Transport options

By air via Kupang

Merpati flies to Savu from Kupang on Mondays. Bookings should be made well in advance, either through the Merpati Office in Kupang on (0380) 833 833 or through their Darwin Office:

Merpati Nusantara Airlines
27/21 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT
Phone : +618 8941 1606
Fax : +618 8941 1960
Email :

A flight from Bali to Kupang return costs about 1½ million Rupiah, or approx. US$150.00/A$200.00.

Merpati also flies from Darwin to Kupang (DRW-KOE) through a joint service with Darwin based Airnorth Regional Airlines. The flights connect with other destinations within Indonesia such as Bali, Surabaya, Jakarta, Lombok and Semarang.

Darwin/Kupang flight schedule:

For Tuesdays & Saturdays:-

  • Departs Darwin 11.15 am
  • Arrives Kupang 11.45 am
  • Departs Kupang 12.45 pm
  • Arrives Darwin 16.10 pm

Economy class is AUD$425 return and Business class is AUD$515 return (plus taxes of AUD$82.50 return).

By air via Waingapu

Pelita Air connects Bali with Waingapu on Sumba. There are no flights from Waingapu to Savu, however, a ferry sails to Savu on Wednesdays, returning on Tuesdays (see below: "By sea").

Denpasar-Waingapu flight schedule:

Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday.
Flight: 934
Departure: 10:00
Arrival: 11:05

Waingapu-Denpasar flight schedule:

Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Flight: 933
Departure: 16:15
Arrival: 17:20

By sea

Ferries connect the islands to Waingapoe, on Sumba, and Kupang, in West Timor. There are currently two ferries from Kupang to Savu, one leaving Kupang on Monday afternoon, arriving on Savu Tuesday morning. The same ferry leaves for Sumba Tuesday afternoon and arrives there on Wednesday. It departs again on the same day for Savu where it arrives on Thursday, then leaving for Kupang again where it arrives in the early hours of Friday. Another ferry leaves Kupang on Friday, arriving on Savu on Saturday, returning to Kupang on the same day.

The harbour at Seba

See a local
map and a satellite image of the Savu Islands, a large (90 Kb) map of the Timor Sea, showing Savu's proximity to Australia and a large satellite image of Sumba, Sawu and Timor.

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