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 Indonesia - General Info

Time Zone

UTC + 7 in the West Zone (Java, West & Central Kalimantan, Sumatra)

UTC + 8 in Central Zone (South & East Kalimantan, Bali, Sulawesi)

UTC + 9 in East Zone (Maluku, Irian Jaya)

Yachting Essentials



Voltage: 127/230 V*

Frequency: 50 Hz

LPG/Gas Bottles

In Tanjung Pandan on Belitung you can have US-style LPG tanks filled. Contact Harun at +62 8117178895 or

At Kelayang on the NW corner of the island, Efan, who runs a restaurant and yacht services on the beach at the foot of the pier (Phone +62 81278344854 or +62 81977781455) can arrange transport for your LPG tanks to Tanjung Pandan - which is about a 35 minute drive.


Important spares difficult to obtain in Indonesia include sets of winch gears and winch motor brushes, alternator brushes and bearings.


Refuel with caution in Indonesia. There are tails of woe from cruisers in the reports section adjacent, however be sure to filter all fuel when taking it on board and be aware that even in large ports, refuelling staff may not be familiar with yachts.


Indonesian rupiah (Rp) of 100 sen.

Credit cards are rarely accepted. ATMs are in many places, but generally have a low withdrawl limit.


International Dialing Code for Indonesia is +62.

A cheap Telekomsel dongle will give you high speed Internet access in the most obscure places.

Mobile phone Sims are also very cheap and international calls were very reasonable.

SE Asia Cruisers Net


In some towns there are very cheap communal buses ("bemos").

Taxis are rare, but you can usually hire a car with a driver.

"Ojeks" (motorcycle taxis) are everywhere and are useful for getting them to run errands e.g. get petrol or deliver water.

It is not advisable to drive (or ride) yourself - accidents are common.

Diplomatic Missions

A race/rally from Freemantle (Australia) to Bali
A race/rally from Darwin (Australia) to Ambon

January/February – The Neptune Regatta. Begins at Nongsa Point Marina  Bintan Island Indonesia and travels thru  islands passages crossing the equator / Race to Zero and back /Pollywogs Beware!

July/August/September – Sail Indonesia Rally starts in Darwin in July and links eventually with Sail Malaysia in October. Covers a huge distance across the Indonesian Archipelago. Another real cruiser’s rally.

Bali's Galungan/Kuningan Ceremonies
One of the most significant festivals in the Balinese calendar which repeat on a 210 day calendar year.
Sabang Marine Festival
26-30 April 2016. Five days of free entertainment, food, games, activities, tours and celebrations. Held at Lhok Weng Marina, Sabang. Possibly a good way to first enter Indonesia as Sabang Customs take care of everything - no CAIT or temporary import needed. First festival was in 2015.
Exploring Equator-Asia
Annual programme of four yacht cruises designed to highlight the cultural attractions and amazing biodiversity of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Started 2009. Detailed rally info. on website.
Sail Indonesia
Annual Sailing Rally that departs Darwin mid-July. Three month program of linked events across Indonesia that are supported by the Indonesian Central Government and the Local Government Centres at the destinations visited. Check website for details. 2015 is the rally's 15th year.
Sail Maluku
Held annually in mid-August, started in 2011. 2014 Welcoming Ceremony in Ambon 28th August. Feeder events from Australia; 12th July starting point from Cairns, and 23rd July from Darwin. In Ambon enjoy cultural activities, gala dinner, tours etc. Assistance with all paperwork and permits.
Sail Raja Ampat
First rally took place in June/July 2014. See report for more details.
Sail Sabang 2017
New one-off rally from Phuket and Langkawi to Sabang, 28th November to 5th December 2017 (tagged on to the Sail Indonesia, Sail Malaysia and Sail Thailand rallies). Supported by the Indonesian Government.
Sail Samal 2 Raja Ampat Rally
Organised by the Indonesian Government to discover Indonesia, and starting from Samal in the Philippines. Started in 2012, the rally continues to run annually with a new name every year.


