Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What should I bring with me?

Before the trip departs, we will need to see you diver certification card & log book. We understand that some people may not bring their log books with them, but we will try our best to confirm your experience level and number of dives. If you had 3000 dives would you want your dive buddy to have 4 dives?

We also strongly encourage these items:

  • Sunscreen,
  • Toiletries,
  • Swimwear,
  • Logbook,
  • Insurance policy,
  • 2 or 3 t-shirts
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

As evenings can sometimes be a little cooler, you might also bring a sweatshirt/jumper and light cotton pants. You always need less than you think. If you prefer to travel light, you can hire rental diving equipment on all liveaboards.

What should I NOT bring with me?

Try not to over pack. You won’t need a drysuit, or much entertainment items as we have books, movies and games available on board. Please do not bring any disposable plastic onboard Kurabesi Explorer such as plastic bags or disposable bottled water in plastic. We will supply you a range of solutions as soon as you arrive on board including a reusable water bottle, bamboo toothbrush and biodegradable earbuds. We also supply organic amenities such as soap shampoo and conditioner, so there is no need for you to bring much plastic on board.

Can I rent diving equipment?

Yes, you can rent diving equipment from us. The cost for a full set of gear is quite reasonable – see our price list here. We also offer rentals of lights, cameras, video and computers.

Certification

You must bring proof of your current certification for presentation before departure.

I can’t find my certification card. Can I still dive?

If you’re a PADI or SSI diver we can check your details online, all we need from you is your full name, and your date of birth. If you’re certified with another diving organization then please let us know before arrival.

I haven’t dived for a while. Can I do a dive before I go on the boat?

Safety first. Whether you do a refresher course back home before your trip begins, or a refresher dive with our staff on site (in a group of no more than two guests with our dive buddies), we are happy to offer this service to our guests for a small surcharge.

Can you pick me up from the airport?

Yes this is part of your standard package.

What kind of visa do I need?

Most Asian and European Countries, Australia and North Americans will receive a 30 day visa upon arrival and 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.

Do I need travel insurance?

We strongly recommend that you apply for standard travel insurance., as accidents can happen on the road, we recommend World Nomad an excellent travel insurance company that has a policy of giving back and supports several projects in Indonesian through Surfaid. This is unrelated to diving. We also recommend specific Divers Alert Network Insurance (DAN), which you can purchase through us at the time of making your booking. The cost is nominal, USD $40 for 10 days coverage. Please thoroughly check your travel insurance whether it covers evacuation and treatments in the recompression chamber in case of emergency.

Do I need vaccinations?

Shortly before your departure, it is advised to see a tropical disease doctor to double-check for outbreaks. Or send us an email for advice. If you are traveling to Easter Indonesia, you do not need Malaria vaccination. Your Tetanus vaccination should be up to date. Many of the areas we visit and stay in are quite safe.

Do I need to bring a wetsuit?

Yes. The water is not cold, though we do get occasional thermoclines that can drop the water to 28° C, our normal temperature, year-round is 28° C – 31° C. In addition to the thermal protection your wetsuit provides, though uncommon, jellyfish and other irritants are sometimes in the water, so at a minimum 2mm-3mm is recommended.

Do I need to bring adoptors for my dive equipment or electronics?

Is your regulator DIN or INT? – we are able to supply adapters, just let us know! We are always happy to help. Not sure which one you have? Drop a line and we will sort it out for you.

Can I access ATM machines in Eastern Indonesia?

You can access Maestro, Cirrus, Visa, and MasterCard at the local ATM in our ports of embarkation disembarkation in Wangi-Wangi, Labuan Bajo, Banda Neira

Do I need cash on board?

There is very little to spend money on. Soft drinks, beer, diving courses, rental equipment, t-shirts, and gratuities for the staff and crew. Our team will be making a running tally of your expenses and you can pay this via bank transfer, your PayPal and / or charge your credit card on land at the end of the trip. Please note that there is a 3% charge for payments with credit card on liveaboards.

What currency should I take on board?

We suggest that you bring Indonesian Rupiah for your sundry payments on board, or if you wish to purchase any of the wonderful handicrafts that are produced on some of the island we will visit as part of our fair trade outreach to local communities. If you only have Dollars, Euros, Pounds or Yen we can also accept and exchange them at our standard exchange rates

How much should we plan for tips?

Your tip is up to you and should be given voluntarily based on the quality of service provided. We are sure you will notice how hard the staff and crew work to provide you with the best possible experience. We hope you will note how the safety and enjoyment of everyone relies on this teamwork, professionalism and attitude. Many of our guests give a gratuity based on 5-10% of the cruise price or more.

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