Before getting to other parts of Indonesia, most travelers will arrive at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. There are low-cost carriers traveling from Jakarta to El Tari International Airport, Kupang. Companies that offer this route are:
We recommend a local startup, Traveloka to book flights, hotels, trains, and attractions ticke. Moreover,there’s a direct flight from Darwin, Australia to Kupang, Indonesia.
Getting around in Kupang is mostly done via cars or motorcycles. Kupang has public transportation, but it’s unreliable that locals decided to use their vehicles everywhere.
Here are six essential places to visit in Kupang. Based on each destination distance, these sites are possible to cover in 4 to 5 days trip.
More about the sites.
SoE is the capital of the South Central Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. Start your journey to SoE from Kupang city center before 10 a.m. SOE, via private car or motorcycle. The drive is about 2.5 hours drive away from Kupang city center. If you have more than 3 hours of spare time, you can hike the mountain. If not, enjoy the bonsai tree forest.
Tablolong beach is located 30 km from the city center. Locals come to the beach to hang out and enjoy the sunset at local bars.
Oenesu waterfall. The word “Oe” in local Timor tribe language (not Bahasa Indonesia) means Water. The waterfall is located 100 from Kupang city center, which is approximately 2 hours drive.
Crystal Cave is a refreshing, hidden oasis, away from the city heat. To embark on this offbeat adventure, you will need to rent a motorcycle or vehicle and obtain basic directions from locals in Kupang. The area is secluded and limited tourist information. It is best to arrive in the morning, hang around until the noon sun overhead illuminates everything before its pitch dark again. Then make your way back to town as the afternoon kicks off. The cave is not suitable for the elderly or pregnant women. To get in you need to climb down through the rocks cave. There are no proper stairs to get in.
The Kolbano beach and Oetune beach are 2 hours car ride from SoE, the capital of South Central Timor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara.
Kolbano beach has white sand while Oetenu beach has brown sand. See the ocean light blue water merge with the darker one from above by climbing up the big rock at Kolbano beach.
Semau Island lies just west of Kupang, directly opposite Tenau Harbour. Its 8,000 odd residents occupy a handful of tiny villages scattered around the coast, connected by a network of dusty roads and a peaceful lifestyle in rustic paradise. There won’t be any accommodation on the island. Bring a local guide with you. Traveling by yourself is not recommended. The island has a limited of street signs and no street lights in many parts of the island.
Fatumnasi village is around 35 km north of SoE, via Kapan. SoE can be reached by bus from Kupang, then grab an ojek (motorcycle taxi) to Fatumnasi which takes about an hour for Rp 75,000 ($5).
Fatumnasi is one of those rare places where you can experience with relative ease, the combination of natural beauty and traditional ikat weaving culture. The locals are friendly and greet travelers with the Sbo Maekat dance, a war dance by the women, wearing jewelry made from horse hair and gold plated bangles on their ankles.
There are easy treks in the region to sacred rock formations like the Citadel, the lake Fatukoto, and Mount Mutis. The nearby Oehala waterfall is not to be missed.
Car-free day (CFD) is a day in the week where a particular area in the city of Indonesia is closed for transportation. The purpose is for locals to enjoy the area for exercise, eating out, or any creative space. CFD start from 6 a.m. until noon in El Tari street.
Hospitals in Kupang
These are recommended hospitals in Kupang.
Money and ATMs
The currency unit in Indonesia is the Rupiah. Cash is king in Kupang and the rest of the country. Wherever you go you will need to have cash in small denominations whether to pay for parking, entrance to the beach, tips, or to buy knick knacks.
Avoid drinking water from the tap! Kupang and the rest of Indonesia’s tap water is not drinkable. Stick to canned drinks or bottled water.