Barefoot Yachts Indonesia

Cruising Indonesia FAQs

1. General questions Cruising Indonesia

How to I get to Cruise departures point?

Most of our guests Cruising Indonesia start their trip from their International Airport in Denpasar Bali. From there you can take a domestic flight to Labuan Bajo for Komodo, Sorong for Raya Ampat or Makassar for Sulawesi . For Bali Cruise departures, you can reach Serangan habour via local transportation. For getting to the Gili Islands in Lombok, take a fastboat transfer from Bali, Serangan or Padang Bai including pick up from your hotel.

How about Visas?

All the Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival. You may need a proof of onward passage Many countries will receive a free 30 day non-extendable visa upon arrival to Indonesia (Jakarta/Bali). If, however your country is not included on this list, then arrival to Indonesia costs $35 for a one time renewable visa.

How about Insurance when Cruising Indonesia?

Travel Insurance is highly recommended when going on boat trip for Cruising Indonesia. For Divers, please make sure to be covered for a hyperbaric treatment in a chamber and other diving incidents.

2. Cruising Indonesia FAQs: Before booking a trip

What are phinisi boats?

Phinsi boats are the traditional schooners which give the trips with Barefoot Yachts Indonesia their authentic touch. They have been built in South Sulawesi, where also most of the crews have their homes. The ancestors of the modern Phinsi boats are the vessels that transported spices from the Indonesian Spice Islands – at that time known as “East Indies”. Blessed with a long boat building tradition and gone through various rituals during the building process in South Sulawesi, phinisi schooner are traditionally made from tropic teak wood, but presently in Indonesia, Ironwood and Bangkirai are preferred. So, the golden age of sailing, which ended in the West in the early twentieth century, never quite ended here and the traditional schooner -now modernised – are still Cruising Indonesia ‘s waters.

Why book a holiday Cruising Indonesia?

The Indonesian Archipelago compromises more than 17,500 islands , the best way to travel through this Water Wonderland is by cruising with a boat. You have the chance to visit places you cannot reach via roads, be close to nature and wildlife on land and sea and truly captures the spirit of Indonesia while voyaging trough the Archipelago on a traditional schooner. Cruising on a yacht charter is like a traveling in time: a return to classical sailing, giving one an authentic feeling of real adventure. Barefoot Yachts Indonesia offers a variety of boats, routes and trip styles to suit various preferences and budgets.

What is a private charter?

Chartering a private boat in Indonesia means you rent the vessel, including crew, for your personalized leisure experience. You may charter a traditional phinisi schooner with your friends and family for cruising the land and sea sites Indoensian Archpelago or for a dive liveboard. We also provide charters for a wedding events, bachelor/hens parties, private sunset cruises or company events. Please see our private charter section for details.

Why charter a yachts?

Chartering a private vessel gives you the greatest privacy, freedom and flexibility for your boat cruise in Indonesia. Its just going to be you, your friends or family on the boat and route as well as daily scheduled and activities can be tailored to your needs.

How to book a cruise?

Simply contact Barefoot Yachts Indonesia and let us know what route, boat and trip style you prefer and select suitable dates. We are experts in exquisite cruises throughout the Indonesian Archipelago and an offer a handpicked range of boats and routes, suitable for various budgets and cruise styles.

What is included on a cruise?

Each boat is different, but usually following is included: All accommodation & Food Petrol & Crew Harbour Clearance Guide above and underwater Snorkeling equipment Towels Coffee, tea and drinking water.

What is excluded?

Each boat is different. Commonly alcohol, National Park fees, transportation to/from departure port, crew tips, diving gear rental, dive courses are excluded.

How will the weather and sea conditions be?

We have chosen this country not only for the broad range of adventures, beautiful boats and ocean sites you but also the great weather conditions that are typical for the Indonesian archipelago. All our Boat schedules are adjusted according to seasons so, generally speaking the sea conditions are calm. Because the sea in most liveaboard cruise areas is surrounded by islands, there are seldom big waves. Only sometimes if the wind is blowing hard, the sea can be a little choppy. Please be aware that most of our boats are made of wood and ALL wooden boats can leak if it rains hard. Sometimes the cabin roof and the deck can drip a little.

