Important Things to Note
Because the Lingga Islands are very remote, below are some important things to note:
- Check the boat and plane schedule carefully because they are irregular and mostly only once a day. Delays can happen so travel with an open mind.
- Most of the locals do not know English, therefore it is important to find some locals to be your guide.
- It is very hot and humid here, so sun-block is necessary and drink lots of water.
- Mosquitoes and other insects can be a problem, so bring adequate protection.
- Bring medications as they may not be so readily available.
- Try not to wonder too much off the beaten path, because there are lots of islands and they are very remote. Remain in contact and let someone know where you are.
- Bring enough portable drinking water.
- Try to stay calm and relax while taking the motorcycle taxi (ojek) if you need to, the locals are very steady at riding motorcycles.
If you stick to the towns and regular paths leading to villages, then it will be much safer for you. The people here are friendly so you need not be too afraid of theft, pickpockets etc (however as in all travels, do take care of your belongings).
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Maslan was very insistent that we had to go to the police station to register with the police as foreigners. Since they don't see very many visitors here, I suppose they're a little suspicious of them and like to keep tabs on them. He also kept saying that we had to pay some sort of registration fee; I think he said something like 20,000 rupiah each, which seems very high. So he walked us the police station, where a policeman took our passports and then sat in front of a typewriter for about half an hour, using two fingers to fill out a form with all our details.
There is no fee, however, so don't offer to pay anything. The police never asked for money, so we just took our neatly-typed registration forms as souvenirs and that was the end of it.
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