How to get to Indonesia this year (2020).

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bigredcouch started the topic in Saturday, 20 Jun 2020 at 8:43am

Swellnetters,

There must be some way to get to Indonesia this year? Can you jump on a boat from Darwin? Can you fly there on the pretense of something other than surfing? Gotta be something...

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sypkan Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020 at 10:52am

sure does

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indo-dreaming Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020 at 4:11pm

"North Sumatra to restrict access to Nias Island following surge in COVID-19 cases"

The North Sumatra administration is planning to postpone all air and sea travel to and from Nias Island, closing down the famous tourist destination in the province following a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi conveyed the plan during Monday’s meeting with the North Sumatra Legislative Council (DPRD), adding that he would ask the Transportation Ministry to suspend all flights to the island as early as Thursday. “The coronavirus was carried there by visitors to the island,” Edy said in a statement on Monday.

“A month ago, there were no suspected COVID-19 cases on the island. Now, 90 people have tested positive.”

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/09/15/north-sumatra-to-restrict...

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goofyfoot Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020 at 6:05pm

This guy surfs O.C how I dream of surfing it.
So good

Stu or Craig maybe you could edit this so the image comes up instead of just the link?

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Purplepills Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020 at 8:18pm

Cavy fishing youtube has not had a worry.

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udo Thursday, 17 Sep 2020 at 1:10pm

Today the Bukit is on again....Large
fuck what a season !

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dudette Thursday, 17 Sep 2020 at 1:17pm

Does anyone else think that the huge reduction in CO2 in the atmosphere due to COVID has changed some global weather patterns. This winter on the East Coast of Oz, Indo and Jordy posted on Instagram about South Africa being of the chain. Just a thought.

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Supafreak Thursday, 17 Sep 2020 at 1:56pm

I was in indo last year for 6 weeks June July and it didn’t get under 4ft (Overhead )

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Supafreak Thursday, 17 Sep 2020 at 1:59pm

I was in indo last year for 6 weeks June July and it didn’t get under 4ft (Overhead )

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 17 Sep 2020 at 4:29pm

"Cavy fishing youtube has not had a worry."

Cool never seen this guys videos https://www.youtube.com/c/CavyFishing/featured

looks like he is at HT's.

Interesting videos as you don't see many videos on guys fishing in Indo outside of Bali especially outer Sumatran Islands especially guys that know what they are doing, most westerners/surf camps/resorts there just mostly trawl lures and locals although catch heaps of fish are also limited in there fishing techniques as just use hand lines

Ive really wanted to get a fish finder/GPS over there and start doing some serious bottom fishing and jigging with decent sized jigs etc

As this video shows IMHO there is a lot of untapped potential

His other videos in the area are also cool even the novelty stuff in fresh water ponds etc

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goofyfoot Monday, 21 Sep 2020 at 11:45am

Bruno Santos again...
What a time to be in Indo. Fkn hell.
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CFYJpsfBhOt/?igshid=1fw8fi7g23pxj

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stunet Monday, 21 Sep 2020 at 11:48am

That was really good surfing.

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goofyfoot Monday, 21 Sep 2020 at 11:53am

beautiful hey

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Craig Monday, 21 Sep 2020 at 12:13pm

How was that last wave.. that incoming wedge section.. drool!

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goofyfoot Monday, 21 Sep 2020 at 2:21pm

He’s had more tubes the last few months than I’ll get during my whole life!

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dandandan Monday, 21 Sep 2020 at 8:47pm

What a season to be locked out hey? Been getting some okay waves at home but nothing really compares to the quality of surfing experience in Indonesia. Rarely a session goes by without multiple scenes of absolute perfection. Case in point, check out this at HTs in August.

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Craig Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020 at 5:42am

Wow DDD, how good did that look!

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dandandan Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020 at 7:49am

Looks unreal. Those big roll ins... always wanted to have a day like that so I could find myself locked into a barrel bigger than I'd throw myself into if it was straight ledging.

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amb Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020 at 9:18am

Fark... "Indonesia recorded 4,176 new coronavirus cases on Monday, a new daily record spike that brought the total number of infections nationwide to 248,852 so far.

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indo-dreaming Sunday, 27 Sep 2020 at 2:52pm

Cheers Shoredump interesting read.

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saltman Monday, 28 Sep 2020 at 10:27am

You would need a few spare boards. John McGroeder snapped his third board in a couple of weeks on that roll in

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Supafreak Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 5:27pm

Indonesia is set to use a vaccine in the 3rd week of December this year . It’s been developed between China and Indonesia and has 3 stage testing so far , stage 4 will be tested in current hotspots in Java pending approval from food and drug administration. For story google seminyak times.

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ringmaster Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 7:32am

A vaccine developed by Indonesia in partnership with China.

Wow...........I'd love to 1st in line to test that! What could possibly go wrong?

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Supafreak Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 9:53am

My thoughts exactly ringmaster , indonesia must be desperate to open up , tourists dollar that fed Bali also fed the generals who own many 5 star hotels around nusa dua , 9 million guinea pigs , hope it works .

