FAQ

La Galigo aims to depart from Port around 11 am at the latest, so we try and get guests onboard by 10 am. We do understand that some guests flight may arrive on the day of departure, if this is the case, please arrange that you land in Komodo or Raja Ampat no later than the 9 am.

With regards to private charters, we can be a little bit more flexible with the arrival and departure times, and these can be discussed at the time of communications with our office.

When organizing your return flights, below is an approximate time that we arrive back into the ports.
Raja Ampat: 6 am
Komodo: 5 am

Depending on the day you arrive, we will schedule and organize the pickup and drop-offs. If you visit on the day of departure, then we will collect you directly from the Airport and then head straight to La Galigo. If you do come on the day of departure, please be advised that the latest flight times for both Komodo and Raja Ampat are 9 am, this ensures that you don’t miss the departure.

If, however you arrive the day before the departure, we can assist in collecting and arranging to take you to your hotel, this will be at an extra charge, Raja Ampat $15 and Komodo $10 per car of 4 passengers.

On the day of departure, our Drivers and Cruise Director will come to collect you. Our collection times, if you are already staying in Raja Ampat or Komodo, is generally around 8 am, our Cruise Director will notify you the day before at what time for you to be ready in the hotel lobby.

When the trip is over, and its time to head home, we will liaise with you and our drivers to make sure that you are heading to your next destination on time, be it heading to the airport or back to your hotel.

Checkout time are generally around 11 am, but we do have guests that have flights in the afternoon, in this case, we are happy for you to hang around and chill out on the boat till its time for you to head out.

Be advised we have a 24-hour no-fly policy onboard so guests should book return tickets departing at least by 11:00 am onwards or risk missing a dive on the penultimate day.

*Pick up and drop off is included in the cruise price.

If in the case that you miss or your flight is rescheduled/delayed, then there is a risk that you may miss the departure of La Galigo, in this event we are not able to delay the departure, we can assist you in renting a private smaller speed boat to catch us up. The cost of this is roughly between $100 – $500. 

If you have chartered La Galigo, and your entire group is delayed, then we can hold La Galigo till you arrive.

If in the case that you miss or your flight is rescheduled/During your cruise, there are clearances, local payments, trekking fees, contributions to villages and licenses for dive sites. Your park fees cover these costs. This park fee is paid directly to the local areas. Please see below a list of our current Park fees.

Raja Ampat North: $190 per person per trip.
Raja Ampat South: $220 per person per trip.
Ultimate Raja Ampat: $285 per person per trip.
Jurassic Komodo: $160 per person per trip.
Ultimate Komodo: $190 per person per trip.

*These prices are based on a per-person basis.

We try and maintain a regular scedule for diving and meal times, making it easier for you to plan your days and relax, below is a typical scdule for diving and food times.

06:00 – Self Serve Breakfast
0700 – Dive 1
0900 – Big breakfast
1100 – Dive 2
1300 – Lunch
1430 – Dive 3
1745 – Dive 4
1930 – Dinner

Please note that on the first day of your itinerary, also determines if you will complete any dives, for example if you are doing our Raja Ampat South or our Ultimate Raja Ampat trips then we start the adventure in the southern areas of Raja Ampat, so when we depart we head straight to Misool, which can take 12 – 18 hours, so your first dives will be on day 2.

All our other trips, Raja Ampat NorthJurassic Komodo and our Ultimate Komodo Itineraries all have 2 dives on the first day. 

Please note that on the pernaltimate day, we will only complete 2 dives, this is to make sure you have atleast 24hours prior to your flight to gas off.

We have a full range of diving and snorkeling equipment on board. Please check our Price List. All snorkeling equipment is free of charge as well as some of our diving equipment. A full set of diving equipment is $35per person, per day.

You can see a full breakdown of our prices and options here.

La Galigo has aluminum 12L and 15L tanks with both DIN and Yoke tanks valves, and adapters. Our 15L tanks are available for $15 per day (up to 4 tanks a day).

