The phinisi ship Adishree.(Photo:Komodo Escape)

The phinisi ship Adishree.(Photo:Komodo Escape)

Labuan Bajo, ( ITN – IndonesiaTouristNews ): The “Adishree” liveaboard (LOB) will sail a new eastward route from Labuan Bajo to Alor and Raja Ampat this year. The ship has been operated by “Komodo Escape” since May 2016, has brought diver tourists from South Korea and Japan to explore the waters and diving in the area of Komodo National Park (KNP), besides it also accommodates domestic leisure travelers navigating the waters around Labuan Bajo.

Adishree, a 25-meter long phinisi ship with a width of 6.20 meters was built at the phinisi shipbuilding center in South Sulawesi in 2015. On board there is 1 master cabin and 4 regular cabins. Uniquely, a bunk bed and a single bed are placed in every regular cabin, so each cabin can accommodate three adults. Each cabin is equipped with bathrooms and toilets and drawers that are placed efficiently so as not to disrupt the movement of cabin dwellers.

On the deck guests can relax and dine together, benches and bean bags to enjoy the abundance of tropical sunshine are also available in some corners. Eight crewmen and a captain are ready to serve sailing guests exploring the waters of the rustic and exotic western part of Flores Island.

Adishree ships are owned and operated entirely by Indonesians. The ship owner has a mission and vision that the ship is built and operated in order to open employment opportunities for people in Labuan Bajo in particular and the island of Flores in general. Then the guests who sail on this boat will taste the typical cuisine of influenced Bugis-Makassar Labuan Bajo culinary traditions and local stories from the crew from Labuan Bajo / Flores.

The ship can be rented for diving group trips, leisure groups and full-day tour groups (1-day tour) but does not operate open trip. For cruise ship LOB can accommodate up to 14 or 15 people, while for a full day tour it can accommodate up to 25 people.

LOB package rental price of 2 days 1 night for 2 to 14 pax starting from 6 thousand US dollars. The package price includes boat transport, full board meals and snacks during boat cruises, snorkeling gear (for leisure packages) or diving equipment (for dive packages). Especially for dive packages, the operator will prepare the guide and the dive master to accompany the guests.

Rental price for a day tour package will be from USD 3 thousand to USD 4 thousand. There are two choices of daily touring routes on offer: Padar Island route, Pink Beach and Komodo Island; or, Padar Island route, Pink Beach, Komodo Island, and Kalong Island.

All rates offered for both the LOB package and the day-trip package do not include entrance fees to KNP. Entrance fee to the national park is payable directly by guests.

Currently 95% Adishree shipping routes are within the KNP area. The rest is Bali-Lombok route (West Nusa Tenggara) and Bali-Labuan Bajo’s longest route. Adishree will start a new shipping route to the east, ie to Alor and Raja Ampat by 2018.

For dive packages, Komodo Escape also caters to excursion on requests to villages on the islands around Labuan Bajo and KNP.

Ita Evalin, the Operation Manager said her guests are 70% foreigners and 30% domestic people. Foreign guests take more diving packages because Komodo is one of the best diving destinations in the world. While domestic guests prefer a day tour package and leisure packages. Domestic tourists become interested in sailing with LOB since 2 or 3 years ago.

Projected up to three years into the future, according to Ita, LOB business prospects in Labuan Bajo remain promising. It is because there are still many tourists from domestic and outside the country queuing to see the dragons and to dive the beauty of the marine park. LOB has been growing as one means of transportation as well as accommodation facilities to do marine tourism in Labuan Bajo and the KNP. *** (Yun Damayanti)