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East Timor into Indonesia overland, then boat between islands, 2months

  • hmeyer

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    11th November, 2010
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    Hi all,
    This is my first time on Travelfish. I'm a solo female traveller, looking for some advice on the best way of travelling from East Timor into Indonesia. I'd like to cross overland into West Timor and then travel by boat via some of the smaller islands in the archipelago, then Java, Sumatra, and into Malaysia. I have 2 months in Indonesia as part of a 12month trip around Asia.

    My questions are:
    - is it possible (and safe) to cross from east to west timor
    - how do I go about travelling via ocean between the islands of Indonesia

    Any advice would be appreciated, I look forward to hearing from you!
    Han

    #1 Posted: 11/11/2010 - 09:19

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  • mooball

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    Of course the exact route by ocean is going to determine which boats you catch, but ferries go to all the islands, but they are infrequent and incredibly slow -- and they often sink. Although there are some resources online and in guidebooks on Pelni schedules, I think it would be incredibly difficult to create a plan in advance. Might be best to roll up into Kupang and figure it out as you go I think.

    #2 Posted: 22/11/2010 - 19:47

  • queefmeister

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    9th December, 2010
    Posts: 1

    Hi Hmeyer,

    I'm planning on doing the same trip, but in reverse in June.

    I found this map of the shipping routes, it seems pretty useful (but is 4 years out of date) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pelni_Schifffahrtsnetz_2006.png

    The official pelni (the national shipping company) website http://www.pelni.co.id is useful (when it works) also try http://www.pelni.com/ pelni is the most reliable operator, there are several other companies that also run ships and ferries, so you are not tied to the pelni schedule only...just check in the local harbour or with a local travel agent, they will know about the various shipping lines

    #3 Posted: 9/12/2010 - 16:21

  • hmeyer

    Joined Travelfish
    11th November, 2010
    Posts: 2

    Thankyou for your reply mooball and queefmeister, much appreciated!

    #4 Posted: 9/12/2010 - 16:28

  • Chamone27

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    10th December, 2010
    Posts: 2

    HMEYER. I would be incredibly greatful if you could keep me posted on your trip. The reason I ask is that I have an idea to buy a small boat in North Viet-Nam, and sail it, through the route you have suggested, and on to New Zealand. I will be heading out to Indonesia in Feb, just for a quick month, to get some info, and see how the waters are. Hope you have fun! My email's whatsthebeefmate@hotmail.co.uk Have a good weekend, wherever you may be!! As mooball suggests, plan your route, do the research, rock up, and play it by ear (And weather!) You can never, really, guarentee the day-to-day sheduling of a trip like that, and the more so, the better! May seem obvious, but pack all our things in canoe bags. Countless time have I witnesed people ringing out their passports, phones, and MP3's. Brilliant! You never know if/when your boat's gonna become a submarine!

    #5 Posted: 10/12/2010 - 18:24

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