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Adelaar has 4 beautifully crafted air-conditioned staterooms, each with en-suite bathrooms and all the amenities of a luxury boutique hotel. Built in 'classical yacht' style, the interior has rich wood paneling and high ceilings. This boutique style Komodo liveaboard accommodates up to 8 divers comfortably, in four spacious and exquisite cabins, one master cabin and 3 staterooms.
The exclusive master suite is fitted with generously high ceilings, a queen size bed, sofa and work desk, as well as abundant closets and drawer space. The master en-suite marble bathroom has a spacious shower, with separate sink and toilet area. The three guest staterooms each have double bed, individually controlled air-conditioning, and en-suite bathrooms. Two of the staterooms also have a sofa which can be converted to a single bed for children or for those wishing to have separate beds.
The master suite and the two staterooms have the capability of accommodating either couples or twin share. Staterooms are fitted with individually controlled air-conditioning, and boasts decadent en-suite marble bathrooms. Available in all cabins, as well as in the salon & dining area are flat screen TV's connected to the ship's video and audio streaming system with access to more than 3,000 movies and 30,000 songs if you should crave any entertainment.
The main salon is a cozy and inviting area below deck. Relax on the sofa with a good book from your extensive library, challenge your partner to a game of chess at the game table, or write those postcards seated at one of your desks.
Have the steward prepare a cocktail from your well stocked bar, also located on this level. Gourmet meals are served a la cart in the main dining salon, located on the upper level. Large windows provide a panoramic view of the vivid landscapes as you cruise through the Archipelago.
The main deck has a large table and seating area, situated under an expansive sun awning, which provides the perfect spot for enjoying the scenery while cruising. The forward deck is fitted with comfortable cushions for relaxing and sunbathing.
At deck level, Adelaar features a comfortable salon and dining area for guests. Adjacent to the spacious dining room, a fully equipped galley features top end BOSCH appliances from Germany. All areas below and at deck level are fully air-conditioned with individual temperature control.
The upper deck houses a separate cabin for the cruise director, and the wheel house has fully compliant navigational equipment, and a spacious crew dining area. Air-conditioned crew quarters are located in a separate area in the bow of the ship. The beautifully decorated interior of ADELAAR is a classical yacht style with rich teak wood paneling.
The high ceilings throughout the vessel give an intimate, yet spacious feeling. The main deck has a large table and a very comfortable seating area, situated under a large sun awning. This provides the perfect spot for alfresco dining and enjoying the scenery while cruising. your comfortable seating areas on the lower and upper aft deck are very inviting, whether it be for reading, relaxing, or having one of Agung’s famous Gin & Tonic’s!
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Adelaar - prices and what's included
Prices are per person per night and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.
COVID19 booking conditions
For all new bookings made between May 1 & September 30, 2020 othe flexible payment & cancellation conditions below apply.
This is valid for any departure between July 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021.
15% non-refundable deposit due to confirm the booking
85% balance due 29 days before departure
Fully crewed boat with western PADI dive instructor,
all meals, snacks, water, coffee, tea & soft drinks,
ship to shore transportation,
tanks and weight belts,
all harbor clearances (for Bali to Komodo itineraries).
Beer, wine or alcoholic beverages,
land transfers (see below) or land programs,
dive gear/dive light rentals,
NITROX (180€ per trip or 10€ per tank fill) or customary tips to the crew.
There is a Park fee of 160€ per person in Komodo or 235€ on one way trips from Bali to Komodo and reverse which is collected onboard for entry into Komodo National Park, Satonda Park and Moyo Island.
Due to the unstable and forever fluctuating fuel prices in Indonesia we reserve the right to add a fuel surcharge.
We anticipate that this would be in the range of 8€ to 15 € per person per day.
Land Transfers E35 Euros per person one way for the below areas
Airport - Hotel in southern Bali
Hotel in southern Bali - Serangan Harbor
Serangan Harbor - Hotel in southern Bali or airport
Cancellation up to 30 days before departure: we apply the deposit toward a future departure, within the next 12 months
Cancellations less than 30 days prior to departure: we apply the invoiced amount toward a future departure, within the next 12 months
There is no refund of the deposit for a cancellation without a rebooking
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date are payable in full at the time of the booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
90 days before departure - non-refundable
Please note that you must have a minimum of 6 months left on your passport and one full clean page for your visa on arrival.
