How to get there
The Dunia Baru, www.duniabaru.com, carries 14 guests in palatial comfort and boasts a fully equipped dive centre and other watersports gear. Whole-ship charters – with 18 crew, food, fuel, diving and all running costs – start from US$13,170 per day. Many other liveaboards offer Komodo itineraries, some including diving as well as visits onshore. Secret Retreats offers cruises on the Nyaman Boat, www.secret-retreats.com, from US$400 per person per night, including dives, trekking with dragons (on Komodo and Rinca) and other watersports. Backyard Travel, www.backyardtravel.com, offers a seven-day ‘Walk on the Wild Side: Flores and Komodo’ tour from US$1,379 per person. There are also numerous day-boats that visit the islands from Labuan Bajo on Flores, starting from under US$100 per day.