Why you should choose Lady Denok:
Only 12 guests so plenty of space, 4:1 guide to diver ratio, 2 kayaks free of charge on board, Satellite internet available (extra charge) and regular wifi available free of charge when in coverage.

Lady Denok is a 28 meter Phinisi schooner that was created and custom crafted by the Konjo who are the world-renowned master boat builders in Tana Beru, South Sulawesi.
She is equipped with the latest in marine technology and safety features set up to give you the best liveaboard experience in this part of the world.
From her stern to her bow she is ready to pamper 12 guests in her 7 cabins, all of which have ensuite private bathroom with portholes, hot and cold water and individually controlled air conditioning.

This Lady is elegant in every way but don’t underestimate her power. She has a Yanmar 350 Horsepower Engine and is powered by 2x 33KVA Yanmar Generators and is ready to give you an unforgettable experience of adventure in a plush and safe environment as you explore the pristine islands of the Indonesia archipelago.
The certified and professionally trained crew are willing and able to ensure you a safe and comfortable voyage through Indonesia’s tropical island paradise.
From the galley you will be catered to by the talented chef as he shows you his art to keep you healthy and strong throughout the cruise with delicious Indonesian, Asian and European cuisine.

Lady Denok - schedule

Lady Denok - prices and what's included

Prices are per person per trip and 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 :
Transportation to and from the airport or a hotel on the day of embarkation or disembarkation up to a distance of 20 kilometers.
Full accommodation in air-conditioned double/twin/single staterooms, in bathroom shampoo, soap, towel, etc.
The onshore activities/excursions organized by the Lady Denok
The shore activities/excursions according to the program
All meals on board, snacks
All soft drinks ( free flows )
Diving activities (according to the program)
Tanks, weights and weight belts
Cruise director, dive guides
Administration/port clearance fee
Fuel surcharge
Government taxes

The trip price does not include :
International and domestic air fare
National park entrance fees
Hotels and meals before and after the cruise
Alcoholic beverages, wine drinks
Snorkel gear (available for rent from The Lady Denok)
Dive insurance is mandatory as is your own personal dive computer (You can rent one for the trip if you do not have your own).
As well as the Mandatory Dive Insurance we highly recommend Trip and Travel Insurance on the off chance of missed or cancelled flights / lost baggage, documents, money or passport / Covid issues or any other unforeseen problems that could possibly occur.
Dive Assure Insurance offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.
Onboard purchases.
Private tours not included in the Lady Denok Program
Tips for the crew (optional)
Dive equipment rental
On-board telecommunications

Single supplement surcharge is an extra + 50% from the published price if you wish to have the whole cabin to yourself (non – sharing).

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.

Full charter:
Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Diving Equipment Rentals (USD) Per day
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) $ 54
Regulator with octopus $ 10
Computer $
BCD $ 10
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) $ 7
Mask $ 5
Fins (+ booties as required) $ 5
Torch $ 8

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Lady Denok - cabins

Lady Denok accommodates 12 guests in her 1 Master cabin and 6 Double / Twin cabins, all of which have ensuite private bathroom with hot and cold water and individually controlled air conditioning.

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    Upper Deck Master Cabin
    he Master cabin on the Upper Deck has one double bed, private en-suite bathroom, picture Window, mirrors, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels and independent AC Units and seaview.

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    Upper Deck Master Cabin
    he Master cabin on the Upper Deck has one double bed, private en-suite bathroom, picture Window, mirrors, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels and independent AC Units and seaview.

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    Lower Deck Twin Cabin
    The Twin cabins on the Lower Deck have 2 single beds, private en-suite bathroom, picture Window, mirrors, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels and independent AC Units.

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    Lower Deck Twin Cabin
    The Twin cabins on the Lower Deck have 2 single beds, private en-suite bathroom, picture Window, mirrors, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels and independent AC Units.

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    Lower Deck Double Cabin
    The Double cabins on the Lower Deck have one double bed, private en-suite bathroom, picture Window, mirrors, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels and independent AC Units.

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    Lower Deck Double Cabin
    The Double cabins on the Lower Deck have one double bed, private en-suite bathroom, picture Window, mirrors, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels and independent AC Units.