Police - dial 110

Fire Service - Dial 113

Medical Emergency Services - Dial 118


IMRAY AND ALDARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for users via World Cruising Club

South East Asia Pilot - 5th Edition (2016)
By: Bill O’Leary & Andy Dowden
Publisher: Image Asia Press
ISBN 9789743005558
Now in its 25th year of publication, the 5th edition sees major updates. The guide encompasses approximately three million square miles of some of the best cruising grounds in the world. The authors have compiled the information over more than two decades of personal experience in the region and have invited a number of well qualified voyagers to provide updates.
See The Noonsite review at Southeast Asia Pilot review.

Cruising Guide to Indonesia
By Andy Scott
Publisher - Cruising Guide to Indonesia
Published 1st edition 2014
ISBN 9790990562610
With 25 chapters and over 320 anchorages, Cruising Guide Indonesia covers everything the prudent navigator needs to safely cruise Indonesian waters and enjoy the largest and best island nation in the world.  Free Java Chapter downloads here: Digital e-book versions also available here as well as gpx and kml waypoint files compatible with most modern chart plotters.

Cruising the Tanimbar Islands of Eastern Indonesia
By Jan Carter
Published 3rd Edition 2006
To Purchase Email:
Further information and an extract from the book can be seen at
This 88-page book has been written by Jan Carter and is for sailors who intend to cruise in this area as well as those interested in learning about this area. The book contains information about Tanimbarese culture and history, craft, forestry and birdlife. It also includes information about 16 anchorages, food, health, trading, prices, availability of water and visa information. The book includes a six-page English/Indonesian ‘sailing terms’ dictionary, more than 90 photos and six maps.

Southeast Asia Cruising Guide Vol II (Indonesia, East Timor, Singapore, West Thailand, Papua New Guinea)
By Stephen Davies and Elaine Morgan
Published by Imray (2nd Edition 2008 / updates 2014))
ISBN: 9781846230424
This is the first of the two-volume set of the Southeast Asia Cruising Guide to reach a second edition. This guide covers the entire length and breadth of a region frequently visited by round-the-world sailors. This edition concentrates on the most frequented routes and includes the most popular stops. This is essential reading for information about the general sailing conditions in the region; climate, currents, routes etc.

101 Anchorages Within the Indonesian Archipelago
By Geoff Wilson
Published by Red and White Publishing (October 2007)
ISBN 9789791008051
Contact Siti Farahsanti
Report from a cruiser in August 2015: This is the most useful hard-copy guide for anchorage information in Indonesia. All of the anchorages we visited were safe and well described in the guide. Our only criticism is that it would have benefitted from a more rigorous editing process: the numerous grammatical and spelling mistakes detract from the overall quality of the publication. There are also at least a couple of errors in the anchorage information pages (misnamed locations or lat/longs which belong to other anchorages). Well worth buying.

Indonesia Ministry of Tourism (Flores,Bali)
Island Information Website for the East Nusa Tenggara Province (East of Bali from Flores to West Timor). Recommended by cruisers.

A Cruise Through the 17,500 Islands of Indonesia
Published by SAIL Magazine November 2015. The story of 40ft catamaran "Ceilydh's" time in Indonesia.

Jayapura Discovered
An unexpected stop lead to a fixed boom and new friends in this interesting city - by SY Tenaya (May 2015)

Anchorages in Indonesia & Malaysia (2010)
SY Pacific Express have recorded the Lat and Longs of all their anchorages with comments.

Anchorages in Western Sumatra (2009).

Indonesia to Australia, Cruising in Company
Page on the Sail Indonesia website where boats returning from Indonesia to Australia can post their details if the wish to meet up with other yachts doing the same thing.

Two Months in the Anambas Islands - Cruising Notes
Posted September 2016.
There are over 200 islands in this small Archipelago, which is only 150 miles to the east of Singapore. Visited by SY Alba in July & August 2016, their cruising notes are extremely detailed and a useful aid for any yachts planning on visiting this beautiful archipelago.

