Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 19 000 islands. It is the largest archipelago in the world straddling the Equator, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Most travellers will enter Indonesia through Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) or Manado (MDC) airports.
This is the stuff of divers' dreams. This exotic nation is the very definition of bio diversity. Find the big fish in Komodo, Raja Ampat or Kalimantan. Drift lazily along the walls of Bunaken and Wakatobi, watching turtles on coral drenched walls. While away the hours hunting for miniscule macro in Bali, Lembeh or Ambon. Cannot decide? Why not combine two locations into a single trip!
Covid Travel Information
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British Citizens who are entering Indonesia for the following purposes can apply for a visa on arrival at a cost of IDR 500,000:
Official visit or government duties;
Procurement of goods;
This visa is valid for 30 days, and can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 days) by making an application to an immigration office within Indonesia. Ensure that you extend your visa within the initial 30 days to avoid an overstay fine. Visa on arrival is now available at the following airports:
Soekarno Hatta DKI Jakarta
Ngurah Rai Bali
Kualanamu North Sumatra
Juanda East Java
Hasanuddin South Sulawesi
Sam Ratulangi North Sulawesi
Hang Nadim Batam, Riau Islands
Zainuddin Abdul Majid West Nusa Tenggara
Updated 16 JUN 2023
Weather and Climate
Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugely variable. The topography means that weather patterns can be very localised. This is the tropics! For Bali, Komodo & Wakatobi the weather is usually best from April - November, with July and August being some of the best months to visit. Between December and March the conditions can be a bit stormy. November to April is also the wettest month to visit Bunaken, Lembeh and Kalimantan but to a lesser degree than in other locations. October to April is historically the most popular time to dive in Raja Ampat.
Our holidays to Indonesia can be quoted with most major airlines. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific, Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Gaurda.
If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.
If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Indonesia, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from Indonesia. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.
Arrange before you go
UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a visa on arrival in Jakarta 5000 000 IDR cash. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.
We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation.
Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Your covid proof of vaccination must match your passport name and flight ticket name. Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on updating your NHS details or for other travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world.
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think.
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival in your Indonesia destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it.
If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in.
Domestic flights are common in Indonesia and run frequently. The major hubs of Jakarta, Bali and Manado all have separate terminals for domestic and international departures. Just follow the signs to move between international and domestic terminals.
The service has improved vastly, but there can still be last minute schedule changes. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage must be paid for in Indonesian rupiah and costs around $2-$5 per kg per way.
Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.
At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. As of Feb 2015, the departure tax for all domestic and international flights is built into your flight ticket price.
Additional hotels en route or day stay can be added for a small extra charge.
US Dollars, Euros, Indonesian Rupiah or VISA and Master Card credit cards are all accepted for bill payment. Unfortunately American Express cards or personal and travellers cheques are not accepted. A 3% surcharge applies for credit card transactions.
Intermittent and depending on location
Plugs and electricity
The electrical current on Emperor Harmoni is 220 volts. Guests may wish to bring a converter for the use of small appliances in their stateroom. 2 pin and international multi using 220 volts. You are asked not to charge items in your cabin left unattended or while you sleep for safety reasons.
Equipment is available for rent from Emperor Indonesia and we ask that you pre-advise your equipment before you arrive on-board. We need to know normal sizes, height, weight and shoe sizes to prepare the correctly sized equipment for you. DIN tanks and INT adapters available on-board.
Emperor Harmoni offer a range of courses on-board from beginner to a wide range of speciality and advanced training courses. Courses are subject to availability and itinerary. These must be prebooked and are paid for on board. Please speak to your travel consultant for current course prices and options
Emperor Harmoni has a small, on- board “boatique which sells a selection of logo clothing, custom jewellery, sundries, diving accessories, batteries, logbooks, etc. A crew member will gladly assist you with your purchases at any time during the week. US Dollars, Euros, Indonesian Rupiah or VISA and Master Card credit cards are all accepted for bill payment. Unfortunately American Express cards or personal and travellers cheques are not accepted.
Emperor Indonesia are equipped to offer Nitrox facilities and Nitrox fills (normally 32%) - nitrox is included complimetary in your package
Deposits and Balances
A typical deposit for Emperor Harmoni is 30%. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.
Ways to pay
We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. If you would like a pay by link to complete check out via email please let us know and it can be set up for you. We do not take AMEX.
All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 3% surcharge.
Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas bank transfers must add £8 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees.
We are not able to accept PayPal transactions or personal cheques.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers? Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.
And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction on your ATOL bonded Red Sea package.
5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
Repeat discounts are not cumulative with other discounts and cannot be applied to special offer prices
Plus if you have dived with Emperor Divers in the Red Sea or Maldives 5 times or more, then you can enjoy an Emperor gift voucher to spend locally. If you'd like a free 15lt tank or cabin upgrade, just ask at the time of booking so we can check on availability.
Your Emperor Harmoni adventure includes a lower deck twin share cabin on a full board basis, with all meals and snacks freshly produced by the chef on board. The meals on-board are usually buffet style with a variety of Indonesian and International dishes to suit everyone.
Emperor Harmoni selection of beverages includes complimentary iced water, tea and coffee. Soft drinks, fresh juices and alcohol (cocktails, spirits, wine and beer) are chargeable.
Up to 4 guides on board and up to 3 dives a day with a 12lt tank and weights
In Raja Ampat, Empeorr Harmoni usually takes guests on a speedboat ride through the karst limestone islands and climbs to the Penemu Bay viewpoint. In other areas, you may have the option to visit local villages or do some local sightseeing like a visit to Fort Belgica in Banda Naira (Banda Sea).
This holiday excludes international flights to Jakarta CGK or Jakarta to Sorong flight. Do ask for a competitive quote to add flights from a number of UK airports to your holiday.
Port and marine park fees are included in the price of your liveaboard. All equipment rental, special tank requests and any onboard purchases are paid locally and will include 10% sales tax.
Crew gratuities (as a usual guideline, guests normally pay 10% of the cruise fare) are also additional expenses.