If you thought Indonesia was all big resorts and Bintang, it might be time to check your atlas.

Because there isn’t really just one Indonesia, not when you’re an archipelago made up of 17,000 individual islands (only 8,000 of which have ever seen a human footprint). One minute you’re spotting orangutans in the jungles of Sumatra, the next you’re chowing down on an organic acai bowl in Ubud, hiking the slopes of Mt Batur or kicking back on the sugar-white beaches of Gili Air (preferably holding a some ridiculous, tropical-looking cocktail). Every day in Indonesia is different, so whether you’re after party, peace or paradise, the odds are good we’ve got an Indonesia tour that fits the bill.

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Indonesia travel FAQs

Passport holders for most nationalities are now permitted to enter Visa Free for up to 30 days for tourism purposes. In March 2016 Australia and Ireland have been added to the list of countries now exempt from visas for visits for tourism purposes under 30 days. Please check with your relevant consulate or embassy.

Entry requirements: presentation of onward or return tickets, passport which is valid for at least 6 months. Visitors on Visa-Free Short Visits must enter AND exit from certain airports and seaports in Indonesia including: Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Airport), Bali (Ngurah Rai Airport), Yogyakarta (Adisucipto Airport) and Surabaya (Juanda Airport). This currently excludes entry and exist from Lombok (Bandar Udara International Airport). Visa-Free Short Visits cannot be extended and cannot be transferred to another type of visa.

Some nationalities are required to obtain a visa on arrival, or in advance. Citizens of countries who aren't on the visa on arrival or visa free lists are required to apply for a visa overseas before travelling to Indonesia.

Nationals of all countries planning to stay for more than 30 days in Indonesia have to apply for the appropriate visa at an overseas Indonesian consulate or embassy before their departure.

Local laws require that you must be able show your valid passport at any time when required to do so by an immigration office. We recommend taking a clear photocopy of your passport photo page, and visa (after arriving), to carry with you.

Tipping isn't mandatory or customary in Indonesia, but a tip of spare change or another small amount would be appreciated by restaurants, drivers and other service workers, especially if the service has been particularly good.

Internet access is widely available in tourist areas like Bali, which has many internet cafes. Internet access is less common in rural and remote areas.

You'll be able to use your mobile phone in most urban areas of Indonesia, although some of the islands or more remote areas may not have network coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your mobile carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your mobile while in Indonesia.

You'll have to adjust to different standards of hygiene and sanitation while in Indonesia. The standard toilet is of the squat variety and this may take some getting used to. However, western-style toilets can be found in large hotels and some tourist areas.

Indonesia is one of the world's favourite budget travel destinations. Here's what you can roughly expect to pay for a:

Street food snack = 2,000 IDR
Fresh juice = 5,000 IDR
Bottle of beer in a bar = 20,000 IDR
Souvenir sarong = 25,000 IDR
Dinner in a restaurant = 40,000 IDR

Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Indonesia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found, some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Major credit cards are widely accepted by large shops, hotels and restaurants in Indonesia. However, they may not be accepted by smaller vendors such as small family restaurants, market stalls or in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option everywhere in Indonesia.

ATMs are found widely throughout Indonesia, so withdrawing cash shouldn't be problematic in most areas. Some smaller villages and rural areas may not have ATM access, so be prepared for this before venturing too far from a city or major town.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Years Day
  • 28 Jan Chinese New Year
  • 28 Mar Bali Hindu New Year
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 24 Apr Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad 
  • 1 May International Labor Day / May Day
  • 11 May Waisak Day
  • 25 May Ascension Day of Jesus Christ
  • 1 Jun Pancasila Day
  • 23 Jun Shared Public Holiday (Lebaran)
  • 25 Jun Hari Raya Idul Fitri
  • 26 Jun Hari Raya Idul Fitri
  • 27 Jun Shared Public Holiday (Lebaran)
  • 28 Jun Shared Public Holiday (Lebaran)
  • 17 Aug Indonesian Independence Day
  • 1 Sep Idul Adha
  • 21 Sep Islamic New Year
  • 1 Dec Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec Shared Public Holiday (Christmas)

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Indonesia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/indonesia/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Responsible travel in Indonesia

Top responsible travel tips for Indonesia

  1. Be considerate of Indonesia's customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
  3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  4. Choose to not support businesses that promote cruelty towards or exploitation of endangered species.
  5. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  6. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
  7. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
  8. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
  9. Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims aren't expected to fast, it's recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.
  10. The precious reefs off the coast of Indonesia need to be preserved and protected. By all means, admire the coral, but never touch or remove coral from reefs. Also, avoid buying souvenirs that have been illegally removed from the reef.

The Intrepid Foundation

The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.

In Indonesia, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:

Bumi Sehat project in Indonesia

Bumi Sehat

This free maternal health clinic located in Bali assists economically-challenged local women with health services, nutrition advice and education programs.

Image supplied by Bumi Sehat.


To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org