FAQs

Travel Planning

Yes, there are arrival taxes but they are included in the price of your airline ticket.

Domestic flights in Indonesia carry a 44 pound (22 kilo) weight limit per bag. You are allowed an extra bag for scuba diving gear on Garuda Airlines but not any other carriers. A fee per kilo overage is levied by the airline and be prepared to pay this in cash with Indonesian Rupiah.

Yes, we have a list of hotels that are convenient to the dock in each port of boarding. Most travelers plan to arrive at least a day early to acclimate to the time change and allow for any travel delays. Click here for a list of Indonesian hotels.

For visits under 30 days, and for pleasure, no visa is required to visit Indonesia.

It is best to check with the CDC when arranging your travel plans. Information can be found here.

Aurora will arrange transfers to and from the dock and airport only. Hotel transfers to the dock are not included but can be arranged for you.

We recommend you travel with U.S. dollars and suggest you purchase some Indonesian Rupiah for payment of luggage surcharges and any incidentals.

Dive liveaboard cruising is an appealing alternative to conventional land based dive vacations and larger cruise ships. We offer a richer travel experience – one that goes beyond the typical tourist sites. Aboard All Star Aurora you’ll get to experience delicious meals and great diving along with optional included shore excursions and eco adventures.

We offer multiple itineraries with various lengths. Raja Ampat and Komodo are two seasonal areas with Forgotten Islands, Banda Sea, Alor and Maluku offered between the two seasons. To view itineraries, click here.

The liveaboard business is a service industry, and although the general public is seldom aware of it, gratuities are a major part of a crewmember’s salary. Few other recreational activities rely so heavily upon the professionals in charge for your enjoyment and safety. A gratuity of 10-15% is customary, but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding. If you are disappointed with the service, you should inform the captain of your feelings right away so he may rectify the situation.

Light clothing, bathing, suits, t-shirts and light windbreaker for cooler evenings. Walking and hiking shoes for land excursions and a sarong for women when visiting villages. Click here for a checklist.

The Aurora team will pick you up at 10:00am if you are staying on island prior to boarding. If you are flying in directly on the day of boarding, we will pick you up at the airport and transfer you directly to the boat. We want all guests on board by 1:00pm at the latest.

We ask that all guests disembark after breakfast on the last day. If you have a flight later in the day, you can remain on board, but clear your cabin out and linger on the deck or in the salon until your transfer time.

Jakarta is 12 hours ahead of New York City.
Raja Ampat is 14 hours ahead of New York City.
Komodo is 13 hours ahead of New York City.

All travelers to Indonesia need a passport. It must be valid for at least 6 months from date of entry into Indonesia.

It is recommended that all passengers purchase travel protection to help protect you and your trip investment. It is also recommended that all divers have diving accident insurance. For more information and to purchase dive and travel insurance, visit the providers below:

Diveassure: For annual combination trip and dive accident insurance.

Travelex: Travel protection for a single trip. You may choose the TRAVEL SELECT policy and select the optional ADVENTURE SPORTS COVERAGE upgrade which waives the policy exclusions for extreme sports such as scuba diving.

Policies

More than 9 months from departure, a refund less 5% cancellation fee. Within 9 months of departure, no refund is issued unless space is sold.

We require a deposit of 30% of trip value within seven (7) days or reservation and full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover, personal check, money order and wire transfers.

The fees include port tax and dive permits for the marine park. These fees are payable on board when you check out. Consider paying in Euros or dollars. Credit card payments incur a fee.

The minimum age is 16 years and must be advanced diver with 50 dives logged prior to boarding.

Diving

Yes, all dives are led by one of our instructors. Only in exceptional cases will buddy diving be done independently.

By all means, yes. There will always be a diving buddy for you. Many of our passengers come aboard as singles and it’s a great way to meet other likeminded adventure travelers who love to dive!

Yes, with prior arrangement, you can rent dive gear. For rentals rates, click here. Please request these items on your Trip Application. Payment is made while on board.

Wetsuit needs are very personal so we provide you with the water temperatures in each area. Komodo trips offer diving in both north and south. The water temperatures there vary greatly so be prepared for both warm and cooler water temperatures on this itinerary.

It is required that all divers purchase diving accident insurance.

Proof of certificate of diving accident insurance is required.

For more information and to purchase dive and travel insurance, visit the providers below:

Diveassure:  For annual combination trip and dive accident insurance.

Travelex requires Cuba dive policies to be purchased by phone. Please call Monday – Friday 8am-7pm CST – 1-800-228-9792. Additional information is needed:

  1. Reason for travel as listed on the traveler’s visa:  515.567(b)
  2. The Travel Service Provider (TSP)/Travel Agency/Cruise Line:  All Star Liveaboards
  3. If the visa lists “Educational Activities” travel, the name of the Sponsoring Organization is required: Blue Sanctuary

All dives are from our tenders and small groups of divers plan their dive with an instructor that is assigned to them.

Divers will have the opportunity to log up to 3 dives per day plus night dives during the cruise. No diving is offered on the first and last day.

Night dives will be offered as often as possible. We travel during the evenings and there is no night dive on the first or last day.

All divers are required to carry a dive light and a safety sausage.

Yes, for a fee of $12.00 per day and based on the number of dive days in your itinerary.

