Why you should choose Coralia:
Free Nitrox, Free Wifi, Masseuse, Very experienced dive crew, Eco friendly, Winner of best Liveaboard from DIVE 2019 and 2021, Luxury and professional with delicious food.

Coralia has 8 spacious cabins for a maximum of 16 guests designed totally to provide you a stylish on-board sanctuary.
The luxurious cabins, as well as spacious decks with lots of relaxation areas coupled with delicious food, and most importantly the spectacular diving and snorkeling make this boat a winner. Coralia’s trips are led by 2 very experienced cruise directors Debbie and Jerry who have been leading liveaboard cruises all over Indonesia for more than 10 years each.

Coralia is a liveaboard that is committed to creating sustainable and unforgettable human-nature experiences, while conserving the oceans they cruise in and developing the local communities they work with.
As a classic Phinisi it was built in Bira, Sulawesi by the Konjo tribe, who have been building cargo ships for centuries.
Blending ancient techniques and wisdom with modern design and safety features, Coralia is one of the few Phinisi equipped with two engines.
Coralia is a project by Papua Explorers, who are renowned for exceptional service, quality and commitment to protecting the nature while developing local communities in Raja Ampat
Accordingly, they use reef friendly laundry detergent and bathroom amenities, biodegradable garbage bags, avoid the usage of single-use plastic, and make a point of employing and training locals on as many jobs as possible.
They collaborate closely with the foundation Raja Ampat SEA Centre, which was initiated by Papua Explorers Resort.

With Coralia’s length of 48 metres, her decks are spacious and offer plenty of spots to enjoy the view, dine, sunbathe or simply relax.
The sun deck is at the very top and the airy main and upper decks feature each an outdoor dining and a leisure area with plenty of cozy sofas and loungers.
If you prefer to cool down a bit, you can do so in the air-conditioned lounge and restaurant on the main deck and this includes the fish ID library and audio/video entertainment area.
There is free WiFi for guests, depending on the local cell phone reception.
You can also indulge in a soothing massage at the spa on the top deck.
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Coralia - schedule

Coralia - prices and what's included

Prices are per person per trip 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.

The trip price includes :
Full board accommodation with A/C in double/twin cabin with en-suite showers and toilet
Shore activities/excursions according to the program
Soft drinks, water, tea and coffee
All meals and snacks while on board
Diving activities (up to 4 dives/day)
Dive cylinders, weights and weight belts
Complementary Nitrox
Complementary dive equipment for returning Coralia guests and returning Papua Explorers guests
Cruise director and experienced dive guides, with a maximum of 4 customers per guide
Return transfers between the designated airport and the vessel on the days of embarkation and disembarkation
WiFi on board (depending of the local cell phone reception)
Government Taxes

The trip price does not include :
National Park/maritime areas entrances fee (see below)
Port clearance fee and fuel surcharge (see below)
International and domestic air, land, sea transportation, excess baggage
Visa, hotels and meals ashore before and after the cruise
Alcoholic beverages
Dive equipment rental (other than dive cylinders, weights and weight belt)
Dive insurance and travel insurance
Onboard purchases
Private tours
Laundry
Crew gratuities

Port, fuel and park fees (changes are possible):
Raja Ampat: 295 USD per person per trip
Banda Sea and Forgotten Islands: 325 USD per person per trip

Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Discounts*:
10% discount on the cabin rates for returning guests (also applies for former Papua Explorers guests**) 10% discount on the cabin rates for non-divers / snorkelers
10% discount for triple-share in the lower deck double cabins
* The maximum combined discount is 15%.
** Consecutive stays on Coralia, right after the first time stay at Papua Explorers do NOT qualify for the returning guest discount.

Diving Equipment Rentals (USD) Per Day (Discounts for multiple day rental)
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) $ 65
Regulator with octopus $ 35
Computer $ 12
BCD $ 17
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) $ 13
Mask $ 8
Fins $ 8
Torch $ 10

Coralia - Video

Coralia - cabins

The eight spacious cabins, designed by internationally renowned Deidre Renniers, offer modern comfort and style while incorporating traditional details.

