Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa for Indonesia?
Until mid of 2015 the Visa on Arrival regulation applied to most countries. In order to increase visitors coming to Indonesia the ministry of tourism decided to change the rules boldly, and waived the visa fee for most countries.  Most visitors do not have to pay or apply for any type of visa, if they come to Indonesia for holidays (no work) and not stay longer than 30days.

What about travel insurance?
ALL guests must have full comprehensive travel and medical insurance, which should include cruising. It is important that your policy covers personal equipment damage or loss and at least a MedEvac option and compensation for lost charter days due to unforeseen circumstances or emergencies. Please let us know if you have questions on specific coverage options. 

What documentation do I need to bring?
  • A passport with at least six months of validity remaining and one other form of identification
  • 2 photocopies of your passport (photo page). 
  • Airline tickets 
  • Travel insurance information, itinerary and other travel documents.
  • In case you misplace any vital documents you should also carry a back-up photocopy of your passport, I.D, and airline ticket with you at all times. It doesn’t hurt to leave another copy at home as well. 

What type of power adapter do I need to charge my electronics?
All outlets accept a 2 Pin Australian adaptor (240V). The boat carries some universal adaptors, however we suggest guests bring their own.
Can I be contacted during my stay?

Yes, you can be contacted on your mobile phone as long as you have global roaming activated. You can also be contacted on our satellite phone or use it to make outbound calls (fees apply). In addition, you can be contacted through your regular email address; Internet access is available. Mobile and internet services are not always in range, but you will get a steady connectivity throughout your charter.

Can you accommodate dietary / food allergy requirements?
Yes, with prior notification (minimum two weeks) we can accommodate most dietary requests.
How many other people will I be surfing with?
Our aim is to spend the majority of our trips surfing with just the other guests. This is not always possible, but there are plenty of waves in the area and due to our extensive experience we know how to be in the right place at the right time while still avoiding major crowds. While it is inevitable that we will come across other surfers from time to time you can rest assured you will get plenty of waves.
How many boards should I bring?
This depends entirely on how much excess baggage you are willing to pay for! Most people bring 2-4 boards. The normal board you ride at home is fine and perhaps a slightly larger semi-gun. If you are going to bring an extra board we suggest a replacement for the board you will use the most as it is not uncommon to break boards. Remember to bring extra leg ropes, cloth covers to protect your boards in the boats and tropical surf wax.
Health & Medication

Some prescription medication requires a note from your GP before international travel. If you are taking prescription medication, please check with your GP before departure

It is a matter of personal choice whether to take anti-malarial medication. Malaria is present in Indonesia and we take the matter very seriously. Whether you choose to take a prophylaxis or not, we strongly urge all our guests to wear repellent at dawn and evenings if outdoors or on land.

When traveling to any remote region in the world, most travellers will usually update their tetanus and hepatitis shots. Malaria is a reality in some parts of Indonesia. We suggest you consult your doctor for the right preventative treatment, which you may be required to start some weeks before you arrive. Should you be taking any prescription medication, please ensure you bring the necessary paperwork that goes with it in case of an emergency. For more travel health related information, please consult your doctor or visit

What do you suggest I pack?
Besides yourself and your surfboards, we recommend you bring the following items:
  • Passports, airline tickets, travel insurance information, itinerary, credit card and other travel documents. 
  • Cash. Indonesia Rupiah, $US or $AUD. You will need cash for Airport departure tax, personal telephone calls, additional meals in transit, etc. Cash for everything other than the entry visa can be exchanged or withdrawn from ATM’s after you pass through customs in Indonesia.
  • Airport departure tax rates are payable in Rupiah. Departure, airport and airline taxes are the responsibility of guests.
  • 2- 3 pairs of board shorts
  • Some t-shirts / shirt or shawl for women (singlets are inappropriate in major towns & Muslim areas)
  • Loose long clothing (to protect against mosquitoes if you go outside at night and aboard Ratu Motu the saloon is air-conditioned. Guest are expected to wear collared shirts when dining in saloon)
  • Booties (for surfing and beach combing over reefs)
  • Sand shoes ( or booties for island exploration)
  • Solarez – the type with rovings in it
  • Spare leg ropes
  • Long-sleeved rash shirts
  • Tropical surf wax
  • Spare fins and keys, spare plugs and screws if you have FCS system
  • Sunscreen and lip balm 30+
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (basics supplied per cabin)
  • A good sense of humour (grumpy people will be sent home on first available flight)
  • Electronics: Notebook/tablet, camera phone and/or iPod, chargers & adaptors and zip-lock bags for keeping them safe from water damage.
  • A re-usable/non-disposable drink bottle to fill up from filtered water tap aboard. (We try to reduce and eliminate single-use plastic water bottles polluting the islands and ocean.)
  • Fishing and diving gear (we supply these but you may prefer using your own)
  • Soft cloth board cover (to protect your board from impact, sun and wax damage during boat transfers to breaks)
  • Music files
First Aid Kit
We have a fully equipped first aid kit. However we strongly suggest you bring the following items in your personal kit: pain relief, waterproof bandages and Band-Aids, antibacterial ointment, betadine (iodine), tweezers, syringes, mosquito repellent, sting ease, malaria medication, aqua ear and cotton buds, cold/flu tablets, multi vitamins, sports rub, motion sickness medication, general antibiotics, suture kit (for stiches), Imodium or charcoal tablets and  personal medication. If you are travelling as a group, it is worth consolidating items on this list to reduce luggage.