Liveaboard dive boats at anchor in Labuan Bajo Harbour, Komodo Islands

Accommodation in Komodo & Lesser Sunda Islands

Accommodation options in and around Komodo and the Lesser Sunda Islands vary hugely depending on which islands you’re visiting and your mode of transport. The main access points of Labuan Bajo (Flores), Lombok and Sumbawa have a range of options from budget to 5-star resorts. On the islands themselves, options are more limited.

By far the easiest option is to book onto one of the multi-day cruises operating in and around the park. Permana and Kencana Cruises both offer low cost 2-4 all-inclusive trips that travel between Labuan Bajo and Labuan Lombok. For divers and those looking for something a little more upmarket, there are a host of liveaboard boats offering a range of short or longer duration trips. Many have websites so a Google search will turn up multiple results. There are also plenty of travel agents in Bali, Lombok and Labuan Bajo that can organise a cruise for you. Just make sure you do your research and look for reviews before you commit to anything.

For those who prefer to sleep ashore…There is no accommodation within the Komodo National Park. Most people either stay in Labuan Bajo and explore the park by day trips. Alternatively, the nearby islands of Sebayur Besar and Kanawa Island both have beach bungalow style accommodation (the former being a little more upmarket) and can arrange boat transfers and trips for a price.

At the western end of the island chain, Moyo Island has basic homestay and lodge accommodation as well as an exclusive 5-star eco-resort. Satonda Island also has mid-range resort style accommodation.

For back to basics accommodation, it is possible to camp on many of the uninhabited islands, even the inhabited ones with permission from the village headman and a small donation to the village. Obviously, you’ll need to be totally self sufficient in terms of food, water, tent and sleeping gear. You may be able to buy fresh fish and arrange for a village woman to prepare your meals for you, but don’t expect or rely on their generosity as most of the villagers in this part of the world eke out a subsistence living and simply do not have extra provisions to sell you anything.

For more island accommodation details, please refer to the individual Komodo & Lesser Sunda Island Attraction pages.