Looking for some advice for travel from either Bali or Jakarta to Raja Ampat where I'll be doing a dive trip.
I am an extremely nervous flyer, so if anyone could recommend a reliable and safe airline that would be great, or even if there are other transport options.
Thanks in advance.
#1 Felicity1234 has been a member since 15/6/2014. Posts: 2
thats in Papua Barat, yah?
Thats then some 5-6 hrs flying from JKT. The only reasonable well-branded airline is the national Garuda-its also the most expensive, Check yourself if they even fly there, as they only do main towns and international.Overland means oversea in these parts of the world. Hence thats only-again check yourself if they even serve it, or what is closeby, the national PELni boats. Thats likely, if at all, a 5-6 day journey, quite basic, with maybe 1 or 2 trips/month.
#2 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
Unless you're really phobic about flying, would definitely recommend taking a plane rather than a Pelni ship whenever possible ...particularly if it involves a 5 day voyage. Only a masochist would enjoy 5 days on a Pelni ship, even in 1st class...even getting on and off the ship is a nightmare especially in the busier ports like Jakarta (lots of pushing and shoving and pickpockets). On board you'll be sharing your cabin with zillions of cockroaches and although meals are included in the price of the ticket they're not cordon bleu cuisine, mainly watery fish head soup and rice. Some of the scenery is quite nice, especially near Raja Ampat, but it's not exactly a luxury cruise experience and not for the faint hearted. You can find Pelni timetables for the next 6 weeks (only) and fares on pelni.co.id. The Jakarta port is called Tanjung Priok and the Bali port is called Benoa on their schedules. They don't seem to go to Sorong from Bali but you can shave one day off the trip if you board at Makassar rather than Jakarta.
According to Skyscanner, only Lion Air, Sriwijaya and Express Air have flights to Sorong from Jakarta. None have unblemished safety records but of the three I'd probably go with Srijiwaya. I prefer it to Lion Air and Express Air tends to use older planes (average age about 25 years old). Garuda is by far the nicest airline and has flights from Bali but they're a lot more expensive. If you can afford it Garuda would be the best option. If not the other airlines will probably get you there too.