Frequently Asked Questions

If you have specific questions about Diving & Divine Diving, Flores, Labuan Bajo and/or Health very likely you will find our answer here. If not please, please contact us here.

Diving & Divine Diving

How can I book with Divine Diving?

It’s fairly easy to book a liveaboard, daytrip dives or a dive course with us. Contact us and we will get back to you with the required information and/or booking details (including payment options). To confirm a booking, we require of 25% of the activity price. The deposit can be transferred to one of our bank accounts or can be paid by PayPal.

Is the deposit refundable?

Check our ‘Terms & Conditions’ here.

Do I need to book my dives?

Except for the month February, we dive every day, so you can always walk in at our office. In high season, or if you prefer to have an instructor for your course that speaks your own language (if available) it is best to book in advance. To avoid disappointment, it is always better to book a liveaboard in advance.

When do PADI diving courses start?

You can start all courses at Divine Diving (from PADI Open Water diver up to Divemaster level) at any day, depending on your own convenience and our instructors’ availability.

What languages do your instructors/guides speak?

Our guides and instructors speak fluent English and Indonesian. We also have some Dutch and German speaking instructors.

Do I need to bring a DIN adapter?

All our scuba tanks have both INT valves and DIN inserts. You don’t need to bring an adapter.

Do I need to bring my own dive equipment?

Not really, only if you want to or if you have very small/big sizes. For example fins are available from shoe sizes 36-45. We have full sets of equipment in all common sizes, which are all very well maintained. We use quality brands such as Scubapro, AquaLung, Mares, DeepGear, Tusa and Suunto.

How many guides and divers are there per boat trip?

On a day trip we have a maximum of 16 guests (divers). We always dive in small groups of maximum 4 divers with 1 guide. For all liveaboards we have a maximum of 8 guests per trip. On these trips we also handle the ratio of 1 to 4.

Are your instructors and guides experienced divers?

Our instructors and dive guides are very experienced divers. They all have made 1.000+ dives in and around Komodo National Park. So they know very well what to do and where to go!

What marine life can I expect to see?

Most of our dive sites are in Komodo National Park. This park is a part of the Coral Triangle (stretching from the Philippines to the North, Indonesia in the West all the way to the Solomon Islands in the East). In this region there are over 3.000 different kinds of fish, and a large number of dolphin and whale species. You can find 3 out of 7 sea turtle species. 75% of all the known corals in the world live in the Coral Triangle.

The Komodo dive sites belong to the top 10 best dive sites in the world! So you’ll see a lot: sharks, turtles, manta rays, but also great macro life and a wide variety of soft and hard corals, tunicates and sponges. There is even a muck dive or two!

Is there any dangerous or poisonous marine life?

There is indeed some marine life that you better keep at a safe distance: titan triggerfish, scorpionfish, stonefish, lionfish, black-banded sea krait (snake), blue-ringed octopus, to name some. Mostly our guides will spot these creatures and will let you know how to behave.

What is the best time to see/dive with manta rays?

Since we started Divine Diving we registered when (and how many) manta rays we saw on our dives. According to our figures, the best months to spot manta rays are March, April, May and September until January (in June, July and August we still find them, but not that often). But it remains nature: you can never be sure…

What is the difficulty level of diving in Komodo?

The level difficulty in Komodo National Park varies a lot: from strong current dives to diving in beautiful sheltered reefs. We always adjust our program to our guests’ wishes and possibilities. For our liveaboards we advise you to have your AOW or at least OW with Deep Dive Specialty (see also: Can I join a liveaboard with only OW level?).

How does a day trip diving look like?