Adelaar - cabins
This boutique style Komodo liveaboard accommodates up to 8 divers comfortably, in four spacious and exquisite cabins, one master cabin and 3 staterooms.
The exclusive master suite is fitted with generously high ceilings, a queen size bed, sofa and work desk, as well as abundant closets and drawer space. The master en-suite marble bathroom has a spacious shower, with separate sink and toilet area.
The three guest staterooms each have double bed, individually controlled air-conditioning, and en-suite bathrooms. Two of the staterooms also have a sofa which can be converted to a single bed for children or for those wishing to have separate beds.
The master suite and the two staterooms have the capability of accommodating either couples or twin share. Staterooms are fitted with individually controlled air-conditioning, and boasts decadent en-suite marble.
Adelaar - itineraries
The signature Bali – Komodo – Bali cruise is the best way to explore Komodo National Park and its surroundings without the hassle of domestic flights.
Dive all the famous (and more secret) Komodo sites and the best spots of Sumbawa. Sail between two oceans above mantas, dolphins and sharks.
This is the sample Bali to Komodo to Bali Itinerary for 10 nights (The course of the fixed departure itineraries may be altered for comfort and safety of all passengers aboard , diving is planned around weather, sea conditions and capabilities of each diver.)
Day 1 You will meet at the wooden jetty in front of the Dolphin Lodge in Serangan Harbor at 08:00AM and set off along the coastline of Bali, cruising overnight to Satonda Island. Spend the day relaxing on deck, and wait for the magnificent sunset over the majestic Mount Agung.
Day 2 Arise at your leisure for coffee on deck while your breakfast is being cooked-to-order. Once you arrive in Satonda you will head for 2 dives here, along a sloping reef. The white sandy bottom with bountiful coral outcroppings offers plenty of interesting things to see. Satonda - an old volcanic island, is famous for its salt water lake that filled the crater after the violent eruption of Mt Tambora, on Sumbawa, in 1814.
Day 3 Rise early today for a glimpse of the sunrise as you arrive in Gili Lawa Laut, North Komodo. The park is located in the Wallacea region, denoting the overlapping of Australian and Asian bio-geographical areas. This overlapping indicates an interesting mix of bird species! There is a splendid assortment of dive sites just outside this picturesque bay. Typically in the north you have larger schools of fish, good visibility and some current. You might want to take the opportunity between dives to hike to the top of the hill to catch a glimpse of a magnificent panorama of the entire Komodo Archipelago just on the other side. You anchor in a quiet bay for the night.
Day 4 A very early morning, as you head ashore by 07:00 AM to meet your ranger for a guided hike into the interior of Komodo Island, to seek out the prehistoric dragons Komodo is so well known for. This area is recognized as a World Heritage Site and also newly designated as a ‘new 7 wonder of the world’. Once back aboard, you are served lunch outside to enjoy the beautiful view as you head to the south of Komodo. You will make a stop along the coast for diving, then continue on to Lehok Sera for a dusk dive to search for those shy and elusive mandarin fish. You anchor for the night in a picturesque bay.
Day 5 You make your way to Langkoi weather permitting, on Komodo’s south coast. You are on a mission to seek out manta rays today! You will attempt to fit in 2 dives here where these magnificent animals gracefully feed in these nutrient rich waters. After which, you move to Nusa Kode. With the towering cliff walls surrounding all sides, the landscape in this remote area is breathtaking. Get ready for your first macro dive of the trip here! After some excellent diving, you will have a shore excursion of sorts to get up close to the resident dragon population here. There will also be a night dive, and then dinner to finish off the day.
Day 6 Mornings and evenings in Nusa Kode are a time where you can spot dragons wandering along the beach foraging for food. Monkeys, deer and lots of birds are also known to make an appearance. If sea conditions are good, you’ll be able to dive the 'macro temple" of Cannibal Rock - a must dive for muck diving enthusiasts. During lunch you journey up back north for diving in Padar, where temperatures start to get warmer and visibility gets a bit better.
Day 7 You leave Padar and enter an area known as ‘current city’ for your diving day. Despite the intimidating name, you are often guaranteed better visibility and larger schools of fish here! In the late afternoon, your vessel will move up north to Rinca or Wainilu. At Wainilu, opt for a short walk up a small hill for a nice view of Rinca and the surrounding islands. You anchor for the night in and there is a chance to do a night dive in Wainilu.
