The area around Indonesia’s Labuan Bajo offers opportunities for unforgettable adventures. Therefore, if you are looking for something fun to do, you should definitely consider immersing yourself in all the magical beauty that this place has to offer.
One of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of the area is to go on a Liveaboard tour. This is because it will provide you with an intense experience that is free of any of the tedious trips that people typically make to and from the land. And without the extra traveling that you would normally do, you will also get early access to sites way before other people. Furthermore, you also have better odds of exploring deeper away from the shore, something that will definitely give you a richer experience when compared to someone who has to always worry about going back to land.
However, given that some of these trips last for multiple weeks, they can sometimes prove to be mentally taxing, even for people who are total adventure addicts. The good news is that all you need to maintain a good state of mind is a few tips.
Go on group dives or activities
The best part of a liveaboard is the fact that you get to go on memorable adventures with people who have similar interests as you. Going on dives or snorkelling expeditions that have been organized for group participation is a great way to take the monotony out of the diving experience. Since interacting with new people is always great for mental health, this is something that will go a long way towards making the extended trip away from shore more bearable.
Don’t miss out on the sunsets
The sunsets in Labuan Bajo are magical. They have a calming effect. Experiencing them in remote areas away from the noise and worries of the mainland just enhances the experience. Therefore, taking the time to bask in the calming and relaxing effect of these sunsets will really help to boost your spirits. You can watch the sunsets with other people on the boat, or you can even do it on your own. Whichever the case, never miss them.
Bring a book
Getting into a routine of eating, diving, and then sleeping can be a little overwhelming no matter how fun the activities are. Sometimes, taking your mind off settled routines can be enough to reset your mind and your mood. You can do this by reading a book. Doing so will recharge your emotional batteries and it can restore your hunger for adventure. Therefore, if you have space in your bag, carry one or two books. They may come in handy when you need a mental break.
Pack extra snacks
It is hard to enjoy yourself and to be in good spirits when you are drained. You tend to be easily irritated and impatient, and your curiosity wanes naturally. Given the amount of energy that one tends to burn when engaging in sea-related activities, it is always good to have a way to recharge your energy when it goes low. Chances are that the regular meals that you get may not be enough. Having a few extra bites on hand can therefore come in handy in helping you to maintain a healthy appetite for adventure.
Keep an open mind
When you are on such a trip, you are likely to run into people who are from different backgrounds. They will also have different personalities. Some of them may get on your nerves, while you will enjoy the company of other like-minded adventurers. If you keep this in mind before the trip, and if you have a reasonable expectation on what to expect, you will improve your odds of having a great time.
With these simple tips, you will be able to adjust smoothly to the demands of an extended off-shore tour. And since you will always have beautiful scenery, fun activities, and interesting marine life to wake up to on a daily basis, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy your tour. And once you are done with your liveaboard tour, you can continue your Indonesia holiday by exploring these top 9 offbeat holiday destinations in Indonesia for a much more diversity packed trip.
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