQ and sunset beach drinks Full board accommodation with all meals, snacks, water and coffee, guided dives according to itinerary, land excursions, full set of equipment, beach BBQ and sunset beach drinks
Exclusions Komodo National Park fees, Rinca entrance fee (for Komodo dragon trekking), transfers, alcoholic drinks Komodo National Park fees, Rinca entrance fee (for Komodo dragon trekking), transfers, beers & soft drinks

As you can see there are few key aspects with these two great boats that you will likely find with other boats in this budget category:

  • 4:1 divers to guide ratio – Actually this doesn’t only apply to Komodo liveaboards in this budget range, but also to most liveaboards in Indonesia. A low divers-to-guide ratio is important, especially in areas like Komodo where currents get quite strong. If you find a boat with a lower standard than this then you should skip it.
  • Intimate setting – boats in this budget range are usually smaller than more expensive boats. This provides a very intimate setting that allows you bond with your fellow divers on-board!
  • Shared room and shared bathroom – In this budget range it’s quite common to find shared rooms for more than 2 people to lower the costs. You might even find boats with no cabins at all!
  • No air-con – For this budget category, most of the time, you will have to make do with an electric fan. It’s also common to have electricity only during the day.
  • Short duration – Boats of this budget range usually offer shorter 2 or 3-night trips. Perfect for a short getaway in Komodo!

Generally speaking boats in this budget category tend to focus more on providing the best comfort with basic amenities besides, of course, diving safety. Don’t expect to have Nitrox, massage, or fancy cocktails on board.

Mid-Range Komodo Liveaboards ($300-$400/night)

On to the next category: mid-range Komodo liveaboards. We’ve picked the Cajoma IV and La Galigo to analyze.

Somer Dive Komodo Liveaboard Budget Guide: Mid-Range - Cajoma IV Somer Dive Komodo Liveaboard Budget Guide: Mid-Range - La Galigo
Left: The Cajoma IV; Right: La Galigo
 

Cajoma IV La Galigo
Pricing/night/pax From $315* for trips of any length From $300 for a 5-night trip
Duration 3 nights 5 & 7 nights
No. of Dives 2-4 dives/day 3-4 dives/day
Boat Length/Width 30m/6m 33m/7.85m
Divers:Guide Ratio 4:1 4:1
No. of Rooms/Divers 4 cabins for 8 divers 7 cabins for 14 divers
Room Types 1 x Master Cabin for 2 pax with a double bed & private balcony, 2x Double Cabins for 2 pax with a double bed, 1x Twin Cabin for 2 pax with 2 double beds (can be used for a family cabin for 4 pax) 1 x Suite Cabin with a double bed, private balcony and TV, 2 x Master Cabins with a double bed and sea view windows, 4x Double Cabins with either a double bed or 2 single beds
Amenities Private bathroom and air-conditioning for all cabins, 220v electricity all-day long, sun deck, indoor lounge, outdoor dining, jacuzzi, water activities, fishing gear, Available at an extra cost: 15L tanks, beers, wines and spirits on-board Private bathroom and air-conditioning for all cabins, 220v electricity all-day long, indoor lounge with a TV set, charging station. Available at an extra cost: Nitrox, 15L tanks, laundry, massage, beers, wines, and spirits on-board
Inclusions Full board accommodation with all meals, snacks, water, coffee and soft drinks, all guided dives, Komodo dragon tour, harbor fee, transfers from/to the harbor Full board accommodation with all meals, snacks, coffee and tea, tanks, weights, air fills and guided dives, transfers from/to harbor, land excursions
Exclusions Komodo National Park fees, equipment rental, alcoholic drinks Port, ranger and park fees, soft drinks and packaged snacks, Nitrox fills, equipment rental

Some common key aspects of this budget category, aside from the 4:1 divers-to-guide ratio which should be the minimum standard for any boats as previously explained:

  • Private bathroom & air-conditioning – In contrast to the low budget liveaboard boats, you should expect to have en-suite facilities, hot water, air-conditioning in all the cabins and the cabins are to be shared between 2 guests only.
  • All-day electricity should be within this price range.
  • Beers, wines, and cocktails are common to be found in this budget range.
  • Bigger boat – Boats in this price category tend to be bigger than the low budget boats. Usually > 30-meter long. This means either bigger rooms, more spacious common areas, or both (depending on the maximum number of guests on board).
  • Extra amenities – The boats may and may not have Nitrox, 15L tanks, massage, laundry on-board. Boats within this budget range usually offer some extras. Cajoma IV, for instance, may not have Nitrox or massage as La Galigo do but they have a jacuzzi and some interesting
  • More varied destinations – Although Cajoma IV only operates in Komodo, it’s common for liveaboards of this budget category to go to other popular destinations in Indonesia such as Raja Ampat and Sulawesi, which means they’re not always in Komodo all-year-long.

 

Semi-Luxury Komodo Liveaboards ($400-$500/night)

Now for this budget category, we have picked the Ambai and the Adelaar.