Day 8 You spend the morning around the northern most boundary of the Park off the uninhabited islands of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat to dive the best sites that you saved for last! In late afternoon you leave the Park area and make your way to Banta Island where you anchor for the night. A night dive is planned here.
Day 9 You arrive in the volcanic island of Sangeang for some amazing diving on the flanks of this active volcano. Black sand with yellow areas (sulfur deposits). In places, gaseous sulfur seeps from the grounds, creating an underwater Jacuzzi with a warm sea floor. As you depart, the crew will put up all the sails for a brief photo opportunity and gives us a glimpse of The Adelaar in full glory. You sail through the night for Moyo Island.
Day 10 You arrive Moyo Island early this morning for 2 dives on the fringing reef. There is a shore excursion to the village to see the traditional houses on stilts. You visit a local school, and then take a walk through a road lined with ‘living fences’ to visit a nearby waterfall. The local guide points out teak & cashew trees as you pass through herds of goats and water buffalo. While you are gone, the crew will have washed and dried all your dive gear. This means once back aboard, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a gourmet lunch as you head back, bound for Bali.
Day 11 You arrive in Serangan Harbor, Bali approximately around 09:00 AM and say goodbye to your Captain and crew. Transfers can be arranged to take you to your next destination.
Please ensure your onward travels are planned to anticipate delays during cruising - Flights out should only be scheduled after 18:00 PM.
South Komodo 11D/10N
This special cruise is inspired from our usual Bali-Komodo-Bali cruise but has been adjusted in order to discover the Komodo National Park in the best way possible at this season.
We will still follow the usual route and dive the best sites all over the Park, but we will focus on spending more time in the southern part of the Park (South Komodo, Nusa Kode, Padar) during the few months where the visibility and weather conditions improve greatly.
Komodo extended: One-way Bali – Komodo (and vice versa) 11D/10N
This itinerary grants the Adelaar guests more time exploring Komodo as less time is spent traveling long distances.
This is ideal for people who wish to explore the island of Flores and its amazing wonders, or simply focus more attention on the Komodo National Park.
National Park & Marine Reserve fee on these “Komodo extended” trips: 150€.
Komodo & Whale shark 11D/10N
Together with a marine biologist, we focus on a few scientific trips with a special itinerary including a stop where whale sharks tend to be seen.
Think our Bali-Komodo-Bali with a special bonus! There are of course no 100% guarantees but we do know a secret spot.
Don’t ask us where it is… it’s a secret! For the most part, the route will still follow our signature route and visit all the best sites of the Komodo National Park.
This trip includes diving in Maumere, Alor and in between, visiting a village of headhunters, etc.
The diving in Alor is a heaven for macro in the bays but also offers the opportunity to encounter big things along the colorful walls and drop offs of the islands located in the Pantar Strait.
You should expect current and advanced diving. The fishermen and their children often dive in to meet the divers on their safety stop and tend to their traditional fish traps which make Alor famous.
Adelaar - specs
- Rigging: Dutch schooner
- Measurements: Length: 127" / Beam: 18" / Draft: 8"
- Cruising Speed: 6.5 knots
- Mercedes marine diesel (380 HP)
- Sea Recovery water makers
- Generators (25kVA-65kVA) for 24hr electrical power availability
- Furuno GPS & Satellite compass Staterooms
- Master suite (160cm bed, couch/single bed and desk)
- Two staterooms (140cm bed, couch/single bed and desk)
- One stateroom with a 127cm bed
All 4 staterooms are individually air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms with hot water shower, toilet & wash basin. Our state of the art entertainment system allows on demand movies and music.
- 3 Bauer Capitano dive compressors
- 12L Aluminium tanks with INT valves
- NITROX membrane system Safety Equipment
- Nautilus Lifeline Marine Rescue Radio with GPS for each diver
- Life vests, EPIRB emergency beacon & flares
- Man overboard pole with attached life vest & flashing light
- Two life rafts for 30 people with provisions for over 30 days
- Medical O2 with resuscitation bag
- First aid supplies, bandages and common medicines
The nearest decompression chamber is located in Bali, accessible by a medical evacuation helicopter. Crew
- Total of 10 for maximum 8 guests with Western Cruise Director and PADI Dive Instructor
Adelaar - diving
The coral triangle is home to the world’s most bio-diverse population of marine species with Indonesia representing its hottest spot. Nowhere else has a comparable density, not to mention diversity, of underwater creatures and life been recorded. In order to fully appreciate the exceptional status of this region, suffice it to say that the whole Caribbean area has only 9% of the corals and 35% of the fish species found in Indonesian waters.
