The Jakarta Post
People can now more easily visit the National Komodo Park on Komodo Island, the habitat of the Komodo dragon as a new ferry service has been introduced, connecting Labuan Bajo tourist resort in East Nusa Tenggara province to the island.
The operation of the ferry service by state-owned seaport operator PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry was launched by State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno on Friday, with the hope that it would support tourism.
“I continuously encourage ASDP to boost inter-island connectivity and to support tourism to boost the local economy,” Rini said in a media release on Monday.
PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry president director Ira Puspadewi said the operation of KMP Komodo ferry from Labuan Bajo was to support tourism in West Manggarai regency in East Nusa Tenggara and to facilitate those who wanted to travel to Komodo Island.
The ferry, which can carry up to 80 passengers, is equipped with various facilities, including reclining seats, a refreshments bar, entertainment, an air-conditioned cabin and a prayer room.
The ferry has also a deck with a louver roof and wooden chairs for those who want to enjoy the sea view on the way from Kabuan Bajo to Komodo Island. There is also a space for sun bathing on the deck.
“We want to offer an unforgettable travel experience for passengers, particularly tourists, who want to visit the Komodo National Park, Pandar Island and Pink Beach,” Ira said. (bbn)