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What are the visa and passport requirements for travel to Bali and Komodo?
A passport, still valid for six months beyond projected stay, is required to enter Indonesia. A 30 day visa is issued upon arrival for $35USD for US or Canadian citizens. Visas must be paid for in US Dollars. No credit cards, Canadian dollars, travelers checks or personal checks will be accepted.
What inoculations are required for travel to Indonesia?
No vaccinations are required for travel to Bali & Komodo Island. The CDC recommends that travelers to Indonesia be up-to-date on vaccinations for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT), poliovirus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid and Japanese encephalitis. Malaria is found in Indonesia though the risk of contraction is small. Malaria is not found on the island of Bali but is in the islands of the cruise. Guests need to bring and use medication (NOT choloroquine). Consult your physician or health care provider for recommendations about health abroad and to ensure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date.
How active is IE’s Bali to Komodo expedition cruise?
This trip requires a good amount of walking, hiking, stair climbing, and standing. Guests should be in reasonably good shape to enjoy this program fully. This program also includes a lot of water based activities. Snorkeling equipment is available onboard.
Is it safe to drink the water in Indonesia?
Water in Indonesia is not safe to drink, or even brush your teeth. IE guests will be provided with bottled or purified water on all tours, transfers, at all meals, and at each hotel.
What should I pack for my trip to Bali and Komodo?
IE’s Bali expedition cruise is informal. In Bali, you can expect warm to hot days and cooler evenings. Shorts and t-shirts are appropriate for our tours and time at leisure, while you will want short-sleeves and slacks for group dinners. During our cruise, shorts and t-shirts are appropriate for all functions. The destinations we are visiting are informal places, with an easy lifestyle that demands little formality in terms of clothing. Along these lines, to respect local customs women should avoid wearing tight or revealing clothing. Shorts, quality T-shirts and/or polo-style shirts are ideal. Short sleeve button downs or pullovers are great too. Our adventure involves walks in the forest, where temperatures and humidity can take its toll. If you prefer to wear long pants and sleeves during excursions, ensure they are made out of very lightweight, breathable material. Jeans are good for cooler evenings but will be stifling during the heat of the day. You should wear a hat with a brim to protect yourself from the strong midday sun. Lightweight pants that zip off into shorts are perfect for a trip like this and really lighten your load in terms of luggage.
Footwear is very important. Good, sturdy footwear is needed for all excursions. You’ll be spending time on city tours as well as in parks and rainforest. Rain, mud and generally humid conditions can get your shoes dirty while in the forest. It’s a good idea to have a clean pair of shoes to wear for evenings and time not in the forest. Flip-flops or sandals are a good choice for time at the hotels and even on city tours. They are lightweight, inexpensive and slip on and off easily when visiting temples and other places that ask you to remove your shoes during your visit. Also, some coral is poisonous, in particular cone shells. Coral is also home to other poisonous creatures, generally harmless if left alone, and it is not recommended to swim or walk barefoot near coral.
Having a strong, medium-sized, waterproof daypack that can hold your daily needs (camera, sunscreen, hat, tissues, candy, etc) while on tour will be an indispensable asset during your trip. Guests should bring lightweight rain gear, keeping in mind that the heat makes heavy raingear very uncomfortable.