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    Master cabin
    The four luxurious master cabins on the main and upper deck additionally each feature a private balcony, sun chair and outside sofa where you can indulge in the tropical scenery and never miss a sunrise or sunset.
    Situated on the main and upper decks they are spacious and airy with a private deck and a total of 30 m² space.
    Their names are Xenia, Tubipora, Anthelia & Ellisella. Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer.
    Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.
    In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.
    A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.
    Video of the Master cabin

  • Coralia

    Master cabin
    The four luxurious master cabins on the main and upper deck additionally each feature a private balcony, sun chair and outside sofa where you can indulge in the tropical scenery and never miss a sunrise or sunset.
    Situated on the main and upper decks they are spacious and airy with a private deck and a total of 30 m² space.
    Their names are Xenia, Tubipora, Anthelia & Ellisella. Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer.
    Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.
    In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.
    A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.
    Video of the Master cabin

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    Lower Deck Double Cabin
    The Double cabins on the lower deck are 24 m² and can be turned into a triple room when needed.
    They are called Galaxea & Isopora.
    Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer.
    Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.
    In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.
    A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.
    Video of the Twin cabin

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    Lower Deck Double Cabin
    The Double cabins on the lower deck are 24 m² and can be turned into a triple room when needed.
    They are called Galaxea & Isopora.
    Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer.
    Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.
    In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.
    A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.
    Video of the Twin cabin

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    Lower Deck Twin Cabin
    The Twin cabins on the lower deck are 22 m² and twin share-spots can be booked in these cabins.
    They go by the names Merulina & Halomitra.
    Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer.
    Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.
    In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.
    A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.
    Video of the Double cabin

  • Coralia

    Lower Deck Twin Cabin
    The Twin cabins on the lower deck are 22 m² and twin share-spots can be booked in these cabins.
    They go by the names Merulina & Halomitra.
    Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer.
    Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.
    In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.
    A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.
    Video of the Double cabin

Upper Deck Master Cabin
The four luxurious master cabins on the main and upper deck additionally each feature a private balcony, sun chair and outside sofa where you can indulge in the tropical scenery and never miss a sunrise or sunset.
Situated on the main and upper decks they are spacious and airy with a private deck and a total of 30 m² space.
Their names are Xenia, Tubipora, Anthelia & Ellisella. Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer.
Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.
In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.
A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.
Video of the Master cabin

Main Deck Master Cabin
The four luxurious master cabins on the main and upper deck additionally each feature a private balcony, sun chair and outside sofa where you can indulge in the tropical scenery and never miss a sunrise or sunset.
Situated on the main and upper decks they are spacious and airy with a private deck and a total of 30 m² space.
Their names are Xenia, Tubipora, Anthelia & Ellisella. Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer.
Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.
In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.
A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.
Video of the Master cabin

Lower Deck Twin Cabin
The Twin cabins on the lower deck are 22 m² and twin share-spots can be booked in these cabins.
They go by the names Merulina & Halomitra.
Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer.
Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.
In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.
A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.
Video of the Double cabin

Lower Deck Double Cabin
The Double cabins on the lower deck are 24 m² and can be turned into a triple room when needed.
They are called Galaxea & Isopora.
Each cabin is air-conditioned, non-smoking, and has a spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryer.
Environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities are provided free of charge.
In the cabin itself guests will find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet.
A safety box, regular and USB charging stations provide further comfort.
Video of the Twin cabin

Coralia - itineraries

Not only underwater is Indonesia a paradise – with Coralia you visit secluded places, viewpoints to indulge in spectacular panoramas, bird watching spots and small hiking trails, depending on the cruise itinerary.
Kayaks and paddleboards will be available for you to explore the surroundings.
On some cruises you will have the opportunity to hear interesting presentations from marine scientists and other experts of that area.

