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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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Flores itinerary check

Posted by woylie on 24/4/2018 at 01:08

Hi and thanks for all the useful information. Flying Denpasar to Maumere. booked for 3 nights near Maumere. Thinking to hire a driver for travel to Moni with side visit to Sikka. Need to book 2 nights at Moni. Early start next day for dawn climb up Kelimutu. Then Ende 1 day Is it sensible to then go to Riung for 2 days and return to Bajawa for 3 days? Or Bajawa and then Riung?Looking at the roads, it seems inevitable to backtrack? Last stretch would be on the way to Labuan Bajo fo ...

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Bali trip, 2 weeks in Mid June

Posted by missdenniilee on 13/4/2018 at 04:44

Hi all, need some itinerary help. Me and my partner, mid-30s, are rather run down by the rat race and are looking for an easy, relaxed escape. Bali is high on our list so we are trying to figure out a plan. We want a mix of interior/mountain with some beach time with no more than 3 stops in 14 days (ideally 2 stops). We want to plonk and explore rather than move about every 3-4 days. We love dramatic landscapes, (I'm a big lover of volcanic areas), local experiences, relaxing by the pool, mass ...

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hotel booking with Agoda

Posted by anno35 on 12/4/2018 at 19:01

Can anyone please explain to me in words of few syllables how to make a hotel booking using the travel fish promotion? I've been trying, without success. Do I first have to create an account with Travelfish? Agoda? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks ...

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Last minute flights.

Posted by aroomwithaview on 11/4/2018 at 07:27

Hi all, I'm trying to put together a trip for August. I'm planning on flying from Kupang, across to Maumere , Maumere to Bima , Bima to Bali. The question is; is it possible to purchase flights either from a travel agent or from the airport a day or two before flying? ...

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Gunung Bromo, Indonesia

Posted by anno35 on 26/3/2018 at 17:46

Hi Stuart: Thanks for your reply to my query about car hire. BYW World Nomads doesn't do insurance for travelers over 70. I have been reading your terrific article on Gunung Bromo . My sister (78) and I (82) are interested in "You don't need to do a tour". The tours sound to be very crowded and we'd much rather be doing it on our own. We have limited physical ability, however, and don't usually do much elevation over 500 m? Will Gunung Bromo be too strenuous for us? We have time to ...

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car hire indonesia

Posted by anno35 on 23/3/2018 at 15:02

Has anyone hired a car in Flores, Lombok or Bali and driven themselves. My sister and I plan to be in Indonesia for just over six weeks and would like to visit the above islands. ...

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booking accommodations in Indonesia

Posted by ambersaffron on 30/1/2018 at 20:56

Hi! My husband and I are planning to spend 2 months in Indonesia starting in May. We're planning on going to Bali, Lombok, the Gilis and Java. I'm wondering how easy it is to show up in these spots without booking accommodations ahead. I prefer to show up at a place and look around for a room but I'm not sure how feasible it is there. Our accommodation budget is $25 a night. Any insight would be appreciated! Thanks! ...

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Suggestions for Bali in mid-Feb

Posted by zevida on 24/1/2018 at 00:53

I've been to Bali before - Ubud and Seminyak - and will be traveling with a first timer. We have four nights. I like to stay on the beach, and prefer a calm beach good for swimming. We are not into the party scene. Originally I was thinking Nusa Dua but while I want luxury I want more local flavor luxury not Western manicured luxury. Now I'm thinking Sanur, but worried about trash on the beach and in the water - will resort areas have kept this clean, or am I just out of luck at this time ...

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Need itinerary help-18 days Indonesia

Posted by Scoutlarue on 20/1/2018 at 12:19

Two travelers - 32 and 64. Both want to visit Borneo to see wild life. Neither have been to Indonesia but have traveled to China, Thailand, Japan etc. One is a surfer and the other is a lapsed scuba diver. One is very fit and the other not so much. Indonesia is overwhelming with so much to see and do. We understand traveling between areas can be slow and do not want to over plan an intinerary with too many destinations that we end up exhausted or unable to visit places once planned. Planning f ...

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alternative to fast boats in Indonesia

Posted by ambersaffron on 29/12/2017 at 19:34

I've been reading about the safety issues with fast boats in Indonesia, specifically from Bali to the Gilis. I'm a nervous boat traveller. Is there an alternative to the fast boats? ...

