Indonesia

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Indonesia

Indonesia is the biggest archipelago in the world. Islands, more islands and even more islands, where forgotten tribes, tiered rice terraces, heavenly beaches and intact marine floors await you according to your desires.

Unusual dives will give you the shivers, or make you smile while you cruise aboard a pirate ship. A trip through Indonesia is tantamount to diving the most spectacular islands, because even if Bali is the most famous (and rightly so) there are plenty more islands to explore! Indonesia is within everyone´s reach.

Abundant and varied nature with excessive landscapes, flora and fauna, ancestral traditions and culture, and sophisticated handicrafts. Indonesia: anyone who comes looking will fulfil their desire to see heaven on Earth.

Diving and culture tours

Essential Bali

Essential Bali

A tour that will introduce you to the beauty of Bali in all its forms. The island of gods and goddesses, a special tour from Water of Asia, a program for lovers of the sea and nature; just the two of... Read More about Essential Bali

From: 1127 EUR | 16 days

 

North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi

Discover a new world in North Sulawesi, home to a fantastic marine biodiversity. Do you dream of a destination where you can find pelagic and macro? Well look no further! We offer you our dive and... Read More about North Sulawesi

From: 918 EUR | 13 days

 

Bali Land and Sea

Bali Land and Sea

Visiting Bali, a dream coming true... Discover the "Island of the Gods", meet its lovely people and learn about their varied customs while seeing the natural wonders of this colourful land. We offer... Read More about Bali Land and Sea

From: 1436 EUR | 17 days

 

Discover Bali

Discover Bali

A tour that will introduce you to Bali´s natural beauty on land and underwater. Escape with your private English-speaking guide (Other languages available on demand). The islands of the Gods, the... Read More about Discover Bali

From: 1006 EUR | 12 days

 
Diving cruise

Bidadari Komodo

Bidadari Komodo (Bali - Komodo - Florès)

KM Bidadari Cruises operates diving & snorkeling expeditions, cultural exploration, and special interest programs throughout Indonesia. Our itineraries offer live-aboard adventure within some of... Read More about Bidadari Komodo

From: 210 EUR | 8 days | Period: all year

 

Bidadari Raja Ampat

Bidadari Raja Ampat (Raja Ampat - Sorong - Banda)

KM Bidadari Cruises operates diving & snorkeling expeditions, cultural exploration, and special interest programs throughout Indonesia. Our itineraries offer live-aboard adventure within some of... Read More about Bidadari Raja Ampat

From: 2515 EUR | 12 days | Period: all year

 

Bidadari Alor

Bidadari Alor (Timor - Alor)

KM Bidadari Cruises operates diving & snorkeling expeditions, cultural exploration, and special interest programs throughout Indonesia. Our itineraries offer live-aboard adventure within some of... Read More about Bidadari Alor

From: 210 EUR | 11 days | Period: all year

 

Tiger Blue Komodo

Tiger Blue Komodo (Bali - Komodo - Florès)

Tiger Blue : This 34 metre phinisi schooner was hand built on an indonesian beach by local craftsmen using honed skills and ancient techniques. mod cons have been added but she remains true to the... Read More about Tiger Blue Komodo

From: 2755 EUR | 8 days | Period: all year

 

Tiger Blue Raja Ampat

Tiger Blue Raja Ampat (Raja Ampat - Sorong - Banda)

Tiger Blue : This 34 metre phinisi schooner was hand built on an indonesian beach by local craftsmen using honed skills and ancient techniques. mod cons have been added but she remains true to the... Read More about Tiger Blue Raja Ampat

From: 3047 EUR | 12 days | Period: all year

 

Tiger Blue Banda

Tiger Blue Banda (Raja Ampat - Sorong - Banda)

Tiger Blue : This 34 metre phinisi schooner was hand built on an indonesian beach by local craftsmen using honed skills and ancient techniques. mod cons have been added but she remains true to the... Read More about Tiger Blue Banda

From: 3047 EUR | 8 days | Period: all year

 

Tiger Blue Alor

Tiger Blue Alor (Timor - Alor)

