- 5 night’s accommodation in Bali.
- Airport transfers as per the itinerary on private basis.
- Daily buffet breakfast on all day except day 1.
- Lunch as per the Itinerary.
- White water rafting on seat in coach basis.
- Water fall tour on seat in coach basis.
- Enjoy water sports at Benoa on seat in coach basis.
- Overseas travel insurance.
- International air ticket.
- Airport taxes.
- Visa charges.
- Meals, tips, laundry, telephone, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
- Cost of foreign exchange for personal use.
- Any items or services not specified under the itinerary under ‘HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES’ header.
- Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, comprising of five main islands and a multitude of smaller archipelagos, with about 17,000 islands strung across the equator. A rich history of kingdoms, conquests, colonialism, trade and natural disasters has bequeathed it with an exhilarating kaleidoscope of cultures and traditions, people, languages and religions, aspirations and problems, and the dramatic scenery of changing landscapes.
Indonesia offers something for everyone. Sumatra has an untouched wilderness and a diversity of wildlife, highland tribes and unique architecture, wonderful resort-lined lakes and quaint hilltop towns. Java features steaming volcanoes, astonishing historical monuments, a sprawling capital city and traditional dance, music and art. The image of paradise is epitomized in Bali, an island of artistic people and elegant temples, stunning scenery, palm groves, beach resorts and diving. Further east, Komodo is the home to the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon.
It is a land of vigorous color, of tensions and upheaval, but also of festivals and dancing, golden sunsets and friendly white toothy smiles.
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- Facts you need to know about
- Indonesia is situated in Southeast Asia. It stretches from Sumatra in the west to Irian Jaya in the east.
- The archipelago is roughly divided into Greater Sunda Islands, Smaller Sunda Islands and East Indonesia.
- Indonesia is a republic, with an elected parliament and president. Its capital is Jakarta.
- The biggest island in Indonesia is Sumatra, which is a part of the Greater Sunda Islands.
- Of the ten largest islands in the world, three are located in Indonesia.
- Indonesia is the fourth largest country of the world, in terms of population.
- Indonesia is counted amongst the largest producers of nutmeg in the world.
- The local name of Indonesia is ‘Tanah Air Kita’, which means Our Land and Water.
- The national motto of Indonesia is ‘Unity in Diversity’.
- Indonesia is the largest archipelago the world, comprising of five main islands – Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Irian Jaya.
- Indonesia boasts of thousands of islands, out of which around six thousand are inhabited.
- Indonesia is home to some of the rarest creatures in the world, including miniature deer, fish that climb trees to catch insects and spiders that catch and devour small birds in giant webs.
- Indonesia spreads over “Ring of Fire”, situated in Western Pacific. It has over 400 active volcanoes and bears over 3 earthquakes per day.
- Java Island of Indonesia is one of the initial places in the world where ape-man lived. Even the skull of an ape-man was found buried in ice there.
- The highest point in Indonesia, Puncak Jaya is situated in the highlands of Papua.
- The islands of New Guinea and Borneo are amongst the largest islands in the world.
- The Sangiran Early Man Site’, situated in Indonesia, has the status of a World Heritage Site and has served as home to around half of the world’s hominid fossils.
- Marco Polo was one of the first Europeans to visit Indonesia.
- Indonesia is home to Komodo dragon (varanus komodoensis), the largest lizard in the world.
- Time Difference: Indonesia is 2 hrs 30 minutes ahead of India
- Weather and Climate:
Indonesia is hot and humid all year round, but cooler inland than along the coastal regions. The monsoon from December to March brings the heavy rains. The dry season, from April to October, is the best time to visit as some activities and road travel can be difficult during the rainy season.
- National carrier (Airlines)The National Carrier of Indonesia is ‘Garuda Indonesia’
- Currency IDR
Major hotels add a 10% service charge to bills. Where it is not included, a tip of between 5% to 10% of the bill, would be appreciated. Airport porters usually receive around Rp 2,000 per small bag. Tipping taxi and rental car drivers is not mandatory, but if you do choose to tip, Rp 1,000 is sufficient for taxi drivers and a little more for rental car drivers.
- Languages Spoken
Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, but many dialects are spoken. English is widely understood in Jakarta and tourist resorts.
- The international access code for Indonesia is +62.
- The outgoing code is 001 or 007 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 00144 for the United Kingdom).
- When using Voice Over Internet Protocol, the outgoing code is 017.
- It is not necessary to dial the first zero of the area code.
- City/area codes are in use, e.g. 36 for Bali and 21 for Jakarta.
