Indonesia

Indonesia’s numbers astound: more than 17,000 islands, of which 8000 are inhabited, and over 300 languages spoken across them. It’s a beguiling country offering myriad adventures.

Yearly Weather

Indonesia has a tropical climate which varies from area to area. The eastern monsoon brings the driest weather (June to September), while the western monsoon brings the main rains (December to March). Rainstorms can occur all year. Indonesia experiences very warm, sometimes humid weather throughout the year, especially along the coastal areas. Higher regions are cooler.

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Travel Facts

VISA

U.S. citizens do not require a visa if the term of your stay in Indonesia is less than 30 days. If for any reason you are planning to stay longer than 30 days, please apply for tourist visa with extended duration of stay.

Please consider making a photocopy of your airline tickets and the identifying pages of your passport. Also, make a list of all travelers’ checks and your credit card details. Store all of this data separately from your wallet. Having these details at hand will speed replacement in the event of loss.

BEHAVIOR

Many tours will bring you to small groups to fragile traditional cultures and nature areas. We ask that you leave these beautiful destinations as you find them and obey all cultural and safety guidelines given by our trained guides. Help us in our efforts to preserve the environment and preserve the natural heritage of Bali. Please take only photographs, bring back only memories and leave only footprints!

The following behavior is not permitted on our tours:
The collection of coral or shells or the purchase of any items made from these materials.
The purchase of any item made from an endangered animal.

CURRENCY

The unit of currency in Indonesia is the rupiah (abbreviated to Rp or IDR). When taking US dollars in cash, make sure the bills are new and crisp as banks in Indonesia can be selective about which bills they accept. It is worth making sure that you have a stock of smaller notes and coins as it can be hard to break larger bills and get change when paying for small
items, using taxis etc.

Currency exchange offices and banks commonly have better exchange rates for larger bills, so we do recommend bringing larger bills with you.
Since 2017, the Indonesian government has included new IDR bills and will slowly transition the old bills out of rotation. Customers can expect different bills, holding the same value during their stay.

DRESS

As with other regional tropical countries, lightweight cotton clothing is the most comfortable form of clothing in Indonesia. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. It is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings outside to protect against
mosquito bites. An umbrella is also a good idea in both the hot and rainy seasons as it will offer protective shade from both the strong sun and the tropical downpours in the respective seasons. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts, singlets, or vest tops, or similar clothing when visiting religious sites, and shoes should always be removed before entering a religious
building or a private home. With the exception of the beach, always dress modestly in a manner that is respectful to citizens of a conservative society. Topless bathing is not acceptable.

ELECTRICITY

Voltage in Indonesia is 220 volts, so a transformer will be needed to operate 100-volt appliances. Electrical appliances will require an adapter that can change the shape of the plug prongs, so be sure to bring a universal plug adaptor. Rural areas may only be serviced with 110 volts.

HEALTH

Generally, no vaccinations are required except for yellow fever if traveling from an area where the disease is present. However, visitors should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A, and B, tetanus and polio. Malaria and Dengue Fever are present and it is advisable to take precautions especially if traveling off the established tourist trail. If you plan to take anti-malarial tablets, you usually need to start the course of tablets one week before arrival.

Prior to travel we recommend seeking a qualified medical practitioner’s advice about vaccinations and up-to-date precautionary medicine. All travelers should take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to travel that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. If you require a particular medication, ensure that you take an adequate supply, as it may not be available locally.

Care should be taken to only drink alcohol in reputable venues and local “home brewed” drinks such as Arak (rice wine) and Tuak (palm wine) should be avoided. Ensure drinks are prepared in your sight and do not leave your drink unattended.

TIPPING

Tipping for good service is not expected but is always appreciated. Tipping the guide and driver on your transfers and tours should depend on how satisfied you are with the excursion. Hotel porters should be tipped for carrying bags to the room. In other cases, it is totally up to the individual when and how much to tip. For tipping in restaurants, most of the bills show that a Service Charge is included which is between 5% – 10%. Warungs (small, family-owned restaurants) commonly do not have this service charge included and tipping up to 10% is greatly appreciated.

SAFETY

Serious or violent crimes against foreigners in Indonesia is rare but travelers should remain vigilant for petty theft, especially in larger cities and when traveling by bus or train. As a global rule, never leave belongings unattended and always maintain a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags. In some tourist sites, you may encounter insistent souvenir sellers. A polite “No, thank you” usually will suffice. Leave your expensive valuables at home and always use hotel safety deposits boxes or in-room safes for valuables.

WATER

It is not advisable to drink tap water but bottled mineral water is safe and available everywhere. All hotels provide a complimentary bottle of local mineral water, per person, in the room. Ice is generally okay in good standard hotels and restaurants but it is best to avoid them at street stalls or in upcountry areas. Some minor stomach problems are always possible when traveling in Indonesia so bring a supply of your usual anti-diarrhea medicine. Bottled water should also be used for cleaning teeth and cooking. Factory bottled soft drinks and juices and milk sold in sealed containers are safe.