International & Domestic Travel Arrangements
From the United States and other locations outside of Indonesia, you should budget two full days of travel to Sukadana. Once you have confirmed your on-site dates with Health In Harmony staff, you will book your international flights to Jakarta (or in some cases to Pontianak—see Domestic Travel section). Please send your booking confirmation to Health In Harmony so we have your itinerary on file. Round-trip international travel arrangements must be made before you can apply for your visa.
Domestic Travel Arrangements
Most international itineraries will route you through Jakarta. From Jakarta, there are a couple options for travel, both requiring a full day of travel. The most common travel route for staff and visitors is:
- Fly from Jakarta to Pontianak (approx. 1.5 hours) — Alternatively, some international itineraries can bypass Jakarta and can route you straight to Pontianak
- Take a public speedboat from the dock in Pontianak to the dock in Sukadana (approx. 5 hours)
There are multiple flights daily from Jakarta to Pontianak. The speedboat to Sukadana leaves once a day, just after 9:00 am, so unless you are able to take a very early morning flight to Pontianak, you should plan to stay overnight at a hotel. Please plan to arrive to ASRI on a weekday whenever possible, for the convenience of our driver and other staff members.
We recommend this option for families traveling with small children or bigger groups.
- Fly from Jakarta to Ketapang, either direct (approx. 1.5 hours; limited availability) or with a layover in Pontianak (several hours total, depending on layover time)
- An ASRI driver will pick you up at the Ketapang airport and take you to Sukadana (approx. 2 hours).
Arrange on your own
There are some elements of the trip that you have to book on your own and others that require assistance from Health In Harmony and/or ASRI staff. The parts you have to arrange include:
Flights to Pontianak or Ketapang through Garuda (and a few other Indonesian airlines) can be booked online. If you have trouble booking a domestic flight, we have a Ketapang-based travel agent you can contact—Alex: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hotel in Jakarta
If your flight schedule requires you to stay the night in Jakarta, there are numerous options near the airport, at many different price points.
Hotel in Pontianak
Pontianak has a number of good hotel options. Near the airport, there is Gardenia Resort & Spa, which offers peaceful villas and massages. In the heart of the city popular options include Mercure Hotel and The Golden Tulip.
Arranged by Health In Harmony
As part of your visitor fees we will arrange the following:
We have a trusted driver in Pontianak who will take you from the airport to your hotel and from your hotel to the speedboat the following day.
Our Pontianak taxi driver will book the speedboat tickets and help you retrieve them at the dock.
If you are landing in Ketapang, one of the ASRI drivers will pick you up at the airport and bring you to Sukadana.