- For operator-assisted international calls, phone 101.
- The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators.
- Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.
- Electricity Plug Details
Electrical current is 120/230 volts, 50 Hz. A variety of plugs are in use including the European two-pin and UK-style three-pin
Indonesian cuisine reflects the vast variety of people that live on the 6,000 populated islands that make up Indonesia. Indonesian cuisine is as diverse as Indonesian culture, and has taken on culinary influences from many sources. It varies by region and is based on Chinese, European, Middle Eastern, and Indian precedents. The ‘typical’ Indonesian meal might be described as being based on rice, with several savoury side dishes of vegetable, fish or meat or poultry, accompanied by chilli-hot condiment or sambal, with peanuts, crackers (krupuk) or fried shallots to provide a crunchy contrast. While such a description might be valid for much of Java, Sumatra and Bali, in other areas of the archipelago, the staple might be sago, cassava or maize.
- Food & Eating Guide:
- Indonesian food is an exotic blend combining the culinary influences Chinese, Indian, Portuguese and Dutch cuisines. Eating in Indonesia is generally inexpensive and usually safe, but travelers should use common sense when eating off the beaten tourist path.
- Most local cuisines favour the use of ginger, garlic and fresh turmeric to add spice and flavor rather than chilies. However, the Padang from Sumatra, specialise in very spicy food .
- Internationally famous dishes such as nasi goreng (fried rice) and mie goreng (fried noodles)-are usually more sweet than spicy, whilst Cap cai, a Chinese-inspired chop suey of vegetables served with rice, is widely available and easy on the palate. Gado-gado (mixed vegetables) is also a popular dish with a mildly spicy peanut dipping sauce. Satay (skewers of various grilled meats) are also served with a spicy peanut sauce or the local sweet soy sauce, kecap manis.
- Soups are very popular.
- There is a huge variety of Indonesian food hardly ever seen outside of the country, so visitors are free to explore and discover the many different tastes this diverse country has to offer.
- For the budget minded, street stalls offer a wide range of simple and basic food, with many also specialising in a wide variety of delicious drinks made from the many fresh tropical fruits found locally.
- The quality of the water used for the ice could be questionable, so if you are unsure, it may be best to miss on the ice.
- There are also many options for sit-down meals ranging from simple traditional restaurants offering fine food and basic comforts, to more western style dining experiences in air conditioned restaurants. Shopping malls often offer good quality local food at reasonable prices.
- Most of the cities and larger towns offer a wide selection of western style food in the form of KFC, Mc Donald’s and all of the other usual suspects as well as the local imitations and variants.
- Generally the water in Indonesia is not potable and bottled or boiled water is recommended. Ice should also be avoided unless you are sure it has been made with clean water.
- Although Indonesia is primarily populated by Muslims, alcohol is widely available, but often expensive. Local beers include, Bali Hai and Anker and Bintang, whilst other local drinks include Tuak (a palm sugar wine), Arak (a distilled spirit version of Tuak), and the Balinese sweet rice wine Brem. The legal drinking age in Indonesia is 18, and public displays of drunkenness are frowned upon and may result in becoming a victim of crime or even arrest.
- Travellers to Indonesia over 18 years do not have to pay duty on 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes or 100g tobacco; alcohol up to 1 litre; perfume for personal use; and personal goods to the value of US$250 per passenger or US$1,000 per family.
- Travellers not entering on a tourist visa will have to pay duties for photo and film cameras unless these have been registered in their passport by Indonesian Customs.
- Electronic equipment may not be imported to the country.
- Prohibited items include Chinese medicines and prints, narcotics, firearms and ammunition, pornography, cordless telephones, fresh fruit or goods to be used for commercial gain.
- Culture & Customs
- Indonesia does not have one unified culture. Instead, the peoples which make up this eclectic nation belong to over 300 distinct cultures, each adding unique traditions, customs, cuisine, art and music to the colourful fabric of the archipelago.
- As a whole, the people are warm, friendly and polite. Locals tend to be easygoing and readily warm to visitors who make an effort to learn and respect their customs and conventions.
- Levels of sophistication vary wildly within Indonesia. Whilst the larger cities are in many ways very similar to other centres of population in South East Asia, some of the Indonesian islands such as Papua, are home to primitive tribes which have only recently come into contact with the outside world.
- Tipping is not generally expected in Indonesia. Many of the larger and more upmarket hotels and restaurants will add a 10% service charge. It is customary to give a small tip to taxi drivers and for having your bags carried at airports and hotels, 1,000 to IDR 2,000 is usually sufficient.
