Photo: Flying in to Bima.

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Bima port

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Even if you’re not getting a ferry anywhere, if you’re in Bima overnight, grab an ojek to take you to the port at around 17:00 to take a look at the fleet of pinisis moored here.

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Photo of Bima port

While Bima is a shadow of the port and trading centre it once was, it is still nevertheless active, hosting both the Pelni long-range ferries and a small freight trade (the container "terminal" is to your left as you ride in). If you arrive in the late afternoon, weather permitting, you’ll have the sun setting on the far side of the waters and the impressive pinisis lined up against it.

An ojek from Bima to the port shouldn’t cost more than 5,000 rupiah, or you can walk it in about 30-45 minutes, depending on your pace. If you go by ojek, ask them to wait as you may otherwise have a bit of a wait getting a ride back. When you get back to Bima, head straight to the night market!

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Bima.
 Read up on where to eat on Bima.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Bima.
 Read up on how to get to Bima.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Bima? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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