Update History

June 2017: Clarification of visa information and no longer requirement for sponsor, plus increased fee from Nancy Paterson of SV Amulet. AIS enforcement update from SV Soggy Paws.
May 2017: Sorong Security info. and weather info. updated by Warwick Alliston of Sorong.
April 2017: Information on how to get a sponsor's letter from Rachel Robertson.
April 2017: Visa information updated by s/v Asylum.
January 2017: Security problems in Sorong reported by Warwick Alliston and reports posted.
October 2016: New Publication added (SEAP).
September 2016: Further clearance and immigration updates from SY Catnap.
August 2016: Customs section updated re. VDF renewal every 6 months and how to report back with information from SY Catnap.
June 2016: New formalities information updated following feedback from cruisers who have used the new system.
March 2016: All formalities updated with new regulations provided by Mr Danang Rahadian from the Ministry of Tourism for Indonesia and by Jonggung Sitorus, As. Deputy Director of Sea and Coastguard (KPLP).
February 2016: All formalities updated with new regulation information.
November 2015: Confirmation that Green Book no longer required for the Riau area from Susie Harris.
July 2015: Clarification of different social visas from Sail Indonesia. Publications checked.
June 2015: Immigration updated. Visa details from Timor Leste from Rebecca Childress.
July 2014: Customs, Immigration and clearance checked/updated.
April 2013: Inconsistency of PIB requriement reported by Behan of SV Totem and confirmed by Ruth of Isle Marine Services.
April 2013: Checking in and out updates from Jonathan Rodriguez-Atkatz of S/Y ARIANA.
February 2013: Update from Robert Melanson re new CAIT application procedure.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country. Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Seathan says:
Nov 28, 2017 01:04 PM

A quick update on getting visa extensions in Indonesia (for the 6 months social visa aka 211/60)

We have been in Indonesia since July 2017 and after clearing into Biak (Papua) we have done 4 visa extensions. When you clear in, you are good for 2 months until you need your first extension. The first extension is when they take your fingerprints, eyescan and photo. And of course there are lots of forms to fill in. And then for the next three extensions you will need to fill in all those forms again. They ask you to apply for the extension one week before expiry of the previous one. Many people will tell you that you need an agent and that’s simply not true. You do need an Indonesian sponsor but you don’t need an agent. There are a lot of forms to fill in but it is perfectly do-able. We used Raymond Lesmana as our Indonesian sponsor and paid him the one-off fee of RP1,000,000 (USD75). You need a sponsor letter when you apply for the VISA (which you need to do at an Indonesian Consulate before you enter the country) and then again you will need a new letter every time you apply for an extension. They will try and tell you that in some places (Makassar, Labuan Bajo, Mataram) you need a local agent or an original posted letter. NOT TRUE. We just completed our fourth and last extension in Mataram, Lombok. Everyone told us we had to use a local agent instead (even Raymond thought so) but we found that hard to believe as Indonesia is trying to get rid of corruption and the process should be the same everywhere. So we asked Raymond to email us the sponsor letters, printed them, put the required post office stamps on and then took them to immigration in Mataram, Lombok. We had no issues at all getting our extension. We even got our visa same day. So don’t believe the rumours and don’t pay extra for agents you don’t need! Immigration will usually process your extension in three days but if you ask nicely and explain that you are in a hurry to leave because of the weather forecast they can process it same day or next day. One final thing; you don’t need to be in a port of entry for an extension. There are many immigration offices all over Indonesia. We did one extension in Wanci, Wangi Wangi, in Wakatobi. Our sponsor thought we couldn’t do it there but we decided to try anyway and they were the most helpful immigration office ever. They even filled in all the forms for us.

Audrie and Seathan
S/V Rehua

Sonrisa says:
Nov 13, 2017 03:55 AM

We came from PNG to Tual in the Kei Islands to check into Indonesia without the full visa. We had done the online form, but according to the Immigration agent there you can only get the 30 day NON-renewable visa there not the 60 day that it sounds like you can get at some of the other official ports. Beautiful place to be, head around the west side of the island for some beautiful withe sand beaches and coral for snorkeling.