We gather 7:15 am in our office. Equipment, supplies and guests’ bags are driven to the harbor. Guests and dive guides walk very short distance to the boat. First, guests have to pay the park fee at the Komodo National Park office. Then we check in on our day boat ‘Naring’, and you’ll get a boat briefing. While the guests will have a coffee or tea, our crew will set up the dive equipment for all guests. Meanwhile the captain navigates to the dive site (arrival time depends on which site we dive). After the dive briefing we’ll have our first dive. After this dive we’ll do our surface interval and navigate to the second chosen site. After the second dive we’ll have a freshly prepared lunch on boat. Depending on the guests, we’ll visit a third dive site, or we’ll navigate back to Labuan Bajo harbor. Arrival there will be between 3 pm and 6 pm, depending on the days program.

Do I get my money back if I can’t make all dives?

If you can’t make all dives because you face medical issues, we’ll write a letter for you so you can claim your missed dives at your insurance.

Can I join a live aboard with only OW level?

This is rather hard to say: some OW divers have excellent diving skills; others are still improving with every dive. Komodo is known for strong currents, and sometimes we dive at 20 to 24 meters to catch ‘the big stuff show’.

We advise you to have OW and the Deep Dive Adventure. It is also possible to start the AOW course with us. Before the liveaboard departs, we will teach you Navigation and Adventure Deep Dive, and during the liveaboard we will do another 3 dives to certify you as PADI AOW.

Can I sleep on deck to avoid the single surcharge?

‘Weta Molas’ has space for 8 guests. She has 4 cabins each with a double bed. Because of this we don’t book guests together in cabins who don’t know each other. If you are a single traveller there are two option for you:
1. sleeping in a cabin which comes with a surcharge of 40% for single occupation or
2. sleeping on sheltered deck, where you get a 10% discount of the cruise price.
If you are considering one of these options, please contact us here.

What time is the departure, and when is our last dive?

‘Weta Molas’ departs between 9:30 am and 10 am and our last dive on the final day will be finished around 3 pm. At the moment there are early morning flights from Bali to Labuan Bajo.

Is my 3mm wetsuit suitable for diving Komodo?

That’s hard to say: it obviously depends on how quickly and easily you get cold under water. The water temperature is between 26 and 30 degrees; very rarely it can drop to 24 degrees.

Do you have 15 liter tanks?

Yes we do. Please make a reservation for them in advance. There is a surcharge per day for 15 liter tanks, see rates.

What does Divine Diving offer kids?

Kids can join both our day trips and liveaboards. Depending on their age, we offer to babysit, some guided snorkeling or playing with the crew while you are diving. Dive boats are not really a child’s play area so some responsibility will be yours too. Life jackets for children are available.

Flores

How is the weather in Flores?

The temperature on the coastal areas ranges between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius year round. The water temperature is around 26-30 degrees. The rainy season starts around November and ends around March. It can rain during the day but usually it will rain at nights. The rain doesn’t really affect the visibility underwater, because the dive sites aren’t close to the mainland. Sometimes the wind can prevent us to dive certain sites, but we seldom have to cancel a dive. Normally we do not dive in the month of February because of the weather conditions (rain, wind and waves).

What else can we do in Flores?

If you came all the way to Flores, you have to see the Komodo dragons on Rinca and/or Komodo Islands. The dragons are the world’s largest lizard and they are only found on the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Padar, Flores and Gili Motang. The endangered Komodo dragon can reach a maximum length of 3 metres and weight of more than 90 kilograms. We offer the opportunity to combine a day trip of 2 dives with a visit to Rinca.

If you have enough time, there are many possibilities for overland trips to enjoy the culture (traditional villages, caci, ikat weaving, coffee and rice cultivation) and nature (waterfalls, mountains, Kelimutu, birdwatching) of the beautiful island of Flores. We recommend Golo Hilltop Hotel to book your overland trips.

Do I need a visa for Flores?

Since mid 2015 most nationalities can enter Indonesia on a free visa (just a stamp in your passport, no charges). This visa is only valid for tourism purpose, with a maximum length of stay of 30 days and it is not extendable. Please take note that this free visa can only be obtained at the main airports of Indonesia: Jakarta (Java), Surabaya (Java), Medan (Sumatra), Batam (Sumatra), Denpasar (Bali) and some of the bigger seaports.

