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1. Posted by Tusse (Budding Member 2 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!


I have some questions about the ferry from Flores to Timor. Where on Flores does the boat leave? How long does the journey take? Is it possible to have a minimum amount of comfort or is there no escaping sitting between the cargo and the cockroaches?

Does anyone have any experience on this?


2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 843 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I assume you are interested in West Timor (which is a part of Indonesia) and not Timor-Leste. I was in Flores in 2015, traveling from Larantuka to Labuan Bajo. From what I recall, there are ferry services from Flores to West Timor, including Kupang. You can go online to check; or better yet, inquire when you arrive in Flores. I flew from Denpasar to Maumere and hired a driver to take me around Flores from Larantuka to Labuan Bajo, where I went to visit Rinca and Komodo islands. I then returned to Denpasar to fly to Dili, Timor-Leste, and traveled around there before flying to Darwin on Airnorth.

I can't vouch for conditions on the ferries, except to note that a lot of Indonesians use ferries to travel from island to island. It's less expensive than flying. I've been on a lot of ferries in developing countries; and conditions vary. Best to check while you're there. If you don't like, then fly, if that's an option (sometimes it isn't).

P.S. I can't stress how important it is for you to go and check while you're there, particularly about seaworthiness and overcrowding, which should be of more concern to you than comfort and cockroaches.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Aug-2017, at 16:06 by berner256 ]

3. Posted by Tusse (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thanks! Indeed I plan on going to Kupang in West Timor and then make my way up to East Timor overland.

Yes I've heard about problems with seaworthiness and overcrowding before. Did you experience any problems with this?

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 843 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

If you are planning to cross the border from West Timor into Timor-Leste, you must first receive a travel authorization letter in advance. See this link:

Visas on arrival only are available on flights into Dili from Denpasar, Singapore and Darwin. I flew into Dili from Denpasar (at the time with Air Timor with service provided by Garuda); and flew out of Dili to Darwin on Airnorth. There are several other carriers now on the Denpasar-Dili route; and Air Timor and Garuda no longer serve that route.

I personally did not experience problems with seaworthiness and overcrowding on my trips in Indonesia. However, I have been on boats and canoes that have been less than seaworthy (taking on water, for example). But I assessed the risk before boarding. You should, too.

P.S. Read my previous posts on travel in Timor-Leste.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Aug-2017, at 13:48 by berner256 ]