alampeto says:
Oct 10, 2017 12:13 AM

I am new to this group, and want to say hi to everybody here.
My Name is Peto Alam, I lived in North Sulawesi (Gorontalo) Indonesia.
I joined this group based on many recommendations from yachts that visited our place in Gorontalo.
I would like to share any information regarding yachting around Indonesia, especially in the Northern Sulawesi Sea. Since there is not much information going around I think, I hope I can help anyone who needs it.
The information originally came from the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism. But somehow this info can't be found on the internet, so I try to re write it again on my blog, to be accessible for everyone.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 30, 2017 09:46 PM

Posted on behalf of Liz Datson - Update on beautiful Pulau Bawha (southern end of Anambas Islands)

Resort is now up and running.
Anchoring in lagoon is prohibited. You must use a mooring buoy, for which there is a fee. $5 US per foot per night.
This mooring fee entitles you to access the resort, the restaurants bars etc.
The resort was most welcoming, but it's a costly mooring. The meals etc. were excellent and on a par with Australian prices. (Cost in IDR.)
We were invited to join the house guests at dinner or we could opt for a private table. We didn't try the alcohol, but tea, coffee, water and soft drinks appeared to be free as part of mooring fee.
They can take credit cards - "as long as wind is blowing the right way" - apparently a temperamental signal.
No wifi available in public areas, it is restricted to the individual accomodation.
There is security 24/7 at the end of the jetty, who apparently monitor ch 16. Security arrived within minutes of us taking up the mooring buoy, to indicate it was ok but there was a fee. They disappeared and came back with a chap from the resort who came on board with paperwork (boat details) and to tell us what the fee was, and that we were welcome to come ashore to the bars and restaurants.

Next day we were pointed in the right direction to the walking tracks which take you through to to the North end of the island and eventually we found our way through to the cliff above the lagoon to take the obligatory stunning photo!

Oh, and thanks again to the Howarths and Sue's for their anchorage information around the Anambas - invaluable resources for a very beautiful destination.


Keith Stirling
Keith Stirling says:
Oct 17, 2017 08:08 PM

Ahoy. Regards visa extensions for social visas at Sibolga. They will only accept local sponsors and refused Raymond Lesmurda's sponsor letter. We used Mr Beng Beng, for $100 each time for two extensions. No problems.

We are sailing up the West coast of Sumatra to check out at Sabang in the next few days.

I was boarded at gunpoint by 2 officials in Lagundri bay on Nias. They demanded a port clearance and valid visas. They left after 2 hours, but my Samsung phone went missing with them! Beware!

Keith from surf machine.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 30, 2017 08:49 PM

Posted on behalf of Catamaran JAVA:
A few new experiences in Indonesia I'd like to pass on:

1) Visa Extensions/Renewals
Kupang Immigration, not good for Visa renewals. They are OK for checking into the country, but if you just want to do your monthly Social Visa renewal, this is not the place since they require you to use a LOCAL Agent. We had used Ruth in Bali ( to get our Social Visa while in Davao, Philippines. She's a very reasonably-priced, popular Agent. Kupang would not accept her, so we asked around and found Isak who was supposedly the most honest local Agent. He charged us 1 million Rp each and took care of it, but this is 10 times what Ruth charges. Also could not get a receipt from Immigration, I think because Isak gave some money to the "Boss" behind closed doors. I never saw him give any money over the Immigration counter. This duplicity is reported to be a problem in Lombok also.
In Labuan Bajo it only took 5 days for Visa Extensions with no "funny business".
Denpassar (Bali) takes 10 days for the same process and you have to make three trips to their office, which will cost you in Taxi fares the same amount as two Visa Extensions.

2) Visiting the orangutans from Kumai, Kalimantan.
This was a great experience, but we didn't want to take a two-decker Klotok up the river in the Park for 2-3 days, even though it's touted to be like an "African Queen" experience. This is far from the truth since the jungle is not that dense and there are probably 40-50 Klotoks on the river at any time. So we opted to do a one day trip up and back in a speedboat which worked out for the best as the river was blocked to the last destination, Leakey Camp, by a "floating island" of vegetation (which happens quite often) and we had to turn around. The 30+ Klotoks we passed just kept on chugging upriver to the blockage, thus making their own blockade!
We rented our boat with driver from Adi (0822 4222 1430) who will most likely visit your vessel offering his services. Very nice guy, was a good guide, good English and we just had to provide our own lunch.

