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Indonesia – Wallacea Travel Advice (Schools)


Please read each of the sections below carefully. They provide important information about your Operation Wallacea expedition in Indonesia. Should you require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact your nearest Operation Wallacea office.

Travelling to and from the expedition

Non-packaged groups – Before confirming your flights please email flights@opwall.com to ensure your flights are correct. Also, please ensure when booking your international flights that the cost of your ticket includes hold luggage.


School groups whose expedition starts at North Buton need to arrive into Jakarta Airport (CGK) no later than 0900hrs on the Saturday prior to their expedition commencing. It is however advisable to arrive into Jakarta sometime on the Friday afternoon to allow time to rest before commencing with the internal travel. Alternatively groups can arrive into Makassar Airport (UPG) no later than 1300hrs on the Saturday prior to the expedition commencing.


All School groups need to depart from Jakarta Airport (CGK) after 2000hrs, or from Makassar Airport (UPG) after 1800hrs on the Saturday the expedition ends.

Internal Travel

School groups will fly from Jakarta or Makassar to the provincial capital of Kendari on the Saturday and overnight here before travelling onwards the next daym by boat to Ereke (4 hrs), then overland by car (1 hour), before trekking into the forest camp. All School groups will travel back to Makassar or Jakarta on the Satruday the expedition ends.

When flights have been booked, you will be issued a Booking Form which will provide specific details relevant to your internal travel package.

Additional Nights

As part of the internal travel package it is possible to arrange additional nights in Makassar or Jakarta before and after your expedition, and the relevant airport transfers. Your internal travel package includes all flights, hotels and transfers as indicated by your Booking Form. Please note however it does not include meals.

Booking International Flights

School Groups


School groups that have chosen a fully inclusive expedition package do not need to book international flights or internal travel. Operation Wallacea will be in contact with the group leader directly and will provide you with a fully inclusive quote for your international flights, internal travel and expedition costs.


Schools also have the option of having Opwall search for the best flight deal for the group and once the school group leader has approved the purchase, the tickets are then bought by Opwall at cost on behalf of the school.  A flight booking fee per person is charged for this approach.  Details of the flights for the group will be entered onto the portal by the Opwall staff booking the flights.

Alternatively, if the school has reliable travel partners then they can book the flights themselves and just pay Opwall for the expedition and internal travel costs. Under this scenario, before confirming your flights please email flights@opwall.com to ensure your flights are correct. the group leader needs to enter the flight details through the Opwall portal and email a copy of the itinerary or E-ticket to flights@opwall.com.


Please be aware that your passport must have at least 6 months validity (period before expiry) prior to arrival in Indonesia. Failure to have at least 6 months validity on your passport will ensure denial of entry into Indonesia.


Most nationalities must purchase a 30 day Visa on Arrival (VOA) for a cost of IDR 500,000 (Approx.£32 OR $40) at airport on arrival. Please make sure to have enough as exchange rates fluctuate regularly and coins are not accepted.

Anyone staying more than 30 days in Indonesia must arrange a Social Visit Visa (60 days) Cost is Approx £125 (applied for in advance through embassy) plus £125 for a 30-day extension in country for anyone needing to extend visa to 90 days. Opwall Indonesia field office will provide sponsor letter to apply for this type of visa. Overstaying this Visa is a fine of 1 million rupiah a day. Please email indonesia@opwall.com if you have any questions regarding your Visa.


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Carbon Offsetting

By joining an Operation Wallacea expedition you are contributing directly towards the study and protection of threatened biodiversity, bringing significant financial benefits to small local communities, and working towards protecting valuable carbon stocks from deforestation. We are extremely proud of the impact we and our volunteers have had over the past two decades, creating a significant benefit to the environment.

However, we want to do more. Specifically, we want to make Operation Wallacea completely carbon neutral. As an organisation we offsetting our own emissions from staff travel (both road and air) and from running our offices. But we also want to encourage all our participants to offset, at the very least, the carbon emissions from their own international flights – and ideally more. To do this we will be supporting the Wallacea Reforestation Initiative in partnership with our sister charity the Wallacea Trust (UK Charity 1078362), and you can read more about this exciting project here that takes a new approach to tropical reforestation that benefits not only climate, but biodiversity and livelihoods too.

How to Calculate Your Donation Amount

Once booked and we’ve received your flight details, you’ll receive an email from us with a recommended donation amount, where we take the exact flight routes you’ve booked on to for your expedition, and run them through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) carbon calculator. This calculator can be found here and the method used is found here. This gives us the total estimated amout of carbon your flights will emit into the atmosphere, and we assign a value of $10 USD (or £7.69 GBP) per ton of carbon. We only used the flights that we’re aware of, so if you have any more you may want to up the donation!

If you’ve not yet the email and wanted to donate the exact amount, email carbon@opwall.com and we can let you know. If you’re happy with an estimate, a £15 donation will cover the carbon produced by the flights in more than 95% of cases.

To donate, click the button below.

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