Thanks Beau for the information.
It sure is diificult even with the internet
to find accurate information about Indonesia
except thru other cruiser's personal experiences. Most websites don't have Merauke at a port of entry. But all of that may now have changed with the new decree for visiting yachts. Apparently one of the changes is that 18 ports
have been nominated as entry/exit ports
and foriegn yachts must use those ports. I would also imagine that individual port authorities might not know whether they are on the list of 18, but the agent who prepares the CAIT would know.
The 18 ports are listed on the sailtoindonesia website under News:
So I guess Sorong is my best option, and with a bit of luck T.I to Sorong will be less than 2 weeks.