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Indonesia travel FAQ Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 11/1/2013 at 21:28

This is a (very much work in progress!) collection of links to useful information about Indonesia (both on and off Travelfish). We'll update it as more interesting or useful stuff appears. If you know of another interesting resource worth adding, please mention it in the comments. Thanks! Introduction Home to more than 220 million people and comprised of more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia boggles the mind when it comes to travel potential. The vast majority of travellers get no further than Ba ...

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What else to do in Tangkoko?

Posted by boleslav on 10/2/2016 at 11:15

We are planning to visit Tangkoko this May. We will hire a guide to go into the park, but beside that are there any walks we can do ourselves? Or any other activities beside visiting the park? some travel guides mention hiring a boat to watch dolphins, but I was not able to get any feedback from the travelers. thank you, ...

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Banda Islands in march

Posted by michalkos on 5/2/2016 at 14:02

I want to visit Banda Islands in March but I'm really not sure about the weather... I've checked lot's of websites and I'm still confused because information are mixed. Some sources says it's good time (or best) in Bandas some says exactly opposite... Someone help me please Or maybe can you suggest some other options for great snorkeling in Indonesia in march? It's raining season in almost whole country but maybe I'm missing something? ...

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Bali - Ijen Volcano multi-day trip

Posted by hemmingway on 17/11/2015 at 05:21

Hey guys, I will be arriving in Bali this Nov. 26. I am very interested to see the Ijen Crater in East Java on an independent, self-guided tour. It's not that from from Bali so a multi-day trip would be possible right? I've crafted up a draft itinerary. Let me know what you guys think: Day 1 - Drive from Medwi to Gilimanuk with rented scooter. Cross ferry. Lunch in Banyuwagi. Stay here overnight. Day 2 - Drive to Ijen Plateau. Hike up Ijen Crater. Back to Bali. Is this good? Is a guide need ...

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Kawah Ijen, Banyuwangi

Posted by daybreakbell on 3/1/2016 at 07:20

I want a low cost guide tour from Banyuwangi for reaching the Ijen on 2-Jun-16. Do you have any proper tour suggestion for me? I also need the local contact person speaking English if it's possible. Thanks in advance ...

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information about pakage tour bromo

Posted by Rofiq on 30/1/2016 at 12:05

you look for a travel agency to East Java? contact us by email: bromoharta9@gmail.com we are ready to serve you ...

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The leper who saved a reef

Posted by somtam2000 on 27/1/2016 at 19:24

"Despite living in utter isolation on a desert island for 40 years, one inspirational couple has overcome disability and blindness to make a difference. As he welcomed us to Pulau Cengkeh (Clove Island), a white-sand islet off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia, Abu’s toothless gums gaped in a joyous cackle. His blind, white eyes disappeared in ripples of laughter lines and his leprous hands reached out in a warm embrace. He and his wife Daeng Maida have lived alone on Pulau Cengkeh since 1 ...

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Bali solo backpacking trip

Posted by hemmingway on 20/8/2015 at 20:46

Hey bali experts. Will be travelling alone to Bali from Nov. 26 - Dec. 14. Would just like your thoughts on my rough itinerary: Legian - Medewi - Permuteran - Lovina - Munduk - Amed - Nusa Penida - Tirta Gangga - Kuta Then I'm meeting with family to spend a couple of days in Ubud. Some things I'm doing/want to do: -Renting a scooter for about 3 weeks in Kuta then taking it around the island, I have a license don't worry. -Surf in Legian and Medewi. -Spending at least a night in th ...

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ATM's Indonesia - Fees, limits, Cash etc

Posted by altmtl on 9/11/2015 at 14:20

Looking for recent info: 2015-16 As I am going to spend most of my time in Indonesia on my next trip I was looking for some up to date answers on local bank fees and the such... As I understand it the max. withdrawal rate is only 3,000,000 = $309 CDN some other banks is even less. Inside the bank you can withdraw more on your credit card - up to 10,000,000 = $973 CDN. With a debit card there is a $5.00 fee + a 2.5% conversion rate - so that's $12.72 per max. transaction (so 38.16 for 3 trans ...

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Daytrips out of Labuan Bajo

Posted by lonelyboy on 20/12/2015 at 23:07

Is it possible to have daytrips out of labuan bajo to the nearby islands and roughly how much would the cost of the trip be? ...

