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      Diving with Mola Mola on Bali

      Bali May 18, 2015 at 12:42 AM

      Hello.

      I read several articls about Mola Mola fish and it seems there are only 2 places in the whole world, where there are high chances to see this fantastic, super ususual and rare fish: Galapagos islands and indonesian island Bali. Galapagos are too expensive for my budget, but Bal seems much more resaonable.

      I wonder, has anyone saw Mola Mola fish somewhere nearby Bali? I understand that sea is not an aquarium, but how often Mola Mola can be met there? Maybe someone knows any triks of how to attract it? Like the trip with a sound of a rumpling plastic bottle underwater that attracts sharks.

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    • Transportation in Ternate Island

      Ternate Apr 30, 2015 at 12:31 AM

      I'm going to Ternate Island in the coming July.

      (1) Can we pick up ojek or a taxi at the airport in order to go to some downtown area ?
      (2) If we wanna use a taxi in a town, can we find one on the street ?
      (3) If we wanna rent a taxi for one day excurtion - say, 8 hours - how much will it be ? A rough idea is okay.

      Chao.

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    • What is the name of the new private hospital in Bogor and it's location

      Bogor May 17, 2015 at 2:10 PM

      Has anyone been to this new hospital and where is it in Bogor?

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    • Speifics on Bromo

      Surabaya May 18, 2015 at 4:15 AM

      I've done my research on getting to Bromo or Cemoro Lawang from Surubaya now I'm looking for specifics for getting around the area. I'll be doing this independent of the tours and walking/hiking as much of it as I can so I'm trying to gather as much info on it as I can.

      I will try to get a room in Lava View or somewhere nearby, from there I would like to know how far it is to the viewpoint which from what I have read is on or near Mt. Pananjakan. The only review or blog post I've read which mentions the time says it's somewhere from 20-40 mins walk up there, not sure how accurate that is or if that's even from Cemoro Lawang area or some other point.

      From the viewpoint, how far is it back down to the entrance or the place where you pay the fee and then to the actual volcano itself?

      Any other vantage points or tips on getting around sand sea and the temple would also be appreciated.

       

      EDIT: I just read another post stating that the route the 4x4's take to the viewing area is different from the walking path, don't know if this is true or if there are clear markings along the way when I get there.

       

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    • Tour operators

      Balikpapan May 5, 2015 at 12:41 AM

      Are there many tour operators in Balikpapan, and where?

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    • Things to buy and where to get them

      Jakarta Yesterday

      I'd like to get some crafts, I hear woodwork is a popular option, I have enough songket and batik items from Malaysia so I won't focus so much on that, although i will be getting some as well.

      I was thinking of getting some shadow puppets, wood boxes and carvings as gifts. Can someone give me an idea of what's available, common items and things to take home and buy as gifts, as well as where best to get them. I will be in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Surabaya. I'm still in the early stages of planning my itinerary so I haven't gotten around to the shopping part yet. I know there are plenty of malls in Indonesia, Jakarta especially but there don't seem to be all that many markets.

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    • Lake Toba to Medan

      North Sumatra Province May 21, 2015 at 6:04 AM

      I planned to have 3 days vacation Indonesia. 1st day i straight to berastagi. 2nd day I planned to go for a Mount Sibayak trekking and in evening go to lake toba. The 3rd day I planned to have a tour in lake toba for a while and then shoot to medan airport. Is it possible?

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    • Black Sand beaches

      Bali May 13, 2015 at 8:59 AM

      I am travelling to bali next month and one of my main things to do is visit a black sand beach. can anyone recommend any to visit?

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    • Transportation

      Wonosobo May 10, 2015 at 6:07 AM

      We want to go from Bandung to Wonosobo in the early morning. What is the best option, to go by bus or train? What time does the bus or train starts?

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    • Getting Around Bali

      Bali May 5, 2015 at 8:18 AM

      Hi!

      Myself and a couple of friends are headed to Bali in two weeks. We would love to go to Mount Batur as well as the tegalalang rice plantations but we are staying in seminyak and have heard that it is quite far away. Does anyone have a driver to recommend and what are the rates usually?

      Same goes for Tanah Lot. We are planning to go there one evening and have been told it is better to hire a driver.

      Please advise! Thank you!

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    • Desperate need for a nose cone!!

      Bali 21 hours ago

      Im currently in Seminyak, Bali and coming down with a cold, does anyone out there know where i can buy a nose cone around here?? Went in to 3 different pharmacies and they didnt even seem to know what it was.. Please help!!

