Primates and Dragons........May 11th departure

Hello everyone! I'm just wondering if there is anyone else booked on this trip with me? I'm a solo traveller and it helps ease my nerves to hear from people before we meet up :-) I'm so excited and this has been on my travel list for quite some years. Hope to hear from someone soon, Hayley

Hello Hayley. We have just booked onto this trip and also very excited about going. We are flying out 1 day earlier than the scheduled group flights, but look forward to meeting you and the rest of the group in Medan in May! Peter & Ruth.

It's good to hear from someone else on it. I'm beginning to put a list together for what to pack, I wish it was sooner :-) I didn't realise we had numerous nights in the same hotel through stages on the tour, will be a nice change as there is usually just one night spent overnight in places on trips like this. I hope we get to see a shed load of rays!! The boat is going to be a proper adventure. Do you think we will need to take a light waterproof at all??

Hello. Yes, I'd definitely pack a waterproof. I'd be happy to be wrong, but I can't believe we'd get away with not needing something. Staying somewhere for a few nights at a time sounds good to me as well and not just travelling every day. Never done much snorkelling but really looking forward to it, pictures look ace and rays would be an absolutely brilliant thing to see!


Superbly excited about the rays infact I'm just excited about everything. I'm gonna treat myself to a snorkle and I've invested ina GoPro for when we are in the water, really don't want to miss out and can easily share any footage with anyone who wants it. Hope we are lucky and there are loads of them around!!! It's really not that long to go, it will be upon us before we know it :-) It's my birthday when we are in Bali whoooooop whooooop!!!

If I don't hear from you before you travel then safe journey and hope you have a lovely day before we meet. You will be well rested unlike us who will be rolling off the flight and getting stuck straight into it. I'm hoping there are some good films to catch otherwise the person sat next to me will have their ears talked off (ha ha ha ha ha).

Hi, are any of you taking anti malarials?

look forward to meeting you

Jacky and John

Hello Jacky and John, good to hear from more people who are going :-) Hope you are excited though I'm getting the feeling I've gotten too excited too early lol. I'm taking anti-malerials. As far as I can see, they are not needed everywhere but because we are jumping from one island to another I'm just taking them all the way through, I just feel its not worth the risk. I take Malerone as it's one a day (2 days before the maleria area and 7 days after leaving also) and I have not experienced side effects. It's a little more expensive than other courses but maleria tends to be less resistant to that anti-malerial. I get it from SimpleOnlinePharmacy and go for the generic brand (not the named one as they are all the same and a fraction of the price). Hope this helps you decide. I order mine as a batch (there were 3 of us travelling together last time) to make them even more value for money but make sure you count correctly :-/ 

Apart from that are you both looking forward to it? I always get nervous when travelling alone and that first meeting of people so its great hearing from you on here. Are you on the big flight going out from the UK or are you opting for a seperate flight?

Hayley x 

Hi everyone.

We checked with the travel nurse this week and she said we didn't need anti-malarials so we won't be taking them.

Realy looking forward to this trip!

Sandra and Neil

Hello :-) Good to hear from you!!! By the end of next week we may have brought the full trip together on here.

Thanks for your comments. We have been getting mixed messages about malarial areas. I’m sure that it’s the sensible thing to take them Hayley, and Malarone would be our choice, but I think we are going to risk it without. I have bought a mosquito net. It may not be possible to use it but we’ll give it a go!

BTW we are adding in the Gili extension- anybody else?



I'd have loved to have had an add on but I don't have enough holidays left :-( it sounds ace, am superbly jealous :-)

As for the risk factor, its only Komodo thats cconsidered high risk and the rest is low-ish so it's not much of a risk you are taking. I'm just probably being over cautious plus if I took them just for Komodo I'd probably forget to start them.

I cant stop Googling pictures! Did any of you catch the 'wildest islands of Indonesia' on tv recently? Excellent series.

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