I'd like to know:
- Type of transportation
- Departure times
- Length of journey
- Any usual/possible delays
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I'd like to know:
This info is from 2015.
Wikitravel mentions a speedboat from Sape to Labuan Bajo but I have not met anyone who used this service.
A speed boat connects Sape with Labuan Bajo and viceversa three times a week (June 2014 - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Sape to LB, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from LB to Sape). The travel time takes only 3 hours. tickets are about 130.000 rp per person. The same company also goes to Sumba. Call Kapal Cepat Express Bahari 0823 592 87 257 in Sape, 0822 373 68 767 in LB.
I took a picture of the price list for the ferry from Sape to Labuan Bajo in July 2015 at the Sape harbour. Note that I ended up paying 60'000 IDR (vs 56'000 on the price list) when inside the boat for some reason, I kinda gave up trying to ask/understand why.
I'm no ferry expert but it looked pretty standard to me. It welcomes "walking passengers", motorbikes, cars, buses, trucks, anything that fits in really. I took this photo in July 2015 at the Sape harbour.
I got to Sape at 14.00 to catch the 16.00 ferry but there only seems to be one ferry a day, in the morning. I've asked over 10 people and they all said the same.
The phone numbers listed on the wiki for the fast boat arw no longer in use.
You dont need to be that early in Sape. Ticket Office will officially open at 8am But when I was there it opened at about 7:30am
Some Locals told me that you can't trust the Ferry to run every day, but there should be two Ferrys a Day (9:00 and 16:00)
(also on the Way back Labuan Bajo to Sape there are two Ferrys at the Same Time. 9:00 and 16:00)
Be sure you pay the Price mentioned on the Price list - Some Guys tried to sell me one Ticket for double the Price.
I got to Sape from Bima at 14:30 in plenty of time to catch the ferry at 16;00, but the fools decided to leave at 14:00. Don't trust any schedule just make it to Sape way before.