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INDONESIA, prepare your trip to Bali and Alor

I still remember the first time I heard the name of the island of Bali, Indonesia. At that time I was still studying design and styling in Barcelona. One of my companions left everything to go behind love, and her destination was Bali.

I would never have imagined that, many years later, I would do the same journey.

 

My trip to Indonesia was one of those things that you do not expect in life but you feel the strong impulse to carry it out. Without organization, without a guide, without time to plan, I bought the ticket and got on the plane.

CONTENT

  • TRAVEL ROUTE (MAP) – Bali, Alor Island.
  • PREPARATION OF THE TRIP – visa, flights, vaccinations, route, transport, hotels, guides …
  • WHAT TO SEE IN: Bali, Alor
  • TIPS- to travel to Indonesia

1-MAP

2- PREPARATION

VISA

To travel to Indonesia you need a visa. But, if your stay is less than 30 days, the good thing is that you can ask for it on arrival at the airport (Visa on arrival / Visa upon arrival).

You have all the information about it at: http://embajadaindonesia.es/como-getting-the-visado/

FLIGHT

To look for flight, it is clear that there are infinite possibilities where to get a flight; each one has its own strategies to get the cheapest flights. I usually look for Skyscaner, and compare with the websites of the companies. I leave this link in case you need more information on how to get cheap flights:

VACCINES

Regarding vaccines, you have all the information on this website: 

http://www.vacunas.org/indonesia/

ROUTE

As I already told you, for this trip I did not have any organization since in Bali I was with a friend, who I accompanied for two weeks. But it is always good to have an idea of ​​which cities or towns to visit. For that you have wide information online.

 It is also true that once there you meet people and you join them modifying your route, or you are so well in a place that you prefer to extend your stay there. But it is necessary to know what you are going to do during the days that your trip lasts, for many changes that you then make in situ.

To plan your trip through Indonesia you have to keep in mind that it is an archipelago of thousands of islands. So, transportation between islands will be ship or plane. And I assure you that the times of the boat trips are long. And flights, depending on which destinations, there are only two flights per week, and can be cancelled due to bad weather.  Therefore, however, it is better to know an island well, than just visit four.

HOTELS

On my arrival in Bali, I stayed in the same hotel as my friend. A hotel of an Indonesian family, the few remaining in Kuta, authentic, cheap and frequented by surfers. Let’s make reservation made in this same hotel, for our return from Alor Island. And I before leaving with the motorcycle to know the island of Bali, I will also leave the reservation for my last days before catching the flight back. The good thing is that you can leave a backpack for a small fee and they keep you. So you should not charge it during your route on the island.

There are many hotels in Bali, specifically in Kuta and surroundings.  You must inform yourself of the towns where you will find more hotel offer.

Regarding the hotels on the islands, it will depend a lot on whether the island is tourist or not. For example, on the Figi Islands, there is a big hotel offer, however if it is on the island of Alor, there are only two hotels on the island.(when I’m was there)

TRANSPORT

The most practical, fast and expensive … The plane, especially at the destination is another island. The other option is the boat. What you should take into account are the routes to be made and the time that is delayed to be sure that you arrive in time to catch your flight back.

To move around the islands, it is best to rent a motorbike and discover the island at your own pace.

If you plan to drive in another country, keep in mind that you will need an international driver’s license. You can get it for a small fee at the head office where you must renew your ID.

GUIDE

I believe it is imperative for any trip in which more than one city is visited to take your guide, whether purchased or made by yourself. It’s good that the guide has information of all kinds relevant to your trip.

I have travelled with and without a guide, and evidently without information you are more lost.

 

LUGGAGE

The luggage you use will always depend on the type of trip you take. I personally to travel through Indonesia I recommend Backpack on shoulders.

The weather in Indonesia accompanies wearing little clothes, even when it rains it is not cold. What is essential is a good raincoat. I recommend that the raincoat is a coat, so covers your backpack.

