Aru: New Guinea in Maluku

Few tourists ever visit Aru. Since the main way to get here is via the Keis, it would be foolish to come here for beaches, even though a few decent ones can be found here and there. Same goes for snorkelling – the relatively few good spots for that are mostly very far from Dobo.
There are virtually no facilities for visitors outside the regional capital, but Dobo can be visited easily enough. Same goes for the neighbouring part of Wokam, which has the pick of Aru’s few historical sites. For those interested in Aru’s unique environment and wildlife, both marine and terrestrial, remote South-East Aru is the most interesting region.

Getting There    

By Air

Merpati flies from Ambon to Dobo via Tual in the Keis. The flight is heavily booked, often cancelled, and to top it all, expensive!
Trigana has announced plans to launch flights to Dobo too, but these remain on hold "until the airstrip is extended" – don’t hold your breath.

By Sea

A few Pelni ships call at Dobo between ports in Maluku and Papua, but they tend to come this way only once every 4 weeks.
More predictable is the car-passenger ferry from Tual in the Keis. In 2010, the Aru-owned KM Lobster started serving that route twice  weekly, leaving Tual on Tuesdays and Fridays. It stops running when the sea is too rough, most frequently occuring between Jan-March.
There are also several Perintis ships that stop at Dobo on their way around SE Maluku or to/from Papua.

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