Indonesia Liveaboards & Resorts

Indonesia Liveaboards & Resorts2019-04-12T13:57:37+00:00
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Bali: Is there a recompression chamber?2018-10-23T07:59:41+00:00

Bali’s hyperbaric chamber is at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar. Tasik Divers Bali carries Medical oxygen as well as a Medical First Aid Kit and as much Mineral water as needed (we advice minimum 4L/pax/day) to all of the dive sites we visit.

Bali: Malaria or dengue fever risk?2018-10-23T08:00:12+00:00

Bali is located close to the equator in the tropics. It is generally humid and there are mosquitoes, however malaria Prophylaxis is not necessary for your visit. Another disease transmitted through mosquitoes is the Dengue Fever. Unlike Malaria, there are no tablets available that prevent you from catching this and it is important that you check for the most recent information concerning the Dengue Fever. These mosquitoes are also active during the day and breed around stagnant water such as puddles, water tanks, used tires and flower pots. Malaria and dengue can be prevented by using a mosquito net, applying plenty of repellent and covering up with appropriate clothing. It is always good to contact your local health facility for the latest updated advice before travelling.

Batteries2019-08-29T10:11:43+00:00

While some batteries may be available to purchase on board, please bring extras if your personal dive equipment may require a unique size. Because of the remote locations in which our vessels operate, there is limited or no access to battery recycling facilities. To help us with responsible tourism we kindly request you bring home your own spent batteries to be recycled or disposed of properly. Alternatively, consider using rechargeable batteries as there are plenty of sockets to plug in a charger on board.

Drones : Can I fly my drone in Indonesia?2019-09-25T17:30:09+00:00

In general, drones can be used for throughout Indonesia except for areas around any of the airports. However, a permit which costs approx. 70 USD is required to fly a drone in Komodo National Park. We can assist with obtaining the permit on your behalf; just let your reservations consultant know that you will need one.

General Foreign Travel Advice2020-02-04T06:55:21+00:00

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

The U.S. Department of State website, www.travel.state.gov/content/travel.html also has essential travel advice and tips for North Americans.

Lembeh Resort: Accepted methods of payment2018-10-23T08:00:49+00:00

Your diving and resort bill will be added up together and the method of payments accepted for paying this bill are: all major credit cards, U$D cash, EUR cash and IDR cash.

Lembeh Resort: How do I get there?2018-10-23T08:01:28+00:00

Manado airport is serviced four times per week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) direct from Singapore by Silk Air, the regional carrier of Singapore Airlines. There are also several daily flights from Jakarta and Bali. Our staff will greet you at the airport terminal. If you are flying from Jakarta, Bali or another Indonesian city, domestic flights typically impose a weight restriction of 20kg per person. Excess luggage is charged per kilo and is payable in Indonesian Rupiah at the airport. We can assist in securing domestic flight reservations if you are planning an extended vacation in Indonesia.

Lembeh Resort: How far is it from the airport?2018-10-23T08:02:07+00:00

The resort is located on Lembeh Island, approximately 1.5 hours’ drive from Manado airport, followed by a 10-minute boat ride.

Lembeh Resort: Medical facilities2018-10-23T08:03:02+00:00

There are plenty of chemists and dentists in close by Bitung and the general hospital in Manado has a good recompression chamber.

Lembeh Resort: Plugs & electrical supply2018-10-23T08:03:30+00:00

The electrical supply is 220-240 volts but the camera room has sockets with both 110 and 220 volts. The plugs used in resort are the same as those used in continental Europe.

Lembeh Resort: What is the recommended tipping amount?2018-10-23T08:03:56+00:00

Tipping is optional and is up to you to decide the amount you think is suitable for the service you have you received. Tips are greatly appreciated by all of the staff and as a guideline we recommend U$D 15 per day / per person for the diving centre staff and U$D 15 per person / per day for the resort staff.

