Valuable hints for your journey and luxury cruise
Following, please find a few valuable hints for your journey and luxury cruise in Indonesia. This information is compiled to the best of our knowledge and up-dated frequently so that you have the most recent information.
Flight arrival and departure times into and out of Bali
Our scheduled 11 day trips leave from Serangan Harbour, Bali at 8 o’clock on Monday mornings. Please schedule your flights to arrive in Bali the day before (on Sunday), otherwise it is not possible to make the connection.
If you are departing Bali on the day you disembark the ADELAAR, the earliest recommended time for your flight would be in the late afternoon on Thursday. We make every effort to arrive in Bali between 9 AM and 12 noon, but cannot guarantee the exact arrival time, as it will depend on weather and sea conditions.
Recommended Items to Bring Along
- Soft duffle bag type luggage that can be folded for storage
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat for sun protection (aloe for sunburn)
- Swimsuits, T-shirts & shorts (quick drying outdoor clothing is ideal)
- Light-weight long pants, shirt with sleeves for going ashore
- Shoes that can get wet for beach landings
- Insect repellent for going ashore
- Camera and extra batteries (waterproof bags for protection from salt water)
- Medical prescriptions
- Personal snorkel gear (to assure a perfect fit)
- We have an assortment of snorkel gear, but we recommend that you bring your own gear to assure a perfect fit.
- Audio and video on demand is streamed into each stateroom as well as the dining room. Movies can be viewed in the dining room and in all of the staterooms.
- There is an extensive underwater and wildlife reference library in the main salon as well as in each stateroom.
- Deck and cabin towels are provided for each guest. The deck towels are color coded with ribbons so that you can identify yours. These are washed frequently.
- Laundry service is available at nominal charge.
Our Diving Guests should bring
- Dive certification & logbook
- Recent medical statement assuring that you are fit for diving (within two years) if you have a medical condition
- Complete set of dive gear (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, hood, mask & fins)
- Diving computer (with a recent battery check)
- DIN connecting piece for INT valves if necessary (these are available for rent onboard)
- For drift or current dives bring a signal buoy, signal whistle or dive alert & gloves (Nautilus Lifelines are provided for each guest)
- Dive light for night dives (we have 5 Hartenbergers for rental use onboard)
- Spare parts for your personal diving gear
Diving Safety Rules
- S.A.F.E. Diving (Slowly Ascend from Every Dive)
- All divers must have DAN membership insurance or similar insurance that covers evacuation. This is essential due to the remote area of our cruising route.
Water Temperature, Visibility & Currents
Water temperatures can change from tropical warm 84° F/29° C to a cool 74°F/22° C. A 5 mm neoprene wetsuit is ideal, or a 3 mm neoprene wetsuit plus a thin lycra suit. We do have a small selection of shorties for rent that you can wear over your 3mm suit if the water temps are too cold for you.
Visibility as well as water temperatures can vary greatly, with the best visibility during dry season, often more than 90 feet/30 meters. In the southern section of Komodo National Park where the water is extremely rich in plankton, the visibility is normally less.
The Komodo area is well-known for strong currents, caused by heavy water exchange from the Java and Flores Sea in the North, and the Indian Ocean in the South. Itinerary and dive spots are planned according to currents and tides, taking into consideration the experience level of divers on board. We strive to ensure the best possible dives, for the weather and sea conditions during your trip.
In Komodo, the dry season is from April to November, with the rainy season starting around the end of December, and lasting until the end of March. However, rainfall in Komodo, is less than in other regions of Indonesia. The driest months are April through September, and the sea is normally calm during this period.
Komodo National Park
The area of the Komodo National Park offers some of the best diving in the world, and it is a “World Heritage Site”. There will be a fee to enter the park, and each person is responsible for paying this onboard when we enter the park area. The fee is approximately EUR 135 per person for a six day pass, and includes entrance to Satonda Island Reserve and Moyo Village donation. While this is the fee at the moment, it could increase at any time without notice. We try our best to keep up with the latest fee structure so that you are informed before your trip.
Our chefs prepare all meals on-board, using the freshest of ingredients. The cuisine is a mix of traditional Indonesian dishes and Western favorites. We try our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, however, you need to let us know this in advance as we shop for provisions in Bali.
We stock the bar with a selection of local Bintang beer and imported liquors and wines for purchase. Coffee, tea, drinking water and soft drinks and juices are available at any time of the day in the dining room.
