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Introduction

Sorong is West-Papua’s second-biggest city and a a busy port and base for oil and logging companies. The main reason for tourists to go there are the Raja Ampat Islands for diving and snorkelling. Sorong is mostly built along a very long street, the Jl. Ahmad Yani where you can find some shopping centers and water sport oriented shops (there are no shops in the Raja Ampat Islands).

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Getting There

By Plane

The new Sorong airport has planes to Jakarta, Makassar, Ambon, Manado, Jayapura and Wasai.

By Bus

Only to some nearby villages.

By Boat

PELNI has boats, usually running forthnighly, to Jakarta, Makassar, Ambon, Manado, Jayapura (the website is only sometimes working).
There are speedboats to Wasai (leaving around 9 am), the main entrypoint to the Raja Ampat Islands, the resorts / homestays will pick you up there.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Bemos (minibuses) and motorbike taxis provide public transport in the city.

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Sleep

  • Swiss-Belhotel Sorong, Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Sorong, ☎ +62 951 321199. Luxurious hotel located between the airport and the ferry port.
  • Paparisa Manisee. A decent and clean (though charmless) option in the city, reasonably close to the airport and harbour.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is becoming more widely used in Indonesia, and warung Internet (warnet) - Internet cafés - are emerging everywhere. A lot of restaurants and cafés in big cities normally have wireless internet available for free. Internet connection speed in Indonesia varies between ISP and location. Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp3,000 to Rp5,000 per hour with faster access than from your own mobile phone. In large cities, there are free WiFi hotspots in many shopping malls, McDonald restaurants, Starbucks cafes, 7 Eleven convenience stores, and in some restaurants and bars. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby and/or in their restaurants and even in your rooms.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

You can use 112 as an emergency number through mobile phones. Other numbers include 110 (police), 113 (fire) and 118 (ambulance).
The international phone code is 62.

If you have GSM cellular phone, ask your local provider about "roaming agreement/facility" with local GSM operators in Indonesia (i.e.: PT Indosat, PT Telkomsel, PT XL Axiata). The cheapest way is buying a local SIM card, which would be much cheaper to call and especially use internet compared to your own cell phone's sim card.

The Indonesian mobile phone market is heavily competitive and prices are low: you can pick up a prepaid SIM card for less than Rp 10,000 and calls may cost as little as Rp 300 a minute to some other countries using certain carriers (subject to the usual host of restrictions). SMS (text message) service is generally very cheap, with local SMS as low as Rp129-165, and international SMS for Rp400-600. Indonesia is also the world's largest market for used phones, and basic models start from Rp 150,000, with used ones being even cheaper.

Post

Pos Indonesia provides the postal service in Indonesia. Pos Indonesia is government-owned and offers services ranging from sending letters and packages to money transfers (usually to remote areas which have no bank branch/ATM nearby) and selling postcards and stamps. Sending a postcards, letter or parcel is relatively expensive, but fairly reliable. It takes several days at least to send it within Indonesia, at least a week internationally. It is recommended to send letters from a Pos Indonesia branch, not by putting it inside orange mailbox (called Bis Surat) in the roadside, because some of the mailboxes are in very bad condition and aren't checked regularly by Pos Indonesia. Opening times of post offices usually tend to follow general business hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (sometimes shorter hours on Fridays), Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm, closed on Sundays. Bigger cities, tourist areas and central post offices tend to keep longer hours, into the evenings.

Private postal services based in Indonesia include CV Titipan Kilat (CV TIKI), Jalur Nugraha Ekaputra (JNE), Caraka, and RPX. There are also foreign postal services that have branches in Indonesia, including DHL, TNT, UPS, and FedEx.

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