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shoredump Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 10:29am

This could be bad news for Australians.
I think it was TBB that alluded to countries and their covid ratings. Id imagine our strict departure rules would mean that next year, one by one, as foreign countries get on top of covid with their vaccines, travel is allowed there and back without quarantining, based on their covid rating. So if Indo does go down a rushed path and invest a lot of time and money, but it doesn’t work quite as well as hoped, then that could hamper their covid rating come Autumn/Winter (in Australia’s border control eyes)
Americans and Europeans will get another quiet season, but at least we can go to Byron Bay again :(

Anyway, that’s probably a racist point of view. Good luck to them, hope they nail it

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udo Sunday, 9 May 2021 at 4:18pm

Full house for 2021

https://pegasuslodges.com/destinations/telo-island-lodge/availability/
Whats the deal Gra Murdoch...how can this be ?

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udo Monday, 10 May 2021 at 3:58pm

Gra
Pegasus organising the Visa's ........?

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udo Wednesday, 12 May 2021 at 12:55pm

Hi Graham
Graham Murdoch Brand and Communications - Pegasus Telos
im not going to go away Graham...

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thermalben Wednesday, 12 May 2021 at 12:59pm

Don't think Gra is working for Pegasus, Udo.

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udo Wednesday, 12 May 2021 at 1:01pm

Apologies Gra if your not
https://pegasuslodges.com/about-us/

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amb Wednesday, 12 May 2021 at 2:12pm

Sounds like no aussies going to Indo till next year, but rest are getting ready from B-Beat
"Ahead of the Opening of Bali Tourism, Tourists Start Booking Hotels" from Bisnis Bali (Indonesian): Room bookings are starting to be made by foreign and domestic tourists ahead of the opening of Bali tourism in July 2021. Adiwana and Amatara Hotels & Resorts CEO Adiguna Kusuma said foreign tourists do not only place bookings until the end of 2021. In fact, room bookings are made until 2022. These foreign tourists come from the United States, England, France, and Russia.

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Supafreak Wednesday, 12 May 2021 at 2:42pm

@amb , there will also be a plenty of Chinese tourists, staying in Chinese resorts eating in Chinese owned restaurants traveling on Chinese planes , coaches and boats , they may employ some indonesians but they like to keep money in house. They got busted a few years ago with wrist bracelets that were used for scanning purchases and the money didn’t even leave China, Indonesia government put a stop to that one .

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goofyfoot Friday, 14 May 2021 at 3:30pm

Has anyone booked an Indo holiday yet?

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amb Friday, 14 May 2021 at 3:37pm

@Supafreak agree been going on for a while but it worries me that Indo & China seems to be getting more and more chummy, wonder if the boys in Canberra are watching on.

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Supafreak Friday, 14 May 2021 at 5:57pm

@amb , lots of Chinese money in Indonesia as you know , always has been, the indo chinese have their own passport and flee to Hong Kong whenever there is an uprising and they get blamed for whatever. I was concerned about what deal Indonesia had done with China for vaccine supply but at the end of the day any deal done in indo is on shaky ground lol

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Supafreak Friday, 14 May 2021 at 6:09pm

@ goofyfoot , I’ve given up nearly , the goal posts keep moving , even if vaccinated you may have to quarantine on return as positive tests for vaccinated entering oz are on the rise . If planes are still only 30 people allowed its expensive. Ive been fully refunded twice now , not going to bother booking until all the cards are on the table. Cant see how they can introduce a vax passport system if vaccine isn’t 100 % which we know it isn’t. What is so strange is they put a vaccinated person above someone who has fully recovered with their own immune system doing what it’s supposed too .

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groundswell Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 2:00pm

a few of my aussie mates are in west sumbawa and have been for a few months i think they are staying so long they wont need quarantine when they get home. one owns a house at supersuck so got a business visa i think. a good visa agent is priceless.

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udo Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 3:14pm

Hi Gra Murdoch
Not worthy of a reply Re Visas and how in this current Covid climate your Pegasus mob can have a fully booked resort ?

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stunet Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 3:20pm

Cos Seppos can travel?

Plus many other surfing nations too.

Word is many Maldives resorts/boats are booked out too.

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udo Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 3:24pm

Yes
but wondered which type of Visa they were using for Entry.

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groundswell Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 3:46pm

business or kitas

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indo-dreaming Friday, 11 Jun 2021 at 5:26pm

udo wrote: Hi Gra Murdoch
Not worthy of a reply Re Visas and how in this current Covid climate your Pegasus mob can have a fully booked resort ?

Their Pinnacles resort bookings has a couple bookings but aren't anywhere near booked out https://pegasuslodges.com/destinations/pinnacles-on-telo/availability/

Lodge booking page wont load for me?

Im just guessing but id be guessing they dont have both place's open...cant see how it would be worth it without the demand. (food, staff, logistics etc)

All their social media pages are virtually dead bar one, if they were busy they would be doing lots of post promoting things.

Id doubt anyone is fully booked in Sumatra pretty much all are closed bar a few like Kandui resort and Villas, believe Jordans wife is a Visa agent.

