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Practical info

Divers please bring:

Dive certificate & logbook
Recent medical statement assuring that you are fit for diving (< two years)
Complete dive gear (BCD, regulator, wet suit, mask & fins)
Dive computer (with a recent battery check)
Special gear for drift dives: signal buoy, signal whistle or dive alert
Dive light for night dives
Spare parts for your personal diving gear (mask strap, fin strap, o-rings , etc.)

Diving safety rules:

No decompression dives
Maximum depth 90 feet / 30 meters
S.A.F.E. Diving (Slowly Ascend from Every Dive)
We highly recommend a diving insurance, i.e. DAN membership

Recommended items to bring along:

Sunscreen (we can provide if you wish), sunglasses and a hat for sun protection (Aloe for sunburn)
Swimsuits, T-shirts & shorts (quick drying outdoor clothing is ideal)
Lightweight long pants, shirt with sleeves for the evenings, and insect repellent (we can provide if you wish).
Don’t pack too many clothes. Every hotel has laundry service available.
We provide beach towels for your convenience during the trip.
Video camera or camera (waterproof bags for protection from salt water)
Medical prescriptions.
Personal snorkel gear, if possible.

Diving equipment sets for rental:

Regulator (€ 5), BCD jacket (€ 5), full body wetsuit (€ 4),
booties (€ 2), fins (€ 2), mask (€ 2) and snorkel (€ 2)
(Rates above are based on per day / per person)

Full set of equipment can be rented at € 15 per day / per person
(Excluding dive computer and dive torch.)

Trip – baggage & health insurance:

All are optional but highly recommended. There are many companies out there, all offering an assortment of services. As a diver we strongly recommend taking a DAN insurance.

Time zone:

Indonesia has three time zones. Bali is GMT + 8 hrs.

Climate:

The Island is part of Indonesia, boasts a tropical climate and is located just below the equator. Indonesia knows two distinct seasons.
You can expect pleasant day temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius year-round. From December to March, the West monsoon can bring heavy showers and high humidity, but usually days are sunny and the rains start during the night and pass quickly. From June to September the humidity is low, and it can be quite cool in the evenings. During this time of the year, you’ll have hardly any rain in the coastal areas.

Diving conditions:

The Bali dive season runs all year round. Overall, the best diving conditions exist from April to December, with sunfish, sharks and other pelagic fish visiting from June to September.
December to March is rainy season, sometimes reducing visibility in the North and Northwest – Tulamben, Amed, Gili Selang, Pemuteran and Menjangan. From June to September dry monsoon winds bring rough seas and nutrient rich upwellings to Nusa Penida, Padang Bay and Amuk Bay.
Water temperature is a pleasant 27º to 29º C, so a 3 mm suit is sufficient. Nusa Penida and Lembongan however have cold deep water upwellings, so it can get pretty chilly. A 5 mm wetsuit is not an excess luxury diving these waters.

Immunizations:

Please, check with your local health department for a listing of immunizations recommended for traveling to Indonesia. Bali has a very low malaria risk.

Passport / Visa / Departure tax:

A visa is needed for traveling to Indonesia. For most European countries, a 30 day tourist visa can be obtained at the airport upon arrival for a fee of US$ 25. Your passport must be valid for at least six more months from the date of entry into Indonesia, otherwise, you could be denied entry. Airport departure tax when departing Bali for your international flight home, is 150,000IDR (US$17/€12.50). This must be paid in local currency, so remember to keep this aside with your passport for payment when leaving Bali on your international flight.

Money issues:

Local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Traveler Checks in US Dollars/Euro are accepted (but expensive), as is Visa, Master card and American Express. Be prepared to pay a 3-5% surcharge for credit card purchases.
There are ATMs in Bali, where you can withdraw cash in local currency with your credit card and PIN.
Preferably bring cash Euro to change in Bali. Cash US dollars for exchange must be new bills (2001 and above) in immaculate condition with no tears or marks of any kind on the bill. Please note that no one in Bali will take bills beginning with the serial number CB or any dated 2000 or below, and even the smallest tear or mark will also result in rejection. Please also note that the exchange rate listed is for $100 bills only, for smaller denominations you will get a lower exchange rate. You can change money at your hotel (expensive) or for a better rate use a licensed money changer (not a retail shop which offers money changing facilities as an extra). Always count your money carefully. One US$ is about 9.000IDR, one Euro about 12.000IDR. For the current exchange rate, please consult the currency converter.

Tipping:

It is customary to give the staff a gratuity at the end of the trip. The amount given is entirely up to the individual guest. Tips will divided between all the staff members equally. If you wish, a separate tip can be given to your divemaster or driver.

Hyperbaric chambers (or recompression chamber) in Indonesia:

Bali: Sanglah General Hospital (in Indonesian language) USUP Sanglah Denpasar, JI. Diponegoro, Denpasar 80114 Bali, Indonesia:
Phone: + 62-361-2279-11 through-15 ext. 232 (hyperbaric medical department)
Fax: + 62-361-22426 Run by Dr. Antonius Natasamudra and Dr. Etty Herawati

 
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