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Secret Gilis

Posted by u2tool on 8/12/2017 at 19:54

Stuart's got me intrigued by Gili Layar and the surrounding Gilis. Looking to snorkel, explore, beach. Two adults and 9-year old, A couple of questions about that. I was thinking of basing myself in Sekotong while on mainland, Krishna looks like a good spot. Any other ideas that might be better? I'd like to hit Asahan, Layar, Ringit, maybe Gede. Good to do out of Sekotong, or some place closer? I'd also like to stay on one - Asahan or Layar. Layar has one bungalow set up I think, and Asahan ...

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Agung volcano on Bali primed for eruption

Posted by somtam2000 on 24/9/2017 at 18:00

For the last couple of days Gunung Agung, the tallest volcano on Bali has been primed for eruption. While the smart money is on it eventually erupting, it hasn't yet, and, for the vast majority of the island, life goes on 100% as usual. Notable exceptions (of interest to casual visitors) include Tulamben (the diving centre on the north coast) which is pretty much totally evacuated—when the volcano last erupted, the lava flow headed north. Some places, though not all, in Amed have also cl ...

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Bali beach destination on arrival

Posted by u2tool on 27/11/2017 at 14:40

We (wife, 9-year old daughter, and I) get into Bali late May, and I'm planning 3 nights before we head off for Java and Sumatra (we return to Bali later). I'd like to book something for those nights near the beach (beach view would be great), that's relaxing and also allows for some exploration. I initially thought Bukit, around Padang Padang (looked at Greenbowl homestay and Kutuh Manak). But maybe some other location makes more sense? Looked at Canuggu (Bali ExoticA looks great). Any sug ...

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How to get from Jakarta to Bali without flying?

Posted by gingersmith869 on 14/9/2011 at 12:20

Hi guys! I was wondering if anybody could help me get from Jakarta to Bali? I have 12 days and now realise this isn't very long at all, and that ferries can be quite unpredictable and not travel every day. Is there a website or any other resource someone could recommend? I can't find answers on here in relation to travelling between the two. I have no idea how much it would cost via ferry either? We'd rather not fly, although if there is little difference in the cost, it would be something we ...

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Surf lessons for beginners

Posted by u2tool on 21/11/2017 at 16:59

Loved Stuart's review of OBB Surf, but their website seems to have disappeared. Anybody have recommendations on a good surfing school or instructor - for wife, myself and 9-year old daughter. We're going to move around the island so it can be Kuta area or elsewhere. Sandy bottom highly appreciated! ...

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Bali itinerary - 16 days between different places

Posted by pisike08 on 24/11/2017 at 14:45

Hi guys & girls, please suggest how would you divide your 16 days/nights trip in Bali between different locations? And why? I will go in the end of Feb beginning of March, so it will be rainy season. I have thought I'd start with 3 nights in Seminyak, then 5 in Ubud , 4 Gili (Air probably) and 4 in Sanur . But I have started to doubt. Maybe I should do Gili before Ubud? Gili is meant for full relaxation. After long trip it might be useful to take time out before starting trippi ...

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Tenggara or Sulawesi & surrounds?

Posted by SocialTom on 17/11/2017 at 17:17

I'm doing a little bit of solo traveling next year and I'm hitting up Indonesia for about a month. I'm familiar with Bali and surrounds so was wanting check out some new places. After doing some preliminary research I've narrowed it down to a couple of options (I think)... 1) Hit up Tenggara....Flores, Komodo, Sumbawa etc. Or; 2) Check out some of the more remote islands in and around Sulawesi... Togian, Bunaken, Wakatobi and maybe nip out to Derwan (and any others worth a visit). I understand ...

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Bali to Flores

Posted by poepat on 13/11/2017 at 13:33

Hi,,, new to this site,,, was an old virtual tourist user.... Can anyone advise best way to get from Bali to Flores. We have about two weeks to make the return journey so time is not an issue. Also any good tips on must do beaches on the way And we are planning to go in November 2018,,,, whats the weather like in November... Many thanks POEPAT ...

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Learning Indonesian

Posted by flijten on 19/4/2017 at 02:33

Since I like learning new languages and I am going to be spending at least 13 weeks in Indonesia this summer I've started learning at least the basics of the Indonesian language. So far I love how they removed a lot of the irregular grammar and useless extra verbs learning a lot of words is now half the job. I use babbel (payed) which works pretty good for me. My questions: Have you learned Indonesian? Up to what level? Did you need it? Where? How do Indonesians respond to a westerner grasping ...

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