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    • Lone traveller

      Bali May 6, 2015 at 10:31 AM

      Hello all,
      I am a lone female traveller and I will be travelling for two months from the end of June/ beginning of July....I was wondering if anybody could please tell me of any good places to meet other travellers?
      Thanks, Anisa.

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    • Getting Around Bali

      Bali May 5, 2015 at 8:18 AM

      Hi!

      Myself and a couple of friends are headed to Bali in two weeks. We would love to go to Mount Batur as well as the tegalalang rice plantations but we are staying in seminyak and have heard that it is quite far away. Does anyone have a driver to recommend and what are the rates usually?

      Same goes for Tanah Lot. We are planning to go there one evening and have been told it is better to hire a driver.

      Please advise! Thank you!

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    • May travel

      Bali May 6, 2015 at 4:23 AM

      Hi we are traveling to bali this month. I have booked our first 3 nights but was planning on winging it the rest of the time. The closer my trip get the more nervous I am about that idea. Is it easy to find rooms/ villas/ any accommodations in May?

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      Help me for Itinerary

      Bandung May 2, 2015 at 11:13 PM

      My Family and i plan go to bandung early June 2015 for 5@6 days....my question are:
      1) how i can go to bandung from soekarna Hatta Airport in jakarta bcoz we already bought the flight ticket....the fastest way

      2) can i get local driver or good local tour guide during our trip in bandung?

      3. Which hotel u recommend for family n close to shopping area

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    Popular Papua Province Travel Answer Locations

    • Hospital facilities in Sorong

      Sorong Mar 2, 2015 at 1:32 PM

      What is the name of the Hospital in Sorong and please describe its facilities/standards

      1 Answer Apr 7, 2015 at 11:29 AM
    • Raja Ampat transport

      Raja Ampat Dec 1, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Hi,
      I am going to Raja Ampat In about two weeks. I will arrive in Sorong next December 24, and i will spend 9 days staying in two different homestays. I have a few questions:

      I would like to stay in Batanta island; is there a public transport to get there?(I am travelling alone)

      Is it better to book the homestays in advance or is it easy to find a place when i get there?

      Do you know some good homestays on different island Which are possible to reach without spending a lot of money chartering a boat just for myself? (I would like a place with beach-front snorkeling)

      Thank you very much for your information

      Bye bye Alessandro

      1 Answer Dec 2, 2014 at 5:38 PM
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      Surat jalan

      Sorong Jun 26, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      if I arrive in a smaller place by Pelni ship,can I get a Surat Jalan ,or does it have to be a big town?

      2 Answers Sep 30, 2014 at 9:16 PM
    • Car with driver for hire

      Raja Ampat May 28, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Can someone recommend a good driver with car in raja ampat?

      2 Answers May 29, 2014 at 8:06 AM
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      Sorong-Jayapur

      Sorong Sep 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      I have trouble to find a flight betwen Sorong and Jayapur...is there any? My plan is to go beginnig feb. -14

      3 Answers Nov 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM
    • sorong

      Sorong Oct 10, 2012 at 4:08 AM

      Hello everyone! I am going to Sorong for few days and wondering if you could recommend where i can have a good and relaxing body treatment as a massages, facial, hair cut etc. And also good hotels plus night life!!I am working on busy motor yacht and do not have any time to spoil my self and no social life either if anyone can help me with any suggestion i would appreciate it!
      Many thanks and happy days!!!

      1 Answer Oct 10, 2012 at 6:13 AM
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      Papua and Sulawesi Itinerary -- Is it ok?

      Papua Province Aug 31, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Hello VTers

      My wife and I are considering making a two week trip to Sulawesi and Papua.
      Could you let me know your thoughts on the itinerary below...don't hold back...you always have great insight and ideas... Thanks.

      Day 01

      Arrival at Hasanuddin Airport Makassar. Set out for a drive to Tanjung Bira. On the way visit Bissappu waterfall in Bantaeng. At Tana Beru see Traditional Perahu construction.

      Day 02
      Island trip (Liukang Island or Ara Island) depends to the weather, using local boat. Then back to Bira.

      Day 03
      Transfer to Sengkang. Visit the museum of Andi Mapasissi then go to catch the sunset over the Lake Tempe. Cross the lake by motorized canoe and visit the fisherman families who do live on the floating villages.

      Day 04
      Visit silk factory, then transfer to Tana Toraja via Palopo. In the afternoon arrival in Rantepao.

