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The official entry requirements for the issuance of a 30 or 7 days day visa-on arrival:
The name Indonesia has its roots in two Greek words: "Indos" meaning Indian and "Nesos" which means islands. It is an appropriate description of the archipelago as there are estimated to be a total of 17,508 islands, of which only about 6,000 are inhabited, stretching for 5,150 km between the Australian and Asian continental mainlands and dividing the Pacific and Indian Oceans at the Equator.
Five main islands and 30 smaller archipelagoes are home to the majority of the population. The main islands are Sumatra (473,606 sq.km), Kalimantan 1539,400 sq.km), Sulawesi l 189,216 sq. km), Irian Jaya (421,981 sq. km), and last but not least Java (132,187 sq.km), home to 70 percent of the country's population. Indonesia shares Irian Jaya with Papua New Guinea and two thirds of the island of Kalimantan with Malaysia and Borneo.
British naturalist A. R. Wallace (1823-1931) postulated an imaginary line (named after him Walace's Line) as the dividing line between Asiatic and Australian fauna. It passes between Bali and Lombok islands between Kalimantan and Sulawesi, then continues south of the Philippines and north of Hawaii.
This theory probably explains the presence of species of fauna familiar to both Asia and Australia found in Indonesia. However, there are species indigenous to Indonesia, like the "orang utan" apes of Sumatra and Kalimantan, the giant "komodo" lizards which are the only ones of their kind in the world today roaming free on the island of Komodo; the one homed rhinoceros of Java, the wild "banteng" oxen, tigers and many other species which are now protected in wildlife reserves.
Indonesia's climate is definitely tropical. There is no Autumn or Winter and distinctive "dry" and "wet" seasons share the year. The East Monsoon, from June to September, brings dry weather while the West Monsoon, from December to March is moistureladen, bringing rain.
The transitional period between these two seasons is interspersed by the occasional heavy rain shower, but even in the midst of the West Monsson season, temperatures range from 21 C (70 F) to 33 C (91 F) except at higher altitudes which can be much cooler. Heaviest rainfalls are usually recorded in December and January and humidity is generally between 75% and 100%.
Effective May 28, 2007, visitors holding valid passports from certain countries can obtain either a 7 day or 30 day non-extendable visa at any of the 15 airports and 21 seaports designated as “international gateways” by the Indonesian Immigration department. The fee for this visa, payable upon landing, is US$10 for a 7 day visa and US$25 for a 30-day visa. Nationals of the following countries are eligible to purchase a “visa on arrival (VOA):” (Updated May 28, 2007)
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, People’s Republic of China, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom,United States of America
Power supply is usually 220 volts/250 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some ares. Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded pins.
The unit of currency is Indonesia Rupiah indicated as IDR. USD1 is roughly equivalent to IDR 9.980,-.
Risk in rural Sumatra, Sulawesi, Kalimantan and Nusa Tenggara Barat. No risk in urban areas. Risk in all areas of eastern Indonesia (provinces of Papua Indonesia, Irian Jaya Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Maluku, and Maluku Utara).
No risk in Jakarta, resort areas of Bali and the island of Java, except for the Menoreh Hills in central Java.
Please visit Department of health for more information on vaccinations.
|Liveaboards in Indonesia|
||Alor, Banda Sea, Forgotten
Island, Komodo, Raja Ampat
'Putri Papua' 'Temu Kira' 'Raja Ampat Explorer' 'Tarata'
| Komodo, North
| 'Damai I & II'
||Alor, Bali, Banda Sea,
Forgotten Island, Komodo, Raja Ampat
| Karau Fleet
'Adelaar' 'Aurora' 'Cheng Ho'
|Komodo, Raja Ampat
|'Komodo Dancer'||Alor, Komodo||$365~
||Komodo, Raja Ampat||$391~
||Komodo, Raja Ampat||$425~
||Alor, Banda Sea, Komodo, Raja
Ampat, Triton Bay
HOW TO GET THERE: While most visitors enter Komodo National Park (KNP) through the gateway cities of Labuan Bajo in the west of Flores or Bima in eastern Sumbawa, the departure point for your trip is Denpasar, Bali.
