In this section you will find practical information for “Preparing your trip” in Indonesia and “Preparing your cruise” on our boat.
Prepare your trip
Do I need a visa to go to Indonesia?
The passport validity date must be at least 6 months after the return date.
Several options for visas:
- Free short stay visa (less than or equal to 30 days) issued at airports entering the country.
- Visa paid upon arrival in the territory, valid for 30 days, extendable for an additional 30 days via immigration offices and upon presentation of an air ticket return or exit from Indonesia.
- Tourist visa 60 days to obtain before leaving by applying to the Indonesian Embassy of foreign country.
Do we have to book our domestic flights before leaving?
It is quite possible to book domestic flights from abroad, however many customers encounter problems when paying, we can book domestic flights for you on request.
Should we take Euros in cash or just a withdrawal card?
ATMs are present in all major cities and agglomerations, however it is preferable to always carry with you a reserve of liquidity in Indonesian rupees (1 € / 16,000 IDR on average in 2019), change your Euros in exchange offices Officials, avoid airports that take large commissions.
Anticipate visits to remote areas or before the cruise with sufficient liquidity.
What are the precautions to take in terms of health?
Vaccines: No vaccine is mandatory in Indonesia, however it is advisable to be up to date with DT Polio and the hepatitis A vaccine is strongly advised.
Mosquitoes and Malaria: Malaria is very little present in Indonesia, however some cases are recorded in certain remote and very humid regions of the tropical forest type.
Treatments like Malarone or Lariam can cause unwanted effects, favor clothes with long sleeves and legs and a good mosquito repellent.
Drinking water: It is strongly recommended not to drink tap water but to favor sealed bottled water or stripes to fill gourds and bottles.
Food: Rich and varied food in Indonesia is often spicy (hot chili) but there are few tourists for whom it is not suitable.
However, it is important to pay attention to hygienic and storage conditions, frozen drinks and to test gradually, starting with “well-known” dishes and then trying local sweets during your trip.
Medicine and first aid kit: It is reasonable and advisable to take a small first aid kit with you when traveling. You will find many pharmacies (apotek) in Indonesia more or less well stocked depending on the region.
Here is a list of what you can take:
An uncoloured antiseptic (hexomedine, chlorhexidine)
Plaster, bandages, Elastoplast
Lemongrass and bite cream
Single use gloves
Eye rinse in individual pods
Compeed, gauze tape, scissors, splinter pliers
Sunscreen (not harmful to corals)
Mercalm-type motion sickness pills
A bottle of antiseptic hand cleaning gel
A survival blanket.
Health and repatriation insurance is recommended, for divers, specific insurance is highly recommended.
Prepare your cruise
What is the departure and return time at the port?
Departures from our cruises take place around 11 a.m. on Day 1 and return to the port at around 1:30 p.m. on the last day.
We can postpone the departure until 2 p.m. if your plane arrives around 12:30 p.m., but we advise you to have planes landing at Labuan Bajo before noon, or if not to sleep the day before departure at Labuan Bajo.
The return can also be anticipated if your flight takes place at the end of the morning for example.
No return to port is possible after 2 p.m.
What is included?
Airport / hotel transfer to the boat
All activities noted on your invoice (may vary depending on weather)
Meals, fruit syrups, water, coffee tea, snacks
Shower towel, mattress sheet and pillowcase, sarong
Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask, snorkel)
Leads and bottles for divers
Entrance fees to the park and guide.
What is not included?
Soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toiletries
Beers or other alcohol
Travel, diving, repatriation, hospitalization insurance, etc.
Tips for the guide and the crew
Everything that takes place before and after the cruise and that is not noted on the quotes.
What else should you plan to take?
A flashlight for those who get up at night or want to read without disturbing others by turning on the light.
A beach towel, cap or hat, sunglasses.
A lycra-type t-shirt for swimming, it protects well from UV rays and thus avoids sunscreen which has very harmful effects on coral reefs because of the UV filters it contains.
A small additional sheet to cover yourself at night, sarong type.
Books, card games and / or school vacation homework!
A small first aid kit.
Does the sea move a lot?
Generally the sea is calm to fairly calm, sometimes smooth like a lake, but during the months of June to September the strong south wind combined with the currents can raise some waves. The majority of our moorings (anchor points) are sheltered.
Is it hot or cold on the boat?
The temperature during the day is much warmer than at night, and in the evening fatigue helps, a feeling of freshness often settles, especially during the period of strong south wind mentioned above. The boat is well ventilated but benefits from individual fans if necessary.
Those who are more cautious consider taking a set of clothes with long sleeves and legs.
Are there mosquitoes on the boat?
Good news there are no mosquito on the boat, choose long sleeves and long legs or a mosquito repellent during your excursions and on the boat.
What temperature is the water at?
Fairly constant in the center and north of the park, around 28/29 degrees, it can go down to 20 degrees in Padar and in the south of the park.
For divers a 3 or 5mm combination is very well suited.
What is the tip recommended for the crew and guide?
We recommend a tip of around 5€ per day per crew member and 10€ to 15€ per day for the guide.