Lower Deck Double Cabin
The Double cabins on the Lower Deck have one double bed, private en-suite bathroom, picture Window, mirrors, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels and independent AC Units.

Lower Deck Twin Cabin
The Twin cabins on the Lower Deck have 2 single beds, private en-suite bathroom, picture Window, mirrors, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels and independent AC Units.

Lower Deck Single Cabin
The Single cabin on the Lower Deck has one double bed, private en-suite bathroom, picture Window, mirrors, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels and independent AC Units.

Upper Deck Master Cabin
The Master cabin on the Upper Deck has one double bed, private en-suite bathroom, picture Window, mirrors, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels and independent AC Units and seaview.

Lady Denok - itineraries

Itinerary Sorong – Sorong (Raja Ampat) – 10 Days / 9 Nights

Day 1.
Arrival at Sorong Airport ( DOMINIK OSOK AIRPORT ).
Transfer to harbour Sorong( Nusa Hamina )
Welcome on your home for the next days !!
Depending on arrival time of our guests , embarking strait for one of the best dive sites of the world South East of Misool.
Sorong to Daram, 80 N/M 12 hours
Please note: If possible one check dive on the way to Misool, if not, it will be one check dive at Misool, Daram

Day 2.
Misool; Daram
The dive sites here are called, Andys Ultimate, Candy Store, Andiamo Overnight stay close to Yilliet.
Daram to Yilliet 15 N/M 2 hours.

Day 3.
Misool; Warakaraket.
We arrive early morning at one of the best dive sites in R4 “Magic Mountain”, after Magic Mountain we will dive at Boo Windows and or Nudy Rock and or Whale rock. Overnight stay at Kalig Island.

Day 4.
Misool; Wayil.
Early morning sail to Wayil Island. (5 N/M 1 hour) Here we can go to the beach snorkeling or diving at Neptunes Fan Sea. The other dive sites would be Four King, Barracuda, Dunia Kecil or Orange peel.

Day 5.
Misool: Wagmab.
Early morning sail ( 20 N/M 2 Hour ) to dive site Three Rocks, Razorback Rock or Goa Farondi. Later this day we will see the ancient paintings and sail to North R4 (90 N/M 11 hour), Pulau Penemu.
Note : We are flexible in our itineraries, we also could stay one more day in area Misool if required, but also be aware in this case we would have less time in R4 North

Day 6.
R4 North: Penemu
Here we have to find the time to visit the View Point, beautiful with sunrise or sunset.
Many dive sites to choose: Melisa’s garden, Barracuda, and My Reef and some more.

Day 7.
R4 North; Penemu to Wayag. ( 50 N/M 6 hours )
Eagle Rock one and two, Black Rock, The Maze-Equator, One Tree Island, Reger Rock and many more !!

Day 8.
R4 North; Wayag to Arborek. ( 31 N/M 4 hours )
This day we will do the dives we skipped the day before and will overnight stay at Arborek for a night dive.
Note: if possible have a night dive!

Day 9.
R4 North; Arborek to Dampier strait. ( 15 N/M 2 hours )
Today just do 2 dives, Cape Kri, Blue Magic and or Mioskon.

Day 10.
Arrival early morning In the Harbor of Sorong for departure for your next destination. - how to get to Raja Ampat.

Itinerary Labuan Bajo to Labuan Bajo (Komodo) - 6 Days / 5 nights

Day 1.
We will go on your new home for the next days and check you in, into your cabin on Lady Denok Phinisi.
During a welcome drink we sail to our first destination ‘Sebayor Island’ where we will stay overnight.
Check dive in the afternoon with maybe also a night dive. Maybe we will see here the bump headed Parrotfish that mostly swims in schools of 10 to 15 species.

Day 2.
Gili Lawa Laut: Here we have several good dive sites named Christal and Castle Rock, and the Lighthouse all filled with a various marine life.
Chrystal and Castle Rock with huge schools of Barracuda, Trevaly and Mackerel also Shark, Napoleon and Sweat lips beautiful sea fans and corals. At the Lighthouse we will see pyramid butterfly fish and maybe also octopus.

