Will Komodo Park Fees Increase to $1000?
It's complicated, but the short answer is no.
While there have been talks about raising the Komodo National Park fees, nothing is confirmed and we do not anticipate that the park fees will be raised materially to the reported USD $1000. So please do not worry about it - if it is going to increase then we will change the advisory on our site so that travellers are aware in advance.
Komodo National Park Fees Are Still Complicated Though
Even though they aren't going to increase to USD $1000 (at least without us letting you know!), Komodo National Park fees are complicated. They depend on: the islands visited (which is weather dependent), whether it's a weekday or a weekend, whether the guest is a foreigner or a local, and the number of people on the boat (as ranger fees are shared). This is why no two people will tell you the same number when asked about fees!
Here's something that one of our local partners put together at end-2019 (accurate at the time of this article):
This is by no means exhaustive as park fees are changing frequently, but it provides a rough guide of a breakdown of how the fees are calculated.
The fees are also complicated by the fact that they're set by the national government and paid directly to Jakarta. So there is little visibility on changes from time to time.
This is why we usually advise international guests to bring cash of between IDR 350K to IDR 460K per person per day for weekdays and between IDR 400K to IDR 520K per person per day for weekends. This is more than you need, but it avoids you ending up short of cash if the boat doesn't have too many people or the fees suddenly change!
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