Please browse the common topics below for answers to your questions, should you not find the answer you are looking for please use the contact form provided...

You may also find below, some useful planning links to assist you with your journey....

 

+Number of dives/site selection…

Each scheduled trip outlines the approximate number of dives planned for each cruise destination… This is always subject to weather conditions and more importantly safety... Dive site selection is subject to change by our cruise team without prior notice... There are many fantastic dive sites across the ring of fire and our objective is to take guests to the best… Repeat guests - we’ll take you to some new sites or more of those you really loved…

+Certification needed for diving in Indonesia...

Everyone is welcome on board, no matter what level your certification… Dive groups and site selection will be chosen to meet your safety, comfort and diving ability and is subject to the discretion of the cruise team... Our professional dive crew will take you on the easy route or to another site if you don’t like currents… If you are up for it, we’ll take you right into it for all the action the site offers… You may wish to bring a reef hook for use at some dive sites…

+Dive guides and diver safety…

Our experienced dive crew would be delighted to assist you... Divers are welcome to dive with their buddy on sites deemed suitable by the cruise leader... Please allow 24 hours between last dive and flying... Guests are requested to show diving certification cards on checking in and are strongly recommended to have valid dive insurance (PADI,DAN or equivalent)…

+Departure and arrival times…

Each scheduled trip defines Boarding time... Guests are recommended to arrive one day prior, to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area and to be sure you can make your connection… Cruise departure time is subject to guest arrival times and conditions at sea… Please liaise with us for a suitable transfer pick up location, we work with many first class dive establishments and hotels allowing you to meet fellow guests and friends beforehand and leave your luggage in safety until boarding...

Each scheduled trip defines arrival time... Guests are recommended to depart one day after arrival to make sure you make your connection and allow 24 hours between last dive and flying... Arrival time is subject to conditions at sea and we can not be held responsible for missed flights booked on the day of arrival... Please liase with us for a suitable transfer drop off location...

+Domestic Flights…

The majority of local flights need to be booked from within Indonesia... Some airlines accept internet bookings such as Garuda, Silk Air and Lion Air and surely more will come on line with time... We are happy to assist and we only add a nominal service fee to cover administration charges... Guests are strongly advised to arrive at least 1 day prior to their cruise to avoid any delays…

+Arrivals/Visas…

Most European Countries and North Americans will receive a 30 day visa upon arrival which can often be extended by 30 days, you must have a return flight ticket… Please double check with your local embassy or consulate if this is the case… Upon the day of your arrival, your passport must be valid at least 6 months…

+Water temperature and recommendations…

The Flores Sea (Komodo) with its usually clear blue waters and great visibility has a water temperature of approximately 26-28 degrees (northern dive locations) and most guests are comfortable with 3-5mm short/long thermal protection... The Sumba Sea (southern dive locations) has an average temperature of approximately 24 degrees… The awesome diving lets you forget about the cooler waters, however think about a 5mm long suit, possibly adding a vest or renting a short suit to go over the top if you feel the cold… We do have a modest selection of long and short wetsuits on board which you can rent if you are cold or change into if you are too warm in your suit…

+Diving equipment on board…

Rental is charged on a per diving day basis... Full rental equipment is available (BC, air delivery system, fins, mask/snorkel set, wetsuit, belt and weights… Please advise your rental equipment needs including sizes when you book... Kira Kira has 11.1 liter aluminum tanks on board... Tank valves are yoke and DIN... Any dive equipment failure or loss will require you to rent a replacement from us at our published rates… If rental equipment is lost/damaged, full replacement cost will be charged at the discretion of the Cruise Director… Published equipment prices are available on board…

+Camera Stations…

There are rinse containers for small/regular camera/video setups, please liase with us if you have specific camera/video needs… There are charging stations throughout the saloon area and we offer charging time daily... Usually our dive crew will have a laptop available in case you experience any problems with yours...

