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Indonesia FAQs

We hope to answer any general questions you may have about our Indo Siren liveaboard or travelling in Indonesia. You may also visit our general FAQs page or contact our reservations team who will be happy to assist you.

Indonesia – FAQs

1. How far is the departure point from Bima or Sorong Airports

Transfers to the Indo Siren from Bima airport and Sorong airports takes approximately 30 minutes. A member or our crew, typically your western cruise director, will be in the arrivals hall to meet you, assist with luggage and show you to the free transfer.

2. What should I bring with me to Indonesia?

We recommend our guests bring as little luggage as possible for their liveaboard safari. Light clothing and a sweater for cooler evenings would be sufficient. A laundry service is offered on board, whilst t-shirts may be purchased in the yacht boutique. We provide shower gel in cabins and deck bathrooms, however guests are advised to bring their own personal toiletries. The Indo Siren has a full compliment of basic medical supplies that is available for guest use free of charge, however any prescription medication should be brought with you.

3. What dive experience level is recommended for Indo Liveaboard trips?

Whilst most dives are suitable for divers of all levels, beginners may find some dives challenging and prefer to skip the dive. On each Komodo itinerary strong and sometimes unpredictable currents are to be expected, typically when diving Batu Bolong and Tatawa Besar. On some dives the recommended depth is below 18m therefore advanced or Deep diver training is advised. Currents are also to be expected in several areas of Raja Ampat – particularly the Dampier Strait. Your cruise director will advise and you may make your own decision whether the dive is suitable for you. We recommened having advanced experience or taking your PADI course whilst onboard to maximise your enjoyment from the trip.

4. Is it possible to take a dive course whilst on board Indo Siren?

Yes. Our cruise director is a PADI dive instructor and can offer Advanced Open Water and diver speciality courses. Pre-booking is essential to ensure the instructor and necessary training materials are on board for your trip. Our Indonesia itineraries are not suitable for entry level courses.

5. Are a reef hook and/or surface marker buoy (SMB) necessary items of equipment and can you provide them on board?

It is recommended that each buddy team dive with a SMB in order to signal to the dive tenders you are ready to surface. Some boat traffic is to be expected in busier areas however it is not necessary to drift with your SMB for the entire dive time. SMBs are provided free of charge. Reef hooks are a strongly recommended item and may be purchased on board for 25 Euro.

6. What tanks are available for guest use?

12l aluminium tanks are standard aboard Indo Siren. We have 4 x 15l tanks available for guest use free of charge; pre-booking is recommended to ensure the tank is available for you. Each tank is suitable for both DIN and International regulators with no need for separate adapter.

7. What kind of food is served on board the Indo Siren?

Each meal is served buffet style in the rear deck dining area. Hot breakfast and eggs to cooked to order starts the day, lunches offer at least 2 choices of chicken, fish or red meat with salads and vegetable accompaniement. Evening meals consist of 3 courses:soup; entree; dessert. A choice of 2-3 entrees and a selection of side dishes are available with some evenings following a theme such as Indonesian or Thai night. Each trip offers a freshly prepared BBQ. Fresh fruit, snacks and cookies are available throughout the day.

8. What refreshments are available on board?

A wide selection of carbonated soft drinks (coke, coke light, sprite, tonic, soda) and fruit juices are available. Guests simply help themselves to items from our fridges. Freshly brewed coffee, black and herbal teas and hot chocolate are also available free of charge. Indonesian Bintang (lager) is provided in cans and guests may help themselves at no cost. Wines and spirits are also available and additional charges apply.

9. Do you have Internet facilities on board & what is the mobile phone coverage?

There is NO guest internet available on board. We have satellite connection for emergencies only. Mobile ‘phone signal strength varies throughout the cruise but is typically stronger when in close proximity to Komodo Island.

10. How may I pay on board for marine park fees, merchandise and services?

Any park fees, merchandise, services and alcoholic beverages purchased on board should be settled at the end of your cruise. All prices are in Euro, however guests may choose to pay in Euro, GBP, US$, AU$ or Indonesian Rupiah. Credit card payments are also accepted however a fee of 3% will be levied to your final bill.

11. What is the custom regarding tipping the staff and crew?

Tipping is a matter of personal choice and is not obligatory on any Siren Fleet yacht. However if you feel our crew have made your holiday extra special then a gratuity is always appreciated and is shared equally amongst the on board crew. An envelope will be provided at the end of your cruise should you wish to show your appreciation. We regret we are unable to accept gratuities by credit card.

12. Is anti-malarial medication necessary for trips aboard the Indo Siren?

No. Whilst malaria may be an issue when travelling inland, to jungle regions, guests joining the Indo Siren will not be within malarial zones. We recommend guests exercise caution and wear long clothing to minimise mosquito bites whilst transiting via Bali or Jakarta.
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