How Much Cash You Need to Go on That Epic Adventure
The wanderlust life doesn’t come cheap. We break down the costs of four epic adventures, so you can start planning ahead (and saving!). You’re welcome.
Diving in Komodo Island, Indonesia
Dubbed as Indonesia’s next eco-travel hotspot, Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of three main islands located east of Bali: Komodo Island, Rinca Island and Padar Island. The currents here are strong (which keeps the water nutritious and the reef alive, and also lures big ocean shes), so it’s recommended for experienced divers. No diving experience? Don’t worry, there are many diving schools here where you can get your Open Water diving certification.
Air tickets: $250 - $400
There are no direct flights from Singapore to Komodo Island. The easiest way to get there is to fly to Bali and then take a domestic flight to Komodo Airport, which is near the town of Labuan Bajo.
Accommodation: $20 - $250/night
There aren’t many hotels in the park, so most travellers usually make Labuan Bajo their base and then travel out to the surrounding islands.
Fees: $20 - $30
All visitors will have to pay an entrance fee for conservation purposes and a local area tax. There’s also a general diving fee for any dives made in the park.
Food: $100 - $300
There are heaps of good and affordable food options. There’s both local and Western fare – which should suit most Singaporeans just fine. Remember to bring snacks on board with you in case you need something to munch on.
Liveaboard: $300 - $600/night
Staying on a liveaboard is also a popular option. You basically stay on a boat that goes out to sea for a few days. If you want to be closer to the beautiful diving sites, this is the best way to explore and make the most of your experience.
Tip: Go during the rainy season from December to February if you want to swim with the manta rays.