Indonesia – Wallacea Travel Advice


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


2019 School groups and university volunteers need to land at Makassar Airport (UPG) any time before 2300 on the Saturday before your expedition starts.


2019 School groups and university students need to depart from Makassar Airport after 1930hrs on the Saturday your expedition ends.

Internal Travel

When University volunteers arrive at Makassar Airport you will stay overnight in a hotel on the Saturday. Early the next day (Sunday) you will take a flight and overland transfer (South Buton marine site and terrestrial site) or a flight, overland and boat transfer (Hoga) to site. On the Saturday at the end of your expedition you will fly back to Makassar Airport for your homeward flight.

When school groups arrive at Makassar Airport you will met by an Opwall representative and stay overnight in Makassar. The next day (Sunday) you will take a flight and overland transfer to the expedition site. On the Saturday at the end of your expedition you will fly back to Makassar Airport for your homeward flight. Groups leaving Hoga island will depart on Friday to travel back to Makassar.

The internal travel package will be arranged once we have the details of your international flights.

Additional Nights

As part of the internal travel package it is possible to arrange additional nights in Makassar before and after your expedition, and the relevant airport transfers. However, this will be at an additional cost – please contact us for more details.

Booking International Flights

Please ensure when booking your international flights that the cost of your ticket includes hold luggage.

Research Assistants and Dissertation/Thesis Students


Before booking your international flights, please consider the number of days you will be staying in Indonesia. If you are doing a 4 week expedition (28 days), or doing a 2 week expedition but planning on travelling within Indonesia outside of the expedition, it is worth ensuring that you book flights that keep your time in Indonesia to within 30 days, as this will most likely avoid you having to pay visa fees (please see Visa section below). 

If you are a student from anywhere other than the US or Canada, when you book an expedition with us you can opt to be contacted by our preferred travel partner Travel Nation, who will provide you with competitive quotes for your international flights.

Travel Nation
Tel: 01273 947 313
International Contact: +44 (0) 1273 947 313


If you are a Canadian student and would like to have your flights booked for you by the Canadian Office please contact Dr Justin Hines at If you would prefer to book your flights independently, please be ensure these flights fall into our arrival and departure recommendations detailed above.


If you are a student in the USA, we recommend Student Universe for your flights as they give discounts to students. You are welcome to book your flights elsewhere, however our partnership means that they generally provide the best price, are familiar with our expeditions and give excellent service.

Student Universe
Tel: +1 800 272 9676 (Toll-free within the US and Canada)

Once you have booked your international flights, please enter the details on the Opwall portal.

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 the group leader needs to enter the flight details through the Opwall portal and email a copy of the itinerary or E-ticket to


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


If you are a UK, US or Canadian citizen you can enter Indonesia under the Visa Exemption scheme for a period of up to 30 days. If you are not travelling on a ‘standard’ passport (eg British Overseas Passport) you will need to apply in advance for a Social Visa and should contact our Indonesia office ( to obtain a sponsorship letter.

If your planned stay in Indonesia is for longer than 30 days (including any time outside of the expedition), please see our specific Indonesia Visa Information page for further advice.

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