What about seasickness?

Although our schooners sail mostly calm waters without large waves, some people feel a little discomfortable the first day or so. Taking motion sickness tablets which all our boats have on board and are easily available in Indonesia will quickly help you to feel better.

Do we sail or use an engine?

All our phinisi schooners use marine diesel engines as a matter of course. Although all of them can also sail, it is simply not practical to use the sails since traditional schooners are not designed for speed and ironically have poor sailing performance. In the days before engines, it was commonly accepted that a relatively short voyage might take several weeks. Today, people want to get to their destinations quickly and as far as we know, there are no boats in these waters that still use their sails as their primary propulsion for longer distances. In addition, in Indonesia many areas boast reefs, shoats and islands, it is simply not safe to rely on sails. If weather and sea conditions permitting, the crew will put the sails up for a while to give you a original taste of old-style sailing and offer you the opportunity to take photos.

How about Safety and Medical Issues?

We take any medical emergencies seriously. All boats which are are carefully selected according to safety and quality standards. On every boat there is first aid trained crew, modern marine safety equipment, medial kit and, on scuba diving cruise, emergency oxygen is available. We suggest a reasonable level of fitness will maximise your adventures with us. Any guests requiring regular medication are advised to bring an ample supply of medication or dietary supplements with them as our destinations are remote and lack western medical facilities or supplies.

Basic Medial tips Cruising Indonesia

The burning power of the tropical sun must not be underestimated. Always wear a hat/cap and use some form of (water-resistant) sun cream or lotion on untanned skin. Always wear a T-shirt or rash guard when snorkelling. Glare from the sun can cause eye problems so wear sunglasses, especially on beaches. Avoid getting dehydrated by drinking a lot of non-alcoholic fluids; bottled water is always available.

How about children on a Cruise?

We welcome families with children of all ages on our boats! Babies, toddlers as well as teenagers are welcome on our cruises. Mosts crews are quite used to handling children of all ages and will be of great help to you. We advise you keep a close eye on toddlers in the deck area especially where the stairs to the cabins can be steep. It is important for parents to remember to guard young children at all times. For more information or to chat about your specific needs please contact us. If bringing very young children, cruise destination and boat might be chosen accordingly.

What is your payment/refund policy?

To confirm your booking, we require 50% deposit Balance payment is due one month prior departure. Since it is quite a complex process to organize boat charters, we will retain up to 30% of your down payment upon cancellation more than 150 days prior departure, up to 50% for cancelations less than 150 days prior departure and up to 100% for cancellation less than 90 days prior departure to offset any expenses that may have incurred. We recommend you to purchase a travel insurance covering cancelation fees in case of cancelation for circumstances beyond your control such as illness, cancelled flight flights etc.

3. Cruising Indonesia FAQs- Before Departure

What should I bring with me Cruising Indonesia ?

Indonesia is tropical, we recommend bringing light clothing, 2 sets of swimwear, sun cream, a hat/cap as well as foot wear for land visits. As evenings can sometimes be a little cooler, you might also bring a sweatshirt/jumper Its great if you bring your favorite card game or book along. Wine and Spirits are mostly not sold or provided, best to bring your own from the duty-free. Bringing your own mask and fins for snorkeling and diving cruises is recommended. Less, really is more – do not overpack!

Do I need cash on board?

Some extra cash in Indonesian Rupiah for souveniers on the way, crew tips and onboard purchase etc will be very handy.

I have special dietary requirements – what should I do?

Let us know about your dietary restrictions/requirements early prior departure. Our boats are able to cater for a broad variety of dietary requirements. To be on the safe side, please reconfirm your dietary restrictions with the cruise director once boarded the vessel.

Why do you need passport numbers?

