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Le Pirate Explorer

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Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
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About Le Pirate Explorer
Together “Le Pirate Bajo”, Le Pirate is launching a fleet of island Hopping Explorer boats. This tour comes as the ideal way to explore the Komodo Archipelago and get the best experience from The World Heritage Komodo National Park. Snorkelling, sightseeing, island trekking, or ….do nothing . The Explorer has it all to keep you busy during the day. Overnight as well as day trips available, visit our website for more information
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Ana P wrote a review May 2022
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This was one of the highlights of our 4 months trip to Indonesia. Of course the scenery of the Komodo National Park is so beautiful, you can't go wrong. But we loved the boat and the crew so much as well. The boat is so beautiful and it was just amazing to sleep in the open tented cabins, looking at the starts and waking up with the sunrise, feeling the breeze cooling us down. We had an evening of rain but then we just closed the "windows" of the cabin and it was no problem at all. The crew, with Emil as our contact point, was super nice and accomodating. Emil was super cool with us, always smiling and happy to show us around and make sure we are happy too. Once we were sailing and saw some manta rays, so the crew just sailed to them and stopped the boat for around 1h while Emil just took us to snorkel with manta rays time and time again - it was just magical. We also saw so many turtles and all kinds of fish - it was some of the best snorkeling of my life so far. The food on the boat was absolutely delicious! For every meal we had fresh fruits, and we always had fresh water and hot water available, plus snacks. It was difficult not to over-eat! It was also a cool experience to be out in the sea with people from the same age as us that we could get to know and become friends with. I'm not sure it would be the case in other boats. One thing to note is that in the most popular locations (e.g. Padar Island, bat island) there are A LOT of other boats around (and it wasn't the busy season yet), some of them with loud music. Nothing to do about that, but just keep it in mind that often you won't be alone :) We were happy that most nights the crew took our boat to a quiet place where we would be alone or just with another boat. For this reason I can really recommend the 4D3N trip - the magic happened for us when we left the more visited locations and explored the less known places! And those places are not in the itinerary of the shorter trips. Another thing to keep in mind is that the trip finishes in the Le Pirate Island, not in Labuan Bajo. Then it's possible to take the free shuttle to Labuan Bajo from the island, but you still have to wait 2 hours for it. Normally it would be fine but when we arrived at the island it was a bit windy and not so pleasant. My boyfriend was sick and suddently we did not have a room where he could rest and be protected from the wind! Luckily the staff in the island was understanding and arranged a boat to take us to Labuan Bajo 1 hour earlier than the shuttle. So in the end, I would definitely do it again, and I would take Le Pirate boat :) Thank you Emil and crew for a great experience!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Francis W wrote a review Apr 2022
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Francis Waneukem Travelled in couple April 2022 5***** What a trip A cruise through the Komodo park was on top of our wish list and we have been rewarded for our patience. We booked a cabin in a stared cruise. The boat is simple but pratical. No luxury on board so , like they say in their web site, it may not suit every traveller's expectation. We had a great time with people we did not know on the first day and left best friends on the last day ( Hi Kiko and Laura ) Snorkeling and trekking were the trip highlights. Thank you Geby to have dropped our phone charger to the hotel reception. We got it !!!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Quest609080 wrote a review Apr 2022
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This was our second cruise with Explorer. The first time was a bit too short so we booked the 3 nights cruise and the timing was perfect. The National Park was very quiet and we had the moorings for ourselves. The weather was not at its best but the crew managed to complete the itinerary and this time we saw plenty of Manta Rays and turtles. Only negative was that we run out of ice the last day so our last drinks were not cold.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Martijn Tromp wrote a review Jan 2022
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We went to amazing places, but the crew didn't smile once. This was no problem until te last day. We were supposed to be dropped of at the private island after lunch around 4PM and we would first be doing some snorkeling at an other location. At 8 AM we arrived at the island and when we asked why we were there so early, the crew said the captain wanted to go home. Ofcourse we did not accept this because we payed for a 3 day trip. The crew called the manager and we explained the situation. The manager, Gaby, the girlfriend of the owner, was very rude on the phone and after hearing our complains the only thing she had to say was: "are you done?". We asked what she was going to do about the trip being cut of shorter. She was going to do nothing and said it was because of bad weather. The weather was the best we had that trip so that was really strange. We had breakfast on the boat and then we were dropped of at the island. The staff on the island was really surprised to see us that early and even asked us why we came early. On top we were supposed to pay for the drinks we had on the boat at the reception at their office in Lubuan Bajo. To our, and the island staffs surprise Gaby send the payment machine with the supply boat to make us pay the drinks before leaving the island, otherwise we would not be able to get off the island. This was so we did not came back to the reception and when we arrived in Lubuan Bajo the reception was ofcourse closed. Visiting the amazing places and island was great, but next time I would book with an other company. The company, and especially the manger Gaby, are just rude and do not care about their customers, only about the money. We asked Gaby for a refund for the last day, but we could not even get a "I'm sorry to hear that" out of her mouth. The whole thing just completely ruined to experience and just added so much extra drama. My advice, do a trip with an other company. They just cut the trip whenever they feel like it and blame it on the weather. You will not get compensated and the crew will just laugh will your on the phone with Gaby..
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from Lepiratebeachclub, General Manager at Le Pirate Explorer
Responded Apr 18, 2022
Dear Martjin Tromp On December 24th, the Darwin, Kupang and Labuan Bajo weather stations issued a warning for a tropical storm developing rapidly as a cyclone in the South Banda sea. The usual trajectories of tropical storms moves from East to West and the forecast announced a rapid degradation of the weather for NTT and North Australia. The Labuan Bajo harbor master made a formal announcement to all cruise boats to reschedule cruising departing from Labuan Bajo between the 24th and 27th December. This announcement was extended through a milder version until December 30th by a board notice, requesting all cruising boats to sail cautiously in open waters ( South of Komodo- Rinca and North of Sebayur ) We can only praise our manager and captain who took this warning seriously and decided to depart and arrive earlier to the destination to avoid taking the risk of cruising in harder conditions. Once you arrived in Le Pirate island, you had the option to stay on board and snorkel along the reef but your group call was to disembark in the island after breakfast. Therefore the boat left back to Labuan Bajo. As a compensation, the hotel offered you a free lunch and access to all activities . The cruise itinerary, meals and activities have all been delivered according to the program . Unfortunately the sailing restrictions issued by the harbor master for the open waters of North and South of the Komodo Taman National affected the timing of the last run of the cruise and this issue was beyond our control. As a general reminder : Our terms and conditions state that the itinerary can be changed upon the weather and tides condition
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Grt M wrote a review Sep 2021
Mol, Belgium1 contribution
Don’t book with them! They Just take your money without anything in return. The contract is useless. Thieves!!!!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from Lepiratebeachclub, General Manager at Le Pirate Explorer
Responded Apr 18, 2022
Dear GRT M, Your comment is anonymous and do not refer to a particular cruise or situation. Therefore we are unable to take it seriously. Le pirate explorer is adhering strictly to the terms and conditions listed in our website and we have not registered a claim or cancelation related to a cruise during the September 2021 Perio.
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