Know Before You Go: Indonesia



Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia.


Time Zone

There are mainly three time zones: Indonesia Western Standard Time – seven hours in advance (UTC+7) of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); Indonesia Central Standard Time – eight hours ahead (UTC+8) of GMT; and Indonesia Eastern Standard Time – nine hours ahead (UTC+9) of GMT.



Split by the equator, Indonesia has an almost entirely tropical climate, with the coastal plains averaging 28°C. The area’s relative humidity is quite high, and ranges between 70 and 90%. In most regions, the dry season begins in May and lasts till September, with rains falling between October and April.



The rupiah (Rp) is the official currency of Indonesia. However, many resorts and dive operators also accept US dollars.



Indonesia uses European-style two-pin round plugs. The standard voltage is 230 V, and you can use your electrical appliances in Indonesia if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 to 240 V (as it is in the UK, Europe, Australia, and most of Asia and Africa). Onboard, we use 3-pin sockets, although we do also supply adaptors.


Duty-free Allowance

You’re allowed to bring a maximum of 1 litre of any alcohol and no more than 200 sticks of cigarettes, 25 cigars or 100g (3.52 ounces) of tobacco).

If you have a questing not listed below, please feel free to contact us on [email protected]

What is the Size of Solitude Adventurer?

Length: 36m (118.11ft)

Beam: 12m (39.37ft)

Draft: 1.5m (5.1ft)

Cruising Speed: 10 knots

Best Time of Year to Dive?

It depends greatly on which location you intend to visit. We operate throughout the year, but we do transition based on when it's best at each location. Water temperature generally is between 27°C - 29°C with visibility at roughly 10m - 30m

Raja Ampat - We operate here between November and April as this is when there is generally less wind and therefore fewer waves.

Komodo - We operate here between May and August as the conditions in Raja Ampat are not ideal.

In between these locations we run multiple different routes as part of our crossing, including Ambon, Banda, Forgotten Islands, Alor, Saumlaki & Maumere.

What is the Required Level of Diving Experience?

The minimum is to be certified as an Open Water Diver (or equivalent).

Some of the dive sites in these areas are well known for their strong currents and so more experience does help. However, we assure you that safety is our number one priority - the currents are predictable and avoidable to an extent, we will ensure that you are well looked after and that you will not be forced into a situation where you do not feel comfortable.

What Locations do you go to?

We visit a lot of different areas depending on the time of the year: Raja Ampat, Misool, Banda, Ambon, Forgotten Islands, Saumlaki, Alor, Maumere & Komodo are all areas we visit.

For a more comprehensive look at our itineraries, visit out "Itineraries" page.

DIN or Yoke (A-Clamp)?

We have DIN tanks with interchangeable inserts to accommodate for Yoke (A-Clamp) Regulators.

Do we have 15l/100cuft Cylinders?

Yes, we do, there is an additional charge of 8USD per cylinder. Please inform us prior to the trip if you require a larger cylinder.

How Thick a Wetsuit would you Recommend?

For the most part, the water is pretty warm. We'd recommend between a 3mm - 5mm full-length wetsuit.

What Equipment Should I Bring?

All guests participating in SCUBA activities MUST be equipped with an Audible Signalling Device (e.g. Whistle), Dive Computer and a Surface Marker Buoy.

Depending on the location we strongly recommend you bring a Reef Hook.

What is the Electricity and Plug Sockets like?

2x100kv 240V - 50Hz

Available are 3-pinned sockets like in SG/UK/HKG - Adapters & Extensions are available onboard.

Surge Protection and UPS Sockets are in the Camera/Digital Room only.

Is there Wi-Fi onboard?


Solitude Adventurer provides internet access onboard at any stage with additional charge (USD 50 for 500 MB). To access the internet, our guests will need to connect via our WIFI Network Hotspot and use their sign-in credentials that will be provided upon check-in.

(Connectivity can be affected by weather and is also reliant on a 3rd party service provider, Solitude Adventurer, her staff and management are NOT responsible for any inconveniences and/or loss of income, data or information which may arise due to the lack of the service, partially or completely.)

Will I have Mobile Signal?

It depends where we are exactly - for the most part we will be out of range of the signal.

However, we do have a satellite phone on board as well as satellite Wi-Fi (50USD for 500mb).

Do you Offer Courses Onboard?

Yes. We offer a full range of PADI certifications, from Discover SCUBA Diving to Divemaster.

We can also teach PADI Specialities such as Enriched Air NITROX.

Is there Equipment Rental onboard?

We offer Mares diving equipment and computers for rent.

All guests participating in SCUBA activities MUST be equipped with an audible signalling device (e.g. Whistle), Dive Computer and Surface Marker Buoy. Of which these things are complimentary except for a dive computer.

Modes of Payment Onboard?

We accept Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), US Dollars (USD) or Credit Card Visa/Mastercard.

Credit Payment is done online with our online payment account with smoovpay.com (+3.5% Facilitation Fee).

Drinking Onboard?

We sell alcohol on board, from a limited variety of spirits, wine and beer.

We do not charge a corkage fee and soft drinks are complimentary, however, we do not allow guests to bring beer onboard.

We do ask guests to drink responsibly onboard. Diving and alcohol do not mix, if we feel safety is being compromised then we withhold the power to suspend activities for individuals.

Do we offer any Land-Based Tours?

Depending on the location we're in we do offer short treks to viewpoints, village tours or just beach visits. Please contact us if you'd like more information about land-based tours on a cruise you're interested in.

Can I Bring my Drone?

Currently, there is no restriction or regulation to the flying of Drones/UAVs in the region. This may change however without any prior announcement from the authorities.

Is there a Marine Park, Port Fee or other?

There is a Passenger (Guest) Handling Agent Fee (marine park, port clearance and service) of 3,500,000 IDR in cash per person, which must be paid before the Boat's departure.

Duty Free Allowance?

Maximum 1 litre of any alcohol and no more than 200 sticks of cigarettes, 25 cigars or 100g (3.52 ounces) of tobacco.

Tech Diving onboard?

We do not allow for technical diving onboard - Exceptions can be made on Full Charters, but please inquire at [email protected] if this is something of interest.

In Room Amenities?

amenities include air-conditioning, wall fan, mini fridge (stateroom), writing desk and wardrobe, electronic in-room personal safe, ensuite toilet and shower (hot & cold water), bathrobe, hair dryer, shower amenities

How Many Rooms & Guests onboard?

We have 8 cabins on board of 3 room types. 1x Stateroom, 6x Deluxe Rooms and 1x Quad Cabin.

We can accommodate 18 guests on board.

Is there a Laundry Service onboard?

Yes, laundry is available onboard at an additional cost.