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Two Weeks in Indonesia - itinerary help

Posted by RJB2288 on 13/2/2013 at 17:34

My sister and I have 2 weeks to travel through Indonesia in May and need help with picking out the best itinerary for that amount of time (its way too short - but my work won't let me stay away).

From my research, Sulawesi, the more remote parts of Bali, Lombock, and Sumatra sound like the most interesting places to go - but I know we can't cover that much ground in 2 weeks. So does anyone have any advice on how to get the most out of our time there with some sample itineraries? We want a mix of cultural experiences, nature sights/treks, and beaches (and diving if possible). And we would also love advice on things to do/see in each place.

To give you a sense of what sort of travelers we are...we both love to go off the beaten path and have authentic (or at least seemingly) experiences.

I would appreciate any advice people have! Thanks!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/2/2013 at 20:20 admin

With two weeks I'd get your list of four islands (Bali, Lombok, Sumatra and Sulawesi) and narrow it down to two and go from there.

For example in two weeks you could see a bit of Bali and a bit of Lombok or Sulawesi. I really wouldn't want to cover more.

You also don't mention Java and that is well worth a look and would fit well with your interests. See the following for a sample one week in Java itinerary


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Posted by Brute on 13/2/2013 at 20:39

A few years back I was in in Indonesia, I'll try giving you a hand but things may have changed and exact details have slipped my mind.

2 of my favorite parts were going to the gili islands. We spent about a week on gili air and it was really nice, small island and great snorkeling right off the beach. Gili air is the smaller of the 3 there wasn't even an ATM, no huge bars and was fairly quiet( not too many other travelers). The locals were really friendly we even went to a wedding. Not only was gili great, the trip up was equally enjoyable. The boat from
Bali to Lombok was pretty relaxing, not the most exciting but the trip is half the fun. I believe the trip is a day each way, you can take a plane from
Nearby gili for back to Denpasar for, at the time, 50usd compared to around 25 for the day bus and boat combo. This is agood idea Since times is limited.

After gili we went back to Bali, rented some scooters and went exploring. There's lots of smaller places along the north coast. The
Most memorable for me was Badung. It's a decent sized city, still alot
Of resteraunts and hotels, but a little distance from
The chaos of kuta. It was a 4 hour drive away. Not much for a beach or ocean sight seeing, however you can do fishing or check out some dolphins early in the morning.
I'll apologize now as I'm
Typing from an iPhone and it sends grammar out the window.

Enjoy your trip

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Posted by tyler on 13/2/2013 at 21:57

I'd agree with somtam and keep it to a couple of places. Last year I spent about 6 or 7 weeks in Bali and Java. You could consider an itinerary that involves East Java and Bali.
For example - fly into Denpasar and find a 'home' in Bali. Rent some scooters and explore the island on your own. I found the north (Ahmed, Lovina and Pemuteran (beaches/diving)) to be relatively empty compared to the craziness of Kuta/Seminyak. Get to Gili Manuk and grab a ferry to Java. With the amount of time you have I would consider staying in the East. Ijen (trek), Bromo (trek), Malang and Jogja come to my mind as a few cool things/places you could probably see in a week - 3 of the 4 for sure. And get your return flight out of either Jogja or Surabaya depending on where you finish. Or you could try the reverse...starting in Jogja and make your way to Bali.
When a few other people here start going on about Sulawesi and Sumatara - you're going to have a tough decision to make! Enjoy...

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Posted by Laszlo on 18/2/2013 at 20:59

Take your pick from one of these:

You could in theory visit maybe 2 major islands in 2 weeks, but I think spending all your time on one big island would be more rewarding.
Of course smaller ones like Bali and Lombok would be easy to combine.

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Posted by RJB2288 on 21/2/2013 at 15:27

Thanks everyone for their replies - very helpful!

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Posted by Lazyturtle on 22/3/2013 at 01:34

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi RJB2288,

I am planning also to travel to Indonesia in May for two weeks. I am solo female. It would be great to have travel buddies along the way. What are your approx dates and itinerary? Let me know.


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