Indonesia is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society of about 229 million people spread out over almost 2 million square kilometers west to east right on the equator in South East Asia.
Neighbouring countries are Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines in the north, Papua New Guinea in the far east (sharing the border with West Papua, the former Irian Jaya), and Australia and East Timor in the south.
Many international airlines fly nonstop to Indonesia's main airports in Jakarta and Denpasar/Bali, and many Asian carriers also connect the smaller island airports directly from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur as well.
The national carrier is Garuda Indonesia. They compete for Indonesia-bound passengers mainly with Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Korean Air.
Smaller domestic carriers offer online flight schedules these days, but many can still only be ticketed by operators and agents within Indonesia.
Among the low budget carriers whose tickets can only be instantly purchased online, Air Asia offers the most frequent and convenient schedules from a variety of Asian cities.
Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat, is one of the most difficult places to reach. Lion Air, Express Air and Sriwijaya Air offer regular schedules from Jakarta/Makassar, Manado and Ambon. Balikpapan in Kalimantan is serviced by Lion Air and Silk Air among others.
For Komodo liveaboard cruises, flights between Labuan Bajo or Bima originate in Bali and can be arranged through our office.
We offer competitive airfares with Garuda Indonesia and Singapore Airlines as well as Emirates, Cathay Pacific and many other international carriers. Those airfares can be reserved for you and ticketed at a later point in time. Seat allocations and notification of necessary schedule or itinerary changes are all part of our service.
We offer research and ticketing of all published airfares, to find the least expensive and/or most convenient flight plan from any international gateway world-wide.
Air taxes are subject to strong fluctuations and can change daily or until your flight ticket has been purchased. Taxes generally include local airport/security fees, departure taxes, ground handling fees and fuel surcharges.
Many of the lowest available published airfares are instant purchase only, often online through booking engines of the airlines' own websites.
In general, airfares available for purchase online depend on day of departure and time of travel. Those instant purchase airfares require full payment at time of booking. For flights booked online, we won't be able to provide any services for seat reservations, schedule or itinerary changes.
Please note that baggage rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.
Singapore Airlines: 20kg (44lbs) free baggage allowance. Additional scuba diving equipment will be charged at a flat fee: A standard charge of 6kg at USD 8.00/kilo will be applied on the scuba diving equipment if its weight and your other checked baggage exceed the free allowance entitled to you. This is applicable up to a maximum excess of 15kg for the scuba diving equipment. Normal excess baggage charges will apply for any excess weight beyond 15kg.
Air Asia: Various checked baggage weight allowances between 15-40kg (33-88lbs) can be purchased online with your flight ticket purchase.
Please note that baggage allowance on any domestic flights ticketed separately may be limited to 15kg (33bs) per person only, and any additional weight will be subject to surcharges per kilo.
Fragile items such as camera, regulator, dive computer etc., should be packed in a small bag and taken as carry-on luggage. Batteries from dive torches, strobes, cameras and other devices should be removed prior to check-in. Be sure your baggage is properly tagged.
International airport information
Major airports in Indonesia and neighbouring countries
Denpasar's international airport Ngurah Rai is just a few kilometers north of the Kuta region, and all Southern beaches can be reached in about 30 minutes.
Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport. We often arrange hotel stays including airport meet & greet and private car transfers. Chauffeured cars for transfers as well as island sightseeing are quite inexpensive for western standards.
Soekarno-Hatta Jakarta International Airport, completed in 1985, is located 12 miles (20km) northwest of Jakarta. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the city centre. There are taxis, rental car and hotel shuttle buses available.
Kuala Lumpur/ Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur International airport is located about 50km away from the city centre. Airport hotels and retails spaces are a short walk away from the terminals. There are 3 terminals:
The Main Terminal and the Satellite Terminal are linked by 'airotrain' and switching terminals for connecting flights is relatively fast and convenient.
Please note that there is a special LCCT Terminal for all low cost carriers like Air Asia. The LCCT Terminal is about 20km away from the main airport buildings on open roads. Please allow for a minimum of 4 hour connection time between regular and low cost airlines.
Passengers booked on the following international airlines can take advantage of city check in at a special airport check in counter located at KL Sentral: Malaysian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Royal Brunei Airlines. More airlines are expected of offer city check in soon.
Singapore Changi Airport
In our opinion, Singapore Changi has some of the best passenger facilities in South East Asia. Transit passengers may pass their connecting time checking into the Ambassador Transit Hotel where comfortable rooms may be booked overnight or by the hour. Please note that you cannot collect your luggge prior to checking in, since you will leave the transit area to pass customs only after your stay on your way to the next gate; your checked luggage will remain in special holding area during your stay. Other transit area facilities include cinemas and an open air swimming pool next door to the Ambassador Transit hotel entrance.