The trip is what you pay for. The sights are amazing. The food was good. The staff were great. The boat I was aboard was overall good. Understand that this is Indonesia - there will be squat toilets, it will be hot so food can easily go bad, weather can change and the ride may be uncomfortable, fellow passengers may not your cup of tea, etc, if you understand what you are getting yourself into, you'll have a great time!
We wanted to sail to Flores by boat and heard that Wanua would be a good choice. So we booked the tour and were-now in hindsight- really happy with the decision!
The boat is basic, so be aware that you share the deck with 20+ people and the toilet is next to the kitchen. But the boat was bigger than expected and sleeping on deck is quite fun. We had a fantastic crew with Tri and his staff (thanks again!!!) Food was good,mostly Vegetarian, we got little snacks such as sweet potatoes in between meals which was also nice.
The boat stops at certain locations and Tri always gave us a schedule what to expect next. Now in Labuan Bajo, we realized that we hit a lot of the major spots that you can also book if you come here by plane and do day tours, but turns out that it was much cheaper doing this boat tour.
Of course,the company you are with on the boat is also part of the experience but we were lucky and had the best fellow travellers (ages between 20 and 35 I would say)
Tri was also always helpful with medical issues (providing also everything)
So if you want to have a little adventure,I highly recommend this tour,but we aware that it is not a cruise liner but a boat where sometimes you have to adjust to the situation to make it awesome :)
Nº1 of what I have done here in Indonesia.
4 days and 3 nights of boat trip, with 29 people travelling and 6 crew members (including the amazing Alghazaly). The atmosphere was idyllic, the food was really great and super clean everywhere.
During the trip, you go through islands, amazing landscapes, great snorkeling points and beautiful beaches. You have either short boat trips that are great to share a beer w friends you have met and one big boat trip of 15 hours that is really the immersive experience.
You live with a community, you share a rare moment, and you continue until Flores for a great restaurant with everybody once you finish the trip and all it remains are the good times we have shared !
We are two retired lady travellers 66 and 65. As someone said before, this trip is not for the faint hearted. You have to go with an open mind. The first day is wasted due to getting everyone to the point where the boat sets sail. You would probably be better off getting there yourself if you don’t like waiting around. Our boat was full with 35 passengers on board. Thank goodness we had a cabin. We had to sleep with the door open (as did everyone else) as it’s so hot. There was a fan but that goes off at 10pm when the generator gets turned off.
Top tip....Before you set off the crew ask you what drinks you want to take on board. These prices are marked up. There is an indi mark a few meters away from the port. Buy your own.
Top tip 2. The crew has tape that they sit and wrap around the bottles that you bought. You then put your name on the tape and it all goes into a huge cool box with ice. BEWARE... many people were complaining that their drinks (beer mainly) had gone missing. Just put in the ice bucket what you need for the night and store the rest in your cabin or below deck.
Crew are fantastic and very very helpful. I think they were in awe of us doing the trip. We were met with a hug each morning and they looked out for us making sure we were safe getting on and off the life boat that transferred us to the beach and other destinations.
I was bitterly disappointed that I did not get to go to Manta Bay. We were told that the government has put a restriction on the number allowed in the water to 10 at a time. This is good news for the Rays so it eased my selfish disappointment.
Would I do it again... prob not. Now that I am in Flores resting a day before we explore this island I can see that many tours go to what I considered the best bits. Komodo, Padar island, pink beach, Rinca isle and Manta Bay. Smaller numbers and just a few hours away.
This boat trip was incredible. We choose the 4D/3N. It’s just one of the best experience of my life.
The vibes on the boat was just perfect. You will meet a amazing team of people from all around the word. The crew is so great, the food very good. You have a little shower and it’s super great!
You going to see the Komodo dragons, so many view points and beautiful beach!
I really recommended this trip with wanua adventure if you want to have one of the best moment in your life. Be prepare to have many hours on the boat but vibes it’s very very good so you don’t care!
A special mention for Alghazaly with his beautiful smile! Thank you again and again!
Tiara Mandiri in my heart forever ❤️