Another important part is to take a little kit, what you need, something for vomiting, diarrhoea, and dehydration and above all good repellent mosquitoes.

 In a matter of personal hygiene you can easily buy there.

It does not hurt to bring a mosquito net (although I do not use it throughout the trip).

3- WHAT TO SEE IN:

Island of Alor
Island of Bali

4-TIPS

  • Try to be among the first to disembark, otherwise the queues for the On Arrival visa can be eternal.

    • Eye with the dogs, which are thrown at you. When I went with the motorcycle, I had to avoid them.
    • A good raincoat is essential; I recommend that it be a layer so that you can also cover your backpack.
    • Buy the shampoo at any supermarket in Bali. Did you notice the shiny black hair that women have in Bali? I bought a shampoo with an extract of a flower, it was black. It’s a wonder for my hair. I advise you to take some boats as a souvenir, once at home you will appreciate it!
    • Do not forget to buy tea, Indonesia tea is great.
    • It is always good to buy a bottle of Arak (hot rice water), so at home you can prepare your own Arak Madu.

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ISLAND OF ALOR, INDONESIA

The island of Alor, or Pulau Alor in Indonesian, is part of the province of East Nusa Tenggara. Pulau Alor is the largest island of the archipelago of Alor, has about 2800km2 approx.

Alor is of volcanic origin and has a very rugged terrain. Kalabahi is the only city on the island of Alor. With a population of approximately 60,000 inhabitants, three quarters are Protestants, the rest are Muslims or some Roman Catholic villages. The animistic rites and traditions are still much practiced.

More than 15 different indigenous languages ​​are spoken in Alor, most of them classified as papuan.

To get to Alor by plane from Bali, Surabaya or Jakarta you will have to stop at the Kupang Airport (KOE). That is, flights stop at Kupang to change planes. You must be aware that, although the airport is small, at the last moment you can change the boarding gate.

Alor Island is an earthly paradise, apart from time and the capitalist society. It’s a place of peace and nature. Not suitable for tourists, since they would be bored. Here there are no shops, No variety of restaurants, only two hotels in the whole island (when I was there only were two hotels).

Palua Alor is a wild Eden for scuba divers and snorkel lovers. With just dive into its beaches you get an underwater world very rich in life. The two existing hotels on the island have their offer focused on diving. They have their own boats and rental equipment to dive.

I recommend the hotel La petite Keppa, in alor kecil, located on the small island of keppa. To get from the airport you can take or share a taxi (jeeps) that will drop you off at Alor Kecil. There you have to warn, since you have to cross with a small canoe to the island of Keppa.

It’s Run by a French couple with their two daughters, charming and great hosts. They make you feel at home. It is the best hotel I have been to in every way. They have respect for the environment. The cabins are great, and their breakfasts and meals delicious!

You can hire with them to dive or just rent equipment for snorkelling. The hotel has a couple of beaches on the small island of Keppa. Literally, solitary beaches, crystal clear waters in turquoise tones and white sand.

The best way to get to know the island is to rent a motorbike. You will not find a motorcycle rental business, but if you ask, there is always a local person willing to rent yours for a small fee per day. Yes, attentive where you get. Most of the roads are in poor condition due to heavy and routine rains. It’s especially if you go into the island to the existing villages between the mountains.

It is impressive how you can change the environment from one beach to another; there are white sand or black stones. Some extensive, others small and wrapped with palm trees.

You also have the public transport that Kalabahi has. It consists of two lines, blue and red. One of them makes a route through the city. The other takes you to the area of ​​Alor Kecil. They are a kind of mini vans, with many colours and music at full volume.

In Kalabahi you will find the market, a cashier, the occasional grocery store, pharmacy, a kind of supermarket and a restaurant (I remember seeing a couple of them).

There is a town on the island that you can visit. They continue to live like their ancestors. They show you the typical cabins where they live. How they collect water from the rain. They even have a shop with little things made by them. I bought them a bracelet made from a fork! They are people of great heart. They even invited us to have a coffee!

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