Travel Info

Diving Indonesia

With more than 14,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, there are a plethora of amazing dive locations to explore. Indonesia boasts up to 80% of the worlds marine species and is at the epicentre of marine bio-diversity. On board the Seahorse we take you to very best and most pristine spots. Many of them exclusive and unknown by your average dive travel guide. Many dive sites are still being explored and you have the chance to see things no other diver has.

On the Seahorse we pride ourselves in assisting you in exploring this vast archipelago in comfort, safety and luxury with the help of our friendly, experienced and well qualified crew.

Dive conditions in Indonesia

  • Diving is possible year round. We move the boat to follow the seasons.
  • Water temperature ranges from 24°C (75°F) to 30° C(86°F) Although it is often 28-30° C. (In the south of Komodo it can drop down to 21°C (70°F)
  • Visibility is mostly very good (up to 30m)

International Arrivals, Ports of Entry and Visas:

Your best options for entering Indonesia are Jakarta and Bali: Many international airlines serve these two airports from all around the world. And options for connecting flights to the rest of Indonesia are numerous. Manado can also be reached via Kuala Lumpur.

Visas: Currently a handful of airports including Jakarta and Bali offer nationals of many countries Visa Free arrivals. International arrivals in other airports are still required to pay US$35 dollars for a 30 day Visa on Arrival. Please check your countries visa requirements here on wikipedia.

Domestic Flights:

Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier of Indonesia, is our recommended airline for your domestic flight requirements. Other airlines such as Lion Air and Wings Air, Batik Air, and Xpress Air also serve the Archipelago with regular flights but occasionally these airlines can be unreliable. We can help you with domestic flight bookings if you wish. We prefer to do this as the tickets we can book for you are fully flexible and fully refundable in case of any major issues. We are then in a good position to help you if there are any unexpected changes to flight timetables or canellations. We have good contacts at the local airports and airlines and our office in Bali can respond quickly to any problems.

If you prefer to book your own domestic flights we ask you to consider the fare restrictions when booking. Be aware that cheapest tickets online will probably have restrictions and limited refund/cancellation options. It is worth paying a few dollars extra to allow flexibility.

Most domestic flights have a luggage allowance of 20kg. While this is low compared to international allowances they only require a reasonably low excess baggage charge. In the region of US$3 to $5 per KG (subject to change without notice). It is still worth packing as light as possible however.

Insurance:

Diving insurance is MANDATORY for your trip with us. We dive in remote areas and evacuation in case of emergency can be very expensive. We recommend DAN (Divers Alert Network) More information available on your local DAN website: DAN USADAN Europe, DAN Asia Pacific)

We also strongly recommend you take out travel insurance especially trip cancelation cover. If for any reason you need to cancel your trip within 91 days of departure we are unable to issue any refunds. Trip cancellation insurance is cheap and will save any problems if an unforeseeable problem means you need to cancel your trip with us.

Safety Procedures and Emergency Evacuation Information:

Hyperbaric chambers (or recompression chamber) in Indonesia*
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: 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, Surabaya: Phone 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

Medivac facilities from Travira Air www.travira-air.com


Komodo

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Flores

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Banda Sea

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Raja Ampat

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Triton Bay

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Safety & Emergency info

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