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These remote islands being – because of their exposure to waves and currents – accessible to diving liveaboards only during calm inter-monsoon periods,  divers are rare and many sites are still waiting to be discovered. The Banda sea offers some of the best diving in Indonesian waters and is for true explorers and adventure divers […]

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All transport modes play a role in Indonesia’s transport system and are generally complementary rather than competitive. Densely populated Java, with 7 percent of Indonesia’s land area and 62 percent of its population, accounts for 27 percent of the classified road network. At the other end of the spectrum, Maluku and Papua, with 23 percent […]

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Indonesia has a wide range of accommodation at competitive rates. International standard, medium and budget hotels; youth hostels; and timeshare apartments are just some of the types of accommodation avail

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Power supply is usually 220 volts/250 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded pins. It is advisable to check electricity supplies before using

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Achipelago is spread over three time zones. Western Indonesia Standard Time, which covers the islands of Sumatra, Java & Madura, West and Central Kalimantan is 7 hours ahead of GMT; Central Indonesia Standard Time covers East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara, and is 8 hours ahead of GMT; finally Eastern Indonesia

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Several tips to keep in respect for Indonesian’s customs, rituals and sensibilities: Don’t take a picture of anyone or something without first obtaining permission. Don’t enter a temple unless you’re completely covered knees to shoulders; you can buy a traditional sarong or sash around the temple or get one free to use, provided at some […]

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Major cities in Indonesia have shopping complexes, supermarkets and department stores where prices are fixed. Shops are usually open all week including Sundays. Shopping hours are usually between 9.00 am and 9.00 pm for department stores and supermarkets in the large cities with shorter hours on Sundays. In smaller cities, shops may be closed

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The unit of currency is Indonesia Rupiah indicated as IDR. USD1 is roughly equivalent to IDR 10.000,-. Foreign currency can be converted at banks and money changers. Exchange & Currency Here are some options that can help you save during your holiday in Bali.Credit Cards – Use a major credit card: American

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Normal banking hours are from 8.00 am to 2.30 pm from Monday to Friday. Some bank branches in hotels, however, keep longer hours. Daily exchange rates are published in newspapers. The US dollar is the most readily accepted currency. Most major tourist destination areas have foreign exchange facilities, but for travel

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Business offices are usually open either from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm or 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, with a break for lunch between 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm. but on Saturday many business offices are closed. Government office hours are from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm from Monday to Friday and on Saturday many […]

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Dress is normally informal in Indonesia due to the warm, humid climate and clothing of light fabrics are recommended. Traveling in highland areas is noticeably cooler, however, and carrying a light sweater may prove useful. Accepted attire for men is a shirt and long pants. A jacket and tie are required for official calls

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Local calls can be made from public phones using coins or pre-paid cards. International calls can be made from public phones with card phone facilities or at any Telkom offices. 3G internet is generally good around Komodo Park and the Gilis, and Skype / VOIP calls work well most of the time when you have […]

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However, the most popular sports in Indonesia are soccer, badminton, and table tennis. Golf is becoming more and more popular and a number of excellent golf course can be found across the archipelago. Most major hotels have their own tennis and squash courts, swimming pools, health clubs and those

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Indonesian Customs allows on entry a maximum of 1 litre of liquor, 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco and a reasonable amount of perfume per adult. Cars, photographic equipment, typewriters and tape recorders must be declared to Customs upon entry and must be

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In some areas, flying may be the only practical way to get around. State-operated Garuda (http://www.garuda-indonesia.com) handles international flights (though you might also use them for transport within Indonesia), while Merpati is the domestic operator. Provincial

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Major hotels usually add a 10% service charge to bills. Where it is not included a tip of between 5% to 10% of the bill would be appropriate if the service is satisfactory. Airport porters expect for a small bag and for bags weighing more than 20 kg. Tipping taxi and hire-car drivers is not […]

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