The reason for such a big difference is that the entire area of the Atlantic Ocean underwent a mass extinction of species during the last ice age. All types of corals and animals vanished during this period and the other species never regained the strength of their former numbers. In Indonesia - the centre of this biodiversity triangle - the variety seen underwater is truly astonishing. In certain bays and around small islands, you can find more species than in the entire Caribbean. In a research report conducted in 1997 on the island of Flores, respected marine biologists Rudie Kuiter and Gerald Allen counted 1,133 species of fish just in Maumere bay. This is still the highest number of species of fish ever counted in a specific area.
**Diving in Komodo** is not a new idea but recently it's being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had. Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it's macro or massive you love. One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!! For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.
Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!
One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It's the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world's last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.
Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.
In North Komodo the water temperature is normally 27-29°C. Around Southern Komodo and Rinca Islands the water temperature drops can drop a bit to 22-26°C. A 5mm long suit is advised and hood and booties are strongly recommended for the southern area.
These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.
Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving
We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn't disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.
Satonda island bay
A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.
Sangeang island diving
Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world's finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.
Gps point - Gili Banta diving
Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.
Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving
This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.
Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving
An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.
Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving
A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.
Pink beach, Komodo diving
Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.
Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving
Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 "top 10 sites" but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It's nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it's still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.
Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving
Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.
Manta alley, Komodo diving
In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.
Takat Makassar, Komodo diving
This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.
3 sisters, Padar island diving
A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.
Drift diving, pelagics melting pot and critters maze: dive in one of the world’s hubs of underwater activity.
Adelaar - faqs
Please note these are generic FAQs about Indonesia in general and not always boat specific.
If you are unsure about something please ask us to get confirmation.
What documents will I need to show on the boat?Dive certification cards and dive logbook.
What money will I need?
Most boats accepts payment by Visa or Mastercard, Indonesian Rupiah, Euro or US Dollar. Please be advised that foreign notes should be clean, new and crisp. Indonesian banks and money changers will not accept old notes or notes which are damaged in any way. You can also use your credit or debit card at ATM machines in towns prior to boarding the boat to withdraw Rupiah, which is better should you wish to purchase local souvenirs or for tips. It is advisable to inform your bank or credit card company that you will be visiting Indonesia prior to your departure, as it is not uncommon for the bank to put a block on the card if they suspect it has been misappropriated.
What type of food is available on board?
Meals are prepared by the onboard chef and consist of a delicious mix of international and local dishes. Please advise us as soon as possible if you have any special dietary requirements. Certain special dietary requests and beverage requests may not be available on a consistent basis due to the remote nature of the locations.
Will there be any opportunities to go ashore during the cruise?
There are many different land excursions which are dependent on the schedule and guest preferences. Some land excursions available are beach visits, village visit and other treks dependant on the area, weather and local conditions.
What if I am prone to sea sickness?
If you are prone to sea sickness we strongly urge you to bring some motion sickness medication.
Will I have to share a cabin if I am travelling as a single?
All rates are quoted on a share basis therefore, unless you require a guaranteed single room and pay an additional supplement you will share your cabin with one other guest.
What is the voltage on the boat?
Voltage in Indonesia is 220-240 V.
If you feel you will need an adaptor please bring one.
Does the boat provide any toiletries?
There is soap, shampoo, hand wash and towels.
What time zone is Indonesia located?
Komodo, Flores, Derawan and Sangalaki, Kaimantan and Sulawesi are 8 hours ahead of GMT. Raja Ampat is covered by Eastern Indonesia Standard Time which is 9 hours ahead of GMT.
Is smoking permitted?
A designated area on the boat is available for smoking.
Smoking is not permitted in any other area for any reason.
What about crew gratuities?
Gratuities for the crew are not included in your trip price. If the crew performs to your expectations, we suggest a gratuity of approximately 5-10% of the published package price per person be considered normal aboard a liveaboard dive boat.
All tips are generally split equally among the boat crew. Personal tipping is frowned upon. Payment of gratuities can be by cash or credit card.
Do I need evacuation/dive insurance?
It is mandatory that each guest purchase comprehensive evacuation and dive accident insurance.
The boat will be operating in extremely remote areas. Emergency evacuations from remote locations can cost in excess of USD $100,000.
We recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN): www.DiversAlertNetwork.org (in USA), www.daneurope.org (in Europe).
How many dives will we do each day?
There will be up to 4 dives per day with 3-4 dives being normal dependant on the distances travelled between sites and possibly at nightime but this is dpeendant on the boat and route being taken.
Are there any limitations or restrictions on the diving?
You should stay within the limits and standards of your qualifying agency.
All dives should be no- decompression dives. Solo diving is not permitted.
What dive equipment do I need?
Tanks, weights and weight belts are provided onboard. Divers will need to bring BCD, regulator, wetsuit,fins, mask, snorkel and dive light.
Rental equipment is available and will need to be ordered in advance.
What can I expect the water temperature to be and what wetsuit do you recommend?
This is always a difficult question to answer because people have different reactions to temperature.
Typically temperatures range from 25-30C or 80-86F so usually a 3mm suit or even a skin is fine. The southern waters of Komodo can be colder with 20-25C or 70-75F so a 5mm suit with a hood is recommended.
Do you have Int or DIN valves?
We have tanks with Int and DIN valve adaptors.
How do we dive from the boat?
All dives will be made from the tenders. Equipment will be transferred to the tenders and guests will board the tender with only their wetsuit on.
Can I drink alcohol and dive?
No. Drinking alcohol and diving can increase your risk of decompression problems.
You can drink alcohol once your have completed your last dive of the day.
Can I fish or spear fish?
Fishing and spear fishing are not available onboard. We will be diving in marine protected areas where any type of fishing is prohibited.
What facilities are available for photographers?
There are ample camera tables and cubby holes with charging stations with 110V and 220V above your dive gear.
There are 'camera only' rinse buckets for the exclusive use of photographers onboard.
Can I pay by Credit card on board?
For most things yes you can but there is a bank charge of 3%, normal in Indonesia. Please check with us beforehand about this.
Depending on the season the visibility range is between 10-40 metres or 30-120 feet.
All diving areas are subject to currents that range from slight to extremely strong.
Dive sites are selected according to currents with some great year round drift diving opportunities.
An opportunity to see some of the world’s most unique marine species that emerge only after the sun has set.
The areas where you will dive are unmatched for small and unusual marine wildlife. The species list is endless and new ones are still being discovered in these areas.
The average air temperature in the regions you will visit ranges from 25 - 35 Celsius or 77-90 Fahrenheit.
Health and innoculations:
Vaccinations for typhoid, paratyphoid, tetanus, Cholera, Polio, and Hepatitis A are recommended but not mandatory.
Malaria is endemic in many parts of Indonesia, please check with your local Tropical Disease Centre for anti-malaria/diver friendly medication.
The Indonesian currency is Rupiah. Rates fluctuate enormously, please check with our cruise directors for your cruise exchange rates.
Population and people:
Regarded as the fifth most populous nation in the world, there are approximately 200,000,000 in Indonesia. The majority, around 60% reside on the island of Java.
An amazing diversity of religions exists. Predominantly a Muslim nation, islands like Timor, North Sulawesi and Flores are Christian.
Hinduism is found mainly in Bali.
Scattered throughout the region are a variety of other beliefs.
Bahasa Indonesia, almost identical to Malay is the one national language.
Several local dialects exist in each region as well. English is widely spoken in the more popular tourist destinations such as Bali.
Out of 14,000+ islands in the archipelago, there are a plethora of exclusive dive locations in Indonesia, boasting up to 80% of the worlds species of undersea life. With Indocruises we take you to pristine spots not that known in your average dive travel guide and which are still being explored.
Dive conditions in Indonesia
- Diving all year around is possible.
- Watertemperature 24°(75°F) to 30°C(86°F) (In the south of Komodo it drops down to 21-23°C (70-75°F)
- Visibility is mostly very good (up to 30m)
Safety Procedures and Emergency Evacuation Information:
There are 6 recompression chambers in Indonesia to treat decompression sickness
Bali: Sanglah General Hospital (in Indonesian language) USUP Sanglah Denpasar JI. Diponegoro, Denpasar 80114 Bali, Indonesia Phone 62-361-227911 through -15 ext. 232 (hyperbaric medical department) Fax 62-361-22426 Run by Dr. Antonius Natasamudra and Dr. Etty Herawati
Manado (Sulawesi): At the Malalayang Hospital (chamber for 3 to 4 persons) Phone: 0811430913 and ask for Dr Jimmy Waleleng (Phone home 860953).