- Haggling is widespread in Indonesia, with shops and markets often showing no fixed prices. Prices will normally start high, with the expectation that this will be haggled down to a mutually agreeable and fair price. Haggling can be fun if you enter into the spirit of the process and keep a good sense of humour.
- Although the framework for much of Indonesian art and music is derived from ancient Hindu and Buddhist influences, between 80 and 90% of the population is Muslim, making Indonesia the largest Muslim-majority nation on Earth.
- Indonesia is not an Islamic State, and along with the largely liberal form of the religion practiced there, the government does officially recognises a few others including, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Most Indonesian Hindus are Balinese, whilst Christians are found mostly in areas of Sulawesi and East Nusa Tenggara.
- As one might expect from a nation whose predominant religion is Muslim, the annual 30 day festival of Ramadan is a major affair which requires a level of respect and restraint from non-Muslim visitors. Ramadan requires that nothing may be passed between the lips between sunrise and sunset, including food, water and even smoke from cigarettes. This is only a requirement for Muslims, yet non Muslims are can show respect by being discreet and not eating and drinking in public during these times.
- A modest dress code at all times is also considered respectful.
- Travel Tips:
- Sunscreen and insect repellent both are hard to find outside tourist areas.
- A torch (flashlight) should be a must item to carry.
- Phone charger and adapter.
- It’s often cheaper to fly than catch boats in Indonesia.
- Be prepared for airport taxes – these range from USD 2 to USD 14 per person and its compulsory.
- Contacts: The Indian Embassy in Jakarta
The Indian Embassy, Jl H.R. Rasuna Said, Kav. S-1, Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan 12950
Tel 62-21-5204150 /52 /57 /5264931
Fax 62-21-5204160, 5265622, 5264932, 5226833
Working hours: 0830-1230 hours and 1300 to 1700 hours from Monday to Friday except holidays
- Transport & Getting AroundPRIVATE CAR & DRIVER
The best way of seeing the sights of Bali is by hiring a car and a driver. It gives you the freedom to explore the backwater of this picturesque country. Plenty of car-hire agencies on Bali offer day services or weekly rentals; your hotel or villa may have its own cars and drivers available for you as well. Having a driver takes away the stress of having to navigate the small roads around the island; they can also help with any translations as once you leave the main areas very few people speak any English.
Metered taxis are common in South Bali and Denpasar (but not Ubud). They are essential for getting around Kuta and Seminyak, where you can easily flag one down. Elsewhere, they’re often a lot less hassle than haggling with bemo (Local transport) jockeys and charter drivers.
The main form of public transport in Bali is the bemo. A generic term for any vehicle used as public transport, it’s normally a minibus or van with a row of low seats down each side. Bemo usually hold about 12 people in very cramped conditions. Riding on a bemo can be part of your Bali adventure or a major nightmare depending on your outlook at that moment in time. You can certainly expect journeys to be rather lengthy and you’ll find that getting to many places is both time-consuming and inconvenient. It’s uncommon to see visitors on a bemo in Bali.
CARS & MOTORCYCLE
Renting a car or motorcycle (almost always a lightweight motorbike) can open up Bali for exploration. It gives you the freedom to explore the myriad of back roads and lets you set your own schedule. Most people don’t rent a car for their entire visit but rather get one for a few days of wandering. In Bali, it’s common to get a car in the south or Ubud and circumnavigate at least part of the island.
If you plan to drive a car, you’re supposed to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). You can obtain one from your national motoring organisation if you have a normal driving license. Bring your home license as well – it’s supposed to be carried in conjunction with the IDP. If you don’t have an IDP, you’ll have to pay a fine if stopped by the police
If you have a motorcycle license, get your IDP endorsed for motorcycles too. If you have an IDP endorsed for motorcycles you will have no problems, which is when an IDP is really useful as otherwise you have to obtain a local license – something of an adventure.
The person renting the bike may not check your license or IDP, and the cop who stops you may be happy with a nonendorsed IDP or bribe. You might get away without a motorcycle endorsement, but you should have an IDP or local license. Officially, there’s a two million rupiah fine for riding without a proper license, and the motorcycle can be impounded – unofficially, the cop may expect a substantial ‘on-the-spot’ payment. And, if you have an accident without a license, your insurance company might refuse coverage.
Perama Tours runs a shuttle bus that serves all the main towns and cities in Bali. These are easy to catch, cheap, safe, and a comfortable way to explore. Unfortunately, they are very slow. If you need to travel between main towns they are a good mode of transport but they do not stop at small villages or well-known sights en route.