Komodo Liveaboard: How to Save Money for the Trip


The raw and wonderful cruising trip to Komodo National Park, Flores, with the notorious Komodo liveaboard has long been kept as summer dream for many travelers. And the trip will continue to be a dream if you do nothing to make it come true. While most of us are not millionaires—who can arrange any liveaboard trip anytime we wish—it takes a bit of financial planning to book the liveaboard vacation in Komodo. We need to save money, spare some income, limit expenditures, and carefully pick itineraries and extra facilities we want and can afford. We know your struggle, too, and that’s why we want to share some insight on how to save money so that you could set sail in the dreamy Komodo sooner than you think. 

Simple Tips to Make Money for Komodo Liveaboard Trip

Set A Komodo Liveaboard Jar of Changes

The easiest and simplest way to make money for sailing with Komodo liveaboard is, of course, saving changes from your weekly consumption. Remember how Carl and Ellie of Pixar’s UP saving up their changes into a glass jar for their dream trip to the Paradise Falls? Take their example and set your own daily saving.

Limit Café Breaks

Also, limit your coffee-to-go per week. Whenever you want to stop by Starbucks, JCo, Dunkin’ Donuts (or other coffee shop) for a quick grab, think about sailing away in Komodo’s remote, peaceful landscape. It doesn’t mean that you need to cut your daily caffeine consumption at all. If you can’t live without your regular morning coffee, consider to purchase grounded coffee beans and brew your own at home. Take it with you in tumbler or thermos and enjoy it in your office (or class). Just so you know, a bag of good quality coffee beans or grounded coffee, that could last nearly a month, is equal to 2 cups of Starbucks’ grande cups of coffee. Simply cutting off your daily visit to coffee shop will save you a lot more money than you thought.

Set Up A Garage Sale

We all have few things we don’t use anymore though they are still in perfect condition. Having a garage sale is a good idea to earn more extra money for making your Komodo liveaboard sailing trip comes true. Go through your house, look deeper inside your cabinet. Find clothes that you rarely use, stuffs you (or your kids) have outgrown, or things that you’ve find plainly boring for no reasons. Bonus point if you have accessories or furnitures that you don’t use anymore; like table lamps, rice cookers, bangles and necklace, hats, baby cribs, or even a couch! They usually sold quicker. Garage sale buyers love furnitures that they couldn’t normally purchase. Also, you don’t have to have an actual garage to have a sale—just post it in your social media or put it in secondhand marketplace site!

Sign Up for Temporary Online Taxi/ Taxibike

Most Komodo liveaboard boat trip are usually come affordable after you save up for three months or so. You can even take the basic one for just one to two millions rupiah for 3D2N sailing—though not for the best experience. Medium class liveaboard with double bed cabins and standard hotel facilities could cost you 5 – 7 millions rupiah for same duration of trip, and probably more on boats with additional water sport facilities onboard. If you think you need more money for your dream Komodo trip, consider to sign up as Uber/ Lyft driver and earn extra bucks this way. If you stay in Indonesia, you would not see any Uber or Lyft, but you’ll find the local counterpart: Gojek and Grab. Start driving in your spare time and you’d be quite shocked to have more than a million rupiah just in a week. Yes, that’s actually possible!