- Sengiggi, Lombok to Labuan Bajo, Flores by Perama Tour Boat – Day 1
- Sengiggi, Lombok to Labuan Bajo, Flores by Perama Tour Boat – Day 2
- Sengiggi, Lombok to Labuan Bajo, Flores by Perama Tour Boat – Day 3
Another one of the main attractions I wanted to see on this trip to Indonesia were Komodo dragons. While I was in Kuta, Bali I booked a boat trip with Perama Tours from Sengiggi, Lombok to Labuan Bajo, Flores. There are other companies that do this trip but Perama seemed to be the biggest tour company in Bali. The also offer a small discount if you purchased a bunch of transportation services from them. The itinerary called for a 3 day, 2 night tour that would terminate in Labuan Bajo, Flores where I planned to do some scuba diving around the Komodo islands. I’ve heard the diving there is excellent.
I used Perama to book my transportation from Kuta, Bali to Sengiggi, Lombok. The trip there was nothing too exciting. I was picked up in Kuta, along with a whole bunch of other people, and we boarded a small bus. The bus made a stop in Sanur before heading to the ferry terminal in Padang Bai. The ferry from Padang Bai to Mataram, Lombok was pretty packed. It was pretty difficult to find an open seat by the time we boarded. Because I was only 1 person, I was able to find a seat for the ride. A local Indonesian family slid over and offered me a seat. They though i was also a local Indonesian. After docking in Mataram, our group got back into the bus. We made a stop to drop off a few tourists in Mataram but most people were headed to Sengiggi beach. We arrived in Sengiggi beach around mid-afternoon and I was able to find a place for the night after checking out a couple places. My tour was the next day so I only needed 1 night. The beach at Sengiggi was not better than the beaches in Kuta but it was packed there with locals.
The next morning I went to the Perama office in Sengiggi and boarded the bus that would take us to the boat. I recognized some of the people from yesterday’s bus from Kuta. We made an stop in one of the malls in Mataram for 1 hour so that people could pick up food, supplies and cash. This was the last chance we would have before boarding the boat. I bought some snacks and mosquito repellent.
The first real stop on the tour was the pottery village of Mas Bagik. We were led around the village to see how the locals lived then shown a short demonstration on how the pottery was made. It wasn’t really a hard sell here, so I didn’t mind. There was a chance to visit the showroom where some other tourists bought some items. Our guide also picked up something a piece he had commissioned. I just waited outside watching the local kids do tricks on their bicycles on the road.
Our next stop was a dock where the guides showed us a boat that Perama was fixing up to add to its fleet.
After this we finally boarded the boat. I booked a cabin and I was prepared to share since I was by myself but luckily there were no other single travelers that booked a cabin. My cabin had 2 foam mattress in a bunk formation. There was a small fan on the wall and narrow slits in the window to provide some ventilation. They also dropped off a bucket with drinks and snacks everyday. A lot of the other travelers opted to stay on the deck. The deck was on the back of the boat and covered. The tourists that were staying on the deck had their bag stored in the center of the boat and they would sleep on mats on the deck. I might have opted for this in my younger days but I’m getting too old for that. Everyone gathered in the main area for roll call and a short orientation. After this we were off.
We were going to stop in Perama’s private island for some beach time and dinner. The main boat docked off the island and we were ferried in on the smaller boat. There was nothing on this small island except for 1 house and a bunch of trees. Most people just laid out on the sand or swam. One of the cool things we were able to do was to help replant some coral. Coral fragments were zip-tied to blocks and we just swam out as far as we could to plant it down in the sea floor. At the present time, there weren’t too many corals or marine life close to the beach.
This island was located off the northwest coast of Sumbawa. It had a great view of Mt Rinjani. Mt Rinjani is the 2nd highest volcano in Indonesia and very much active.
After sunet, we had a group dinner and the guides tried to teach everyone some dance moves. Most people were good sports about it. After this, everyone just got back on the main boat and went to bed.