Borneo, a giant, rugged island in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago, is shared by the Malaysian states Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan and the tiny nation of Brunei. It’s known for its beaches and ancient, biodiverse rainforest, home to wildlife including orangutans and clouded leopards. We’ve provided some basic information for traveling to Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan) but visit the Wonderful Indonesia website for more information.
The climate is tropical with temperatures ranging from a sultry 34°C in the daytime to a cool 22°C in the evenings. The ‘Landas’, a local term for the monsoon rains, fall between October and February each year depending on the exact location. In Indonesian Borneo the difference in climate and rainfall between dry season and wet season is not very distinct. There are days without rain during wet season and occasionally heavy rainfalls during dry season.
You can visit Indonesian Borneo year-round as even during monsoon it’s not cold. In fact, the rain may be heavy but it’s sporadic and is a welcome change from the tropical heat. This is also the time of the year when the local tropical fruits that are unique to the region are in abundance so it’s one of the best times to go!
All visitors to Indonesia require a Tourist Visa, which is valid for 30 days. Visas are available on arrival – you’ll be given a form to fill out and pay your visa fee when you enter the airport. You will need a valid passport, proof of sufficient funds for your stay and an onward airline ticket with confirmed bookings. Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay.
The fee for a visitors visa is currently US$35 of AUD$50 (it is advised you have the exact money to prevent delays). International Departure Tax is currently 150,000IDR (approx $18) and Domestic Departure Taxes can vary between 15,000 – 50,000IDR (approx $3 – $7), but many airport taxes are now included in your air ticket.
The currency in Indonesia is the Ruphia (Rp). Exchange rates vary depending on the strength of the US dollar. Cash and travellers cheques are readily accepted and can be exchanged for Ruphia at the airport, hotels or banks in any major city. Credit cards such as American Express, Visa and MasterCard are accepted in many hotels, shops and restaurants in major towns and cities. For spending money while on expedition it is best to have money in local currency (Rp) Depending on the type of trip you are booked on you will require to budget spending money for:
- Meals not listed in your itinerary.
- International airport departure tax.
- Personal items such as laundry, phone calls, snack, etc.
- Alcoholic/bottled beverages and drinks including bottled water.
- Tips. All tipping is at your discretion.
- Souvenirs and handicrafts.
- Tourist Visa (US$35/~$50AUD).
No vaccinations are required for entry to Indonesia. However you should consider cholera, typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations and make sure your tetanus cover is up to date. Begin this process well in advance of your trip. We recommend you see your local travel GP for more information.
Travel insurance is required for all Meo Adventures tour participants. Travel is at your own risk. Our guides will do their utmost to create a safe trip for you but Meo Adventures will not be liable for any damage, stolen goods or injury should this occur.
Our preferred travel insurers are World Nomads or Cover-More.
Suggested Packing List
The suggested packing list changes significantly depending on the type of tour you are completing. But don’t worry, we will give you a packing list so all you will have to do is put it in your bag!