Frequently asked questions

Indonesia

Travel

Indonesia borders are currently closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Visa Information
Indonesia offers a free visa on arrival service for many nationalities which allows visitors to stay in the country for up to 30 days. A list of countries that are eligible for visa on arrival can be found on the Indonesian Government's Directorate General of Immigration's website, here: https://www.imigrasi.go.id/apply_ri/tourism/visaonarrival/

Additional information about visa requirements and exemptions can be found on the Foreign Passport Holders page: https://www.imigrasi.go.id/foreign_passport

If you are planning to remain in Indonesia for more than 30 days, you should apply for a visa through the Indonesian Consulate or Embassy in your home country before you travel.

Passport validity
Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival into Indonesia.

Proof of onward travel
Immigration officials in Indonesia may ask you for proof of onward travel (e.g. a return or onward air ticket). Some airlines have refused to board passengers without evidence of onward travel.

We strongly advise that you ensure that your standard vaccinations are up-to-date (tetanus, polio, MMR, etc.) and check with your nearest travel clinic for the latest information and recommendations.

Please make sure you use insect repellent and cover exposed skin to reduce the risk of Dengue Fever and other insect borne diseases.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over the age of 9 months arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. An overview of Yellow Fever risk areas can be found on the Fit For Travel website, here: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/
If you are traveling with medication, please ensure to bring your physician’s prescription with you.

Country Information

There are 3 time zones in Indonesia from UTC+7 to UTC+9.

There are around 580 languages and dialects in use in Indonesia, but Bahasa Indonesian is the official language. English is widely spoken, in all the major touristic destinations. Indonesia is a predominantly muslim country. Though very relaxed, travellers should still be respectful of the culture by covering legs and shoulders when in towns or visiting religious buildings.

Officially Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), however U$D is the most widely used. The Rupiah can be purchased from all major banks and exchange outlets. Credit and debit cards are also accepted in major hotels, restaurants & shops. ATM machines are plentiful around the airports, resort areas and ports.

Indonesia has excellent mobile phone coverage and telephone system, however, in less populated areas; you may find that there is no mobile coverage.

Indonesia’s climate is tropical. There is no autumn or winter but there are distinctive wet and dry seasons each year. The East Monsoon, from June to September, brings dry weather while the West Monsoon, from December to March is moisture-laden, bringing rain. Temperatures range from 21°C – 33°C, except at higher altitudes which can be much cooler. Heaviest rainfalls are usually recorded in December and January and humidity is generally between 75% and 100%.

Health services in Indonesia are by no means up to western standards, although there are hospitals in all major towns.

For diving related emergencies there are recompression chambers in both Bali and Manado. Reaching either would require air evacuation from the Indo Siren thus diving specific insurance is a must on any liveaboard dive trip.

During Your Trip

The water temperatures Indonesia can vary noticeably depending on your itinerary:
• The water temperatures in the Flores Sea hardly vary, keeping to a nice: 26-28°C (79-83°F), with usually clear blue waters and great visibility.
• The Savu Sea has an average temperature of 24°C (75°F) but can drop as low as 21°C (70°F).
• The Banda Sea has average water temperatures of around 26°C (79°F)
• Raja Ampat, including Misool, has year-round temperatures of 26-29°C (80-84°F)
For the majority of our guests a 3mm full wetsuit will suffice for the warmer water dives. A 5mm full wetsuit in combination with hood and booties is recommended for the cooler waters. Please note that onboard Indo Siren, a 3mm shorty or full suit is always available to rent for all our guests.

On all our liveaboard yachts we have both 220V / 50Hz and 24V / 60Hz available. Power points require European style, 2 round pin plugs, a small selection of adapters are available on board, however we recommend you bring a universal adapter with you.

There is NO guest internet available on board. We have satellite connection for emergencies only. Mobile ‘phone signal strength varies throughout the cruise but is typically stronger when in close proximity to Komodo Island.

Any park fees, merchandise, services and alcoholic beverages purchased on board should be settled at the end of your cruise. All prices are in USD, however guests may choose to pay in Euro, GBP, US$ or Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Credit card payments are also accepted however a fee will be levied to your final bill.