Tiger Blue : This 34 metre phinisi schooner was hand built on an indonesian beach by local craftsmen using honed skills and ancient techniques. mod cons have been added but she remains true to the... Read More about Tiger Blue Alor

From: 3047 EUR | 8 days | Period: octobre

 

SY Indo Siren Komodo

SY Indo Siren Komodo (Bali - Komodo - Florès)

The S/Y Indo Siren was built to ensure every thought for the modern diver has been taken into account. The fun and friendly crew offers attentive personal service to ensure your time aboard is truly... Read More about SY Indo Siren Komodo

From: 2655 EUR | 11 days | Period: From April - October

 

SY Indo Siren Raja Ampat

SY Indo Siren Raja Ampat (Raja Ampat - Sorong - Banda)

The S/Y Indo Siren was built  to ensure every thought for the modern diver has been taken into account. The fun and friendly crew offers attentive personal service to ensure your time aboard is truly... Read More about SY Indo Siren Raja Ampat

From: 2640 EUR | 10 days | Period: From November to March

 

Moana Komodo

Moana Komodo (Bali - Komodo - Florès)

The Moana is a beautiful 30 metres long traditional Phinisi schooner specially designed for Live-aboard diving and finished with a warm interior and suiting colours. Operated by the Austrian owners... Read More about Moana Komodo

From: 885 EUR | 5 days | Period: all year

 

Aurora Raja Ampat

Aurora Raja Ampat (Raja Ampat - Sorong - Banda)

Aurora is a two masts teak motor-sail yacht, built according to the 'traditional Pinisi style' and designed for a discerning dive clientele. She has been fitted with all the comfort of a luxurious... Read More about Aurora Raja Ampat

From: 2288 EUR | 11 days

 

Seahorse Raja Ampat

Seahorse Raja Ampat (Raja Ampat - Sorong - Banda)

With its 33 metres length and 8.5 metres width, the Seahorse is a majestic and spacious boat that can accommodate up to 16 guests and 12 crew. All the cabins are spacious with individual air-con and... Read More about Seahorse Raja Ampat

From: 3390 EUR | 13 days

 
Family tours

Bali Family Tour

Bali Family Tour

Discover Bali the “morning of the world”, travel to the heart of the sacred mountain to meet the locals and to learn about their customs and their way of life. Dive with your family on amazing... Read More about Bali Family Tour

From: 1225 EUR 1164 EUR | 15 days

 
Land tours

Balinese Traditions

Balinese Traditions

Bali – a paradise island that lies at the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. Its name alone brings out wishes of escape and adventure in your mind. This tour has been designed so that you can... Read More about Balinese Traditions

From: 1279 EUR | 18 days

 
Info

Useful info | Dive info

Useful info

Time

Indonesia has three time zones:

  • Western Indonesia Time which is GMT +7 (covering Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan)
  • Central Indonesia Time which is GMT +8 (covering East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara)
  • Eastern Indonesia Time which is GMT +9 (covering Maluku and Irian Jaya).

The capital Jakarta is GMT + 7 or 16 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time.

Flying time

From 16 hours with one stop from Europe.

Visas 

The citizens of the following 36 countries and territories are eligible to purchase visas on arrival : Argentine, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourgh, Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, south Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan Territory, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Citizens of the aforementioned countries must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months remaining validity at the time of arrival into Indonesia, present a completed embarkation/disembarkation card provided by the airlines, be able to demonstrate sufficient means to cover the duration of heir stay in Indonesia, not be listed on any official blacklist of individuals prohibited from entering the country and pay the stipulated fee to obtain a visa. The Fee for Visa on Arrival is US$ 25 for 30 days visa and US$ 10 for a 7 day visa.

Country

The Indonesian archipelago has been an important trade region since at least the 7th century, when Srivijaya and then later Majapahit traded with China and India. Local rulers gradually absorbed foreign cultural, religious and political models from the early centuries CE, and Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms flourished.

Indonesian history has been influenced by foreign powers drawn to its natural resources. Muslim traders brought the now-dominant Islam, while European powers brought Christianity and fought one another to monopolize trade in the Spice Islands of Maluku during the Age of Discovery.