+Electrical current and plugs…

220 volt charging is standard throughout the boat… Please ask the team on boarding if you are not sure what to use…

+Meals…

Our Indonesian cook is truly excellent, preparing a variety of Indonesian and Western dishes, BBQ’s, breads, cakes and treats... Please advise of any special dietary requirements upon booking, we will happily cater for vegetarian and vegan passengers, severe allergies should be discussed in depth at the enquiry stage…

+Currency…

Please pay all, on board costs in Indonesian Rupiah, Euro or USD... We suggest you also have some Rupiah for souvenir shopping and small shop items... Exchange rates vary throughout Indonesia, the further away from Bali the lower the exchange rate… The airport’s rate is lower than the rate you find at most small currency exchanges... Bank rates are low and take a long time… Euro and USD are accepted by the souvenir sellers in the Komodo National Park but Rupiah is preferred… There are several currency exchange services and ATM machines in all main departure areas we cruise from... Have a plentiful supply of Rupiah for the more exotic cruises as the local villagers will come to the vessels with affordable and magical souvenirs you will not be able to resist...

+Crew tip/gratuity…

Our boat and dive crew will try very hard to deliver a high level of service, safety and professionalism tempered with lots of fun to optimize your holiday... Many of our guests use 5-10% of the cruise price as a tipping guideline... Tipping is voluntary and most appreciated…

+Luggage and what to bring…

All luggage can be taken on board… For return cruises only, if you have large bags you do not need on the trip, you may arrange to leave at your hotel or with one of our dive shop partners… Other items you may need on board are bathing suits, shorts, t shirts, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen, mosquito repellant and a light weight jacket or jumper… Good walking shoes for hiking to view points should be considered, trainers are fine - slip on sandals are often not...

+Can I be contacted while on board…

Guests can keep in touch with the families and loved ones at many points throughout their cruises via mobile phone and the tour leader will advise when signal is available…

+Insurance…

You need 2 types of insurance when planning your dive holiday… Diving insurance is strongly recommended due to the high cost for you, should you have a diving accident and require hospitalisation and/or hyperbaric chamber care... Please contact www.diversalertnetwork.org to check which DAN area can cover you... General travel/cancellation insurance is also worth some consideration... There are several companies around the world that can assist and one we can suggest is www.worldnomads.com for reliable and professional service recommended by The Lonely Planet... Please note, if you are unable to make your dive trip and the date has past our cancellation terms and conditions, we are very sorry but regardless of the circumstances we cannot refund or transfer to another date…

+Medical assistance…

We cruise to remote areas, however we are prepared to handle most accident or medical emergencies... Our management team is available 24 hours a day (signal permitting) to expedite emergency evacuation plans to the nearest recompression facility and/or hospital... Our dive crews are first aid trained and we have an extensive first aid kit on board plus emergency oxygen... Please bring any of your own medications that you may need including sea sickness pills should you suspect you may suffer... You can help as well by making sure you are in good condition for diving, prevention is always better than the cure… Please remember to dive safely and to make sure your dive insurance is up to date…

+Malaria…

Generally speaking basic precautions such as covering at dawn/dusk and using mosquito repellent for land tours is satisfactory... If you are at all in doubt, please liaise with your doctor…

+Child Policy…

A diving child 10 years or older pays full diver price... A non diving child 12 years or older pays full non diver rate…. A non diving child 12 years or under pays 50% of diver rate if shares with 2 parents/guardians… A non diving child 12 years and under pays full non diver rate if sharing with only 1 parent/guardian… Parents/guardians have to be with the child at all times… If both parents want to dive and the child remains on board, we will hire an additional crew member at USD 25 per day, at the parent’s cost to supervise the child’s activities only while the parents/guardians are in the water… Please give a minimum of 4 weeks notice to arrange this service...

+Offers and guest loyalty programs…

Please contact us to find out about any last minute offers, special programs and repeat guest discounts for direct guests...