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Indonesia backpack 3 weeks

Posted by Jmanoli on 6/1/2016 at 12:34

Hi me and my wife are going backpacking indonesia. We land in Bali at the end of January and would like to go diving at komodo national park. To get our advanced open water takes 5 days then head north and go island hoping, diving and beach relaxation for the rest of the 15 days befor heading to Thailand from bali how do you suggest I do this since I am having trouble planing further than komodo and would like to fly evrywere since my time is limited. Witch islands in the maluku seas should I vi ...

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3/4 Week hit and run flexible trip

Posted by zomarzi on 27/12/2015 at 12:18

Really glad I came here as I didn't fully realise how much there is to see and do in Java. Flying in from Wales with KLM/Air France so a few landing options available to me and I have not booked yet looking at early Feb. 16 also carrying a small backpack so flexibility is the key to my trip. I'm getting on a bit so I tend to steer away from tourist traps I love the real people, food, culture, religion and music plus the usual beautiful secluded beaches, natural wonders,like travelling by train b ...

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Indonesia: Govt to include 84 more countries in free-entry policy

Posted by altmtl on 21/12/2015 at 05:30

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/12/21/govt-include-84-more-countries-free-entry-policy.html The government is set to waive visa requirements for another 84 countries starting this week in an effort to boost arrivals of foreign tourists to the country. "We decided to apply the visa-free policy to 84 more countries starting this week," Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Rizal Ramli said after a meeting at the ministry's office in Jakarta on Monday, as quote ...

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Visa Extension Maumere, Flores?

Posted by altmtl on 13/12/2015 at 12:03

Has anyone extended their visa in Maumere recently? Due to the holidays... I might have to extend my 30 day (paid) VOA in Maumere... if I'm not able to get my date of issue stamped for Jan. 4th for a 60 day visa from Ottawa... ***"The visa once issued is valid for 90 days as of the date of issue. The maximum stay is 60 days, and You must exit Indonesia before the expiry date. Please take this into consideration when you apply for the visa.” *** “If you are planning to travel ...

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Help teaching English on Flores

Posted by Renah on 13/12/2015 at 11:34

Hi all, I have been travelling on Flores for several month. In Labuan Bajo I met a very nice and friendly english teacher called Sypri (safardisyprianus@yahoo.co.id). As I am a teacher too, he invited me to live and eat in his boarding school SMAK St. Ignatius Loyola Labuan Bajo. In return I supported the english teachers in the morning in their class. The school is really interested to invite foreigners to their school, but they have no contact members in foreign countries. They don't expe ...

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Malang-Ranu Pani on automatic scooter

Posted by SendiriNekad on 4/12/2015 at 06:01

Is there anybody who has any idea if the road from Malang to Ranu Pani is doable on an automatic scooter? And, eventually from Ranu Pani to Mount Bromo, on the same scooter? ...

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Taking Prescription Drugs to Indonesia

Posted by quigly on 25/11/2015 at 18:28

Hi We are heading out to Bali & Lombok at Christmas time for three weeks. Both my kids are on ADHD medication (Ritalin/Concerta) and I read on the AU gov website that these controlled drugs are highly restricted in Indonesia. I was planning on getting a letter from the Pediatrician but now think may not be enough - any one know or have experience with this issue. Thanks ...

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Safety - Kuta Lombok?

Posted by altmtl on 8/11/2015 at 11:24

I was considering renting a scooter for about a 2- 3 week staying in Lombok but I've read and heard a few things that are a little off putting... "be very cautious if you head to Kuta Lombok. They won't care on your travel experiences. Assaults, robberies, road hold ups happen in and around that area. All instigated from two feuding local villages, their youth take it further and realise the police are unable to cope with their actions. Bikes belonging to local and foreign tourists go missi ...

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Guy heading to Bali 18-21 in Dec.

Posted by Golferlee on 1/12/2015 at 01:29

Hi, Looking for a travel partner to share the villa in Seminyak with me. ...

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Flores Help!

Posted by clayeee on 19/11/2015 at 21:36

Hi everyone, I'm a solo traveller coming to Flores in December, 19th. I have about 1-2 weeks (flexi) to spend on the island before making my way to bali, catch some waves on the island then back to work in Singapore on the 4th. My plan is to travel from one end to the other (Labuhan - Ruteng - Bajawa - Ende - Maumera (or i can start at Maumera too, it doesnt matter)), stay a day or 2 in each town, book daily tours or wing it on a motorbike while there. Ive asked around for all inclusive tour ...

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