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.

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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.

To­tal: $800+

Tip: Go dur­ing the rainy sea­son from De­cem­ber to Fe­bru­ary if you want to swim with the manta rays.

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