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With 18,110 islands, Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago. It is also the fourth most populated country in the world today known mostly for Bali, a tropical paradise that has been much loved by visitors. Because of the climate and the size of the country, Indonesia has fascinating biodiversity. It has a large array of coral reef fish and more than 1,500 bird species.
The tropical forests of Indonesia are the second largest after Brazil. It has more than 167 active volcanoes, more than any country in the world. The most accessible today among these are Bali's Mount Batur, Lombok's Mount Rinjani, East Java's Ijen Crater and the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park.
With so many islands, beaches are the main attractions in Indonesia. Other than the most popular beaches of Bali, there are several beautiful beaches in lesser-known locations like Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara and Maluku. When it comes to beaches, the options are endless in Indonesia.
Indonesia's forests like Sumatra's Tropical Rain Forest Heritage and Western Java's Ujung Kulon National Park are recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The Komodo Island in eastern Indonesia is home to diverse marine life and the unique Komodo Dragons.
Indonesia is also home to very unique and distinct cultures that are contained in smaller areas. The Dieng Plateau in Central Java has Indonesia's oldest temple as well as Sangiran's early man excavation site that is recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Bali has a very distinct Hindu Culture dating back to the 13th century. Throughout the island are beautifully decorated temples and many colourful ceremonies. Some of the best temples in Bali are Pura Uluwatu and Besakih.
Tourist Offices - Indonesian Tourist Office, Bali: +62
(0)361 222 387 or www.indonesia-tourism.com
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All passports must be valid for six months
from date of entry. Return ticket or documentation for onward
travel, and proof of sufficient funds (US$1,000 or valid credit
card), is essential. A visa is required by all nationalities. This
can be obtained on arrival, for a stay of up to 30 days, provided
the passport contains at least one unused visa page for the
visa-on-arrival sticker which covers an entire passport page. A
visa can also be purchased prior to arrival. No visa is required
for transit passengers, except for South African passport holders
who require a visa at all times.
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Indonesia Holidays - Currency of Indonesia
Rupiah (IDR) is the official currency and is
divided into 100 sen. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at
banks, hotels and money changers in major tourist destinations; US
dollars is the most accepted currency. Cash often yields a better
exchange rate than travellers cheques, which are not always
accepted. It is recommended that travellers cheques also be in US
dollars. Most major credit cards are accepted at hotels,
restaurants and stores catering to the tourist trade. ATMs are
available in main centres. Small change is often unavailable so
keep small denomination notes and coins for items like bus fares,
temple donations and cool drinks.
Telephone Access Codes and Communications
The international access code for
Indonesia is +62. The outgoing code is 001 or 008 followed by the
relevant country code (e.g. 00144 for the United Kingdom); it is
not necessary to dial the first zero of the area code. City/area
codes are in use, e.g. 36 for Bali and 21 for Jakarta. For
operator-assisted international calls, phone 101. The local mobile
phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with
most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the
main towns and resorts.
Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions
Travellers to Indonesia over 18 years do not
have to pay duty on 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes or 100g tobacco;
alcohol up to 1 litre; perfume for personal use; and personal goods
to the value of US$250 per passenger or US$1,000 per family.
Travellers not entering on a tourist visa will have to pay duties
for photo and film cameras unless these have been registered in
their passport by Indonesian Customs. Electronic equipment may not
be imported to the country. Prohibited items include Chinese
medicines and prints, narcotics, firearms and ammunition,
pornography, cordless telephones, fresh fruit or goods to be used
for commercial gain.
Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information
Major hotels add a 10% service charge to bills.
Where it is not included a tip of between 5% to 10% of the bill
would be appreciated. Airport porters usually receive around Rp
2,000 per small bag. Tipping taxi and rental car drivers is not
mandatory, but if you do choose to tip, Rp 1,000 is sufficient for
taxi drivers and a little more for rental car