For those who plan to visit Indonesia one day, this could be useful, similar blogs have helped us work out our budget and accommodation during the planning stages & trip.
06.07.2010 0 °C
We spent 19 days in Indonesia (Bali, Gili, Lombok, Trip to Komodo & Flores) staying in hostels in private rooms with private bathrooms mainly, almost all had free WiFi. We ate out most of the time. Accommodation and food is relatively cheap where we travelled. One can find food for as little as US$2 a main course and accommodation for US$16 a night. We found the transport to be the extremely expensive if you want to have something reliable and quick, and this is the part that increased our budget. Our 4 days 4 nights boat trip to Komodo Island is included in the “Accommodation” section below, this included all meals and entrance fees (£170 each).
The “Transport” part below includes 1 local flight from Flores back to Bali; several private transfers (which are the easiest and quickest but the most expense way of getting around) and a few taxis to or from airports.
The “Extras” part includes our visa on arrival & departure tax, one fun dive on Gili Air (£40), Internet usage on Gili and several things bought at the markets.
All amounts are in US dollars:
Per day for 2 pax:....................................$ 98
INDONESIA - ACCOMODATION: 30 May to 18 June 2010
Address: JI Tanan Lawangan 1. Br, Mumbul, Ngurah Rai Bypass, Nusa Dua
Tel: + 62 819 330 55350
Cost: IR 350,000 per room – Ensuite Bathroom – A/C - Breakfast inc – Wifi
Notes: Very nice place. Swimming Pool. DVD player in the rooms and a dvd library available. Nice friendly British owners, helpful with suggestions on where to go etc. Not on beach, would need to rent a bike from them and/or private car w driver to do some far away visits.
Address: Off JI Monkey Forest Road (ask them for a landmark as sign is easy to miss!)
[b]Tel: 0361 973 249
Email: jati3 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: IR 250,000 per night – Ensuite Bathroom – A/C – Breakfast inc – WiFi inc
Notes: Simple but ok. Well situated on a little street off the main road. There were slightly better rooms in adjacent building but we didn’t judge necessary. Has a spa on the premises. Can rent bikes from them.
Tip: We were told of a nice one called Honeymoon Hotel, that was meant to be fab. Only remembered when we left.. Don’t be intimidated by the name, it was given to us by a single traveller
Cost: IR 160,000 per night - Ensuite bathroom – Fan – Breakfast inc – Wifi extra cost
Notes: Wifi pricy, but had 2 computers for use at a lesser cost. Has a swimming pool and is on the beach. Nice spot I guess for what Amed is. This spot can be avoided if you are also doing the Gili Islands.
GILI ISLANDS - AIR
NB: No matter where you stay, make sure they have a generator as electricity cuts out almost every night.. Imagine a hot room without a fan/ a.c all night...
Address: None found – on the east coast road, heading north, they will know there, just ask
Tel: + 62 (0370) 641021
Cost: IR 160,000 per night - Ensuite bathroom – Fan - Breakfast inc – No Wifi
Notes: Nice little place BUT..For one they are a 15min walk from proper swimming spots (there is only coral reef right against the beach near them), and for 2 all the restaurants of course are near the swimming spots. So it’s a lot of back and forth every day.. We left after our 1st night because of this. Semi-salt water for showers (like most places there)
Address: None found – on the east coast road, heading south, they will know there, just ask
Tel: + 62 819 17229543
Cost: IR 200,000 per room– Ensuite bathroom – Fan - Breakfast inc – No Wifi
Notes: Vey basic place but close to the action which is what we wanted. No generator which really sucked! Otherwise fine..
Cost: IR 175,000 per room – Ensuite bathroom – Breakfast not inc – No Wifi
Notes: Fine, nothing that stands out.. You need a tuktuk thingy to get to shops or a (hot) walk. Some restaurants have wifi. We stayed one night only for the pick up to our Komodo boat trip starting the next day. This hotel seems to be managed by Lombok Travel (See below), we couldn’t find any more info about them than this link.
KOMODO, RINCA, FLORES
"Lombok Travel Online"
Address: Jl. Raya Senggigi Km 12 Senggigi, Lombok
Tel: +62 (0) 370-6677886
Cost: IR 1.6 million per person plus some entrance fees to certain islands.
Notes: This cost includes 3 nights on board during the cruise (plus an extra night if you want when we arrive in Flores). 3 Meals a day. They can organise alcohol/ drinks for you but we did our own shopping and save money obviously.
Sleeping arrangements are dorm style, everyone next to each other. No fresh water for rinsing after swimming but you get given water to drink daily so if you want to use that you can. Very basic but great fun.
Tip: Book your flight back from Flores to Bali/ other before you get on the trip. Otherwise if the flight is full you have a 36hour bus/ boat/ bus journey ahead of you. It is near impossible booking the flight online, you have to go to a travel agent on the street.
To see our blog on trip details on Indonesia please go to our Table of Contents: here.