Fact File for Indonesia, including Bali
Indonesia consists of thousands of islands an ideal location for a luxury crewed charter yacht. Apart from the tourist mecca of Bali there is much on offer. Idyllic Indonesia is blessed with stunning natural beauty and a rich history and culture.
COORDINATES: 0.7893° S, 113.9213° E
LANGUAGES: Bahasa Indonesia
WEATHER: There are two main seasons in Indonesia. The dry season is from May to September with the wet season and most of the rain falling from October to April. There are warm tropical temperatures of about 28 deg C all year. However regional differences create different weather patterns.
BEST TIME TO CHARTER: May to September
AIRPORTS: There are a number of international airports in Indonesia. While Soekarno–Hatta in Jakarta is the busiest Ngurah Rai in Denpasar on Bali is the most popular route into the area for visitors. Airlines include Garuda Indonesia, Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Air.
TIME: UTC+8 / UTC+9
CURRENCY: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR); In major tourist destinations MasterCard and Visa are accepted but it is advised to take some cash if you are going off the beaten track. ATMs are available but again be aware that in lesser developed areas there are not many and if you use them to withdraw cash there can sometimes be quite large charges.
ELECTRICITY: 230 V, 50 Hz
1 Jan - New Year's Day
Jan / Feb - Chinese New Year
March / April - Good Friday
April / May - Ascension of the Prophet
1 May - Labour Day
May - Buddha's birthday
May - Ascension of Jesus
1 June - Pancasila Day
June / July - Hari Raya Aidiladha
17 August - Independence Day
Aug / Sept - Hari Raya Puasa
Oct - First day of Muharram
1 Dec - Birth of the Prophet
25 Dec - Christmas Day
MAIN MARINAS: Big Boat Quay & Bali marina in Bali, Nongsa Point Marina in Batam, Marina Del Ray Lombok and Medana Bay Marina in Lombok. Indonesia also offers many secluded bays and coves to discover on a yachting vacation.
CULTURAL: Indonesia is largely Muslim and the dress code here is conservative and public displays of affection are frowned upon. The exception to this is Bali where the people practice a form of Hindu and life and clothes are a lot more relaxed. English is spoken in the tourist areas but less elsewhere. A few basic words of Bahasa Indonesia will take you a long way. Try selamat pagi (good morning), tolong (please) and terima kasih (thank you), for starters.