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Boats from Indonesia to Australia?

Is there a cheap way of getting a boat from Indonesia to Australia?
20 months ago, November 14th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #163096  
We are on a cycle tour of Asia (currently stopped in Bhutan for a bit). When we carry on, we will aim to head in a general south direction till we get to Australia. Two problems: 1. Don't think we can overland into Burma from India (unless a viable plan crops up we will cheat and fly to North Laos). 2. Bikes will sink between Indonesia and Australia.

Can anyone suggest ways of getting boats between Indonesia and Australia, that won't cost a fortune.

Cheers, Andy Reply to this

20 months ago, November 14th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #163114  
Hello Any and Mel and welcome to Travelblog!

Strongly recommend you read this blog: Freighter Travel Notes - it is a much cheaper option than the usual cruise boat and gives you an idea of what should be available between the two countries. Reply to this

20 months ago, November 14th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #163115  

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Thanks, Shane for steering us towards that blog. Gives a good idea of what a freight journey would entail, but still seems more pricey than buying flights.

We are both experienced sailors - I wonder if there are any yacht deliveries in this part of the world who will need crew?

Otherwise, it looks like we may have to (unfortunately) fly...

Andy Reply to this

20 months ago, November 14th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #163117  
There is a website where people can apply for work on such yachts for the price of free or cheap transport, but I cannot recall its name. Reply to this

20 months ago, November 15th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #163137  
You're right, Andy. Ship/boat travel will always be more expensive than plane travel. It takes longer so there are more meals to cook/eat/pay for. There are fewer passengers so the costs are not dispersed over hundreds of people.

If you want speed or cheapness, then ships/boats are not the way to go.

The crew website is listed in the Essential Over Land and Sea forum: cruiser.co.za/crewfinder.asp.

Please post again if you find something. There are many others interested.
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20 months ago, November 15th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #163138  
Aha, that is the site - thank you John and Sylvia! Reply to this

20 months ago, November 27th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #163660  
Of course, you could just catch a fishing boat with a load of Indonesian asylum seekers. You will be escorted by the Australian Coast Guard to the nearest port at which point you will be provided room and board and a generous allowance. Oh wait! The Prime Minister promises to stop this immigration...maybe you can get there before then. I'm just kidding, but this is a very sensitive issue in Australia. Reply to this

19 months ago, December 19th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #164465  
You should be able to get a fairly cheap flight on AirAsia from Bali or Jakarta to Australia sometimes as little as AUD$50 if youre happy to fly in the middle of the night. Check out air asias website but i bicycles are considered sports equipment and are an extra $20 or so depending on where you want to go to
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19 months ago, December 22nd 2012 No: 9 Msg: #164548  
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AirAsia really gives cheaps flights. My friend used to choose this airline when he travels.

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18 months ago, January 13th 2013 No: 10 Msg: #165118  
nice thread. thanks for sharing that information. it was very informative.
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17 months ago, February 22nd 2013 No: 11 Msg: #166648  
Air travel is more cheaper in this situation. I hope you have chosen to fly. Reply to this

16 months ago, March 30th 2013 No: 12 Msg: #168159  
I noticed yesterday that the Seat61 website now has a section on travelling to Australia without flying.

They suggest some websites I haven't yet investigated to get ships between Asia and Australia. You might want to check them out although I can't vouch for them.

I'll look in to it further. John. Reply to this

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