Hope this helps some of my fellow Indonesian cruisers.
Evan del Faro, Catamaran JAVA - August 2017

Seathan says:
Sep 09, 2017 03:17 AM

Doom Island, Sorong, Papua.
A heads up on buying fuel from locals on Doom Island, insist up front that they purchase fuel from the Pertamina Dock just across the water in Sorong, recent deliveries to yachts have come from ships in the harbour, the fuel from these vessels can only be descibed as crude oil at best, a sample jar I saw yesterday was black sludge. The current subsidised price at the Pertamina (08/09/17)is 5100rps a litre, expect a 60% mark up for delivery.
Gas bottles are obtainable but you will need a DIY decanting mechanism to transfer if you have US style valves.

mstrommer says:
Aug 21, 2017 06:10 AM

The Indonesian Online Yacht Electronic Registration System is still not working properly. It has taken me half a day to finally submit our Yacht application via Mozilla Firefox. On both Microsoft Edge and Chrome it just sat there after the Register button was clicked, but never registered. It seem that when the form is in one long page it does not work. When there is an arrow to the next page at the bottom of the page and it actually moves to the next page it seems to work. Going back in the form to enter data on a previous page could also possibly throw it off.
Good luck! Hopefully they get around to fixing this.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 10, 2017 08:08 PM

Reported by Matt TenEick of SV Perry - 8 July 2017:

Just a quick note to alert folks of an issue with the Indonesian Online Yacht Electronic Registration System that's been frustrating to us and a number of others we've talked to. Some versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer will not work with the system and will not allow you to create an entry for your vessel. After filling in all the info and pressing the "save" button the system just sits there. It never reports an error, but your info will not be saved and you will not see the data the next time you log in. The solution to this is to use Google chrome (perhaps some browsers will work too). After switching browsers, everything worked smoothly.

Also, with regard to some of the comments about the need for a sponsor letter to obtain a 6 month social visa, we emailed the Indonesian consulate in Vanimo PNG and were told in no uncertain terms that we still needed a sponsor letter for them to issue a social visa. This may be contrary to the actual law, but it seems to still be the process they are using at that particular consulate.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 14, 2017 10:09 AM

Reply from Rachel Robertson.
Interesting to see post by Amulet, I was only there last week. I was asked to show the Sponsor letter, which I always have, and the form does say red background. Guess though, she was lucky on the day, as we all know, the rules in Indo can change daily, and depending on who you deal with.
Always an adventure! Love it. 😊

Rachel Robertson
Seaspray Marine Services

svcoquette says:
May 31, 2017 02:41 AM

Feedback from Rachel Robertson regarding Social Visa at Penang Consulate is out of date. Info from sv Asylum is spot on. We got visas in both May 2016 and May 2017 and no sponsor needed. Leave that space blank on the application. As we gave our yacht as address in Indonesia, we included a copy of boat documentation with the application as well as copy of bank account. Passport photos did not need red background. Dress appropriately as my husband wore surfer shorts (below knee) but a guard gave him a sarong to wear. I wore 3/4 pants. No comment about our flipflops. Price RM205 each, up from 2016, and painless process.
Free VOAs are not extendable unless you have applied and paid for a 30-day visa.
Nancy Paterson
sv Amulet

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
May 29, 2017 12:36 PM

Feedback from Rachel Robertson:

Indonesia really has done away with the Cruising Permits!
We have been there in 2016, and cleared in and out of Sabang, Pulau We. An easy process, all the officials in a small area, and easy walking distance. They are so welcoming of the yachts, and even will throw the captain on the back of a motor bike and ride them around to help with the clearances.
This year we plan to check in at Sibolga, I will let you know if it is as painless.

A sponsor letter will still need to be attained if you want to get a Social Visa (a visa that gives you 60 days on arrival, and is renewable every month). This visa must be attained before you arrive in Indonesia. In Malaysia, we use PENANG consulate, it take 24 hours. You need to take your sponsor letter, Sponsor KTP card image, Passport photos (with a RED background) and travel details to the consulate. The fee at the moment is around $50USD per person at the consulate. Sponsor letters can be attained from an agent, or Rally organizer, or any Indonesian Citizen willing to take responsibility for you while you are there.