      Day 05
      Exploring Toraja. Visit Lemo to see rows of Tau Tau statues and the hanging graves. Onwards to Suaya to discover the secret of the Baby Tree. Also visiting today Londa, to see an ancient grave where the deceased are entombed. At Kete Kesu one of the oldest Torajan villages see Tongkonan, and old rice barns.

      Day 06
      Trip to Batutumonga enjoying views over Rantepao and surrounding valleys. Walk along the rice fields and the daily Torajan live. Also visiting Pallawa, Sa’dan.

      Day 07
      Transfer back to Makassar. A coffee-stop at Puncak Lakawan to enjoy the view. Lunch at a seafood restaurant in Pare-Pare. Go to hotel.

      Day 08
      City Tour of Makassar, visiting the Old Dutch Fortress Rotterdam and Paotere Anchorage the Buginese boat harbor. Onwards transfer directly to Hasanuddin Airport Makassar to catch flight.


      DAY 09 : JAYAPURA ARRIVAL CONNECT TO WAMENA
      Arrival at Jayapura airport, then to Wamena. After arrival explore the area and Napua Hills with its panoramic view of the valley, Wesaput village and its traditional hanging bridge, some Dani villages and a traditional market.

      DAY 10 : WAMENA - SOGOKMO - KURIMA - WAMENA
      Drive in 35 minutes to Sogokmo village and start to have a day trek for about 4-5 hours through Dani sweet potatoes gardens until we get to Kurima the sub-district. Then heading back to Sogokmo where the cars pick us up to Wamena.

      DAY 11 : WAMENA - KIMBIM/PYRAMID - WAMENA
      Drive to Western part of Baliem Valley to exploring the way of life of Lani people. Before we do a short trekking to Lani villages, see local market first at Kimbim. Then proceed to Pyramid. Then drive back.

      DAY 12 : WAMENA - JIWIKA (Pig Feast and Dance) - WAMENA
      Drive 30 minutes to Jiwika in the Northern part of Baliem valley to see the 250 years old Mummy. Then walk 10 minutes to village of Anemoigi to view the Dani Mock battle and Pig feast. Then visit the Mili Mountain to see how the Dani women make a salt in the traditional way.

      DAY 13 : WAMENA - JAYAPURA
      Flight back to Jayapura. Sightseeing tour including Mac Arthur 2nd World War monument, Sentani lake by long boat to visit Assey and Ayapo villages how the Sentani tribe make the bark painting. Visit he Anthropology museum then Hamadi market & Jayapura city.

      DAY 14 : JAYAPURA - Home

      Any opinions? Is it ok? We are missing the Koroway tree people cause my wife is not a mosquito bug person and the trip is a bit too adventurous. Is this itinerary advisable...any good???

      1 Answer Sep 1, 2012 at 3:19 AM
    • How to get to Srong???

      Sorong Nov 2, 2011 at 6:48 AM

      Hello,
      I' m going to Sorong for dive-safari.
      And for my international flights and dates of safari fits only flights by Express airline company.
      Has anyone flown with this company?
      How I can get in touch with them (ask,because they do not have an online-booking system or even e-mail address on their site)???
      If you know any other good airline company, which flies from Manado to Sorong, please, tell about them.
      Thanks in advance! =))
      Lyolya

      2 Answers Nov 2, 2011 at 8:56 AM
    • TRAVEL TIMES

      Sorong Mar 2, 2011 at 9:04 PM

      Is there a "Seasonal" time to travel to Pulau Empat & Sorong ie floods weather wise etc
      We want to travel this April - 15 - 22nd 2011

      1 Answer Mar 6, 2011 at 7:32 AM
    • Charter flight booking advice for Papua wanted (AMA, etc)

      Papua Province Nov 11, 2010 at 8:23 AM

      Hi,

      I live in Jakarta and speak some Indonesian.
      I have some questions about the best way to book flights in Papua.

      Regarding charter flights from Wamena to other airstrips in Papua province via AMA (or other airlines that do charters).
      a) I think the most reliable way is to charter an entire plane. But I've also heard that if there are extra seats that no Papuan person is taking, then a tourist/foreigner can "charter" those individual seats. Is this true? If it is, I assume that it is very unreliable to do so, because I would guess that such available seats are rare and unpredictable, and it is unclear to me whether they can even be booked in advance or if it would always be like a "standby".

      b) How do you actually book a charter with AMA, etc? Can I do it myself? Or do people recommend using a guide/agent/broker to do it?
      Can it be done over the phone or only in person?

      c) Is it possible to pay AMA via bank transfer, or only cash?

      d) How far in advance can/should this be booked?

      e) Can anyone share the prices that they paid for specific routes?

