One of the greatest thing to do while you are in the Komodo National Park, one of the New 7 Wonder of Nature, is embarking on Komodo sailing trip. A three to seven days of sailing is perfect to sail across the Flores Sea and see the wonder of this frontier. You are about to have one of the most laid back life at the tropic, see some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, dive on one of the most richest marine park, and overall lost in the charms of this “Jurassic Islands”.
Despite of the natural wonders galore, however, you might encounter some challenges that you need to face during the sailing trip. Here’s what they are and how to deal with them.
Komodo Sailing Trip Challenge Number One: Language Barrier
The Komodo might be only one hour flight from the world-famous Bali, so close that it’s essentially just one hop away. While this little archipelago has quickly been rising from the shadow of its neighbouring sister, it’s still far from Bali especially in infrastructure and social development. English is very limited and usually only guides can speak the language. Crews on Komodo liveaboard and yachts can converse quite fluently, so communication won’t be a problem onboard. However, it’s a different story once you step on one of its remote islands. Language is largely a problem if you try to speak with the locals. Rest assured though, body languages and smiles usually works just fine!
Captain Might Be Forced to Make Changes on Itinerary
When you decide to embark on Komodo sailing trip, you need to be prepared with the unexpected. After all, you are dealing with the unpredictable nature. Weather and underwater currents can change so suddenly, sometimes forcing the captain to change the itinerary schedules. Yes, it
s disappointing to found out that you need to skip the next dive site as the currents become too dangerous to dive in. Accept that this is something you cannot change. Don’t worry too much, because your captain will let you know what’s on the plate to compensate the change.
Getting Burnout from All the Komodo Sailing Trip Activities
With so much activities to do, it’s easy to get too excited and get carried away without giving your body a time to rest. Before you realise it, you are feeling the burnout. Travelers burnout among Komodo sailing trip passengers is more common than you think. We know it’s hard to resist long talks with other travelers onboard after excursion. Especially when you are on a trip with likeminded folks. Remember to always allow yourself to recharge—both body and mind—between the adventures.
Strong Currents Challenges for Divers
The underwater beauty of Komodo National Park has been worldwide recognised and is one of prime diving destination for dive enthusiasts. While all dive sites are exceptionally rich, some sites do have strong currents which can only suitable for divers with certain levels. If your certification doesn’t match with the site’s difficulty, prepared to give it up. Always check your qualification with the dive destinations before going!
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Flores has higher rate of malaria in Indonesia than Java and Bali. It’s best to take Malaria pills before the departure and prepare an ample amounts of mosquito repellents. As long as you protect yourself against the mosquitos, everything would be fine!