There is still also the option of a VOA (visa on arrival) which is for 1 month, but it is extendable only once, so a total of 2 months. Then you must leave Indonesia.

jkcoolbaugh says:
Apr 06, 2017 08:06 AM

Regarding the new visa regulations, we just applied for the 2-month social visa (extendable after in monthly increments upto 6 months) in Penang at the Indonesian Consulate. The process was totally painless, and the staff were very helpful. We went on a Wednesday morning just after 0900, and the place was not busy at all. We were given applications to fill out, and a number in the queue. We were seen within 15 minutes, paid our RM205 each, and were told to return the following day after 1400. We returned at 1530 on Thursday, and immediately collected our passports. Requirements were:
Copy of passport Photo page
Passport-size photo
Copy of bank account showing funds to be able to leave Indonesia (we stated that we were traveling on our boat, and they did not require an onward flight ticket).
The application provided was in Bahasa and English. The counter clerk was helpful if we had questions about the form.
Kudos to the staff at the Consulate for a smooth process.
Jim & Katie
s/v Asylum

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 03, 2016 12:48 PM

Posted on behalf of EMcE on 29th October 2016

Here I would like to publish my experience in Indonesia. We obtained our 60 day visas in Davao (Philippines )) and planned a cruise south to Australia. When our little boy suffered seasickness we decided to check in at Bitung. The Immigration officials we dealt with were the most obliging, friendly, welcoming officials I have ever experienced throughout the parts of the world I have been to. Full marks Indonesia. You have a beautiful country, largely unspoiled and a friendly welcoming people. My sadness is my need to leave before seeing more.

Carolyn Goodlander
Carolyn Goodlander says:
Aug 20, 2016 03:01 AM

Don't know if Australian LPG bottles are the same. Newer American LPG bottles have a safety press fitting inside the tank fill. We hired someone to gravity fill our bottle 9 kg, and it would only fill 6kg with old fitting on his hose.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 08, 2016 10:40 AM

In Tanjung Pandan on Belitung you can have US-style LPG tanks filled.
Contact Harun at +62 8117178895 or Harun is a very interesting and nice man and will be happy to help you with sourcing parts or any other assistance. If you are anchored at Kelayang on the NW corner of the island, Efan who runs a restaurant and yacht services on the beach at the foot of the pier (Phone +62 81278344854 or +62 81977781455) can arrange transport for your LPG tanks to Tanjung Pandan which is about a 35 minute drive. Efan also rents cars and motorbikes and can get diesel.
I believe the tank fittings for US tanks are the same as Australian. But I haven’t filled my tanks in Australia so I can’t say for sure. I know I could fill my US tanks in NZ.
s/v Migration

cruiser45 says:
Apr 06, 2016 04:20 AM

We are going to join the Sail2Indonesia Rally this year and have heard about some problems with getting LPG bottles filled as the Indonesians do not have the same fittings as we do in Australia. If anyone can offer me advice,send me a pic of said fitting or supply me with the specifications of said fitting I have someone who can make an adapter for me

zholland says:
Jan 16, 2016 06:13 PM

Opportunity to help in Komodo.

Komodo is a beautiful island to visit -- uncrowded, fine snorkeling, and of course the awesome Komodo dragons in the national park. There is also a village near the park, and the delightful people there could use your help if you have some electrical expertise. They have a small solar-powered reverse osmosis desalination system that was built for them a few years ago, so they wouldn't have to walk 7 kilometers to get fresh water. But the system no longer works, and the folks who built it are nowhere to be found. When the system is turned on, its circuit breakers immediately trip off. If you are bound for this area and think you can help, contact me for more details --

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 22, 2015 02:02 PM

Transiting through Indonesia - stopping to refuel.
Posted on behalf of Robert Geier / SY China Dolphin

