The information below is from 2015.
State of the road
The road used to be just one big lane (kind of 1 & a half lane). And it had its share of potholes. So whenever a vehicle came in the other direction, you had to slow down and squeeze to the side of the road.
But now, in 2015, the road is being rebuilt. Actually, about half of the road between Labuan ...
Answering this myself as this information is very hard to find online & offline. After doing this rather epic journey, I gathered some quality information that can help you save time & optimize it to your likings.
You have 2 options:
Pay for transportation for each leg of the journey.
Buy a ticket for the whole journey.
Pay for transportation for ...
Fly: reasonable price, fast, safe, & reliable. Do book at least a couple of weeks before if you come in the high season. You can fly from Denpasar (Bali), but also from Mataram (Lombok) I believe. Check with LionAir.
Sail: more expensive, slower (at least 2 days & 2 nights), more unreliable & more unsafe compared to flying. But ...
Ferries in Indonesia are generally unsafe. The smaller they are, the worse they are, with the latest accident on a Lombok-Bali tourist boat (25 injured) just last week as I type this.
Since Komodo and Rinca (the main dragon hotspots) are small islands without their own airports, you'll have to get on a boat at some point, so all you can do is minimize the ...
I see you've already found Perama, which is the largest cruise/ferry operator around Lombok, and they're quoting Rp 1.3 million for a deck fare, which sounds about right (~US$110). There are other operators, but I doubt you're going to find anything substantially cheaper, and if you do it'll be cheap for a reason (unseaworthy boat etc). Even Perama is kind ...
Myself and two friends just returned from a trip to Flores a week ago. We rented Honda Tiger motorcycles , 200cc. in Labuan Bajo and went to Maumere and back. The roads are mostly good but very windy which motorcycle riders love. Be ready for rain, torrential rain, rocks on the road, landslides, small children, chickens, goats, cows and lots of crazy Indon ...
This info is from 2015.
Type of transportation: ferry
Departure times: 2 boats per day from Sape, one at 9:00 & the other at 16:00 Schedules are very approximate, arrive as early as you can. I updated this after 2 other answers contradicting the first info I posted and contradicting one another.
Length of journey: it takes 6h.
Price: 60'000 IDR....
As pointed out by jpatokal, those sailing boats are rather unsafe. Now if you still decide to continue with this decision, please find details about it below.
There are actually different sailing options:
2 days & 2 nights: offered by Perama tours
3 days & 2 nights: offered by all companies
4 days & 3 nights: offered by all companies
Price for ...
You're looking on the wrong side of the map. Boats to points east depart from Labuhan Lombok on the eastern side of the island, as clearly labeled in the map you yourself posted (!), and all travel agents and operators in Senggigi, Mataram etc ship you across there by shuttle bus before putting you on the boat.
That said, if your aim in this exercise is to ...
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 ...
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.
I have done research online and offline, as for this question: Go from Lombok to Labuan Bajo by bus & ferry, how to?
So I will answer it myself. But do add your answer/comments if you have anything to say!
The only things that are different with the linked question are:
Departure time of ferry from Labuan Bajo is at 09:00
Bemos going from Sape to Bima ...
From my experience the fastest, safest and also CHEAPEST way to Komodo is flight through Labuan Bajo.
In Bali domestic airport you can find NAM air, KalStar and other airlines office.
In Labuan Bajo you can find plenty of tour operators. They are good if you you don't know what you want as they offer the same.
If you know what you want and don't want to ...