Virgin Cocoa - KalimantanFar East,Indonesiafrom Â£2295
Dive Kalimantan, Indoensia from your hideaway island resort Virgin Cocoa - a diver's dream in an unspoilt idyllCall us or email to book
Upgrade your Kalimantan diving experience with a stay at the luxurious Virgin Cocoa. Virgin Cocoa is a hideaway island surrounded by fine, white sandy beaches and a stunning reef, located at the south end of the Maratua atoll, Kalimantan. This resort is perfect for active explorers as well as those looking for the quiet enjoyment of a private island. Virgin Cocoa has 18 stylish bungalow suites, only a few steps from crystal clear waters, with breathtaking views of the turquoise ocean or the magnificent lagoon in the romantic sunset. The superior suites are spacious (70m2) designed and feature all the amenities you could wish for: king beds come as standard and each bungalow has air con, mini bar, kettle, organic hot beverages, hair dryer, en suite, a terrace with sun bed and breath taking clear views of the sea. The deluxe suites are located directly on the beach of Signature Cocoa and additionally have a little more privacy, comfort and an espresso machine. Virgin Cocoas looks like it was designed by Robinson Crusoe! The bungalows and buildings are hidden behind coconut palms. strol along the white sandy beach or take a nap in a hammock as you listen to the sea lap the shores. There is a 20m pool with sun loungers and pool bar. If you've sampled a bit too much of the delicious food, freshly cooked to order, why not go for a walk around the 2.5km jogging route. There's a daily yoga programme from sun rise to sun set at the Yoga Pavilion. Or simply lie back and let the massage therapists do their worst!
The 18 bungalows have about 70 sqm of living space. They were built with carefully selected, sustainable materials and are equipped with all the desirable amenities. Superior suites enjoy the views of the lagoon.
In all the spacious bungalow suites, you can enjoy the total peace and quiet of the paradise island and withdraw to the cozy, secluded private terrace. The Deluxe suites lie directly on the beach
Local Indonesian specialties, much is grilled or gently fried in the wok, are prepared with great dedication by our kitchen team whose focus is on health-conscious dishes. Even the delicious meatless creations are impressive. You have the choice to enjoy these delightful dishes at various places on the island. If you like, it can be very romantic and private on the terrace of your bungalow suite.
Each treatment is individually carried out in your bungalow or on your terrace. All necessary equipment is available. So you can enjoy a treatment in privacy while listening to nature whenever you want to.
We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.
Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 18 000 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!
Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugley 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 (40kgs hold allowance), 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.
UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. 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
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
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. click here
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. click here
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.
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
All our prices are listed in Euro. All extra costs (drinks, tips, extra dives and so on) can be paid in Euro, USD & Rupiah. Please consider that foreign banknotes have to be in perfect condition – otherwise Indonesian banks will not accept them for change or reduces their value to a bad currency exchange rate. US-Dollar notes are only accepted if they are from 2009 or younger and with no damages. The resort is unable to accept any credit card payments.
Phone coverage can be limited. Free wifi access is available in the central reception, but the signal can be weak, and there is no 3G. It is best to switch off and relax, forgetting the outside world
24h electricity and 220 volt - the power socket is standard European 2 prong (type F)
A full range of scuba and snorkelling equipment is available on site - please ask for a local charge price list
PADI dive courses can be arranged - please ask for more information about pre-booking
The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site
Free for all certified divers
A typical deposit for a holiday to Virgin Cocoa is £600-£1000 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).
We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
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! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices
A standard resort package includes 7 nights in a deluxe room on a full board basis (2 people sharing), A popular dive package is 10 house reef dives with free nitrox. Domestic flights between Balikpapan and the resort return are included on fixed departure days. Excess baggage on domestic flights has to be paid locally in IDR to the airline
Excluded from your package are any additional local services (spa, land tours, laundry). Water, soft drinks and alcohol are all available in resort for a local charge. Upgrade locally to include special trips to Kakaban or Sangalaki. Recreational nitrox is available for a fee in resort. A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases. Additional dives, kit hire, private guides and special trips are organised and paid for in resort Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed. Please ask for a competitive quote to add international flights from the UK to Jakarta to your booking.
If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Virgin Cocoa - Kalimantan.