Electricity & Wi-Fi
Electrical power is supplied at European 230 Volt / 50 Hz. Our outlets accept round two pin plugs. You can charge your dive lights, cameras and batteries in your stateroom, or at the desks in the corridor. We have plug adapters available on-board. Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship free of charge, but signals come and go depending on the sailing area. For our normal route there is typically access, except in the extreme southern areas of the park and the northern area of Sangeang Island.
Trip – Baggage & Health Insurance
All are optional but we highly recommend that you purchase. There are many companies out there, all offering an assortment of services.
Please, check with your local health department for a listing of immunizations recommended for travel to Indonesia. Also, check for the latest recommendations regarding Malaria prophylaxis for this area.
Passport / Visa / Departure tax
A visa is needed for travel to Indonesia. Many countries are eligible for a free 30 day Visa on Arrival which you can obtain at the airport upon arrival to Bali. This free Visa is not extendable. If you plan to stay longer than 30 days, you should purchase the 30 day visa for $35. This visa is extendable, allowing you to stay for another 30 days. Please, check with the Indonesian Embassy in your country to see if you are eligible for Visa on Arrival.
If your country is not on the free VOA list, you need to apply for a visa in your home country before you depart for Indonesia. There is no leniency if you arrive without a valid visa – you are sent home immediately.
Important to note that your passport must be valid for at least six more months from the date of entry into Indonesia, otherwise, you could be denied entry. Your airline ticke now includes the Airport Departure tax when departing Bali. So no more scrambling for the Rp 200,000 at the airport, when you leave the country.
Please provide information for the Indonesian harbor clearances at the time of your booking. We need to have your full name, passport number, passport expiration date, date of birth, and nationality.
Local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (Rp). Travellers Checks in US Dollars or Euro are accepted only in Bali, as is Visa Card, MasterCard and American Express, but prepare to pay a 3-5% surcharge for credit card purchases.
There are ATMs in Bali, where you can withdraw cash in local currency with your credit card and PIN. Be aware that you have to have local currency for purchases in any of the islands east of Bali. Please be very careful when using a debit card in one of the ATM machines. Unfortunately, there is and increase in the use of card skimmers in Bali. Nothing is more shocking than unauthorized transactions upon your return home from holiday. We would not recommend using a debit card in any ATM in Bali at the present time.
US dollar cash for exchange must be bills (2001 and above) in immaculate condition with no rips or marks of any kind on the bill. No one in Bali will take bills beginning with the serial number ‘A’ through ‘F’, or any bill dated 2000 or below. They do not seem to be so strict for Euro or Swiss Franc notes.
Please also note that the US Dollar exchange rate listed is for $100 bills only, for smaller denominations you will get a lower exchange rate. You can change money at your hotel, or at one of the many money changers. Unfortunately, many of the money changers have gone down the wayward path and have become quite good at cheating you in the exchange. You are probably better off using the banks or hotel even if the exchange rate is not as good. If you do use a money-changer, bring your own calculator and count your money carefully. For the current exchange rate, please consult a currency converter such as: finance.yahoo.com
Bar & Park Fees & incidentals
On board Adelaar, you can pay your incidentals in cash or by credit card. We accept Visa and MasterCard.
It is customary to give the crew a gratuity at the end of the trip, however, the amount is entirely up to the individual guest. Recommended guidelines are EUR 10-15 per guest per day, which would be EUR 100-150 per person at the end of a 10 day trip. This is divided between the 10 crew members and dive masters equally.
Flights Bali – Bima or Bali – Labuan Bajo
If your group chooses to board the ADELAAR in a different port other than Benoa Harbor Bali, you will need to fly with one of the small commuter flights to your boarding destination. For these flights, baggage allowance is 15 – 20 kg per person, at the moment. If you have overweight baggage, Merpati Airline charges an extra fee at the airport in Bali. For flights back to Bali, Merpati often allows only 10 kg per person. This information is correct today, but we cannot be guarantee that it is correct tomorrow. The rules can change at any time without advance notice. Other airlines flying between Bali und Bima (Sumbawa) and / or Labuan Bajo (Flores) are: Sky Aviation and Wings Abadi Air (Lion Air). Garuda Indonesia now has started service from Bali to Bajo on a regular basis.
Emergency Contact numbers
Should you wish to leave emergency contact numbers for your family members, you may give them the phone number for the ship +62 81 1386 2624. Our onboard ship’s phone works in most areas of the sailing route except the extreme southern end of the Park.