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Location

This is a low, flat island. The main ferry port of Tual is on the eastern side of the main island of Kai Ketjil where it is linked to Kai Dullah. It lies to the west of the mountainous island of Kai Besar. An easy place to get basic repairs done and reported to be very friendly.

Position 05° 38'S, 132° 44'E (Tual)

Clearance

This is an official Port of Entry.

NEW Indonesian CIQP procedures came into effect from the 27th February, 2016. A CAIT, Green Book/Sailing Permit and use of an Agent to obtain clearance papers is no longer required. See Noonsite Indonesia Formalities for full details.

The port of Tual has clearance facilities. Officials are reported to be courteous, very friendly and helpful, they do not require any backsheesh on entry or exit and are efficient (see comments below). The only fees payable are for quarantine (health) and these are minimal.

The quarantine office is located behind the harbour master close to where you can tie up the dinghy. This is near the Coast Guard's patrol boat at the NE corner of the passenger terminal wharf. Customs is a short distance up the hill, you can go either by foot or take a motorbike taxi.  Immigration is next to customs.

On departure, the HM office will issue a clearance document.

Note: A 30 day extendable visa is not available at this port of entry. See Immigration for more details.

Last updated November 2017.

Docking

This attractive group of islands has some excellent anchorages.

Tual Harbour

There is a good, safe anchorage in 13m and sand just off the main port. Short dinghy trip into town. Tie up at the wharf just inland behind the Coast Guard patrol boat and check that it is o.k..

Provision shops and restaurants. Good fresh food market by the terminal. Fuel from one of the stilt houses where they have fuel drums for the fishing boats.

P Woha

An attractive anchorage in 10m over sand and rocks. Anchor anywhere north of P Woha. Good protection from all directions. No facilities.

Last updated June 2015.

April Cunningham
April Cunningham says:
Sep 10, 2018 10:02 AM

SVBlowinBubbles says:
Sep 09, 2018 11:35 PM

September 2018- checked into Tual with ease. All officials friendly and no fees were charged. The Yachters website had been offline for more than 2 weeks. Even Customs could not connect. They allowed us to use their internet and helped us fill out forms. We were told we are now good until check out, no need to see anyone in other ports. Provisioning in Tual and langur was decent. Tied dingy to customs boat dock where they watched it and kept it safe. Only issue was with John (Jonas) who works on the coast guard boat as a cook I think ? He tried to add a 2 to the bill for our laundry we had done by someone else. We had agreed to pay 12000 per kg for 7 kg so 84000 total. John gave us a bill with $284000 written on it ! We never used him to arrange the laundry, someone else took it and brought it back so he should to even been involved. We highly recommend Tukan to take you for grocery or site seeing, charges 10000 per hour and speaks a little English. Tukan cel 082199239147. He charges 8000/ ltr gasoline, and 10000/ ltr for diesel. By contrast John wanted 10000 and 15000 respectively. To avoid problems that many have had with John tell him you have arranged with someone else when he first asks. There is another man George whose many recommended as well his number is in the Soggy Paws Files.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 08, 2017 08:00 AM

Posted by Sonrisa on main Indonesia page:

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.

Frieda
Frieda says:
Nov 09, 2015 08:58 AM

Hello,
We like to confirm that Tual is really a good place to clear in. We have done it without local agent and everybody was friendly and efficient.CAIT and social visa we had organised before. No corruption, no cost except minimal charge for health, not even closed offices over the weekends (and no weekend fee). Start with the Health Officer, the quarantine office is right behind the harbour master near where you can tie up the Dinghy. Customs is up a little hill, you may want to take a motorbike taxi, but it is not far, you can walk as well. They did all the paperwork without any hassle. They do however temporarily import your yacht, but this did not cause any issue. We did not have to pay a bond for this and also did not experienced any issuewhen clearing out 3 months later from Nongsa Point. Immigration is next to customs, again very friendly. The town is a lively, friendly, not touristic place were traveling by minibus or Ojek (motor bike taxi) is best. We anchored in 15 Meters safely and enjoyed a week in Tual. Approach it from north. If you need an anchorage before or after sailing to Tual, north of Pulau Woha (west from Tual, est. 30 miles) is a peaceful anchorage. Do not go to Pulau Woha by night, because of FADs.
Enjoy your stay in Tual!
SY Frieda

Lawrie Mead
Lawrie Mead says:
Nov 14, 2014 04:47 AM

Clearing in Though Tual
We cleared in through Tual after arriving from Thursday Island, Australia. We had a mechanical issue so just tied next to a ship on the wharf. Nobody was at all concerned - in fact they were extremely helpful. The immigration and Customs guys could not have been better. The chief stood up in the office and announced that his staff would fill out all the forms for us and this service would cost us ' nothing'. He was true to his word. Very friendly and efficient - as good as it gets. Plenty of interesting things to see and do in Tual. Nice friendly place. Low key. Easy to get basic repairs done. Lytha at PT Kartasa Jaya had obtained our CAIT and it was all fine. Nice safe anchorage off the main port in 8 meters of water. No major passing traffic and short tender trip into town. Tie up at the wharf just inland behing the Coast Guard Patrol boat. A short wharf to tie up on and then through the gate past a small mosque. Tual gets my vote

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