Borneo: fastest way in from east
We will be travelling Westard across Indonesia in a few months, starting from Kupang. After riding the length of Flores, we want to get to Borneo (any part) by the fastest route.
I have confirmed information from recent travellers that it is possible to get RORO ferry from Labuanbajo (Western tip of Flores) to Sulawesi, and from there to Borneo. However, both of these are weekly ferries, which puts a lot of pressure on our schedule if we miss one. Also it is quite hard to synchronise with our first shipment from Darwin.
By comparison, we can get a daily RORO ferry from Surabaya to Borneo (good), but that is quite a long ride from Labuanbajo with many short ferry rides that will all eat up time (bad...).
Does anybody know if there are RORO ferries to Borneo from any other part of Indonesia that is more Easterly than Surabaya? (other than Sulawesi, or other "outlying" islands that would be hard to get to)
Do any of the RORO ferries just keep on sailing from Labuanbajo all the way to Surabaya?
We need to take the bikes - I've heard that Pelni mostly won't allow them. That's why we are stuck with using RORO ferries, which have no published schedules