From what i can gather on social media Macaroni's seems to be getting the most guest, which makes sense good time to get it without all the boats.

Visa's that they get people in on are B211a Visa. has a few fuzzy areas they can bring guest in on.

But anyone entering Indonesia still needs to do 5 nights hotel quarantine, and if you test positive it's 10 days plus 3 days with a clear test, ive seen a few people complaining as test positive but they wont give them a second test just incase, as test can sometimes be faulty.

Have a friend from Germany in Maldives at the moment on a boat trip says he was quite shocked but it's pretty crowded still., i guess those that can travel are going to the places that are still open to tourist without hoops to jump which equals crowds.

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truebluebasher Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 12:52am

shoredump shared Travel Ratings...CDC override Dutto's Sovereign Borders during State of Emergency.
Pay Gates for more Test Kits or just pay Gates to lower yer AZ Oxford OWID Stats...just like UK did.

Indonesia is Level 3 cause they gotta flush their gifted 400,000 AZ re-stamped use by next month again.
"Make sure you are fully vaxed before travelling to this destination."
"Unvaxed travellers should avoid 'nonessential travel' to this destination."

The Key is hard to locate...pays to read that first to try & make some sense of it!
CDC have gone troppo with Trains/Boats/Planes Emergency Covid Vax Laws
They must lease a Hoverboard to Police all this lot...they wanna micro control everyone & everything !
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/how-level-is-determi...
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notic...

Don't be fooled into thinking it's sciency...
(It's based on US scheme) Australia Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) vs CDC Australia Level 1
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladviso...

Crew can access CDC Cruise Mantra from same above links...check out this vid of Port Wars
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/texas-florida-battle-cruise-lines-over-vac...
VIP Test Cruise goes out 100% vaxed > Invincibles return 2 [+] > like poor unvaxed people...well Durr!
Joe legalized Vax Bullies to mandate whatever they like & Republican Governors are defending their lot.
$5,000 fines for any bully Vaxer Boss mandating 100% sterilization of Beaches > Vessels > Oceans
Ports are the Battleground but equally mandates Line-Up access from Resort Charters.(Soon be tested!)

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Supafreak Sunday, 13 Jun 2021 at 6:54pm

You would be spewing if getting a false positive , can’t see to many ozzies bolting to Bali unless going for a year . https://indonesiaexpat.id/amp/news/procedures-planned-for-return-of-inte... Anyone for a vaccine holiday ? https://indonesiaexpat.id/amp/travel/sandiaga-uno-indonesia-will-have-va...

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udo Thursday, 17 Jun 2021 at 10:01am

indo-dreaming wrote:
udo wrote: Hi Gra Murdoch
Not worthy of a reply Re Visas and how in this current Covid climate your Pegasus mob can have a fully booked resort ?

Their Pinnacles resort bookings has a couple bookings but aren't anywhere near booked out https://pegasuslodges.com/destinations/pinnacles-on-telo/availability/

Lodge booking page wont load for me?

Im just guessing but id be guessing they dont have both place's open...cant see how it would be worth it without the demand. (food, staff, logistics etc)

All their social media pages are virtually dead bar one, if they were busy they would be doing lots of post promoting things.

Id doubt anyone is fully booked in Sumatra pretty much all are closed bar a few like Kandui resort and Villas, believe Jordans wife is a Visa agent.

From what i can gather on social media Macaroni's seems to be getting the most guest, which makes sense good time to get it without all the boats.

Visa's that they get people in on are B211a Visa. has a few fuzzy areas they can bring guest in on.

But anyone entering Indonesia still needs to do 5 nights hotel quarantine, and if you test positive it's 10 days plus 3 days with a clear test, ive seen a few people complaining as test positive but they wont give them a second test just incase, as test can sometimes be faulty.

Have a friend from Germany in Maldives at the moment on a boat trip says he was quite shocked but it's pretty crowded still., i guess those that can travel are going to the places that are still open to tourist without hoops to jump which equals crowds.

Cheers Indo thats pretty much the info that i got on the visa - About $500 and Pegasus will coordinate it all

Shame i had to Manipulate a Torquay Realtor to get that information ?
Maybe send Andreas down the other end of Island for a Stickybeak

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sypkan Friday, 18 Jun 2021 at 9:18pm

Indo trip not looking so inviting now...

central java hospitals full with waiting lists

sinovax vaccinated health workers still getting slammed with delta strain

post ramadan surge happening across indo (despite the ramadan lockdown introduced...)

major factory outbreaks

graveyards filling up again in jakarta

https://www.google.com/amp/s/beta.ctvnews.ca/national/coronavirus/2021/6...

july international flights to bali were looking promising...

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sypkan Friday, 18 Jun 2021 at 9:19pm

telos might still be nice...

after an intense commute

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groundswell Friday, 18 Jun 2021 at 11:20pm

Telos outside of covid is terribly crowded these days. and its a pain in the ass to get to all that effort and its fickle too, no thanks.