While in transit from Darwin to Malaysia I needed to refuel, but did not have a visa or CAIT for Indonesia, so was not sure what kind of reception I would get when I stopped in Bali looking for diesel. There is was an Indonesian Marine Police boat stationed in Benoa Harbour, and after explaining my problem to them they were extremely helpful in letting me tie up alongside, calling their fuel supplier who turned up with a barge about an hour later and charged a very low rate for diesel, and drove me to an ATM to get cash for payment. I am not sure if all cruisers will get this kind of help when stopping in Bali to refuel without visa or CAIT, or if I just got lucky, but worth trying if anyone else is in a similar situation.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 15, 2015 08:59 PM

Hi Daniel, Jimmy does talk about routes to and from Indonesia in chapter 18 of WCR. His "World Cruising Destinations" goes into more detail about the cruising season there. In a nutshell; yachts usually cruise the islands from east to west and if this is planned to coincide with the SE monsoon (May to September) this will benefit from favourable winds. Yachts arriving from the north, should encounter more favourable winds during the NW monsoon (December to April), but this is not necessarily the ideal time as the weather is rainy and squally (plus is the cyclone season in the Timor and Arafura Seas). Jimmy recommends planning a voyage for the transitional period - head south during the spring (March to April) and north in the autumn (September to October).
Suggest you also read the cruiser reports adjacent as this will give you a good idea of timings.
You might also want to post your question on the weather and routing forum - link to it from top left of noonsite below the Pantaenius logo.
Finally - try taking a look at various cruiser blogs - there are heaps listed on the cruisers websites page (under general tab above) - go to the SE Asia section and check them out.

Daniel Baydreamer
Daniel Baydreamer says:
Aug 15, 2015 04:36 AM

Hello guys!

Does anyone know where to find information about when to sail in Indonesia? Is it ok to leave the Pacific late november (just before the cyclone season kicks in) and straight up to Indonesia towards Thailand? I have the "BIBLE" (world cruising routes) onboard but I fond no information about this area!


Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 21, 2015 07:05 AM

Posted on behalf of SY Yindee Plus:
We arranged our CAIT for Indonesia with Lytha in Jakarta ("PT. Kartasa Jaya": email It was superbly efficient and we received the documents by email within the 30 days she stated. The original CAIT was posted to us by courier and should have arrived 'next day' but took two, so pretty good.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 29, 2015 05:30 PM

Posted on behalf of Rebecca Childress:
Update on our experience using our Indonesia Social Visa (Visit Visa) from Timor Leste

We were surprisingly stamped in for 60 days when we checked in to Kupang, even though our visa said 30 days on entry, and then renewable up to 6 months. Unfortunately, when we went to renew the visa after 45 days, we were told that it was our fault that we were 15 days overdue, and there would be quite a large fine (almost $1000 USD!). We were able to negotiate out of this fee, but by the time this was complete we only had 3 days left on the 60 days. Not enough time to renew the visa again in Lombok, so we were forced to check out and leave Indonesia.

SO if you see 30 days printed on the visa, renew it 7 days before the 30 days is up to avoid any problems ...even if the stamp says 60 days! Does any of this make sense? Of course not, but such is Indonesia paperwork.


Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
May 25, 2015 03:46 PM

Posted on behalf of SV Villa G:
I would like to report on a very fine area for cruising in eastern Indonesia. It is Triton Bay and the surrounding areas south of Kaimana Western Papua, Indonesia. Very few yachts have been noted in this area, but it has beautiful waters for diving, friendly people and virtually no tourism at this time. A few liveaboard dive boats come through, but little else.

This is a great place for people traveling between Raja Ampat and Australia. We spent 3 months in the Raja Ampat area and two months in the Triton Bay area. Both to be recommended.

For immigration and customs in the Triton Bay area, the closest port is Tual. Both agencies are very helpful. The nearest town to Triton Bay is Kaimana. It has the basics including food and fuel and flights to other areas of Indonesia.

We have prepared a section on our website. The relevant page can be found here:

cruisingguideindonesia says:
Mar 19, 2015 04:34 AM

Sabtu 7 February, 2015.