Lembeh Resort: What to pack2018-10-23T08:04:44+00:00

For daily clothing, it’s normally shorts and T-shirt by day (even if it rains, because it’s warm tropical rain) and at night the dress code is casual. For diving, we suggest a 3mm or 5mm one-piece (or dive-skin for those who don’t get easily chilled). We recommend a full suit over a shorty to protect you against any stinging hydroids.

Luggage: Hand luggage – what should I pack?2018-10-23T08:06:44+00:00

We recommend that guests bring along any overnight essentials in their hand luggage. This ensures that in case of any unexpected luggage delays, guests will at least have the essentials on hand making any delay far more bearable.

North Sulawesi: Malaria or dengue fever risk?2018-10-23T08:07:17+00:00

North Sulawesi is located close to the equator in the tropics. It is generally humid and there are mosquitoes. There are cases of malaria and dengue fever, so we do recommend you bring plenty of repellent and appropriate clothing and that you consult with your doctor before your trip for the most up-to-date advice on anti-malarial drugs, as well as other recommended vaccinations.

North Sulawesi: What is the weather like?2018-10-23T08:07:45+00:00

Generally speaking, the “official” rainy season begins in November and continues through March. However, it is unusual to have continuous rain during the day. The norm is for it to rain at night, ending by early morning. Occasionally rain showers begin in the afternoon but typically do not last long. The rain should not therefore interfere with any diving.

Passports & Visas2019-04-25T12:23:12+00:00

Visa Information

Indonesia offers a visa on arrival service. To find a list of countries that are able to access this service, please go to the visa-on-arrival section of the Indonesian website at: www.indonesianembassy.org.uk/en/consular/visa-info/short-visit-tourist-visa-issued-on-arrival/

If you are travelling to Indonesia for more than 30 days, you should apply for a visa before you travel, or by applying to an immigration office within Indonesia.

Yellow fever certificate requirements – check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s HealthTravelPro website.

Proof of onward travel

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

Passport validity

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival into Indonesia.
Please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/indonesia/entry-requirements for the most up to date advice.

Pre-Travel Health: General Advice2020-02-11T05:25:23+00:00

Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have had the required vaccines for the countries you are visiting. Please contact your health adviser or pharmacy, at least 8 weeks prior to departure, for advice if you are unsure which vaccinations you require. We are unable to give specific advice on vaccines or other medical precautions as this information should be provided by a medical professional. Further travel health advice can be found at:

www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries
wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/

Insect-borne diseases

Take appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos and other insects, see www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/38/insect-and-tick-bite-avoidance.

Severe allergies

If you have a severe allergy, please inform us before you travel.

S/Y Indo Siren: Alcohol and duty free2018-10-23T08:08:37+00:00

Local brand beer is free of charge and a range of other alcohol is available for purchase.

S/Y Indo Siren: Child policy2018-10-23T08:09:01+00:00

No children under the age of 16 (unless full charter) and 16 – 18 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

S/Y Indo Siren: Clothing and footwear2018-10-23T08:09:28+00:00

Dress code on board our yacht is very casual and most guests feel comfortable in little more than swim wear, shorts and t-shirts. However, we ask our guests to put a t-shirt over the swimwear while seated at the dining area. A sweater is advised for cooler nights, particularly after multiple dives. Guests prefer bare feet on board the yacht; however island visits will require sturdy sandals or trainers.

S/Y Indo Siren: Dietary requirements/food preferences2018-10-23T08:10:05+00:00

All special food requirements whether allergy or simply personal preference can be catered for. Please inform us prior to arrival to ensure there are plenty of dishes to suit your needs.

S/Y Indo Siren: Diving Equipment for rental2018-10-23T08:10:42+00:00

The following equipment is for rental at an extra charge of €5 per day.
– Underwater torch
– Dive computer*
* Please note that the use of a dive computer is compulsory.

