We had a great time with Wanua adventures! Aret our guide and the crew was really nice! We always felt save.they always took good care of us (lots of activities, food, seasickpills, etc) The lifevests and rafts were shown to us prior to the departure. The food was great. For 160$ all-in 3 Meals a day, Accomodation, parkfees etc. is really cheap. Of course everything is basic and dont get me wrong its definitely not a luxury cruise. Its a simple and basic adventure with similar minded people. If you can live with simple accomodation and are looking for an adventure, incredible nature, snorkeling with mantas, sharks, turtle and so much more you are gonna have an amazing time! I would definitely do it again.
We travelled on the slightly less popular Labaun Bajo to Lombok route which meant that we had 17 people on a boat that could accommodate almost 30 guests. This meant we had plenty of room in the covered deck sleeping area and around the boat in general.
Our guide Al (Alghazaly) was informative, enthusiastic and keen to sort out any problems. He explained the destinations and range of activities at the start of each day.
The activities included a number of snorkeling trips all of which offered something a bit different to the rest. We climbed in Padang Island to see the sunrise and fabulous beaches and saw Komodo dragons at two different islands.
The food was varied, plentiful and tasty. There was lots of vegetarian food but also chicken, beef and fish.
There were a couple of showers on our boat - one outside to wash off the sea water after swimming or snorkeling and one more private.
There were many positives and the group on our boat had a thoroughly good time. I felt particularly good about taking part in a voluntary beach clean organised by Al, our guide, on day 3 of our trip. It was only 30 mins or so of our time but it made a bit difference to an area of beautiful beach.
There could be some small improvements:
*A sink to wash your hands, as they have on some others of their 17 ships, would have been helpful.
*More guidance to the guests (and staff) to make sure paper wasn’t flushed out to sea was necessary
*Areas of comfortable seating would have been helpful
* A more secure covering of the sleeping area would have been desirable as the wind would lift it and wake people up in the middle of the night
I was recommended multiple times by friends and company while traveling to take this 4 day, 3 night boat tour from Lombok to Flores, so I naturally listen to the many recommendations. But to be honest it is not worth it at all. I instead recommend you to fly to Labuanbajo (Flores) and to a 2 day or 1 day trip from there and see (almost) everything that we saw on the boat tour. This will save you both time and money. It is however true that you meet a lot of nice people on the boat, and I didn’t at all have a bad time but the tour itself could have been made a lot better.
We had an amaizing expetriance with Imam! He was always possitive, friendly and explainetd everything we wanted to know with a big dmile on his face!
His english was very clear and the communication was great!
We where very luck to have him as our tour guide!
Whenever he comes to Israel he will have a spot in my house!
Enjoy your trip!
This trip isn’t for the faint hearted!
Boat was a health and safety nightmare with it being so easy to fall into the sea (the surrounding decking was only a foot high and in high seas it would have been easy to fall overboard)! There were life boats but guide said they wouldn’t have fitted us all in!
No sink to wash in or shave but very basic showers in the toilets so you could rinse off. Very very windy and cold at night so take extra clothes to sleep in.
First day was 16 hours at sea after we had visited Kenawa island and it was so choppy I couldn’t stand up so stayed on my sleeping mat the whole time. Was scared of going overboard even to go to the loo which was down below where we were sleeping. Hygiene questionable.
However after all that would I recommend it? Yes I would.
We saw dragons, dolphins, monkeys, Buffalo, sting rays, fish galore, green viper snakes and more and the scenery was absolutely amazing!
Crew worked so hard and served up 3 good meals a day and entertainment on the last night was so funny! The hike up to Padar island to watch the sunset at 4.30am will stay with me for a long time it was so beautiful.
If I was doing it again -
Take seasick tablets
Take something warm to sleep in
Have a separate bag to put in your things for the boat as there is no room on the deck or the cabin so accessing rucksacks is difficult. Sort this preferably before you get on the boat.
What you need - a couple of swimming costumes towels flip flops and hiking sandals toiletries warm clothes for night and some throw ons for the island hikes. Don’t wear anything nice as you may sleep in the same things if it’s too rough to get changed and wear things on multiple days. Everything will be ditched by the final day and smelly!
Take your own alcohol as there’s a cool box (if you have the stomach to drink).
Thanks to Three and his team - hope they get paid well for all they do.