If you’re planning a vacation in Indonesia for more than 30 days, please check with the Indonesian embassy in your country.

Labuan Bajo

What accommodation and restaurants are there?

Labuan Bajo offers accommodation, ranging from cheap backpacker rooms (up 100.000 IDR/night) to luxury villas and resorts (up to 3.000.000 – 4.000.000 IDR/night). We can arrange accommodation for you, if you dive with us. Check out our Stay & Dive Package offers here.

In Labuan Bajo you can find many ‘warungs’, where you can enjoy the local cuisine (starting from 20,000 IDR/meal) and also some good international/western restaurants (starting from 50,000 IDR/meal).

Do I need to book accommodation?

In high season, July and August: definitely yes! Labuan Bajo is booming, so to avoid disappointment, we recommend booking in advance. Hotels we recommend are: Bayview Gardens, Golo Hilltop and Puri Sari Beach Hotel.

Is there an ATM or money changer in Labuan Bajo?

Yes, there are several ATM’s in Labuan Bajo (BNI, Mandiri, BRI) and there are some money changers that can exchange your foreign currency into Indonesian rupiah. Please be aware that the exchange rate in Labuan Bajo is less favorable (than e.g. in Bali). Divine Diving accepts VISA and Mastercard payments with a surcharge of 3%.

How can I get to Labuan Bajo?

By airplane

Labuan Bajo has daily flight connection from/to Denpasar (Bali, Ngurah Rai International Airport), Ende (Flores) and Bajawa (Flores).  Flight companies are Lion/Wings, Aviastar/Transnusa, Kalstar and Garuda Indonesia. Good website to book these flights are:
www.ticketindonesia.info
www.traveloka.com
www.tiket2.com
www.nusatrip.com

By boat

To travel by boat to Labuan Bajo is possible from Lombok www.peramatour.com or Bali and Makassar www.pelni.co.id.

How can I get to your office?

Labuan Bajo has a transport system of bemo’s (cars) and ojeks (motorbikes). There is no taxi company but many private professional drivers. Most drivers know where our office is and if not: ask to be dropped off at ‘Pelita Jaya’. From the airport to our office it is a 10-minute ride with a car or motorbike. Upto 4 people a private car from the airport to our office cost 60.000 IDR.
An ojek cost around 5.000 – 10.000 IDR depending on distance and daytime.

Health

Do I need to be healthy to dive?

If you are in general good health and condition, then there are no problems to dive or start with diving. PADI has a general rule that you need a completely filled out Medical Statement before you dive (which is a really good policy!). In Indonesia this statement does not need to be verified by a doctor unless you answered “Yes” to one of the questions, or if you want to participate in a course. If you’re not 100% sure whether you are healthy enough to dive, ask your doctor for a statement that you are healthy to go diving.

Is there a good hospital?

Since end of 2015 Labuan Bajo has a private hospital Siloam, which is almost up to international standard. The nearest hyperbaric chamber is in Bali.

Is there malaria or Dengue on Flores?

Yes, during the wet season (December to April) there is a small risk of Malaria and Dengue. We get many questions about taking anti-malaria medicine, but it’s hard for us to advise you. Please check with your medical advisor at home and let him know as well that you are planning in participating in diving activities. Not all malaria prevention is combinable with diving. If you’re here, especially in the wet season, you should ensure that you protect yourself with mosquito repellent and that your room is mosquito-proof.

Do I need insurance?

When travelling, it’s always good to have a travel insurance. Check your insurance to see if scuba diving is covered. There are also special insurances for divers, such as those from PADI, DAN, IDEC.

DAN and IDEC offer “short term insurance”. You can arrange this insurance with us, the rate is 40 US$ for 10 days or 50 US$ for 30 days for DAN insurance and IDR 75,000 a day with IDEC.