Liveaboard Diving in Indonesia

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The vastness of this fantastic diving region means that Indonesia liveaboard diving is generally dictated by seasonal weather patterns.

Geography

With around 1800 tropical volcanic islands, this archipelago is easily the worlds largest. The Indonesian islands are the stuff of legend. From the north-western tip of Sumatra to the south-eastern corner of Irian Jaya (West Papua), this unique destination spans more than 3,000 miles.

Although this is a year round destination there are certain times of the year when sightings and conditions might be preferable for you.

The main liveaboard routes within Indonesia visit the following diving areas:

  • Bali
  • Lombok
  • Sumbawa
  • Komodo National Park
  • Flores
  • Alor
  • Timor
  • Sumba
  • Forgotten Islands
  • Tanimbar
  • Kei Islands
  • West Papua
  • Triton Bay
  • Cenderwasih Bay
  • Koon Island
  • Ambon
  • Seram
  • Raja Ampat
  • Halmahera
  • North Sulawesi
  • Toggian Islands
  • Wakatobi
  • Ring of Fire

How To Get There

The departure port for all Indonesian liveaboard cruises is dependent upon a which diving itinerary you join.

International flights arrive into Denpasar (DPS), Jakarta(CGK) and Manado (MDC) and you will generally require a domestic flight to reach your final destination.

Visitors to Indonesia arrive in Jakarta (Java), Denpasar (Bali) or Manado (Sulawesi).

The main domestic airports are:

  • Alor Island (ARD)
  • Ambon (AMQ)
  • Bima (BMU)
  • Biak (BIK)
  • Kaimana (KNG)
  • Kendari (KDI)
  • Labuan Bajo (LBJ)
  • Manado (MDC)
  • Manokwari (MKW)
  • Maumere (MOF)
  • Nabire (NBX)
  • Saumlaki (SXK)
  • Ternate (TTE)

There are (at the time of publishing) are 2 major airlines that publish their ticket sales via there own websites. These are:

  • Lionair.co.id
  • Garuda-indonesia.com

However there are a few other domestic carriers that do not publish their ticket sales, in which we can assist with ticket purchases.

We recommend an overnight hotel stay in Bali, Jakarta, or wherever you enter Indonesia, between each international and domestic portion of your journey (a total of 2 nights).

Visa Requirements

Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia. The entry visa for Indonesia costs USD $35 and is payable in cash in USD, Rupiah and usually also in Euros – Euros can be changed at the immigration building. The entry visa on arrival must be paid directly at the “Immigrasi” desk before you go to the baggage claim.

Airport Taxes

Airport taxes for domestic and international flights must be paid with the airlines upon check-in or prior to boarding, and can only be paid in local currency (Rupiah).

Charges are between 15,000 and 70,000 RP for domestic flights and 200,000 RP for international flights.

Departure tax for domestic flights is payable in Rupiah cash at the airport (Rp 75,000/person).

Vaccinations

There is no vaccination obligation for tourists who wish to travel to Indonesia.

Vaccination against typhoid and hepatits A and B are recommended only for special trips to the interior. Exceptions are travelling in big cities and tourist centres.

Theoretically, malarial mosquitoes are present in the whole country, especially in large cities and the interior. However, we advise against a malaria prophylaxis, because the side effects are significant and may affect the ability to dive. Bring bug spray!

Other Information

Alcohol – If you like to bring your own, please discuss that during booking. Note that Indonesian Customs Department allows for 1 litre of alcohol and 200 cigarettes to be brought in duty-free per person.

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