Day 3.
Gili Lawa Darat; now we are on the south side of Gili Lawa Laut and Darat so not far away from yesterdays diving.
Here we also have the opportunity to hike up on the hill and enjoy the fabulous few and make some beautiful sunset pictures looking over the island of Komodo.
The dive sites in this area are The Golden Passage, the Couldrain and coral garden; here we can see Manta, Reef Shark, Giant Wrasse, Turtle, Giant travaly and “Dogi”Tuna.

Day 4.
Today we will sail over Makassar Strait to Batu Balong and Tetawa Besar Thousands of fish in every color and shape at Batu Balong. Wrasse, Unicorn, Moray eel, rainbow runner. Many big fish and good coral diversity can be seen along its steep wall. And in the Makassar strait (drift diving) we can see Manta at there cleaning station which will give us the change to see them more close as we hopefully already saw them at Gili Lawa Darat. Beautiful coral garden at Tetawa Besar with turtle and full with small fish.

Day 5.
Pantai Merah to Batu Tiga and Rinca.
We will have an early morning dive at Pantai Merah or at Batu tiga, which is a “big fish dive”, Manta, Giant Trevaly, and Reef Shark. And after sail towards “the Dragons” on Rica island.
We will arrive in the afternoon at one of the main jumping point for a trip to Komodo other then diving, the Island Rinca, where we will be taken, for a two and a half hour guided track, to see the legendary prehistoric lizard, Komodo dragon.
After seeing the Dragons we will drop anchor at “Bat” Island a small island with mangrove forest, it features beautiful panorama and amazing view when thousands of flying fox (bat) come out from their nests at sunset.

Day 6.
Departure day; snorkeling and enjoy the beach at pulau Bidadari “or other beach” before your transfer to the airport.
Note, the Area Komodo has around 60 dive sites, so if any sugestions on the way we also will consider.

Itinerary Ambon - Banda – Ambon – 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1.
Arriving in Ambon and transfer to The Lady Denok. 1 or 2 dives in Ambon bay. Faunus Muck diving (to see the small critters) and a ship wreck. In the night we cruise to Nusa Laut.

Day 2.
3 – 4 dives in Nusa Laut. You will find nice walls with healthy corals and many fish live. (October/November possible to see the schooling Hammerhead sharks). If we do only 2 dives we have time to visit the Fort and the waterfall. During the Night we cruise to the Banda Islands.

Day 3.
We arrive at banda in the morning. 2 dives around Banda Neira like Batu Kapal and Pulau. Pisang.

Day 4.
In the early morning we will go to Pulau. Hatta and dive there the Hatta Arch, Takat Hatta Reef and Button. We can visit a village there. After this we continue to Pulau. Run.

Day 5.
We will dive at Tanjung Noret, Tanjung Lokon and Tj. Pulau Nailaka.

Day 6.
We will dive around the Lighthouse Reef, Lawa Flow under the volcano, visit the village Banda Neira and the Benteng (fort). We will do a Night Dive near the harbor on Mandarin City.

Day 7.
Early in the morning we will be cruising towards the northern island Pulau. Suanggi. We will dive here at the northern and southern reefs. In the season it is also possible to see the schooling hammerhead sharks here. We will be cruising our way back to Ambon

Day 8.
Departure day. We will transfer you to your accommodation or to the airport to catch your next flight!

Lady Denok - specs

Tonnage : 114 Ton
Length over all ( LOA ): 28 M
Beam :7 M
Draught : 3.10 M
Mast : 2
Cruising speed : 7 – 8 knots
Top speed : 12 Knots
Engine Power : Yanmar 350 hp Turbo
Generators : 2 x 33 KW
Fuel : Diesel
Voltage : 12v and 220 volt
Frest water storage : 6000 liters
Frest water makers : 5000 liters per day
Max total passangers : 14
Crew : 11 + 2 Dive Guide + 1 Cruise Manager

Safety & Navigation

GPS : 2 Garmin
Depth Sounder : 1 Furuno+ 1 combination GPS Garmin
Radar : 1 Furuno
Satellite Phone : 1 Iridium
Fish Finder : 1 Furuno combination
VHF Marine Radio
Fire extinguishers : 8
Life Raft : cap 30 pax
Life Jackets : 35
Life Ring Buoys : 6
First Aid Kit

Lady Denok - diving

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.

Lady Denok - 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.

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.

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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