S/Y Indo Siren: Diving Equipment provided2018-10-23T08:11:08+00:00

The following equipment is available free of charge:
– 12Ltr cylinders (15Ltr cylinder by special request, depending on availability)
– Weight belt and weights
– BCD – not weight-integrated
– Regulator – complete with alternate air source and depth/pressure gauge
– Wetsuits – 3mm shorty only
– Mask
– Fins – full foot or open heel and boots

S/Y Indo Siren: Electricity2018-10-23T08:11:35+00:00

On board the yacht are both 220V and 110V with 2 round pin sockets. (European style) Please make sure you bring universal adapter with you if necessary. On land 220/250 volts AC, 50Hz but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Plugs used are European-style with two circular metal pins.

S/Y Indo Siren: First aid2018-10-23T08:12:20+00:00

The S/Y Indo Siren is equipped with basic first aid supplies and emergency oxygen. The Komodo area is very remote and there are no hospitals in the area that can deal with a diving emergency. The nearest recompression chamber is on Bali at the hospital in Denpasar and to reach it requires the use of private emergency air evacuation. With this in mind it is mandatory that our guests purchase dive specific insurance, such as DAN, before their trips.

S/Y Indo Siren: On board payments2018-10-23T08:12:56+00:00

Optional Extras
Any extra costs you may have on board must be paid in cash. Currencies accepted are; GBP, EUR, USD and Indonesian Rupiah. Trips often finish in remote locations, so it is best to bring extra cash in case there is no ATM or other method of withdrawing or exchanging money. In addition to park and port fees, guests are advised to bring €200-€300, for any extras such as massages, alcohol, laundry, courses, torch or computer rental.

Tipping
Tipping is a matter of personal choice. You may wish to leave a tip if you feel the crew has made your holiday extra special. Tips are divided equally amongst all the crew including dive guides.

S/Y Indo Siren: Packing list2018-10-23T08:13:28+00:00

– Passport valid 6 months from date of entry with one completely empty page for Indonesian visa sticker. – 25 USD (must be new crisp notes) or Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) equivalent in cash if you need a tourist visa on arrival (there are NO ATMs inside immigration, so you will need to bring it with you from home)
– ticket departing Indonesia within 30 days of arrival to prove
– approx 50,000 IDR in cash for domestic departure airport tax
– approx200,00 IDR in cash for international departure airport taxes
– copy of the ID page of passport x 3
– Marine park & Port fees in cash (the currencies we accept on the boat are EUR, GBP, USD & IDR)
– approx 200-300EUR spending money on the boat & tips in cash
– all toiletries/medications
– sunscreen
– insect repellent
– hat
– sunglasses
– light coloured/light weight top for bright afternoons or breezy evenings
– 5mm full length wetsuit.
– dive certification card
– proof of diving insurance which covers emergency evacuation & recompression chamber costs
– Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend guests to obtain travel insurance as we cannot be held liable for any delays which occur during the cruise, nor delays / cancellations of the flights & transfers we organised on your behalf.

S/Y Indo Siren: Smoking2018-10-23T08:13:59+00:00

Smoking on board is only permitted in designated (outdoor) areas.

S/Y Indo Siren: Typical food on board2018-10-23T08:14:29+00:00

Meals on board range from mild local dishes to Western cuisine. There is a variety of fresh fruit available at all times and all dishes are served with the freshest vegetables and highest quality seafood and meats available. There is always a range of dishes served at each meal time to ensure that all guests are satisfied and full! Guests may help themselves throughout the day and night to a variety of soft drinks, purified water, juices, teas and fresh brewed coffee. Rehydration/ mineral salts are available free of charge and recommended to all divers.

S/Y Indo Siren: Underwater photography and videography2018-10-23T08:14:54+00:00

S/Y Indo Siren offers special features for underwater photographers and videographers including:
– Each cabin is fitted with an individual computer and multiple power sources for editing and charging needs. The computer features a 20″ high definition flat screen which is integrated with the yacht’s network server in the saloon.
– Work stations for the preparation and maintenance of cameras including prep and storage areas.
– Large rinsing tanks with fresh water changed frequently.

Tasik Ria Resort & Spa: Accepted methods of payment2018-10-23T08:15:27+00:00

Your diving and resort bills are to be paid separately – diving direct with the dive centre and resort bill with the resort. Methods accepted for paying these bill are: credit cards (VISA, MASTER & AMEX) and cash (Rupiah, U$D and EUR).

