How to Get to Komodo
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Below we have advised the most direct route for you to get to where La Galigo departs from. These are not necessarily the cheapest options, and it may be necessary to overnight in a local hotel to catch ongoing flights. We have also recommended a few hotels, all of which the owners have personally stayed in to ensure their quality for the area.
With all our trips, we highly recommend arriving and staying in the town located where La Galigo departs from the night prior to your trip beginning. Domestic flights in Indonesia can be unpredictable and are often subject to delays.
General advice – The best way to access Komodo is via Bali, a simple 1 hour flight will drop you off in the cozy town of Labuan Bajo, which is the access point for all our Komodo trips. The flight from Bali can be made in relative comfort with Garuda or NAM airlines. Cheaper alternatives are available with low costs local airlines such as Lion Air or Sriwijaya. If you are fortunate enough to land in Bali from your international flight before midday, it will be easy to catch a connecting flight to Labuan Bajo. At the time of composing this, the last flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo is at 2 p.m. Bali time.
From Europe – We would highly recommend finding a Singapore Airlines flight to Changi international airport or a similar Flight with Malaysian Airlines taking you to Kuala Lumpur. If you land early enough, you will able to transit the same day on to Bali. It will be likely that you will need to overnight in Bali unless you land and collect your luggage before 2 p.m.
From the Americas (West Coast) – At the time of writing, Cathay Pacific were offering a very reasonably priced flight from LAX to Bali via Hong Kong. It may be necessary to overnight in Bali, but there are a decent selection of hotels located around Denpasar (Bali) airport. From Bali, obtain a short flight to Labuan Bajo, with either Garuda, NAM, or Lion air, whereupon you may embark La Galigo.
From the Americas (East Coast) – At the time of researching, Qatar Airways were offering a time effective flight from JFK to Bali with a short layover in Doha (Qatar). After a short layover in Bali, simply hop on an early flight with one of the local airlines to Labuan Bajo in Flores, which is where all our trips depart from to Komodo.
From Australia – A flight from Perth to Bali is short and inexpensive, and when Jetstar land early, it often ties in nicely to enable you to transit onto Labuan Bajo – Komodo. Flights from the east coast should follow the advice for perth flights, however, dependant on which carrier you choose, will be dependant on wether or not a layover in Bali is necessary.
$ – Cheap and cheerful
$$ – Mid range comfort
$$$ – More luxury = more money
Puri Sari hotel – $$ – Offering free Wi-Fi access, Puri Sari Beach Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool with panoramic views of lush greeneries. Complimentary two-way airport transfers are also provided.
The Puri Sari is comfortable and clean, and in my opinion, good value for money. Please bear in mind that this hotel is located quite a fair distance from the centre of town and restaurants. Check with reception for how much they charge one way to take you into the centre of town to get a decent meal.
Bintang Flores hotel – $$ – Sitting on a private beach, Bintang Flores Hotel features a beachfront pool and a diving counter. Boasting tropical garden landscapes, it also offers free Wi-Fi access in all areas of the hotel.
General standards of hotels in Labuan Bajo are not great, however, this hotel goes some way to giving you a feel of value for money. Breakfast has a wide variety to choose from, however it is sadly lacking in quality. Lovely pool overlooking the bay, and a mean ‘Bloody Mary’.
The Crown Plaza – $$$ – The Crowne Plaza is a luxurious hotel located within the Singapore Changi International Airport. It offers stylish accommodation with an outdoor landscaped pool, a fitness centre and 2 restaurants.
A personal favourite of mine. High quality service and facilities make this a regular stop off for me. I would stay here longer if it wasn’t such a distance from the centre of Singapore.
Ambassador Transit Hotel – $$ – The Ambassador transit hotel in Terminal 3 offers accommodation in Singapore’s airport, and is great for a short layover. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels.
I haven’t stayed at this particular hotel yet, but friends who have say it’s a decent option for catching an onwards flight the next day, and that the staff are very friendly and helpful.
Novotel Manado Golf Resort & convention centre – $ – Pampering spa treatments, grass tennis courts and a golf course are provided at Novotel Manado Golf Resort & Convention Center, a 4-star property just 15 minutes’ drive from Sam Ratulangi Airport. An outdoor pool, free wired internet and 24-hour room service are also available.
Great for a short stopover due to how close it is to Manado airport. Even if you’re not a golfer, it’s other facilities are good enough to make you feel that you haven’t overspent to stay here.
Sintesa peninsula hotel – $$ – The Sintesa Peninsula Hotel offers rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows featuring views of the mountain and nearby islands. It provides free Wi-Fi and has an outdoor pool and fitness centre.
A charming older hotel, one of the finest in the area in terms of food and service, however, it is in need of an update. If you can look beyond the old carpet and faucets, it is genuinely a nice place to stay.
Swiss-Bellin hotel airport – $ – Featuring an on-site spa and wellness centre, Swiss-Belinn Airport in Jakarta offers comfortable and relaxing accommodation with free WiFi access in all areas of the property.
Close proximity to the airport and good value for money, I regularly stay there for comfort, but mainly convenience.
FM7 Resort hotel Jakarta airport – $$ – Located 2 km away from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, is the 4-star FM7 Resort Hotel Jakarta. It features an indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a free airport shuttle upon request.
This place is large, you might have to take a golf cart to get breakfast dependant on your room number, but it’s worth it, quality food and comfortable after a long flight.
Harris hotel Tuban – $ – This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. A 5-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and Tuban Beach, HARRIS Hotel Tuban Bali offers free WiFi around the property as well as in the room and parking. The hotel has an outdoor pool, spa, a cafe and a bar. Free airport transfers are provided.
Cheap and simple, yet very close to the airport, and all bookings include airport transfers for free. The food isn’t great, but there are plenty of other options within walking distance.
Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai Airport – $$ – This property is 10 minutes walk from the beach. Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai Airport is conveniently located in Bali Denpasar International Airport with direct access to the international departure and domestic arrival sections. Featuring an outdoor pool, the hotel is set in Kuta, 1.3 km from Tuban Beach and 2 km from Waterbom Bali. Free WiFi can be accessed throughout the property and the front desk is available 24 hours to assist guests.
This is a new hotel and a very welcome addition to Bali airport. I recently stayed here for the first time landing from an International flight…..30 minutes from luggage pick up to a comfy bed…..more please! Good tasty food, friendly staff, solid facilities.