Somer Dive Komodo LIveaboard Budget Guide: Semi Luxury - Ambai Somer Dive Komodo LIveaboard Budget Guide: Semi Luxury - Adelaar
Left: The Ambai; Right: The Adelaar
 

Ambai Adelaar
Pricing/night/pax From $409 for an 8-night trip From $474 for a 10-night trip
Duration 8 & 9 nights 10 nights
No. of Dives 3-4 dives/day 3-4 dives/day
Boat Length/Width 32m/7.5m 38m/6m
Divers:Guide Ratio 4:1 4:1
No. of Rooms/Divers 8 cabins for 16 divers 4 cabins for 8 divers
Room Types 2 x Double Cabins with a double bed, 4 x Double/Twin Cabins with a double bed + single bunk (for 2 pax), 2 x Twin cabins, with 2 single bunk beds 3 x Double bed staterooms, 1 x Master Suite
Amenities Private bathroom and air-conditioning for all cabins, 220v electricity all-day long, indoor lounge with a TV set, 2 outdoor lounges, sun deck, camera room, 3 dive tenders, free Nitrox, water activities, land excursions. Available at an extra cost: 15L tanks, laundry service, massage, alcoholic drinks Private bathroom, A/C, TV and audio set in all cabins, 220v electricity all-day long, indoor lounge with TV set, cocktail bar, sun deck, dining room, kayaks, smoking area, land excursions Available at an extra cost: Nitrox, 15L tanks, laundry, alcoholic drinks
Inclusions Full board accommodation with all meals, snacks, coffee and tea, tanks, weights, air fills and guided dives, transfers from/to harbor, land excursions Full board accommodation with all meals, snacks, coffee and tea, tanks, weights, air fills and guided dives, transfers from/to harbor, land excursions
Exclusions Port and park fees, alcoholic beverages, equipment rental Port and park fees, alcoholic beverages, equipment rental, Nitrox

Surely the boats within this price range also offer the things that mid-range boats offer (all-day electricity, private bathroom, A/C, hot water and air conditioning) and more:

  • Laundry, massage, Nitrox, 15L tanks, as well as beers, wines, and spirits, are common and to be expected on-board. There’s usually an additional charge, but for the Ambai, Nitrox is free of charge.
  • More extras: Most boats in this price range take pride in their large dive deck and spacious camera area room. They usually also have larger dive tenders. After that, it’s more about the layout of the boat, the room, and the service they provide. Boats in this budget category usually have a higher number of crew members than boats of lower budget categories.
  • More destinations: Boats in this budget usually go to many different destinations throughout the year, such as Raja Ampat and Sulawesi and do not stay in Komodo National Park all-year-long.

 

Luxury & High-End Komodo Liveaboards (>$500/night) 

Arenui and Damai II are well-known boats in the luxury & high-end Komodo. Here’s our budget analysis:

Somer Dive Komodo Liveaboard Budget Guide: Luxury - Arenui Somer Dive Komodo Liveaboard Budget Guide: Luxury - Damai II

Left: The Arenui; Right: The Damai II 

Arenui Damai II
Pricing/night/pax From $610 for a 8-night trip From $610
Duration 8 & 11 nights 6, 7+ nights
No. of Dives 3-4 dives/day 3-4 dives/day
Boat Length/Width 43m/9m 40m/9m
Divers:Guide Ratio 4:1 4:1
No. of Rooms/Divers 8 cabins for 16 divers 7 cabins for 14 divers
Room Types 2 x Master Suites with sea view and private balcony, 4x Deluxe Cabins with a double bed and sofa or single bed & 2x Deluxe Cabins with single beds 4 x Deluxe Cabins with a double bed + single bed, 2x Master Cabins with a king bed + day bed and private balcony, 1 x Deluxe Double Cabin with a double or twin bed(s)
Amenities Private bathroom, air-conditioning and TV for all cabins, 220v electricity all-day long, indoor resto/lounge with a TV set, outdoor restaurant and bar, sun deck, iMac station and charging stations, kayaks, land excursions. Available at an extra cost: 15L tanks, laundry service, massage, alcoholic drinks, equipment rental Private bathroom, air-conditioning and TV for all cabins, 220v electricity all-day long, indoor resto/lounge with a TV set, camera room, kayaks, land excursions. Available at an extra cost: 15L tanks, laundry service, massage, alcoholic drinks, equipment rental
Inclusions Full board accommodation with all meals, snacks, coffee and tea, tanks, weights, air fills and guided dives, transfers from/to harbor, land excursions Full board accommodation with all meals, snacks, coffee and tea, tanks, weights, air fills and guided dives, transfers from/to harbor, land excursions
Exclusions Port and park fees, alcoholic beverages, equipment rental, Nitrox Port and park fees, alcoholic beverages, equipment rental, Nitrox

Needless to say, these high-end boats offer almost all the things that the semi-luxury Komodo liveaboards do (private bathroom, hot water, air-conditioning, camera room and Nitrox are of course commonly offered) and take it even further:

  • More spacious & luxurious cabins  – Cabins on the high-end boats are usually at least 20 sqm. Some even offer cabins that measure 40 sqm+. It’s common quite common to have a TV in every cabin and a private balcony in the Master Suite.
  • Even more space in general – The boats are usually very sizeable in this price range, measuring at least 40-meter long for around 12-16 divers. Besides having bigger rooms it’s quite common for these boats to offer larger lounge areas and an extra outdoor dining area.

Basically, these liveaboards try to recreate the comfort and high standards of a 5-star hotel on a boat. If that’s your idea of a perfect vacation, well..you now know the budget you have to prepare!

 

By now, you should have a clear estimation of your Komodo liveaboard budget, depending on your travel preferences, and what you can expect for what you pay. If you happen to be drawn towards the lower budget liveaboard, don’t forget to check out the Sokaraja liveaboard or drop us an email.

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