Sun, 02 Nov 2003

Getting there

The best option is to fly. Both Merpati and Pelita operate flights from Bali to Labuanbajo. It's best to book your flight at least 10 days ahead of time, and make sure that you reconfirm before leaving Flores.

Flights are around Rp 750,000 to Labuanbajo, and Rp 600,000 to Ende or Maumere, from Bali, one way.

There are also four-day backpacker-oriented boat trips that stop at the islands of Rinca and Komodo that can be arranged to or from Lombok for about Rp 450,000. Traveling overland from Bali is slow, takes about three arduous days and is about Rp 400,000.

Diving from Labuanbajo is about US$55/day (2 dives) including lunch and transport or $140 for six dives. Dive boats also operate in Komodo National Park for about $200/day.

-- Jock Paul