About Nabucco Island - Kalimantan
Nabucco Island lies in a remote island chain off the Eastern coast of Kalimantan, Indonesia. This is completely off the beaten track, where a tropical idyll awaits. If you want to fall off the face of planet and indulge in pristine Indonesian diving far from the crowds, then make your way to Nabucco Island. Most divers head here for the big fish. But the variety underwater is remarkable, from some muck diving sites, macro reefs to high impact drift diving along walls. Nabucco has it all! So what are you waiting for? The adventure starts here! There are only 18 bungalows in total across the whole resort, with 9 Seafront rooms, 7 Garden rooms and 2 Nabucco Suites. The seafront rooms are perched on the water's edge with lush vegetation behind - a low tide you will find small sandy beaches, at high tide you can swim right out from your bungalow. They enjoy a beautiful view over the turquoise la- goon and starry sky. The Garden rooms are set back a little in the garden and enjoy beautiful views of the green garden. Some bungalows have 2 rooms each under their roof – of course with separate entrance and own bathroom. The Nabucco Suites are spacious single standing bungalows with be- autiful sunset view and upgraded interior.Please just request your room type at the time of booking. Each of the bungalows has AC, mosquito net, semi enclosed bathroom with shower (hot and cold water) and a mini bar. Every effort is made to have as small an impact as possible on the environment. Follow the sandy paths and you will find the welcoming team, a chilled out reading area and safe at the reception. The Sunset bar is the place to end your diving day - grab a cool drink and soak in the breath taking views. The restaurant is open air, serving Asian, European and Indo Pacific dishes throughout the day. Start your morning with a continental breakfast, followed by an a-la-carte lunch. At the end of the day tuck into a 5 course dinner. If you are looking to spend some time above the water, why not play some beach volleyball or Indonesian cookery classes. Massage services are available on demand. This is dive escapism at its very best!
Frequently Asked Questions
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!
Weather and Climate
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.
As standard, our holidays to Indonesia are quoted with London departures. 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.
Arrange before you go
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
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. 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
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.
Included in your holiday
Your holiday includes international flights, domestic flights, airport transfers, and 7 nights full on a full board basis in a garden room (2 people sharing), breakast with fresh juice, tea and coffee, lunch and a 4 course dinner). The most common dive package is 20 boat air dives with 2 special trips to Kakaban or Sangalaki.
Excluded from your package are any additional local services (spa, land tours, additional dives, kit hire, private guides, and special trips). Water, soft drinks and alcohol are all available in resort for a local charge. Upgrade locally for additional trips to Kakaban or Sangalaki. Recreational nitrox is available for a fee in resort. A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases.
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
Plugs and electricity
24h electricity and 220 volt - the power socket is standard European 2 prong (type F)
To avoid disappointment, please le us know some time in advance if you require any rentals - approx €22/day
PADI dive courses can be arranged - please ask for more information about pre-booking
The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site
€6 per dive
Deposits and Balances
A typical deposit for a holiday to Nabucco is £400-£800 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).
Ways to pay
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
- Only 5 mins from Big Fish country dive site and additional pelagic locations
- Over 30 dive sites accessible by boat 5-30mins from resort
- Ideal for underwater photography
- 2 or 3 dive a day trips on 3 dedicated dive boats
- House reef diving - subject to local currents
- Range of PADI & SSI courses
- Nitrox available for a local charge
Diving Rates & Prices
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 Nabucco Island - Kalimantan.