Budget Komodo Liveaboard Reviews


October 1, 2021

Once upon a time it was only really possible to go on a komodo liveaboard if you were, well…minted. Fortunately, those days have now passed. There’s now a great selection of budget komodo liveaboards available. 

Whilst these options tend to be aboard smaller boats with less amenities, they do still offer many great activities like water sports and treks as well as the chance to witness komodo dragons up close. 

In terms of diving itineraries – budget komodo liveaboards do not visit the southern region of komodo, instead sticking to the northern and central regions. However, these are the areas that komodo national park is most famous for and they offer incredible underwater landscapes, mighty pelagics like manta rays, reef sharks and turtles as well as many big fish species and countless reef fish! 

Check out the reviews of the best cheap komodo liveaboards below, or skip to this quick comparison table. 

  • Taking a maximum of 4 guests, Busy Girl may be small; but she has a great layout, with two stylish outdoor chill out zones. This budget komodo liveaboard will appeal to advanced divers and beginners alike, with the opportunity to complete scuba diving courses during the trip. In between dives, guests can go wakeboarding.
  • One of the most beautiful cheap Komodo liveaboards, La Unua has an outside bar (BYOB), attached to the sundeck as well as cabins with ocean views. Her itineraries mainly explore the north region of Komodo and last 4 days.  With La Unua, it’s also possible to do stand up paddleboarding and kayaking.
  • The hands down cheapest Komodo liveaboard available, Putri Papua offers great dive itineraries nonetheless; exploring the central and northern regions of Komodo, with up to 4 night dives and a chance to come face to face with Komodo Dragons! There is also a double cabin option for one single traveller. 
  • Without a doubt, Kira Kira is the absolute best budget komodo liveaboard for extra activities. In between dives, guests can enjoy kayaking, wakeboarding, a village visit, a komodo dragon trek and numerous land excursions. Kira Kira also has some of the hands down nicest cabins!
  • The second cheapest Komodo liveaboard, Queenesia offers the best value for money with 3 dives plus a night dive on most days! Queenesia also runs the shortest trips at just 3 days long (although there is also a 7 day option). She is the best choice for single travellers, thanks to the dormitory style quad cabin.

QUICK COMPARISON: Budget Komodo Liveaboards:

Name:  Great for:Price:Max Guests:Long Trip:Short Trip:Read Review:
Busy Girl Small Groups, Couples, Scuba Courses, Wakeboarding$$46 days6 daysClick Here
La UnuaOcean View Cabins, TV in Cabins, Sundeck Bar, Kayaks$$$84 days4 daysClick Here
Putri PapuaCheapest, Singles, Komodo Dragons, Night Dives$98 days8 daysClick Here
Kira KiraExtra Activities, Watersports, Komodo Dragons, Ocean View Cabin$$88 days8 daysClick Here
QueenesiaExtra Dives, Single Travellers, Second Cheapest, Short Trips $87 days3 daysClick Here

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