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a VirtualTourist member from Vietnam asked on Jan 11, 2016


advise on travelling Indonesia

I am planning a trip from HCMC-Jakarta-Yogyakarta-Labuan Bajo/Komodo-Bali-and back home does any one have any advise/warnings....tales (good or bad) and or recommendations


7 Answers

answered on 1/11/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Whilst you are waiting for VT-ers to reply with specific info and ideas have a look at the VT Indonesia travelguide. Everything is written by VT locals and visitors and you'll find a wealth of information and ideas about what to see and do, where to go etc. Click the 'More' tab to see info about e.g. 'Warnings & dangers', 'Off the beaten path' etc etc.

If you scroll down slightly and look to the right of the main Indonesia page you'll see a list of 50 location links (there are more), each of which has its own travelguide with info & tips...including e.g. Bali, Jakarta etc:

[original VT link]

Most VT-ers who write tips also write a full travelpage intro for the location...their own 'traveller's tales'. Start with the 'top 5' pages for each location...scroll down the main page and you'll find them listed on the right.

answered on 1/11/16 by
a VT member from Alhaurín el Grande

See my Indonesia pages, I lived there the last 11 years:
[original VT link]

answered on 1/13/16 by
a VT member from Bogor

No direct flight from Yogyakarta to Labuan Bajo, you could fly to Labuan Bajo from Denpasar Ngurah Rai Airport or take overland tour via Bali, Lombok island, Sumbawa island, then by Ferry to Labuan Bajo. When I was traveling to Labuan Bajo, I was taken 2 days one night package tour to Komodo National Parks from one of tour operator in Labuan Bajo.We were 3 peoples, me and a couple from German

Departure from Labuan Bajo pier at 09.00 AM, sailing 2 hours to reach Rinca island, pay an entrance fee then tracking two hours around Rinca island, lunch on boat, then swimming/snorkkeling at pulau Kambing, in the afternoon the boat was pack at Komodo bay (all boats were pack at this bay) near Pulau Kelelawar (bat island), afternoon coffee time and enjoy the sunset, sleeping on boat.

The next morning was watching the sunrise and breakfast, sailing to Pulau Komodo, tracking two hours around Komodo island, sailing to Pink beach, taken a lunch and swimming /snorkeling at pink beach, sailing to Pulau Bidadari, swimming/snorkeling at Pulau Bidadari, in the afternoon return back to Labuan Bajo and reached the pier at 05.00 pm

Commonly, all tour operator were arrange a swimmimg/snorkeling schedule at a certain point during your trip and they provide snorkeling gear on boat or please provide your snorkeling equipment with you and you could swimming or snorkeling at every stop over during your trip but ask to the boat captain in advance

answered on 1/13/16 by
a VT member from Vietnam

Thank you meiyergani
I am guessing that you live in Indonesia,
I realize that I have to travel from Denpansar, per haps you could tell me more if you can
Currently I am in conversations with two tour companies maybe two of the more well known ones
I won't be confirming any bookings untill I am in Labuan Bajo and have seen their opperations which I hope are up to standards
Can you tell what is to be expected of the weather at this time of year in both places (Mid - late February)


answered on 1/15/16 by
a VT member from Bogor

Hello Kevin...You are right is not necessary to book a tour in advance...there were many travel agent/tour operator along Soekarno Hatta Street at Labuan Bajo, you could book as you arrive at Labuan Bajo, or you could go directly to Labuan Bajo Pier early in the morning and joint one boat to Komodo National Park and book directly to a boat captain and bargaining the fare.Commonly all boats were leaving at 09.00 AM
The weather in Indonesia during November to April was rainy/wet season, but in the last ten years, the weather was unpredictable, in my place Bogor (West Java) absolute rainy season was from January to the end of February it could rain almost every day, specially in the afternoon and at night, but it was much more different in the Eastern part of Indonesia, You'd better check to the tour operator at Labuan Bajo

answered on 1/17/16 by
a VT member from Vietnam

Thankyou Meiyergani

I have pretty much decided to be in Yogyakarta for a week that areas seems to be full of attractions hopefully the weather there will be good. To bad your place was not closer,we could meet I'll keep you informed of my plans.
If you have any suggestions or recommendations in the Yogy area please let me know

Kind Regards

answered on 1/22/16 by
a VT member from Melbourne

Expect afternoon rain in Flores in February - having said that, the weather has been unpredictable recently with many areas complaining of a lack of rainy season.
As has been suggested, if you book a flight to Labuanbajo, there is no need to book a tour in advance - there are plenty of boats waiting for your business.
A tour from Bali is a more expensive option, but if you are travelling alone, you might like to join one of these and sleep on board the boat. You can do these tours one way - that is Bali to Flores/Komodo by boat and then fly back. This gives you the opportunity of seeing a little more of Flores if you have the time.
Another alternative is to travel by land and sea - bus through Lombok and Sumbawa. It is a long, long bus and ferry trip but if you have the time, stopping at some places in Sumbawa, one of my favourite islands, is well worth it.
Have a great trip whatever you decide.

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