How to get to Indonesia?

You’ve booked on Indo Master. This is EXCITING. But now what? Now you obviously need to organise your travel to get to the boat. So how do you get to Indonesia to join Indo Master? It might look complicated, but it is not.

Where is Indonesia?

Where is Indonesia?
Where is Indonesia?

Indonesia is a country located in South-East Asia. It is an archipelago – an extensive group of islands – stretching across both the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The country lies right on the Equator.

Indonesia is also a really big country, spanning over an equivalent to one-eight of the Earth’s circumference. It has many islands and many cities, which may seem daunting at first, but is actually very straightforward and easy. So, take a deep breath and read on.

We tend to group all of these islands into sub-geographical regions… which makes it a bit easier! These will be names you would have heard, but locally they may have other names (in italics below). These regions are:

  • The West, with Sumatra (Sumatera), Java (Jawa), Borneo (Kalimatan) and Celebes (Sulawesi)
  • The South with the island of Bali and the chain of islands running through to Timor
  • The North with the Moluccas (Maluku) which are located between the Celebes and the island of New Guinea (Papua)
  • The East which encompasses part of the island of New Guinea (Papua)

We hope that clears it? If not, let’s look at a map then it will all make sense!

Regions of Indonesia
This map shows the different regions in Indonesia

So how do you get to Indonesia?

While you can reach it by boat (plenty of islands = plenty of ports), or by road if you are coming from Brunei and/or Malaysia, nowadays pretty much everyone reaches Indonesia by plane. Most major airlines fly to Indonesia and it will be easy to find direct flights from any of the Middle Eastern hubs or using a connecting flight from Singapore, Manila or Kuala Lumpur.

The pandemic has, of course, affected the aviation industry but we are also starting to see a lot more direct flights from Australia and Japan and, more slowly, from the US and Europe. Finding a flight will not be the challenge of how to get to Indonesia. But wait… when you say Indonesia, which airport do you need to fly to?

Main entry airports

You can safely say that as a tourist you will use one of the two main international airports: Jakarta or Bali. They are actually called respectively Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) and Ngurah Rai (DPS).

Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta) was the 25th busiest airport in the world in 2019, making it Indonesia’s main airport. Ngurah Rai (also known as Denpasar International) is the second main airport in the country in terms of numbers. These are not the only international airports in Indonesia, but they tend to be the entry ports when you visit the country as a tourist.

Depending on your itinerary, we will variously recommend one over the other, just because of the availability of domestic flight connections but this is only a recommendation. In actuality, you can use either.

Alor ArchipelagoBali – Ngurah Rai (DPS)
Halmahera & Northern MoluccasJakarta – Soekarno-Hatta (CGK)
Komodo National ParkBali – Ngurah Rai (DPS)
Raja AmpatJakarta – Soekarno-Hatta (CGK)
Southern Forgotten IslandsEither
The Spice IslandsEither
Triton Bay & Raja AmpatJakarta – Soekarno-Hatta (CGK)
Triton Bay & The Spice IslandsJakarta – Soekarno-Hatta (CGK)
Eastern Banda SeaJakarta – Soekarno-Hatta (CGK)

So we now have a plane and an entry point, what’s next?

Chill out

We advise you to spend at least one day in Jakarta or Bali on either side of your cruise to ensure you are on time for your domestic flight connections. And this also allows you to be well-rested before the cruise departure. Your trip is all about enjoying your dives and being tired does not help!

Our reservations team can help to arrange hotel accommodations and any other tours you may want to do in Indonesia. Do not hesitate to ask for advice and help.

Finally, make it onto Indo Siren

The last step after your long travel and lovely chill out is to finally make it onto Indo Master. The best dive sites are of course not right next to the international airports, so your final step is to book your domestic flights to another regional airport nearest to your embarkation and disembarkation ports. The vessel offers a variety of itineraries and this means we operate in and out from a number of different ports.

Grab your booking confirmation and check the operating ports. This information can also be found on the trip info sheet we send you or on our website looking at the vessel schedule

Extract of our booking confirmation showing the itinerary start and end ports. In this case, the vessel will depart from Kaimana and finish in Ambon.

Depending on the ports of operations, book your domestic flights to the corresponding airport.

Labuan BajoKomodo International AirportLBJ
BimaSultan Muhammad Salahuddin AirportBMU
WaisaiDomine Eduard Osok (Sorong) AirportSOQ
SorongDomine Eduard Osok (Sorong) AirportSOQ
KaimanaKaimana AirportKNG
MaumereFrans Seda Airport (Maumere) AirportMOF
Kalabahi (Alor)Alor Island AirportARD
SaumlakiMathilda Batlayeri Airport, YamendaSXK
BitungSam Ratulangi International Airport, ManadoMDC
AmbonPattimura International Airport AmbonAMQ

Domestic flights

Indonesia offers tons of choices for domestic flights and you will find several airlines online. The most famous ones are Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink, Sriwijaya Air and Garuda. Just ensure you check the luggage allowance and purchase additional luggage if needed. A lot of domestic airlines do not include luggage allowance as part of their fares or, if they do, it is usually very limited at 10kg. Garuda is the exception and allows 20kg of checked luggage on domestic flights, plus an additional free sports equipment allowance of up to 23kg.

Our reservations team can also help to arrange your domestic flight connections between your arrival airport and embarkation point.

This is pretty much all you need to know about how to get to Indonesia. We hope to see you soon on Indo Master.



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