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Sailing with wooden Labuan Bajo cruise to the secluded Flores could feel like a trip from heaven. You’re gonna spend days cruising the blue ocean, relish in delicious Indonesian delight, and wander in the most pristine beaches in earth. However, this cruise sailing trip could also be a trip from hell if you do these rookie mistakes. But worry not. We have covered anything that could potentially lead your precious holiday into a disaster.

4 BIGGEST MISTAKES IN LABUAN BAJO CRUISE

Arriving Too Close to Labuan Bajo Cruise Departure

We know what you think. You think that arriving just a few hours before the scheduled departure of the Labuan Bajo cruise. It might be efficiency of time for you, while it actually could be the biggest mistake you can do. You see, low-cost planes in Indonesia got frequently delayed, moved, and—God forbid—canceled. What you are going to do if you scheduled to embark 4 hours after the flight arrival in Labuan Bajo, but your plane got moved to the afternoon flight? Don’t do this rookie mistake. Always arrive a night before sailing. This could be a great chance to have a taste of the city life of Labuan Bajo, too! Book a nice hostel and have yourself some authentic eastern Indonesia cuisine!

Having Too Much Than What You Could Pay

If you think everything in Labuan Bajo cruise is all inclusive, you gonna be in big trouble. That morning latte and late night meals would send you a bill. If you travel on budget, make sure that you are not purchasing anything out of the offered package. Never take pay-as-you-go if you don’t want to have a surprise bill waiting for you at the end of the trip. Pay attention of what’s inclusive on the Komodo cruise package before the embarkation. See if they includes snorkel/ diving equipments in the price. Ask them the menu and take a look on what they provides for the meal. Most ship charge a la carte snacks and beverages (things that out of the package’s menu), such as cold beers, spirits, wine, latte, cappuccino, calamari, and similar things. 

Read More: How to Get the Best Komodo Liveaboard Deals for Sailing

Not Coming Back On Time to Labuan Bajo Cruise

During your sailing trip, the phinisi cruise will take you around the Komodo National Park, visiting one island after another and dive in a bunch of gorgeous dive sites. You are going to visit the famous Komodo and Rinca Island, the last sanctuary of wild Komodo dragons, hike the phenomenal Padar, leisuring on Pink Beaches, and get lost between the savannah hills. While all the adventures sounds so wondrous, it’s important to keep on track on your exploration. Change you watch in the local time and remember at what time your ship is going to depart. Take notes on your exploration paths to track you back to the cruise. Always calculate estimation time to explore and to get back. Many travelers underestimate their time spend for the exploration. Give some extra time to the calculation in case you get lost. Getting late back to the ship would delay the overall schedule and harm other passengers. 

Taking More than You Can Eat

Some cruise in Labuan Bajo serves the meals in buffet instead of plate portion, and this could be your biggest temptation. Every plates on the buffet displays the best of Indonesian, Western, and Japanese dishes that the chefs could offer. Don’t get easily lured by the buffet and fill your plates with more food that you could eat. You have a week of sailing trip to relish on them all.