I am due to travel to Indonesia on June 20, flying into Bali. I was planning on travelling to Java first however in light of the recent natural disasters I was planning on holding off for the time being, first travelling east to Bali, Gillis, Flores etc, then trying again for Java towards the end of July.
Do you have any advice on what the situation is currently?
whether it is safe to visit?
how the infrastructure is recovering post earthquake (buses, electricity etc)?
other pointers that could help?
Sorry but i can't help you! I only went to Bali, i didn't had the chance to visit java.
But from what the news have said perhaps it's not a good time to goo there.
Bali it's a smal island but you have many many things to do and see
Have a nice trip!
I have just returned from Indonesai. Yogyakarta wasn't looking too healthy from the newspaper and tv reports i saw, the UN says the Aid effort is now in full swing. On top of that Mt. Merapi is still very active so maybe now is not a great time to go. Flores is great. Fly to Labuanbajo and from there you can explore Komodo and Rinca islands, there are some great reefs around, plus you can take a few days to get to Kelimetu (excuse the spelling). Who knows what the situation will be like in Java in 2 months, but it was mostly the villages around Yogyakarta that took the worst of the earthquake i think.
Bali is OK to visiting right now.. You can do lot of thing in here wiht safe.
For java, by disaster and volcanos (more active again), better you visit later. From Bali you can go to Gili (Lombok) nad Flores even to Komodo island.
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Not only causes so many casualties, the earthquake scaling at 5.9 Richter happened in the southern part of Yogyakarta on 27th May 2006 will also influence the economy in this province. Help Yogyakarta to recover its economy after the disaster by tourism.
If you had planned to make your tour to Yogyakarta in 2-3 months ahead and you do not cancel your trip, you have acted to help Yogyakarta.
Yogyakarta still has many tourism objects that are not influenced by the earthquake and are worth enjoying. The exotic Malioboro has returned to its normal life; food sellers (crossed-leg restaurants) and the handicraft sellers begin to color the popular street in Yogyakarta. The natural beaches in Gunung Kidul look beautiful as they are. Borobudur temple stands so marvelously. Most parts of Prambanan temple are in a good condition. You can even see and take pictures of the restoration process; such a rare view, isn't it?
Many hotels operate normally (in its real meaning), so do restaurants, taxis, car rental, Circle-K, etc. Tour operators are ready to accompany your trip. Transportation? Hmm.... Adisucipto airport in Yogyakarta has served commercial flights since day D+2. Inter-city trains and buses are not influenced by the disaster at all.
"What about foods? Will I be the burden to the logistics?". Come on, be realistic. The life in most parts of the northern Yogyakarta has run normally. There is no problem with logistic supply in this area.
Source: Help Yogyakarta with Tourism
I dont suggest you to visit Yogja these days, since Yogja area is still suffered from earthquake. Although the capital city has less damage than the outer area, still, most people are rather concentrating on the rebuilding of the area. It's not comfortable yet to go there now. Bali and other islands further east are okay...i strongly recommend you to visit Lombok & Flores, these are beautiful islands with many interesting places to see and great diving spots.