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 Gili Trawangan links…

 

Coconut Garden is a small newly renovated resort nestled in acres of coconut grove situated in the middle of the island...  The ideal choice for those looking for a more tranquil place to stay…  The resort has four Javanese Gladak’s built from 60 year old teak wood retaining many of the traditional carvings and original markings…  They have also recently added two modern bungalow rooms along with a fresh water swimming pool…

Cotton Tree Cottages is a brand new cottage style retreat…  It is in a quiet location less than 5 minutes from the sea front road…  Offering quality accommodation in the water sports, beach and nightlife district…  Five traditional Lombok style rice barn bungalows (Lumbungs), beautifully furnished with modern amenities... 

Bale Sampan offers a small intimate resort that focuses on simple home comforts and fantastic Service...  Located on the more tranquil north east side of the island, opposite the best snorkeling and sunbathing beach, tastefully decorated and surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens...  Offering guests the exclusive use of a fresh water swimming pool, as well as a section of the beach overlooking the other Gili Islands and Lombok’s Mount Rinjani volcano…

Gili Villas, exclusive accommodation, perfect for groups or families, offers privacy yet is still close to the beach, bars, and restaurants...  Each of these villas has an air conditioned open plan kitchen/living/dining area, ensuite bathrooms and swimming pool...  Facilities also include internet, satellite TV, DVD, stereo, maid service and breakfast…

Gili Teak resort on Gili Trawangan boasts superb beach front location on the quiet side of the island facing Bali and the amazing setting sun...  Pool, bar and beach front restaurant and the fantastic spacious rooms all built from reclaimed Teak wood…

Gili Hostel was the first communal backpackers haunt on the island, featuring spacious air conditioned, dorm rooms, each with ensuite bathroom, a roof top bar, pool bar and beach bar, and a incredibly vibrant atmosphere…  Join a mix of like minded travelers, at an incredibly reasonable price...

 

Gili Air Links…

 

The Waterfront hotel has recently opened next door to Manta Dive on Gili Air...  The rooms are amongst the best there is to offer in Gili Air, a contemporary finish with modern facilities, set in a tropical garden and only a stones throw from the beach…  Relax around the swimming pool, dine in their restaurant, or enjoy a local cocktail at the bar...

Omah Gili is located in the quite back roads of the island, just a few minutes walk from the beach and restaurants…  In harmony with this beautiful isle, this resort has beautiful gardens, and a combination of traditional Indonesian wooden bungalows all of which, were once upon a time standing in Java, patiently reconstructed with the addition of modern, western comforts and arts, an inviting swimming pool and fine dining…

Gili Air Hostel offers budget accommodation, with a great range of facilities…  The dorm rooms are air conditioned, comfortable, clean, and great value for money…  A mixture of reclaimed Javanese Joglo’s erected with a fresh and funky ebb, a cow shed bar and a fabulous street food night market right next door… 

Chill Out Bungalows offer modern serviced accommodation within traditionally styled bungalows on this beautiful and tranquil piece of paradise...  If you are looking for air conditioned bungalow accommodation with a western styled bathroom and all modern conveniences set next to the best swimming and sunbathing beach this might be the place for you…

Chill Out Bar and Restaurant set directly on the beach looking majestically towards Lombok and Mount Rinjani…  The bar and beach area is a great place to while away the hours, sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling in warm tropical crystal clear waters, or relax taking in the view whilst sipping a cocktail or two and waiting for fantastic food from the large and varied menu…

 

Getting to and from links…

 

Gili Bookings makes getting to the Gili islands from Bali very easy, you can now book your fast boat tickets online, with the most reliable fast boat operators...  You may also check availability and book hotels, villas, and other accommodation…

Gili Tickets delivers cheap online fast boat tickets from Bali to Gili have a look at it…  No frills, local companies, perfect for backpackers and anyone on a budget that does not mind the odd, slight delay…

 
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