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USD in Sorong and taxi cost

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by wildbill9, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. wildbill9

    wildbill9 Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: arkansas
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    Is US D currency accepted in Sorong and if so how much should a taxi cost from the airport to the Swiss bell to hotel?
     
  2. borisphotosafari

    borisphotosafari Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada
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    Never tried. Get some pocket money exchanged at the airport. Indonesian Rupee is about $15K for 1 US$.
     
  3. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Contributor

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Somewhere
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    I’d also like to know how to get to Swiss Belhotel from the airport. I was hoping there might be a hotel shuttle of some sort.
     
  4. BigJeff

    BigJeff Contributor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Wales
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    They have a Shuttle Service that is available "on request" from the Hotel.
     
  5. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    7,344
    4,909
    USD ($) is only good for paying hotel or the liveaboard or the resort. You better exchange your $ to Rupiah (Rp.) for everything else.

    It is the best time to be there now since the currency has been recently devaluated from Rp.13.000,- to Rp.15.000,- per $1.00.

    The going rate is about Rp.100.000,- (~$6.67) for the taxi (mini van) that can fit 4 divers with luggages. From airport to the Swiss-Belhotel is about 10 minute ride.

    To kill the time, I go around town riding Ojek (motorcycle taxi) for Rp.25.000,- (~$6.67), but you need to be able to speak Bahasa Indonesia & haggle with the Ojek driver. They usually park across the street from the hotel.
     
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  6. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boston
    9,197
    1,765
    Swiss Belhotel does not have a free shuttle. They may arrange something for you, but not sure they want to bother. They will probably suggest you take a taxi, which is simple and cheap enough. And yes, change some money before you get there. $100 is probably more than enough for incidentals.
     
  7. dirtfarmer

    dirtfarmer Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Northern California
    1,142
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    It's easy peasy to change $100 for easy use. You might want some for suveniers besides the taxi. Also buying food at the airport is easier.
     
  8. wildbill9

    wildbill9 Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: arkansas
    589
    422
    We arrive in Jakarta at 1150p and fly out to Sorong at 5 ish a.m..... Wil! anything be open i airport overnight? Figure ATM never closes
     
  9. billt4sf

    billt4sf Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Fayetteville GA, Wash DC, NY, Toronto, SF
    2,560
    1,144
    Be sure to check your account early and often after you use a credit card or ATM in Indo.

    And don't forget the "travel advisory" with your bank before you leave. If you are changing planes in Taiwan or HK add that, too.

    - Bill
     
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  10. borisphotosafari

    borisphotosafari Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada
    228
    145
    Just got Jakarta. Huge upgrades to the airport, all new terminal. Good WiFi.
    Flying Garuda HK - Jakarta then non stop to Sorong. Didn't have to pick up my bags in Jakarta, hoping for the best. Exchange rate in the airport is R14,920 for $1US, for new and large bills. SIM card and 12G of data with was R300,000.
     

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