West Timor over easter
Replies: 25 - Last Post: Feb 20, 2013 10:37 AM Last Post By: Klemencja
Feb 10, 2013 4:39 PM
West Timor over easterHi all, I have just realised that we will be in West Timor over Easter. Has anyone here been there at that time? If so I would be grateful if you could describe your experiences.
I guess mostly I’m concerned about possible negative impacts; how this will affect transport, accommodation and so forth. Our tentative plan was to travel Kupang to Kefa on what turns out to be Good Friday then back to Soe on the monday. What do you think??
Positive info on West Timor over this time is of course also most welcome
Thanks in advance, Ompong
Feb 10, 2013 7:31 PM
1Although it is likely an Indonesia public holiday it will not impact at all being Islamic at like 100%.
Feb 10, 2013 9:21 PM
Feb 11, 2013 5:02 AM
Feb 11, 2013 12:00 PM
4Thanks for your thoughts. Info on the web seems to suggest that East Timor virtually comes to a standstill over this time but nothing on West. .... and although I can quite get into standstill mode, it's the beginning of the trip... and in Kupang! Although Kupang may have a significant Islamic population I doubt many of them will drive 'travels'/buses.
Merantau, we had been thinking of that ferry for a long time but no recent news of it seems to indicate non existence. Instead our tentative plan is to fly to Savu for a few days then take the Awu through to Kalabahi. We are not now planning to go through as far as Atambua/Atapupu but I will certainly enquire where ever I can. ... in Kalabahi anyway.
Feb 11, 2013 10:57 PM
5Don't know about Atapupu, but there's a ferry from Kupang to Kalabahi at least once (probably twice) a week. Took it last August. Left Timor at noon, arrived on Alor next morning.
Feb 12, 2013 4:13 AM
6Omp, kapal ASDP berlayar dari Kupang pelabuhan Bolok tujuan Kalabahi 2 kali seminggu, hari sabtu dan selasa. Perjalanan butuh sekitar 18 jam.,
Feb 12, 2013 2:48 PM
7Humph! I'm having trouble with TT accepting my posts! Try again...
Thanks guys, I had read of that ferry previously but it's good to hear it actually exists. Our first choice on this occasion is to travel via Pulau Savu but.... if transport to or from Savu doesn't work out (for instance; the KM Awu has no present listing after 1st March), then we could well take that ferry.
Sambal, you say the ASDP ferry departs tuesdays and saturdays, and indeed this info also accords with that on the La Petit Kepa web site (and the Lavalon site which I suspect is obsolete). But where did you find this info? It would be great to have access to other current ASDP ferry schedules
Feb 12, 2013 8:12 PM
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Feb 13, 2013 12:07 PM
12merantau (sorry, I've forgotten your first name - we've exchanged PMs already), if you do the trip, please take photos of that ship, of accommodation on the way and the like, so that we can sort of show and document this route. There is very little info to be found on it. Are you going by motorbike?
Feb 13, 2013 4:18 PM
13Sambal, thanks for taking the trouble . Yes indeed, flexibility is not only necessary but beneficial also.
Klemencja, great you found some info on that Atapupu/Kalabahi route. I'll enquire about it in Kupang at least. A brief google search revealed the following from March last year. Referring to cancellation of all area services because of adverse weather it goes on to say;
"Namun, Minggu (18/3) ASDP Kupang telah membuka kembali jalur penyeberangan fery dengan lintasan perdana Teluk Gurita-Kalabahi."
Anyway, all this hasn't advanced my knowledge of how travel conditions will be impacted in Timor during Easter, has it!
Will travel by impossible on Good Friday (an Indonesia-wide public holiday)?
Will the day before or after be also impossible with folk returning to their villages?
It seems such info as this I can't find in advance
Feb 13, 2013 10:07 PM
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