Every boat Cruising Indonesia needs a legal  permit. Therefor passenger names, nationalities and passport numbers must be obtained. Please provide your passport details early before the trip in order to avoid a delayed departure.

Can I recharge my torch, laptop, phone and camera?

Yes, there is voltage 220V available on all boats. On some boats electricity may be limited during late night hours.

Is there phone reception/wifi on board?

Phone reception and therefor internet varies depending on the location of the vessel. Some luxury vessels have free satellite wifi onboard or you may buy a cheap Indonesian Sim card with Internet package for your smartphone after arrival.

What about tipping?

Tips are not mandatory, but if you perceived the service as a good, it is common to tip 3-10% of cruise value, around $10 per person/day to our hardworking crews. Commonly, tips are shared equally among Indonesian crew and western staff may be tipped separately. When receiving any service from locals during island visits, you may give some money to appreciate their service, but keep it in relation to their income. Over tipping will create baggers, jealousy and inequality. IDR 10,000 – IDR 50,000 are adequate, depending on the kind of service.

What about religion and cultural differences?

Indonesia is a cultural melting pot with a large variety of cultures, languages and religions. It is, however, the country with the largest Islamic population in the world. It is appropriate to dress and behave moderate and respectfully when visiting remote seaside villages. Women should cover shoulders and upper legs, men should where shirts within the village. Touching peoples (including children) heads, pointing your feet in their direction and giving things with your left hand is considered rude in Indonesian culture.

Do you catch and serve fish during the cruises?

Controversial topic, but yes, we do. We consider catching and eating fish as a part of the life on a boat. However, the Indonesian Seas, source of life and income, are depleting and we are highly committed conserving this highly valuable resource for future generations. We encourage all boat crew and guests to treat fish as a valuable resource, do not fish in protected areas, do not catch or eat fish that are endangered and not to catch more than you can eat.

4. Cruising Indonesia FAQs: Scuba Diving

Can I do a Diving Course during a cruise?

Yes, you can do diving courses on your cruise with Moyo Sails’ Adventures. Just ask us for the right one for you!

Can I do a check dive/scuba review?

The first dive during a diving liveaboard cruise will be a easy check dive. Refresh your scuba diving skills and get familiar with the equipment you will use.

What equipment is provided?

Commonly, snorkelling equipment is available free of charge. Diving equipment is available for rent on-board, please ask for specific fees

Do I get a dive guide?

Yes, all dives are guided by a professional dive guide.

What wetsuit do I need to bring?

Depending on the season, water temperature is usually around 29 degrees. We recommend a 3mm shorty or rash guard  for snorkeling as a protection from sun and water irritations. When going on a dive liveaboard with 3 or more dives a day, we recommend a long suit. In some areas, thermoclines may drop as low as 24 degrees. Wetsuits are available onboard.

The nearest hyperbaric chamber?

Bali: Sanglah General Hospital USUP Sanglah Denpasar JI. Diponegoro, Denpasar 80114 Bali, Indonesia: Phone 62-361-227911 through -15 ext. 232 (hyperbaric medical department)

Do you offer Nitrox?

Most diving boats in our fleet offer compressed air , please ask for specific boats.

Do we dive from the boat or from tenders?

Vessels commonly use a tender to drop you on the dive sites. This is safest way to protect other divers in the water, the reef and the vessel.

Where is best for diving with Manta Rays in Indonesia?

You can find Manta Rays throughout the Indonesian Archipelago. Nevertheless, Manta Alley and Makassar Reef in the Komodo offer a very high chance to encounter these beautiful creatures. In Raja Ampat, Manta Ridge and Manta Sandy are top sites for spotting them in large quantities.  April – June is Manta Season with a good chance to encounter them in dozens preforming majestic mating dances.

Can I see whales and Dolphins on a cruise in Indonesia?

Yes, we sights Dolphins frequently during our liveaboards – they love surfing the bow wave. For whales you need to be a little luckier to encounter them on their migration routes. However – eighteen whale species have been recorded from around Komodo alone, you ll never know what might pass.

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