Planning your trip to the total eclipse of the
According to timeanddate.com, several cities in Indonesia will provide the best opportunity to see the total solar eclipse on 9 March 2016.
Mau Ke Mana is already booking flight tickets and hotel rooms for international tourists visiting Indonesia around this time. (Indonesian domestic airline websites only accept Indonesian credit cards, unlike Mau Ke Mana).
But which of the cities listed is the most suitable?
1. Getting There & Away
Which of the cities is easiest to visit?
flights (per day)
Palembang and Balikpapan are by far easier to travel to than other cities. There are many more flights to these two cities than the others. They also have international connections to Malaysia and Singapore, although it is usually cheaper to fly through Jakarta.
Sofifi doesn’t have an airport, so is not rated; it is very close to Ternate anyway.
2. Other Attractions
Maybe visitors would like to do more than just stare at the sun, seeing they come a long way. Which cities have the most tourism potential?
Near Ternate and Sofifi, there are the note-worthy islands of Maitara and Tidore, with multiple sites for snorkelling.
Few people visit Balikapan or Palangkaraya themselves, but use them as a lanchpad to visit other nearby locations. From Balikpapan, you can travel upriver, to nearby wildlife sanctuaries, or a bit further to offshore island resorts. Palangkaraya is an alternative location to Pangkalan Bun for river cruises, orangutan tours, etc.
There’s not as much to do in Palembang, Palu and Sofifi.
Wikipedia helpfully points out:
Unfortunately, the Indonesian region is prone to a 60-70% likelihood of cloud cover in March.
Less helpfully, it doesn’t mention that rain showers usually occur in the mid-late afternoon, and the eclipse occurs in the mid-morning, Indonesian time.
Still, March is the tail-end of the wet season in Indonesia, and it would suck if – after travelling so far – your view was obscured by clouds; where is this least likely to happen?
Source: World Weather Online
Palu would appear to be the driest city on average, but the rains falls across a similar number of days to Palembang and Balikpapan, so the gap isn’t as big as it may appear at first.
Unfortunately, reliable monthly weather averages were unavailable for Palangka Raya.
Please note: it is not known whether airlines are planning to run special flights that fly above the clouds, as happened in Norway earlier this year.
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