Location Water Temperature (F/C) Air Temperature (F/C)
Raja Ampat 80-86 / 26-30 79-84 / 26-29
Komodo 79-85 / 26-30 70-86 / 21-30
Banda Sea 79-84 / 26-29 80-90 / 26-32
Alor North 70-84 / 21-29 77-84 / 25-29
Alor South 75-77 / 24-25 77-84 / 25-29
Maluku 79-86 / 26-30 82-90 / 28-32

As unglamorous as it sounds it’s really fun for divers that enjoy finding the little things. Muck diving is usually done at the bottom of the ocean with a sand or sediment base where all of the small macro animals live and hide. This is heaven for macro photographers. Look for small shrimp, nudibranchs, juvenile crabs, frog fish and small octopi and many other camouflaged critters. It’s really important to keep fin action to a minimum as to not stir up the bottom.

Advanced open water (AOW) certification is required with at least 50 dives logged prior to arrival. AOW can be obtained on board with prior arrangements.

We dive with 80 CF (12L) tanks. 100 CF (15L) tanks can be arranged for a fee of $10.00 per day.

The tanks are equipped with yoke and DIN valves and we have adaptors available.

The sharks of Indonesia are exotic! Look for the wobbegong sharks in Raja Ampat and whale sharks, hammerheads and whitetips as well.

It is recommended that all passengers purchase travel protection to help protect you and your trip investment. It is also recommended that all divers have diving accident insurance. For more information and to purchase dive and travel insurance, visit the providers below:

Diveassure: For annual combination trip and dive accident insurance.

Travelex: Travel protection for a single trip. You may choose the TRAVEL SELECT policy and select the optional ADVENTURE SPORTS COVERAGE upgrade which waives the policy exclusions for extreme sports such as scuba diving.

On Board

Water, soft drinks, NescaféŽ and Bali coffee, tea, juices and sodas are included. Alcohol is available for purchase and ranges from approximately $4.00 – $5.00 for beer, $8.00 – $9.00 for a cocktail and up to $50.00 for a bottle of wine. A variety of wines are available on board. Bring your own wine aboard if desired.

Yes, each cabin has its own climate controls.

Yes, feel free to bring a beach towel if you have room to pack one.

Yes, we have water makers on board capable of keeping up with the consumption. Of course, we ask all guests to be conservative when showering.

Yes, we have an iPod docking station so bring your favorite tunes for everyone to enjoy.

We highly recommend proper footwear for these eco adventures. Flip flops are not always suitable. We suggest water shoes or TEVA type sandals. Sneakers are fine but they will get wet!

Yes! The sun’s rays are very strong year-round so bring lotion, hats, sunglasses and UV clothing. We do offer a sun shade over the top deck when needed.

She is 131-foot (40 meter) long with a 30-foot (9 meter) beam. She has two levels for living space and over 3,000-square feet of sail!

Outlets are all European with 2 round plugs, bring your own adaptors to use electronics from home. Devices should not be left unattended while charging in your cabin. Fireproof charging bags – Lipo [lithium polymer] Guard – are available for purchasing online or check with your local dive shop.

The captain, cruise director and up to 16 Indonesian crew members are there to ensure you are well taken care of during your stay.

A maximum of 18 guests in 9 private fully en-suite cabins.

Yes for a fee. Large items are $2.00 and smaller items are $1.00 each.

Smoking is permitted on the aft deck only. Please do not throw butts overboard, there is a receptacle for your use.

We have one computer for guests to use for downloading files. A USB thumb drive works best for traveling.

Yes, for videos and DVDs only as we have no service for network channels.

No, we do not offer connectivity on board. You may use your cell phone data plan when in cell range. Be sure your cell provider has international service before you go.

A continental breakfast is available before the first dive. After the first dive a full made to order breakfast is served. Lunch and dinner are served buffet style with entrŽe choices, vegetable, starch, salad and dessert. Snacks, fruit and treats are offered throughout the day as well.

We recommend you travel with U.S. dollars and suggest you purchase some Indonesian Rupiah for payment of luggage surcharges and any incidentals.

If someone needs to get in contact with you because of a true emergency, they may contact our U.S. Reservations Office and we will relay the message. Keep in mind that the boat will be in remote areas and any interruption will cause missed diving so be sure this is a true emergency. The captain has a SAT phone that is enabled each day for an hour to receive important messages.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free are pretty easy to work with as well as allergies so let us know upon booking if you require special meals. Please remember that you are participating in an adventure travel vacation that is occurring in a remote part of the world. Many of the modern conveniences, brands and pre-packaged goods we use at home are not available in remote destinations. As such, many special requests that are very specific may be difficult to accommodate.

Finally, if you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special life event, please let us know. Our crew stands ready to assist you in making your special day something to remember.

English is spoken in tourist destinations and on board.

Depending on the area and itinerary, we offer islands visits to local villages, indigenous animal encounters (Komodo dragons and Birds of Paradise and bats in Raja Ampat, to name a few), snorkeling adventures, kayaking and island hikes to scenic overlooks.

Motion sickness medication should be brought along in the event that we encounter rough seas. We want you to be comfortable. The boat will spend the night in calm anchorages and normally scuba diving will be done on the lee side of the islands. The best thing about a liveaboard diving vacation is that we can flex our schedule to go where the weather and conditions are best!

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