How to book a trip to Indonesia

In “How to book a trip to Indonesia” we will guide you through the process of booking your holiday to Indonesia.

Indonesia, with more than 14,000 islands is a great destination for your holiday. Indonesia has everything for each type of vacation. From pristine white beaches to active volcanos and dense jungles. With an enormous amount of possibilities and thousands of pages of the internet people often don’t know where to start. If you follow our six steps, planning a holiday to Indonesia will be a lot easier.

How to book a trip to indonesia

  • STEP 1

    • Single traveler or with a group
      • If you travel single, you can do this exercise alone
      • If you travel in a group, it’s better to do this exercise with the group, or a part of the group and share your proposal with the rest of the group
    • Duration: Depending on the duration you can do more than one island. Local flights are easy to book. Traveling overland takes time due to traffic and road conditions. If you have limited time, it’s better to stay on one island.
    • Type of holiday
      • I like adventure
        • Climbing active volcano:
          • Mount Rinjani Lombok: easy to organize, popular, can be crowded
          • Active volcano’s in Sumatra: difficult to organize, unique trip, probably no other tourists
          • Kelimutu Flores: famous for its 3 color lake
Kelimutu 3 color lake Flores

Kelimutu 3 color lake Flores

        • Trekking in the jungle
          • Mount Leuser park Sumatra: easy to organize, great wildlife
          • Kalimantan (Borneo): orangutan protection programs (see them on feeding platforms), real wildlife is deeper in the jungle (more expensive)
        • Diving
          • Raja Ampat (Irian Jaya): amazing spot
          • Togian Islands (Sulawesi)
          • Komodo Islands (Flores)
          • Bunaken (Sulawesi)
          • Derawan area(Kalimantan)
          • Bali
          • Lombok
          • Bangka and Belitung islands (Sumatra)
          • Pulau Weh (Sumatra)
          • Wakatobi
          • Banda islands
Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

  • I like Nature
    • World heritage
      • Komodo National Park (Flores)
      • Lorentz National Park (Papua)
      • Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (Sumatra)
      • Ujung Kulon National Park (Java)
    • Bird Watching
      • Sumatra: 580 bird species
      • Bali: 280 bird species
      • Papua: 550 bird species, 42 endemic species
      • Sulawesi: 330 bird species, endemic (67) or near endemic (26)
      • Nusa Tenggara Barat with large selection of endemics in Flores
    • I like Culture
      • Indigenous cultures
        • Tana Toraja (Sulawesi)
        • Korowai tribe (Papua)
        • Yali tribe (West-Papua)
        • Asmat Tribe (West Papua)
        • Dani & Lani Tribes (West Papua)
        • Mentawi tribe (West Sumatra)
        • Dayaks (Kalimantan)
        • Bali aga (Bali)
        • Ngada Tribe (Flores)
        • Baduy tribe (Java)
        • … ethnic groups map indonesia
      • World Heritage
        • Borubudur (Yogyakarta – Java)
        • Prambanan(Yogyakarta – Java)
        • Sangiran Early Man Site (Solo – Central Java)
        • Subak System (Cultural Landscape of Bali Province)
  • STEP 2

    • Before you book a flight, make sure your passport is still valid (should be valid 6 months from the day of arrival)
    • Book your flight. Soekarna Harta (Jakarta) and Denpasar (Bali) are the main international airports. From Kuala Lumpur and Singapore you fly to more local airports. From Jakarta it’s easy to book local flights to the other islands. To get the best prices book your international flight around 104 days before your departure. If possible avoid high seasons too,  like new year period and July and August, to get cheaper prices.
  • STEP 3

    • Book local flights (easy on ). Pay attention to the luggage limits on each airline. Some cheap airlines often have delays or canceled flights.
    • You can book your hotels, or rent a villa (Bali) via the well-known sites. To book a homestay is more difficult online. Better use a local travel agent.
    • If needed you can book your local transport. If you rent a car, you need an international license. Be aware that many drivers drive without insurance. Traffic can be hectic in some areas. Rent a driver, is cheap and is advised.
    • A guide is a must if you go to the jungle. In other areas, it’s advised as many locals don’t speak English. A local guide can also show you the hidden gems, and they can make sure prices you pay are fair.
    • If you need assistance with your itinerary, you can contact us on We are the specialist in customised trips to Indonesia.
  • STEP 4

    • We strongly advise taking a travel insurance. Healthcare in rural areas is basic.
    • Vaccination depends on the area’s you are traveling to. Contact your local Tropical Institute for more info
    • Visa: Depending on which country you are traveling from, you can get a visa on arrival for short stays.
    • Check your packing checklist if you need to go shopping.
  • STEP 5

    • Use a checklist to pack your bags.
    • Check the luggage limits of the airline (certainly, if you will use local flights)
    • Indonesia is a tropical country. Sun protection and insect repellent are a must.

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  • STEP 6

    • Time to enjoy your holiday. Welcome in Indonesia.

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