      Thanks

      4 Answers Nov 16, 2010 at 7:05 PM
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      Possible worries about security in Sulawesi and Papua for independent travel?

      Papua Province Apr 10, 2010 at 10:54 AM

      Hi to all!
      The security situation in Sulawesi and Papua according to various governmental travel advice offices, is terrible and almost make you not want to go, while travellers have reported a better situation.
      If anybody has a good idea about how things are going this period, I would be greatfull to know
      My plan is to travel around about a week in each island, solo and budget, so with public transport as much as possible (hoping it is possible), and stay at simple places, which might expose a backpacker to some more possible danger, instead of staying in expensive hotels with security, private transport etc, which is not my case.
      I'm thinking also to enter overland from Indonesian Papua to P. New Guinea, but governmental advice from western countries, try to keep travellers away, too!
      Many thanks guys
      Nik

      7 Answers Apr 26, 2010 at 9:29 PM
    • Western Papua Travel on the cheap from 14-19th August

      Papua Province Jul 17, 2009 at 3:52 AM

      Hi all,

      I am planning a 5 day trip to western papua from 14-19th August, realised all package tours are very expensive. Could anyone guide me on how do it on the cheap, want to see the tribes in baliem valley?

      Thanks.

      2 Answers Jul 18, 2009 at 8:29 AM
    • boat rental

      Sorong Jun 20, 2009 at 3:21 PM

      Is it possible to rent a boat to explore Raja Ampat islands independly and if so what would it cost?

      Thanks for any help

    • Native tribes, local markets, trecking etc during first week of November - anyone to join?

      Papua Province Jun 15, 2009 at 9:07 AM

      Hi,
      I am planning to stay on a liveaboard from Nov 9th on, cruising around Raja Ampat for diving, leaving from Sorong. The week before I would like to travel around Papua, focus on native tribes, local markets and trecking; no focus on bird watching ;o)
      Bookable trips are mostly private tours starting from 2 PAX, thus I am looking for somebody to join. Anybody interested?
      I am 38 years, female and German. email: alex@redhardt.de
      Cheers!

      1 Answer Jun 21, 2009 at 5:02 PM
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      ! Baliem in West Papua, anyone to travel together?

      Papua Province Apr 7, 2009 at 1:15 AM

      ! Baliem in West Papua, anyone to travel together?
      I am planing to trek about 10 days in Baliem Valley in the highland of West Papua. Would anyone wanna join me? I am reaching there on 27th April.

      email me at: stephen.x.zhang at gmail.com

      1 Answer Apr 7, 2009 at 2:11 AM
    • west papua trek

      Papua Province Jul 27, 2008 at 3:17 AM

      I am trying to arrange a trekking trip to the Yali area of West Papua in October/November 2009 for about 14 days. Most of the sites I have looked at require a minimum or 2 or 4 travellers and as I am on my own I'm looking for anyone else who might be interested to get in touch. Aiming to meet up in Jakarta/Jayapura.

      Chris Wiper, male, Scotland

      2 Answers May 13, 2009 at 11:47 PM
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      Papua in September

      Papua Province Jul 16, 2008 at 4:59 AM

      I am planning a trip to Papua (and Toraja, because the flight from Jakarta makes a stop in Makassar anyway).
      I have heard that it's not the safest place for a solo-female traveler, so I am looking for travel partner(s).
      Since I only have a week to spend in Papua, my main destination is Baliem Valley. Helpful information are highly appreciated!

      Ellin

      4 Answers Jul 22, 2008 at 4:45 AM
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      Nickel

      Pulau Gag Jun 19, 2008 at 8:57 AM

      The mother of all Nickel Mines is being developed here. Has anyone been to the island or near the area and can tell me anything about the environment, infrastructure, wildlife?

      Anything would be appreciated.

      2 Answers May 20, 2009 at 10:30 PM
    • travelling alone

      Papua Province Jun 18, 2008 at 8:34 AM

      Hi,
      Does anybody have experience or advise about travelling in Papua as a woman, alone... Is this safe?

      thanx

      3 Answers Jul 15, 2008 at 6:58 PM
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      Woman traveling alone in Baliem Valley in July

      Papua Province May 24, 2008 at 9:04 PM

      Hello! I am hoping to spend two and half weeks in the Baliem Valley area starting July 13 or so, would anyone like to join me on a trek? Also, do you have any suggestions on specific guides, locations to visit, and safety for solo women travelers?

