Indonesia, Asia – Villa Almarik

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 Villa Almarik

Lombok Island, Indonesia, Asia

 

An Introduction to Indonesia

 

Villa Almarik is located on the island of Gili Trawangan, which is near Lombok, Indonesia.  Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three islands just off Lombok’s northwester coastline.  You will be picked up from the airport in Lombok and will be able to enjoy a scenic 2-hour car ride and then a short 30 minute boat ride will take you to paradise!  This beautiful island is quickly becoming one of Indonesia’s best kept secrets.  The island is surrounded by clear blue water, and beneath those waters are underwater coral gardens.  Topside, you will be surrounded by lush tropical gardens.  No cars are allowed on the island, so your adventurous side can truly be inspired as you explore the island either by foot or horse-drawn carriage.

Villa Almarik has 20 well-appointed cottages.  Each room is decorated with traditional furnishings and ultimately with your comfort in mind.  There is a large swimming pool that is tucked beneath the palm trees – a perfect spot to relax and read a great book!  There is also a restaurant on site, with a mix of Indonesian and Mediterranean to please any palate.  All meals are prepared with fresh local produce, which means unique flavors you will not find anywhere else!

It is said that one should not leave Villa Almarik without experiencing one of their indulgent, traditional style massages at The Spa!  Their specially trained therapists can treat you in the Spa itself, or come to your room.  Either way, it’s the perfect way to wind down from a day of diving or hiking.

Suite Amenities include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Spacious living area
  • A private terrace
  • A traditional outdoor courtyard attached to the bathroom
  • IDD telephones
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini Bar
  • A Balinese Bale (elevated lounging area)

Scuba Diving in Indonesia is said to be a world class experience.  There are over 3,500 marine species living in the reefs of Indonesia.  While staying at Villa Almarik, you will have the chance to dive with Gangga Divers, a PADI 5 Star Dive Center.  There are more than 25 dive sites located around the 3 Gili’s (Gili Air, Gili Trawangan, and Gili Meno).  There is truly a dive for everyone here – you will find slops, drop-offs, drift dives, and of course the incredibly rich marine life that Indonesia is famous for.   Depths range from 15 feet to over 100 feet and visibility is usually outstanding.  The dive boat at Gangga Divers are traditional outrigger style boats.  Each boat is equipped with O2, fresh towels, fresh drinking water, fruits, and a soaking tub for cameras.  The dive sites are very easy to get to, with a boat ride of normally 25 minutes.  The boat leaves directly in front of the resort, and you are back with enough time to visit the spa or go for a hike.

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January 1-February , 2021: $1446 per diver, $961 per vacationer double occupancy

February 4-February 10, 2021: $1616 per diver, $1131 per vacationer double occupancy

February 11- February 26, 202 $1661 per diver, $1176 per vacationer double occupancy

February 27-April 3, 2021: $1544 per diver, $1059 per vacationer double occupancy

April 4-August 14, 2021: $1329 per diver, $844 per vacationer double occupancy

August 15-October 30, 2021: $1293 per diver, $808 per vacationer double occupancy

October 31-December 22, 2021: $1329 per diver, $944 per vacationer double occupancy

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An Introduction to Indonesia

Stretching between the Australian and Asian continental mainlands and dividing the Pacific and Indian Oceans at the Equator lay the exotic islands that make up Indonesia.

The name Indonesia has its roots in two Greek words: “Indos” meaning Indian and “Nesos” which means islands. It is an appropriate description of the archipelago (the world’s largest), as there are estimated to be a total of 17,508 islands of which only about 6,000 are inhabited.

Five main islands and 30 smaller archipelagoes are home to the majority of the population. The main islands are Sumatra,  Kalimantan,  Sulawesi,  Irian Jaya  and last but not least Java, home to 70 percent of the country’s population.  Indonesia shares Irian Jaya with Papua New Guinea and two thirds of the island of Kalimantan with Malaysia and Borneo.

Indonesia is at the heart of the triangle of the world’s greatest marine biodiversity, boasting more amazing diving destinations than anywhere else on earth. Not only is diving in Indonesia on every semi-serious diver’s ‘Must do’ list but there are also many great places for less experienced but no less enthusiastic divers. Areas like Komodo and Raja Ampat are becoming known as among the world’s best live-aboard destinations, adding to places such as Sulawesi and Wakatobi which are already established as world class.

Indonesia also offers many delights for non-divers. Visitors can marvel at the spectacular Prambanan temples in Java: enjoy ancient music while watching traditional dancers in spectacular costume: visit animated floating markets: experience a close ecounter with the famous Kamodo dragons, spend time with enigmatic orangutans in their natural habitat: hike volcanic cones, forests and mountains.

What to Expect in Indonesia

BANKS:

  • Normal banking hours are from 8.00 am to 2.30 pm from Monday to Friday
  • Some bank branches in hotels, however, keep longer hours. Jakarta has several international banks but money can also be changed at hotel cashiers, and authorized money changers.
  • Daily exchange rates are published in newspapers.
  • The US dollar is the most readily accepted currency.
  • Most major tourist destination areas have foreign exchange facilities, but for travel to remote areas, it is advisable to change money and travelers cheques in advance.
  • Credit cards are acceptable only at major hotels, restaurants and travel agencies.

CURRENCY:

  • The unit of currency is Indonesia Rupiah indicated as IDR. USD1 is roughly equivalent to IDR 9,055. Foreign currency can be converted at banks and money changers.

CLIMATE:

  • Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a fairly even climate year-round.
  • Rather than four seasons it has two – wet and dry – and there are no extremes of winter and summer.
  • Temperatures climb to about 88°F in coastal regions, dropping (but not by much) further inland.

DEPARTURE TAX:

  • Departure tax applies on both international and domestic flights. Departure tax from Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) Airport is 100,000 IDR and at other international airports, 75,000 IDR.

DRINKING WATER:

  • Visitors should not drink tap water and avoid ice and fresh juices as they may have been watered down.
  • Bottled water is generally safe but check that the seal is intact at purchase.

DRIVER’S LICENSE:

  • To drive in Indonesia, you officially need an International Driving Permit (IDP) from your local automobile association.
  • This permit is rarely required as identification when hiring or driving a car but police may ask to see it.
  • You should also bring your home driving license as well as it’s supposed to be carried in conjunction with the IDP.

ELECTRICITY:

  • Power supply is usually 220 volts/250 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas.
  • Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded pins.
  • It is advisable to check electricity supplies before using any appliances.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • All visitors must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival and have proof of onward passage.
  • Certain nationals, including US citizens are able to obtain a “Visa on Arrival” processed at a recognized gate of entry following the payment of an official fee. Such fee is dependent upon a 30 day or a 7 day visa. The Visa on Arrival is non-extendable and cannot be converted into another class of visa.
  • Details of countries participating in the Visa on Arrival program, variations and current visa prices are available from the Consular Section of your nearest Indonesian Embassy.

TOURISM SEASON:

  • The season for scuba diving in Indonesia runs all year round.
  • However, the best dive conditions usually exist from April to October, as many provinces have a rainy season from November to March.
  • The live-aboard season – cruises all year round.

VACCINATIONS:

  • In addition to your routine vaccinations, no other inoculations are required for entry into Indonesia with the exception of: Yellow fever is required for all travelers greater than one year of age arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
  • However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician or specialized travel clinic for a personal recommendation.
  • As most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they are given, allow sufficient time for consultation before departure.

WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS:

  • Water temperatures vary between 70 degrees and mid-80s Fahrenheit depending on destination and season.
  • We will be happy to advise you in more detail when arranging your trip.

 


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