LAND: A small island of 280 km2, Komodo is located between Sumbawa and Flores islands. It is famous for its giant lizards, considered the last of their kind remaining in the world today, the Komodo dragon. Called "ora" by the local people, Komodo "Dragon" (Varanus Komodoensis) is actually a giant monitor lizard. Growing up to 3 to 4 meters in length, its ancestors roamed the earth up to about half a million years ago. Komodo live on goats, deer, and even the carcasses of its own kind. The only human population on the island is at the fishing village called Komodo who supplement their income-breeding goats, which are used to feed the lizards. The Komodo had protected by the law and although they are considered harmless, it is advisable to keep them at a distance. Komodo Island is now a nature reserve, home to a number of rare bird species, deer, and wild pigs, which are prey to the lizards as well.
UNDERWATER: The waters that surround the island are turbulent and teeming with unparalled marine life. A marine reserve has recently been established and this reserve is largerly undocumented and remains unexplored. Komodo National Park was established in 1980. It was declared as a Man and Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site in 1986. KNP includes three major islands - Komodo, Rinca and Padar and numerous smaller islands together totaling 41,000 ha of land contains 132,000 ha of marine waters.
The corals in Komodo National Park are pristine, with mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins, dugong, many pelagics, to the tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, frog fish, you name it we've got it. The sites vary from gentle easy coral slopes to heart pounding adrenalin rides, from the warm waters of the Flores Sea in the north to the chillier waters down south in the Indian Ocean, the underwater terrain is so varied with sheer cliff walls, pinnacles, sandy flat bottoms, underwater plateaus, slopes, caves, swim-throughs, channels, all with varying colours, sizes and types of coral both hard and soft.
WATER TEMPERATURE: 20 - 28°C (68-85°F), cooler water is experienced on the southern sites.
VISIBILITY: 10 - 50M (30-150 ft) year round. Traditionally clearer water on northern sites.
CURRENT: Komodo experiences a strong tidal flow. Not all sites are affected by current. Drift diving is excellent, however during spring tides some sites are impossible to dive. Particular attention is placed on diving the correct sites at the most suitable time to ensure optimum conditions, in accordance with the preferences of the group.
HOW TO GET THERE: Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado has regular international flight service to/from Singapore (Silk Air), Davao/Philippines (Sriwijaya Air), and Jakarta.
UNDERWATER: There are three dive areas to choose from. The first area is the clear waters of the Bunaken National Marine Park. The amazing walls of the park teams with thousands of different fish species, with huge sponges and beautiful hard corals, and countless number of fascinating critters.
The second area on the other side of the mainland is Lembeh Strait, and it is known as the world’s best ‘muck-diving’. These waters are full of extraordinary marine critters, many of which are the masters of camouflage.
In the northern tip of the mainland between Bunaken and Lembeh you can find a group of tropical islands with white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs. This is the third diving area of Bangka Island with amazing soft corals and even more critters.
WATER TEMPERATURE: 28-29°C (82-84°F) with some cold upwellings (25-26°C: 77-79°F). At some places like Lembeh Strait is is usually 1 to 2°C colder.
VISIBILITY: Up to 30M (100 ft).
The world famous Bunaken Marine National Park, with an area 75.26 hectares, is located very close to Manado and comprises of 5 islands: Bunaken, Manado Tua, Siladen, Mantehage and Nain.
Wall diving offers a spectacular drop off 100's of meters deep, but it is for the diversity of sea life that attracts divers from around the world. Whether you are a fan of big pelagic fish down to the smallest anemone, whatever your fascination, you certainly won't be disappointed. The variety of fish and other marine life often spotted include: Napoleon Wrasse, Angelfish, Turtles, Blue Ribbon Eels, Stingrays, Eagelrays, Snappers, Groupers, and sharks to name a few. There are hundreds of other species too numerous to list but easily located at a variety of sites.
All visitors to the Bunaken National Park (divers and non-divers) are required to pay an entrance fee, in accordance with North Sulawesi Provincial Government Provincial Law Number 9/2002. The entrance fee for foreign visitors is Rp 50,000 per daily ticket (approximately US$6), or Rp 150,000 (approximately US$17) for a waterproof plastic entrance tag valid for the full calendar year.