Coralia - specs

Aboard Coralia the safety of guests and crew is the highest priority, so they have installed comprehensive, modern safety features on board.
These are regularly maintained and the staff is well trained to use them in emergency situations.
Please refer to the detailed list below:

Man-over-board device
EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon)
Satellite phone
3 x 20 persons inflatable life rafts
Life vests
Buoys
Safety flares
Smoke detectors in each cabin
Fire extinguishers
Fire hoses
First aid equipment
Oxygen onboard
Nautilus Life Line

TECH SPECS
LENGTH (LOA) 48 m
BEAM 9.10 m
DRAFT 3.75 m
DISPLACEMENT 361 tons
ENGINES 2 Mitsubishi Marine Engines 560HP&360HP
ELECTRONIC APPLIANCES Radar 35 MM Furuno, echo sounder Furuno, GPS Furuno, WHS SSB Radio, Ericsson satellite phone, TV & Music system, computers
CRUISING SPEED 9 -11 knots
SAFETY 3 * 20 persons inflatable life rafts, life jackets (40 pcs), buoys, safety flares, smoke detectors in each cabin, fire extinguishers, first aids equipment, oxygen onboard, Nautilus LifeLine, hyperbaric chambers in Bali, Makassar, Manado and Jakarta
DIESEL GENERATORS 1 * Yanmar Marine 60 KW ~
1 * Yanmar Silent 40 KW
AVAILABLE VOLTAGE 220 Volt, 50 Hertz avalaible for cabins & camera room
WATER TANK 10,000 liter + desalination unit
(capacity 10,000 liters per day)
FUEL TANK 15 tons
SCUBA TANKS 40 * 11 liters tanks. 4 * 15 liters tanks
COMPRESSORS 2 Bauer Mariner, NRC Nitrox membrane
TENDERS 2 X 8m fiberglass dinghies with 2 Yamaha 40HP outboard engines
CREW 16 crew and 2 cruise directors

Coralia - diving

Specifically built for dive cruises, Coralia is a diver’s dream come true!
The shaded dive deck has warm showers, a changing room, hangers, equipment storage and extra towels are provided for diving.
Underwater photographers are well-catered for, with a dedicated air-conditioned camera room on the main deck, providing individual camera stations for charging, extra towels and lighting.
The dive deck features a rinsing basket for cameras, as well as a camera table.

They dive in small groups with one dive guide accompanying four guests.
The dive team consists of our two experienced cruise directors who are also PADI instructors, and three PADI certified local dive guides.
Detailed briefings are held in our restaurant and equipment is set up by the lovely crew.
The two tenders bring you to the best dive spots and after a quick current check by the guides, you can immerse yourself into Indonesia’s abundant waters.
After night dives you’ll get warmed up with some hot chocolate and warm towels.

Nitrox is free of charge on Coralia, the tanks are 12-litre aluminum and they can cater for DIN as well as INT regulators.
A limited amount of 15 litre tanks are available upon request against a small surcharge.
For those who prefer to leave their dive gear at home, they have rental gear available for a surcharge and it is recommended to reserve it well in advance.
For guests who would like to refresh their skills, continue their dive education, and also for the newbies, there are PADI dive courses and specialties of all sorts.

Raja Ampat diving

All our boats run fantastic Raja Ampat liveaboards of varying length visiting all the best places each with their own unique itinerary and features.
They are all different prices dependant on the length of the trip and standard of the liveaboard.
All our liveaboards are for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.

Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.

Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world's most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).

The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!

This is truly "Frontier Diving". Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.

Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.

Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.

Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far - how to get to Raja Ampat.

Komodo diving

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.

Coralia - faqs

Standard Indonesian 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.

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.

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.

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?
Most boats provide 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.

Diving Information

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).

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.

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 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.

Climate:
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.

Money:
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.

Religion:
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.

Language:
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.

Diving Indonesia
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:
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