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Recommended Flights to Gorontalo
Divers planning to board flights to Gorontalo have daily options. Most flights to Gorontalo start in Jakarta. Several airlines have flights to Gorontalo via Makassar (previously known as Ujung Pandang). They are Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Lion Air, and Citilink. Divers checking onto a Garuda Indonesia or Citilink flight can ask for the sports equipment waiver on any overweight baggage. Mention that you have alat olahraga diving equipment.
Most flights from Jakarta stop in Makassar for 20 minutes before preceding to Gorontalo. Divers can also choose flights to Gorontalo from Denpasar (Bali).
Prior to the pandemic, there were flights to Gorontalo from Manado. The overland route takes about nine hours over the mountains. If you plan to travel via Manado, please contact Miguel’s Diving for solutions.
Direct International Connections to Sulawesi
Scoot Airlines flies several times a week between Singapore and Manado. Air Asia provides flights from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Makassar (UPG) several times a week. A domestic flight from Makassar to Gorontalo takes about one hour.
Indonesia’s Visa Policy & COVID-19 Restrictions
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Indonesia has restricted most foreign travelers from entering. Please consult an Indonesian immigration website for any current visa options. COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements change monthly. A great source of current testing requirements is on the Garuda Indonesia website.
New Airport Terminal
Gorontalo’s Djalaluddin Airport now has a new terminal building. Its modern features include sky bridges for travelers arriving by jet. The new baggage claim area is spacious. Also, a smoking area helps keep the facility smoke-free.
Gorontalo Airport Transfers
Divers with reservations with Miguel’s Diving have airport transfers in Gorontalo included in their dive package. Since the pandemic, we recommend booking private transport with us. For airport taxis, there can be as many as four passengers per vehicle. The ride takes about an hour.
Language & Communication
Visitors to Gorontalo can experience Sulawesi untouched by mass tourism. This also means that little English is spoken. Bring an Indonesian phrase book or translate on your phone. Gorontalo people are genuinely friendly and feel proud that outsiders come to visit their homeland. WIFI is available at your hotel. Cell phone coverage is available, although at times its capacity is overloaded.
Indonesian banks will usually only accept new USD100 bills. Banks in Gorontalo do not accept Euro, so we cannot. Travelers heading to Gorontalo should change money prior to arrival in Indonesia or at your arrival airport. Gorontalo has one money changers in town. ATMs for cash withdrawals are readily available in Gorontalo. Miguel’s Diving can now accept Visa and MasterCard. There is no surcharge.