Tasik Ria Resort & Spa: How close to the airport?2018-10-23T08:16:15+00:00

The resort is located just outside from Manado and is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Manado airport.

Tasik Ria Resort & Spa: How do I get there?2018-10-23T08:16:44+00:00

Manado airport is serviced four times per week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) direct from Singapore by Silk Air, the regional carrier of Singapore Airlines. There are also several daily flights from Jakarta and Bali. Our staff will greet you at the airport terminal. If you are flying from Jakarta, Bali or another Indonesian city, domestic flights typically impose a weight restriction of 20kg per person. Excess luggage is charged per kilo and is payable in Indonesian Rupiah at the airport. We can assist in securing domestic flight reservations if you are planning an extended vacation in Indonesia.

Tasik Ria Resort & Spa: Medical facilities2018-10-23T08:17:13+00:00

There are plenty of chemists, dentists and doctors in Manado and also a recompression chamber.

Tasik Ria Resort & Spa: What to pack2018-10-23T08:17:49+00:00

For daily clothing, it’s normally shorts and T-shirt by day (even if it rains, because it’s warm tropical rain) and at night the dress code is casual. For diving, we suggest a 3mm or 5mm one-piece (or dive-skin for those who don’t get easily chilled). We recommend a full suit over a shorty to protect you against any stinging hydroids.

Travel: Currency2018-10-23T08:18:15+00:00

Officially Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), however U$D is the most widely used. The Rupiah can be purchased from all major banks and exchange outlets. The approximate exchange rate is 14,000IDR for £1GBP (Nov 2011). Credit and debit cards are also accepted in major hotels, restaurants & shops. ATM machines are plentiful around the airports, resort areas and ports.

Travel: Departure tax2018-10-23T08:18:43+00:00

Applicable to ALL departures. For domestic flights it is 30,000 Rupiah and for International it is 100,000 Rupiah.

Travel: Electricity2018-10-23T08:19:20+00:00

Voltage is 220v or 240v AC with a rounded-type two pin (Type C, E and F) and in some remote locations, 110-130v AC are still in use.

Travel: Language2018-10-23T08:20:06+00:00

There are around 580 languages and dialects in use in Indonesia, but Bahasa Indonesian is the official language. English is widely spoken, in all the major touristic destinations.

Travel: Passport and VISA2018-10-23T08:20:40+00:00

All travellers must be in possession of a passport that is valid at least for six months from the date of arrival, with at least 2 blank pages left, and must have proof of onward/return journey. An entry visa is arranged upon arrival for most nationalities, and is valid for 30 days. The visa can be purchased at the airport for a cost of 35 US$ – please ensure that you have clean notes and correct change.

Travel: Telephone2018-10-23T08:21:50+00:00

With 8 providers, Indonesia has excellent mobile phone coverage and a great telephone system, however, in less populated areas; you may find that there is no mobile coverage. The country code is +62 or 0062. To call the UK from Indonesia, dial +44 or 0044 and remove the first 0 from the area code of the number you are calling.

Travel: Time zones2018-10-23T08:22:22+00:00

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

Travel: Weather2018-10-23T08:22:59+00:00

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

Travel: What are the visa requirements?2018-10-23T08:23:31+00:00

You will need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia, which can be issued on arrival at the airport for citizens of most nationalities. A 30 day visa costs US$25. Clean, crisp $20 & $5 notes will help speed up the transaction at the airport (Rupiah also is accepted). Alternatively, you may apply for a visa before you leave home by contacting the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate in your country. For further up-to-date information about travel matters, please visit Indonesia’s Department of Foreign Affairs website at www.deplu.go.id to find the embassy or consulate nearest to you.

Travel: What monies should I carry?2018-10-23T08:24:03+00:00

US Dollars and the Indonesian Rupiah are both accepted currencies in Indonesia. However, please be advised that foreign notes should be clean, new and crisp. Indonesian banks and money exchangers 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 to withdraw Rupiah. 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 you use it in an exotic location without notifying them first.