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2023 brings new and wonderful things!! You can pay with a credit/debit card at Amy's Place now! MasterCard and Visa accepted.
To be safe, bring enough Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) to cover your backside. Krui has a BNI bank branch, which has a mostly reliable ATM, so it’s safe to say you can actually draw cash here. There are no money changers in the area, so if you end up having to pay in cash of foreign currency, be warned that you’ll be supplied with an exchange rate that doesn’t favor you, as it’s difficult for me to change. I recommend changing your cash in the Jakarta airport.
IDR3,500,000 (~US$250)/week should take care of your bar tab, your motorbike, a few massages, & some purchases from the local market.
Bring what you need, along with backups.
Again, it’s a remote area. The local ding repair guy does a great job (and he makes some really amazing, custom fins). There is a local surf shop that has improved a bit. He sells used leashes, homemade wax, and some sunscreen. It’s better than nothing in a pinch, but you’d be happier with your own stuff. Bring it. Don’t count on being able to buy whatever you may need.
If you’re coming during peak season, when the trade winds are blowing (July-September) you might want to bring a wetsuit top, so you can surf longer. They're also good protection from the reef.
We will organize your car from there. It’s a 6-hour drive. Think of it as a good thing: it keeps the crowds down. We can also organize your flights from Jakarta if you’d like. However, I recommend checking these sites:
Garuda Air (the most reliable) : www.garuda-indonesia.com
Swirijaya Air : www.sriwijayaair.co.id
Lion Air: www.lionair.co.id
Garuda is by far the most reliable, and therefore the most expensive of the choices. It's money well spent.
They allow you to book your own flights with a credit card. Allow a 3-hour minimum layover in Jakarta for international flights, whether coming or going.
Indonesia isn't known for its internet, but Amy's Place does have free WiFi, which is good enough for checking/updating email and social media.
The area has gotten a few cafes that have great internet, and even better coffee. By all means, go support them if you need a good dose of faster internet.
Average air and sea temperatures are about 27C/81F, though temperatures can dip around August. The average humidity is, well... it's a lot.
Passport must have 6 (six) months' validity from date of entry, or they're going to send you right back home. Seriously.
The visa situation has changed a little these days. Visa on arrival (VOA) is free for most countries, and valid for 30 days, and extendable for another 30 days, at the local Krui immigration office.
Insurance: Please get it, and make sure it covers medivac and riding motorbikes. You never know when things might not go as planned. Again, this is a remote area.
Southern Sumatra is not considered a risky area for malaria. However, anti-malarial medications taken before your departure are an individual choice. It’s best you talk to your doctor about your concerns, and take basic precautions like bringing a long sleeve shirt, long pants, & bug repellant for dusk and dawn.
Mosquito nets and mosquito repellent are provided for each bed.
The local villagers here are always smiling, waving, and curious. They never tire of saying, "Hello, Mister."
They are mostly of Muslim faith and, therefore, modest people. So when you’re outside of Amy’s Villas, please be mindful of their customs & traditions. If you have any questions in this regard, please ask.
Men & women alike should have their shoulders covered (a T-shirt is fine), and shorts that cover the thighs will do the job.
At Amy's Villas, we always have cold beer, and have recently been able to add wine, spirits, and cocktails to the menu. It's your choice if you want to bring duty free alcohol. You're allowed 1 (one) liter per person, and we charge IDR100,000 per bottle.