Following three and a half centuries of Dutch colonialism, Indonesia secured its independence after World War II. Indonesia's history has since been turbulent, with challenges posed by natural disasters, corruption, separatism, a democratization process, and periods of rapid economic change.

Government

Indonesia is a republic with a presidential system. As a unitary state, power is concentrated in the central government. Following the resignation of President Suharto in 1998, Indonesian political and governmental structures have undergone major reforms.

The president of Indonesia is the head of state and head of government, commander-in-chief of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, and the director of domestic governance, policy-making, and foreign affairs. The president appoints a council of ministers, they are not required to be elected members of the legislature.

The 2004 presidential election was the first in which the people directly elected the president and vice president. The president may serve a maximum of two consecutive five-year terms.

Population

There are over 238 million people living in Indonesia, making it the world's fourth most populous country. Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups. The largest – and politically dominant – ethnic group are the Javanese.

A shared identity has developed, defined by a national language, ethnic diversity, religious pluralism within a majority Muslim population, and a history of colonialism and rebellion against it. Indonesia's national motto, "Bhinneka Tunggal Ika" ("Unity in Diversity" literally, "many, yet one"), articulates the diversity that shapes the country.

Language

The official national language is Indonesian, a form of Malay. It is based on the prestige dialect of Malay, that of the Johor-Riau Sultanate, which for centuries had been the lingua franca of the archipelago, standards of which are the official languages in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Indonesian is universally taught in schools, consequently it is spoken by nearly every Indonesian. It is the language of business, politics, national media, education, and academia.

Economics

Indonesia has a mixed economy in which both the private sector and government play significant roles.[113] The country is the largest economy in Southeast Asia and a member of the G-20 major economies.

The industry sector is the economy's largest and accounts for 46.4% of GDP (2012), this is followed by services (38.6%) and agriculture (14.4%). However, since 2012, the service sector has employed more people than other sectors, accounting for 48.9% of the total labor force, this has been followed by agriculture (38.6%) and industry (22.2%).

The country has extensive natural resources, including crude oil, natural gas, tin, copper, and gold. Indonesia's major imports include machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels, and foodstuffs. And the country's major export commodities include oil and gas, electrical appliances, plywood, rubber, and textiles.

Geography

Despite its large population and densely populated regions, Indonesia has vast areas of wilderness that support the world's second highest level of biodiversity. It consists of 17,508 islands, about 6,000 of which are inhabited.

These are scattered over both sides of the equator. The largest are Java, Sumatra, Borneo (shared with Brunei and Malaysia), New Guinea (shared with Papua New Guinea), and Sulawesi. Indonesia shares land borders with Malaysia on Borneo, Papua New Guinea on the island of New Guinea, and East Timor on the island of Timor.

Indonesia shares maritime borders across narrow straits with Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Palau to the north, and with Australia to the south. The capital, Jakarta, is on Java and is the nation's largest city, followed by Surabaya, Bandung, Medan, and Semarang.

Weather

Lying along the equator, Indonesia has a tropical climate, with two distinct monsoonal wet and dry seasons. Average annual rainfall in the lowlands varies from 1,780–3,175 millimeters (70.1–125.0 inches), and up to 6,100 millimeters (240 inches) in mountainous regions.

Mountainous areas – particularly in the west coast of Sumatra, West Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua – receive the highest rainfall. Humidity is generally high, averaging about 80%. Temperatures vary little throughout the year; the average daily temperature range of Jakarta is 26–30 °C (79–86 °F)

Money

The Indonesia Rupiah is also called IDR. IDR and US$ are the most acceptable currencies. Most tourism resorts have money changer facilities. When you are traveling to remote areas it is advisable to exchange your money and clear your check.

You can check the actual exchange rate with your bank or on websites such as www.xe.com

Traveller cheques / Credit card

Traveller cheques in US dollars or in euros can easily be exchanged in all the local banks and in bureau de change. Hotels will charge you extra to change money and will not always accept traveller cheques.

