a VirtualTourist member from Oeiras asked on Jan 11, 2016
hello, i live in portugal and i was about to book a flight and a place to stay in indonesia, when i heard that an earthquake just occurred today in indonesia. well, i know earthquakes are very common there, and usually i don't think much about the dangers of travelling to asia southwest, otherwise i would never travel... but this is the question: does this trip is worth the dangers involved?
And do you know if i need a visa to get in labuan bajo and dempassar?
THank You :)
Hello [VT member 1a15a1],
I lived in Indonesia for 26 years and never was affected by an earthquake, nor by a volcanic eruption (of which a few happened on Java, where I lived).
I read on the website of Indonesia's geophysics authority that in this new year already occurred five earthquakes and 21 in the month of December 2015. Most of these were in the eastern half of Indonesia, some in the west including Aceh and West-Java. I have not heard of a tourists being affected by any of these.
As you say, all travel involves some danger, and I would say that the dangers of traffic accidents (including boating and flying) are higher than of earthquakes. Let alone having some of one's belongings stolen; my camera was stolen twice in those 26 years.
If you hold a passport of Portugal, do not intend to stay longer than 30 days (including days of arrival and of departure), and enter Indonesia at the airport of Denpasar, then you do not need a visa. Your passport will just be stamped on arrival and no fee required. Read more on this page:
Hello, Theo! thank you so much, really helpful information. Since you lived for so long in Indonesia, do you have any advice of how to book a ticket from denpasar to labuan bajo and return? the site tiket.com won't let me pay. All the airlines that provide these flights are not working with my card as well. i will try bidytour, to see if they are able to book the tickets, because it seems really hard to do it. Any idea of how to buy this ticket? Thank you again.
Heloo Joanamar! how to book a ticket from denpasar to labuan bajo and return? the site tiket.com won't let me pay. All the airlines that provide these flights are not working with my card as well. i will try bidytour, to see if they are able to book the tickets, because it seems really hard to do it. Any idea of how to buy this ticket? Thank you again.
Book a ticket from denpasar to labuan bajo and return directly from the Airline, you can get the ticket easily by Garuda Indonesia via www.garuda-indonesia.com, .... base on my experience in booking garuda-indonesia airline ticket, I was checking one way ticket price first and compare to the return ticket price, sometime it was cheaper buying a ticket one way compare to buying a return ticket.
Another option to buy a ticket which I was always did is buying a ticket by reliable online via www.traveloka.com and www.nusatrip.com, ..... you could book online at least 4-8 hours (of course book a few days earlier is better) before the flight departure, you could book one way or return ticket with a good /promotion price, and you could pay by credit card or debit card via atm
I would not worry too much about earthquakes, but stay in small bungalows if you are worried about this. Plenty of small bungalows in Bali and Flores. I have been traveling or living in SE Asia for 25+ years and only experienced one earthquake around 7 on the Richter scale---minimum damage
Thank you very much :). I feel way less concerned about that. You know how social media can show the worst of the world. It is up to us to See what is real, and experience it by ourselves.
Yes, book your flight and go 1
I already did :)
I'll be at labuan bajo, and can´t find a diving operator that is able to take me snorkeling at kanawa. I've sent emails to, at least, 9 diving operators. None of them offer kanawa. at least, not for snorkeling. I found komodo paradise tour that provides snorkeling tours, but..they just don´t tell me the prices. Any suggestion? Any diving/snorkeling operator that could take me to kanawa island?
I already did :)
But i can´tfind any operator that provides a snorkeling trip to kanawa , or to pink beach. I've already sent emails to 9 different operators. Do you know about any that do snorkeling trips? i found komodo paradise tours, but they don~t give me the price.
You do not really need to prebook.
If you are prepared to take your chances, upon your arrival go to the jetty and make a deal with one of the boatmen there. They will take you where you want if at all possible in the time frame and the weather conditions.
See my tip here: [original VT link]
I mention there mr Gregorius (pak Rius). Don't know whether he is still in business. But the ;latest I heard from hom was that he had bought a bigger boat.
See also the tip on snorkeling at Pink Beach.
As Theo has said, you don't need to pre-book trips in Labuanbajo - plenty of operators waiting for your business.
With regards to earthquakes - they do happen, usually the biggest concern is flights - last year flights from Denpasar were cancelled for several days due to volcanic ash from Java. This year an eruption of Gunung Baru inside Mt Rinjani Lombok caused airports to close for a couple of days.
But, Indonesia is a beautiful place, don't let volcanoes concern you.
Thank you, i am not concerned anymore ;)
Hello [VT member 1a15a1], here is some information about Kanawa island which I was collected from many sources (friends and Googling):
Kanawa island is about 15 KM away from Labuan Bajo and would take about 1 hour to 90 minutes sailing.
All traveler to Kanawa island were depart from Labuan Bajo pier, there were many option of transportation to Kanawa island:
Hire a small boat cost about Rp 250,000 - RP 300,000 one way, by this boat you could arrange the trip by your own schedule.
Take a sharing taxi boat which manage by a tour operator special to Kanawa island near Labuan Bajo pier which cost about Rp 60,000 one way .
"FREE SHUTTLE BOAT" which manage by Kanawa Island Bungalow (the office was next to Gardena hotel), a beach resort which manage by Italiano, depart from Labuan Bajo at 12.00 AM in the noon, and return back to Labuan Bajo the next day at 08.00 AM in the morning, the Resort provide three type of accommodation, a tent with mattress and pillow rate about Rp 150,000, an open small hut rate about Rp 200,000 - 250,000 and a bungalow rate about Rp 300,000 - 350,000
Electricity on Kanawa island is only from Solar Cell which was began from 06.00 PM and up to 11.00 PM only, so the room should be no air conditioned. No Wifi or or internet access, A restricted water supply..... All snorkeling and diving gear were provided by Kanawa island Bungalow
As it was mentioned by another, you don't need a pre-booking a trip Kanawa island or a trip to Komodo National Park, but you need to check it again by yourself if there are many changes in price and condition as you are arrive at Labuan Bajo