      Thanks so much!

      Jenny

      2 Answers Jun 18, 2008 at 8:12 AM
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      Info about this adventure

      Papua Province May 24, 2008 at 2:55 PM

      I am really setting my goals to visit Irian Jaya (landing in Jayapura and exploring scenery round Wamena) but I would appreciate your help.

      First I wonder does anybody has a contact of good guide? I would love to do 4-5 day trek into the mysterious area of Papua province. Antimalaric pills are strongly recommended but there I wonder again which one are the strongest and best (I would really like to avoid health problems during my stay there).

      If you have any addition information about this area please let me know. I am planning of going there round 15th on June this year for few weeks. Truly hope to experience something new, friendly and most adventure. Beside trekking round Wamena I will do scubadiving round Manado and then return home.

      Thanks for any help. Enjoy, Glorija

      7 Answers Sep 25, 2008 at 1:17 AM
    • info re Manokwari area

      Manokwari Apr 16, 2008 at 12:18 AM

      Maybe going to this area in Sept 2008.
      Has anybody good tips on the Arfak Mountain area or the Cendrawasih Marine Park?
      And Nusi Island, off Nabire?
      Remote obviously but are they worth the time and cost to get there?

      1 Answer May 14, 2008 at 1:01 AM
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      Oz to Jayapura

      Papua Province Apr 15, 2008 at 12:34 PM

      Hi,
      does anybody know if it is possible to fly from Brisbane or Cairns to Jayapura? I am wanting to do this trip soon. Thanks.

      1 Answer Jun 17, 2009 at 7:50 AM
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      Papua

      Papua Province Jun 3, 2007 at 11:57 AM

      Anyone know how long it takes to get from Wamena to Dekai in Papua or vice versa?

      1 Answer Jun 3, 2007 at 1:16 PM
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      Flights to Jayapura

      Papua Province May 14, 2007 at 7:03 AM

      I arrive in Jakarta on June 16th and need to fly to Jayapura on the same day or early the next morning. I know Garuda, Merpati and Batavia all fly to Jayapura, but will it be possible to buy my ticket as soon as I arrive in Jakarta or should I book it in advance?
      Thanks

      3 Answers May 29, 2007 at 1:00 AM
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      Senggo - Merauke flights?

      Papua Province Apr 5, 2007 at 5:39 AM

      Another question - I have heard rumours of fairly regular flights between Senggo and Merauke - does anyone know whether this is correct, and if so how much it costs and when it departs?

      2 Answers Apr 6, 2007 at 7:07 PM
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      Periplus Adventure Guide

      Papua Province Apr 2, 2007 at 11:00 AM

      Yet another - does anyone know where I can get hold of a copy of the most recent Periplus guide to West Papua/Irian Jaya? or does anyone have one they want to sell?
      Thanks again

      2 Answers Apr 5, 2007 at 7:51 AM
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      Surat Jalan

      Papua Province Mar 23, 2007 at 7:48 AM

      Does anyone know exactly what the process is for getting the surat jalan for Papua? what is required, where does one have to go, how long does it take and how much does it cost? thanks!

      1 Answer Mar 25, 2007 at 10:59 AM
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      Bahasa / Javanese?

      Papua Province Mar 19, 2007 at 4:30 AM

      Papuans that speak Indonesian, do they usually speak Javanese or Bahasa? Am learning Bahasa for my upcoming visit to Papua but suddenly realised it may well not be what people actually speak!

      2 Answers Mar 22, 2007 at 11:15 PM
    • From Indonesia to Oz by boat ?

      Papua Province Jan 12, 2007 at 4:59 AM

      Hello,
      In a couple of weeks a friend and me will be travelling through Indonesia and possibly Irian Jaya. We were thinking about taking a boat to go to Cape Horn Australia and preferably to Weipa. Our destination afterwards is Cairns. Has anybody has experiences with it? We don't mind working on a boat/cargo. Is it maybe a better plan to cross the border with Papua New Guinea and take a boat from there to Cairns? We're not looking for expensive flight tickets.

      In general, anybody worked before for shipping compagnies going from Indonesia to Cairns?

      I'm sure some travellers already did it before and I want to know about there experiences.

      Thanks a lot!