General information about ambon
Getting to Ambon
Ambon is surprisingly easy to access, with direct flights from Jakarta, Surabaya and Makassar, or if you are traveling from Bali, then via Makassar. If you plan to travel in the east of Indonesia, it is better to stop in Ambon by taking domestic flights to some small islands in Maluku and West Papua, such as Sorong(the entrance of Raja Ampat), Nabire, Triton bay…
Visa free entry stamp and Visa on Arrival for Indonesia
These are the 169 countries that receive an Indonesia free visa. Depending on your passport there are three options to enter Indonesia that apply to most travelers that come for tourist or social purpose only:
- No Visa required (majority of countries – FREE entry, 30 days valid, NOT extendable)
- Visa on Arrival (35US$, 30 days valid, extendable (once for 30 days)
- Visa needed (apply abroad before arriving in Indonesia)
Pickup Service from/to Ambon Airport
50.000 IDR per car/times. Booking with Blue Rose Divers, our staff will organize the pickup service for you. It takes around 10 minutes from Ambon air port to our dive shop.
Local Transportation in Ambon
You don’t need any transportation if you stay in Laha. But if you need a tour to the city, there are some local transportation options:
- Taxi, discuss the price with staff.
- Angkots (local mini busses) cost 3.000-5.000 IDR per trip. Please ask staff for the route and schedule
Pt Pelni is a national shipping companies that provide sea transportation service to Jakarta, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Wakatobi and AMBON. The boat journey to ambon is slow but quite interesting. Their boat is quite big (with 2000-3000 passengers capacity) and pass through many places like a extremely big bus. IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIME, it cloud be wonderful idea to plan a ship journey along many islands in Indonesia, although you have to make a delicate plan according to the ship company’s schedule and stay with many local people.