International credit and debit cards (Visa, American Express, Diners, Mastercard) can be used in most banks and commercial outlets (shops, hotels, restaurants) but banks charges might be quite high when paying small amounts so it is often preferable to withdraw some cash to pay for daily expenses. Please check with your bank for more details.

Shopping

There are countless shopping malls and markets in Indonesia it is a shopper’s paradise. Prices are cheap but haggling is part of the game however bear in mind that what is only 1£/$ for you represents a lot for a local so be fair when you negotiate. You can find everything here from the comfortable Asian style lose clothes that will keep mosquitos away to the more fashionable items in cities and tourist places such as Bali. Do not pack too much before coming as you will need space later!

Health

Medical services

There are very good public and private health services in the provincial capitals and in the touristic places. In case of emergency, patients or injured people will be taken to relevant hospitals.

Vaccinations and health regulations

There are no required vaccines to enter Indonesia except for people travelling from epidemic areas. A Yellow fever vaccine is compulsory for people travelling from the following countries: Angola, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritania, Mali, Nigeria, Soudan, Zaïre. We recommend that you check before departure if any new health regulation comes in place. We also strongly advised that you check with your DOCTOR if you require any vaccine before leaving.

Medicines Y

ou will find everything you need in Indonesia and at a cheaper price. If you like you can however bring some essentials with you such as bio sun screen, anti-diarrhea medication, aspirin, ect…

Water

Do not drink tap water while travelling in South East Asia, bottled water is readily available everywhere. Keep in mind that you are in a tropical climate and that you should thus drink about 2 to 3 litres more than usual.

Turista

Most travellers will experience it during their holiday, a change of climate, of food and water is enough to catch it however most of the time it will just go after a few trips to the toilet. You can take some anti-diarrheic tablets. Don’t forget to drink a lot if this happens to prevent dehydration.

Mosquitos

There are unfortunately part of any holiday in a hot country. To best protect yourself, it is advised to wear lose and covering clothes or to use mosquito sprays. You can buy mosquito repellents back home but there are some very good natural ones available in Indonesia. Eating the local food rich in garlic and chillies will also help. At night sleep under a mosquito net if the place where you stay is not protected enough, a fan over your bed will also keep them at bay.

Malaria pills are not compulsory when travelling in Indonesia, talk with your doctor before leaving. The Dengue fever is also present in the country, it is mainly carried by daytime mosquitoes, most of the time people will have a high fever for a few days before it is gone. Strong complications are rare. People who had dengue fever are considered to be immune after but this might change.

Other useful information

Airport Tax

An airport tax of Rp150,000 is levied by airports on departing passengers on international flights and Rp.25,000 for those on domestic routes.

Telephone and Internet

Most hotels and many restaurants in large cities provide internet connections or free WiFi.

Electricity

Electric power supply is 220 volts in all regions. So be careful with your 110-volt electronic equipment. The sockets will only fit with with two pins rounded-tip plugs (technically known as Type C, E, and F) or use adaptors.

Opening times

Office hours start from 8 AM to 4 PM, or 9 AM to 5 PM. Lunch break occurs between 12 noon to 1 PM. Usually offices are closed on Saturdays, including government offices. Government office hours start at 8 AM and end at 4 PM

Dive info

General information

We will ask for your diving certificate upon arrival in the diving centres. Please don’t forget it! For the PADI certified divers, It should be possible to check your certification online with your name and date of birth.

Diving and Health

Diving requires to be in good health so please consult your GP before leaving. If needed, numerous decompression chambers are available in Thailand.

Insurance

You need an insurance to practice diving, we recommend that you take a diving insurance before your departure such as Divers Alert Network or Dive Master Insurance.

Equipment

For obvious baggage weight issues, we recommend that you do not travel with your own weights or bottles. The equipment we provide is of good quality and is regularly checked. We use Scubapro, Aqualungs, Apex. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further information.

Due to the comfortable water temperature, it is not necessary for you to take a wetsuit thicker than 3mm unless you practice TEC diving.

Most international airlines give you a 20 to 23 kilos baggage allowance + 8 kilos in cabin and will charge for overweight and sport equipment.

 

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