Makassar (Sulawesi): Rumah Sakit Umum Wahidin Sudirohusodo. Contact person: Pak Daniel Address: Jl. Perintis Kemerdekaan Km. 11, Tamalanrea Kampus UNHAS Indonesia TEL:++ 62 - 0411 (584677) , 584675. Said to be for 3 to 4 persons.
Jakarta (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (Navy Hospital) in Jl. Bendungan Hilir No.17, Central Jakarta (see text in italian with some addresses - list of help)
Kalimantan: The Borneo Divers have the only professional recompression chamber located on Sipadan island (Borneo - Malaysia)
Surabaya (Java): Rumah Sakit Angkatan Laut (RSAL) (Military Marine hospital) Jl. Gadung no. 1, SurabayPhone 031-45750 and 41731 (another number given was 031-838153 and fax 031- 837511) Run by Dr Suharsono
Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:
- SAR Bali : ph 0361 - 751111 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Lombok : Ph 0370 - 633253 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Makassar : Ph 0411 - 554111 Radio : 13545.0
- SAR Manado : Ph 0431 - 825986
- SAR Kupang : Ph 0380 - 831111
- SAR Ambon : Ph 0911 - 351111
- SAR Sorong : Ph 0951 - 323816
**Available SAR (search and rescue) contact information:
Medivac facilities from Travira Air www.travira-air.com
What airlines fly into Bali international Airport?
Bali’s international airport is Denpasar (code DPS) with many international carriers. From the US, Singapore Airlines flies via the West Coast out of San Francisco or Los Angeles with a stop in Singapore, and via the East Coast out of New York via Frankfurt with a stop in Singapore. They also fly out of Houston via Moscow. Other airlines flying this route are China Air, Malaysian Air, and Qatar Air. You could begin your research on a comparison site like for example: EXPEDIA
How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
Bali International Airport has a taxi counter located just outside the arrival hall. The rates are fixed and you prepay to the counter. Your taxi driver will accompany you from the counter to his taxi in the parking lot. We can arrange a private car and driver if you would like to be met at the airport and taken to your hotel.
How do I get to the ADELAAR on the morning that my trip is boarding?
You can organize a transfer with the concierge at your hotel or if you prefer, we can arrange a private car and driver to meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the harbor. Please note there is a charge for this service.
Will someone from the ADELAAR staff contact me when I arrive in Bali
Yes, our marketing manager, or someone else of our support staff who speaks fluent English, French and German, will contact you at your hotel to confirm last minute details. Upon booking your trip, please provide us with your flight details as well as the name of the hotel you will be staying in Bali. You may call +62 81 2387 4313 prior to departure from your home country or once in Bali. Please, also send us your contact phone number by email.
Why are you departing from Bali and not from Labuan Bajo or Bima?
By departing from Bali, you can avoid traveling on the local inter-island flights. These flights are often delayed or even cancelled without notice. Luggage can be pulled off to make room for cargo at the last minute. Sailing from Bali, and returning to Bali, avoids such complications associated with these flights.
Are ADELAAR trips suitable for families with children?
Yes, of course! Children love the ADELAAR and all the excitement of sailing, snorkeling and visiting villages, and of course those Komodo Dragons are always an eye opener. We have accommodated many families with children, and all have said it was the perfect family vacation!
I am a vegetarian, will this be any problem onboard ADELAAR?
Our cooks are more than happy to accommodate your wishes for special foods. However, we need to know this in advance as all food shopping is done in Bali prior to the trip.
We are a group of friends and want to charter the whole boat, is this possible?
Of course this is possible, please contact us for options. Having the whole boat for a group of friends is ideal!
I am a new diver and have heard that the dive sites in the Komodo National Park are for experienced divers only. Will I be able to manage the dives?
The beauty of the Komodo area is that there are many dive spots with different difficulty levels - from beginner to very advanced. Our dive master will customize each itinerary based on the experience level of the divers. As a beginner, you will still be able to see remarkable underwater sites in the Komodo National Park.
Does ADELAAR also sail to other areas in Indonesia, or do you always go to Komodo?
While most of our trips are for diving or sailing in the Komodo Archipelago, of course, we also do trips to Alor, Sumba and Savu as well as to south Sulawesi, or even Raja Ampat.