Lembeh Strait is a 12 km. long stretch of water separating Lembeh Island and the mainland. Bitung is actually the half way point along the shores of Lembeh Strait. This pristine section of water in North Sulawesi is home to many unique sea animals which include the pygmy seahorse, mimic octopus, ghost pipefish, as well as other larger species. It is a fantastic dive area for underwater photographers and the diversity of smaller creatures ensures many memorable photo opportunities.
The underwater topography consists of pinnacles and white sandy bottom. Interesting and unusual marine life such as the comet fish, flying gurnard etc. have found their way to these reefs. Abundant hard and soft corals cover the pinnacles ranging from as shallow as 5 to 35 meters. You will also find a variety of unusual decorator crabs roaming the reef during night dives. There can be strong currents and surge at shallower depths. Highlights include big table corals, often with sharks resting under them, an abundance of green and purple soft corals and a multitude of fish, including schools of jacks, dogtooth tuna, barracudas, midnight blue triggerfish and manta rays.
Bastianos Dive Resort (Bunaken and Lembeh) ◊
Bunaken Divers Sea Breeze Resort (Bunaken)
Kasawari Lembeh Resort (Lembeh) ◊
KungKungan Bay Resort (Lembeh) ◊
Lembeh Resort (Lembeh) ◊
Minahasa Lagoon Resort (Minahasa) ✩◊
Murex Resort (Manado ◊ and Bangka)
Tasik Ria Resort and Spa (Manado) ◊
Thalassa Dive Center/Santika Resort (Manado)
HOW TO GET THERE: The easiest way to get to Raja Ampat is to fly to Sorong via Jakarta or Singapore. Domestic travelers can also fly via Makassar or Manado.
From Jakarta: Merpati, Express Air and Lion/Wings operate daily flights from Jakarta to Sorong (with stopovers in Ujung Pandang/Makassar and/or Manado).
From Singapore: Silkair operates regular flights from Singapore to Manado. From Manado to Sorong regular flights are offered by Lion Air and Merpati.
LAND: Scattered over 50,000sq km or 9.8 million acres of ocean, the Raja Ampat Islands lie in the heart of the coral triangle, the most bio-diverse marine region on earth. The Raja Ampat Island in Irian is group spreads out over a huge area and consists of over 610 islands. The four largest islands are Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. Raja Ampat means Four Kings in Indonesian and refers to the 4 major islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool.
UNDERWATER: The area's reefs are covered in a diverse selection of both hard and soft corals. Most of the areas reefs are pristine, with mile after mile of perfect hard corals, drift after drift of soft corals of many species and colors ranging from brilliant red, to shocking yellow pretty pink and exotic purple. Most reef dives are very colorful. The tourist would be able to experience the best dives sites within those islands, which include Cape Kri, Mellisa's Garden, Sardines Reef, The Passage, Nudibranch Rock, Wai Island Night Dive.
WATER TEMPARATURE: 28-29°C (82-84°F) year round.
VISIBILLITY: Generally good, but not spectacular, and is best in the morning dives.
Kri Eco Resort
Misool Eco Resort
Raja Ampat Dive Lodge
Sorid Bay Resort
HOW TO GET THERE: You will fly on a private chartered plane from Bali to the resort's own airport for Wakatobi Resort and 'Pelagian'. The flight takes approximately two and a half hours. For Grand Komodo Tours liveaboards you will fly to Maumere from Bali.
LAND: The Tukang Besi Islands ( Wa-Ka-To-Bi Islands) are located in the northeastern part of the Flores Sea, southeast of the island of Buton. There are five main inhabited islands — Wanci, Kambode, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko — and a number of smaller, mostly uninhabited, islands.
The chain of islands is adjacent to one of the largest and most biologically diverse coral reef systems in Indonesia. In July 1996 the Tukang Besi Archipelago was declared a Marine National Park by the Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature. The Wakatobi Marine National Park includes all the reefs and islands in the archipelago and covers 1.39 million hectares (13 900 km2), which make it the second largest designated marine protected area in Indonesia.
WATER TEMPARATURES: From the start of the season in March until May, the temperature averages 28°C (82°F). Average tempararue is June 27°C (81°F), July 26°C (79°F), August 25°C (77°F), September 26-27°C (78 - 81°F), and October 28-30° C (82 - 86°F). From November until March the temperature averages 28°C (82°F).
Wakatobi Dive Resort ✩◊
rates available); ✩ wheelchair
accessible; ◊ internet access