Batam, Riau Islands (ANTARA News) - Indonesia plans to ease the processes involved in the issuance of entry permits for foreign-owned yachts, to boost the yachting tourism sector. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said here on Saturday, "It is hoped that it will, soon, take only two hours to issue a permit." He made the statement here while visiting Nongsa Point Marina in Batam, Riau Islands province, in Sumatra.

The government will adopt an online system of issuing permits known as the Clearance Approval for Indonesian Territory (CAIT Online), he stated, adding that it also plans to extend the stay permit for yachters from three months to six months.

Andy Scott
Cruising Guide Indonesia

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Dana Fowlkes
Dana Fowlkes says:
May 27, 2014 04:06 PM

Coming into Indonesia from the southeast (Darwin) needs to be completed by the end of November. The Arufura sea between Darwin and Timor can be nasty as the cyclone season approaches. Once north of Timor, Flores etc the northwesterly winds will make the sailing a bit rough between late November until April, but at least safe from cyclones. As you get north of the equator the winds become more favorable for heading on to Thailand as the northeast monsoon winds will be coming across the Malay peninsula.

Daniel Baydreamer
Daniel Baydreamer says:
Mar 20, 2014 08:29 PM


I am wondering about the seasons in Indonesia! Is it possible to sail in Indonesia during the cyclone season in South Pacific? Possible to sail directly from Fiji to Indonesia and continue up north towards Thailand during the cyclone season?

Feelhip says:
Mar 11, 2014 09:03 AM

Pork and beef can be found everywhere in Indonesia, may be not in deep country villages.... Beef in Bali (Hindu) is either local or imported from Australia.Pork is generally available in super-market and conditioned in plastics bags to avoid contact by Muslim people.
Bali marina is a mess. I leaved in Bali for 5 years and I have seen this "marina"getting worst and worst by every month.

svpelican says:
Feb 27, 2014 05:36 AM

Don't bother attempting to get anything freighted to Jayapura from overseas. Waste of money & time. I ordered a new anchor winch motor from Defender US and paid for priority international FEDEX to be deliverd to main post office here. Cost $170 then when it had not arrived found that Fedex agent in Jakarta had not informed me of the Customs charges. I paid these ($140) and sent copy of receipt by email. It took 3 days and numerous phone calls to so called customer service to get them to acknowledge receipt of payment. They promised package would be in JP the following day but no. Package is now in Sulawesi office but this morning told that it wpould take maybe one week to get here in JP. Now they say I have to pay MORE money to get it here and not sure when!!! Customer service refuses to put me through to management and manager does not answer multiple emails. Manager is "sick, at lunch, not here yet" and will call back but never does.
I have called Defender in US but they say it is Fedex problem. I have emailed Fedex but no reply. DO NOT USE FEDEX FOR PACKAGES TO WEST PAPUA. jAYAPURA would rank as one of the worst places to be stuck in Indo - heavy traffic, smog and over powering police & military presence.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 25, 2013 03:35 PM

"Gifts" or Bribes

We have now cruised in Indonesia twice for 3 months on each occasion and have never been asked for a gift or a bribe by any official or anyone.

We have offered money where a service has been carried out for us and have probably paid a bit too much for fuel where it has been brought and carried for us, hardly a bribe. We have given goods to locals where they were obviously poor such as an old dive mask and even a very old pair of binoculars on one occasion but equally we have been given fish and coconuts with no expectation of payment. It is not a bad idea to have some sweets handy for the kids and if you are feeling generous beer and cigarettes are what most of the fisherman want although I usually point out that they are Muslim ...and they look a bit sheepish! We carry a variety of goods as giveaways, including fishing line and hooks, toothbrushes and soap, condensed milk, coffee in sachets, various canned goods etc and these are well received.We do however usually try to make it a “trade” even if the trade is only that we are allowed to take their photograph...which in any case they like.

However we have never been asked for any sort of financial inducement but have been entertained to dinners and even on two occasions were asked to family a wedding breakfast and one a circumcision celebration! The more remote the venue the greater the welcome and you will be continually asked if you mind having your photo taken. The welcome can be a bit too much sometimes but most Indonesians can take a hint that it is time for you to sleep, eat or, we are told an effective excuse, is that it is time to pray.

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