Our Nitrox is mixed at 32%, and with the price of $25 per day (up to 4 dives a day). Please note that we generally do not mix Gas and Air fills in a day, as we have to pre-plan tank filling following our diving schedule.

La Galigo has three full-time dive guides as well as one full-time cruise director on board. Our groups are configured to handle a max of 14 guests, so three groups, 5,5,4. If needs be, the Cruise Director will also join the groups, if a guest/some guests need a private guide. Please note that requiring a private guide onboard will be at an additional charge of $50 per day. If you pre book a dive guide then a cost of $100 per day would be charged.

Each of our dive guides brings something a little unique with their knowledge and experience, so we try and alternate the dive guides and the group order when heading to the dive sites, this is to try and make sure that every guest gets the maximum amount of fun.

When arranging groups, we try and match the number of dives and certifications to ensure everyone gets the best experience possible.

Based on the diving locations we visit in Raja Ampat and Komodo, we have some minimum requirements for divers to join our cruise, where some other operators may not, we understand the importance of safety and want to make sure everyone has a great time.

Open Water: 40 Logged Dives
Advanced Open water: 25 logged dives

If you don’t meet the minimum requirements, then please speak to us as there are always options for you to join our trips, for example, if you are Open Water with 30 logged dives, then we can complete the Advanced Open Water Course on board with you, The cost of the course is $485 per person.

We are also able to offer you a private guide at an additional cost to ensure that your experience is impressive, but more importantly, your safety is taken care off.

La Galigo has 3 Cabin types to suit everybody. Our Deluxe cabins are located on the lower deck, there is a total of 4 cabins that can easily and very comfortably accomondate 8 – 10 people. The Master Cabin is located on the uppper Deck and is very spacious and boasts, large sea facing windows so you can enjoy the beautiful ocean view. The Suite is our largeest cabin and IS also located on the upper deck, has a private lounge area, as well as a private terrace for you to relax and enjoy. Head over to our boat page and check out the boat and see some images on wach of the cabin types.

All cabins are equipped with AC. Each cabin has an ensuite bathroom with a marine toilet, and hot freshwater showers. We provide towels for both your cabin and diving, so you always have a clean, dry towel waiting for you. We will change sheets at least 2/3 times depending on your trip.

If you get frustrated with carrying plug converters, then not to worry as all of the sockets on La Galigo are fully universal and come with USB ports as well for ease of charging, phones, cameras and Laptops. 

We do advise you, though, that nothing should be left charging in your room when you are not in them.

Each meal is served as a buffet style with a choice of Western or Asian style food. If you have special food requests, our chef can cook amazing vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free dishes. Also, there is coconut cream and soy milk available onboard (for dairy-free guests), and we can substitute meat/fish dishes for soy alternatives

Yes, if you are not diving, dive insurance will not be required. Travel insurance is enough; however, you will still need to provide information on your medical insurance to show that it includes medical evacuation in the event of an emergency.

The minimum age for a child to join or be on La Galigo is 12 years old; please contact us for more information.

If you feel you may suffer from seas sickness then, we recommend you  to carry your own preferred prophylactic. We also have an ample number of sea-sickness pills on board, in case you need them.

Non-alcoholic beverages (juices, water, tea and coffee) are free but alcoholic, and soft drinks are not. We have locally crafted beers at$3 per bottle/can and imported wine (Red/White) available by the bottle at $40.

Guests are welcome to bring their duty-free alcohol and spirits onboard.

There is limited cellular and internet coverage in remote areas such as Raja Ampat and Komodo. Raja Ampat has slightly better service than it did due to new telecom towers placed around the regions; this, however, is still not perfect and very intermittent. If however, you need internet access during your trip, our crew are very familiar with these locations as they need to have contact with families back home. You can also use hotspot from the Cruise Director if required.

If you prefer to have a cellular connection, you can purchase a local sim card at most Indonesian International Airports or local shops, we can also arrange this for you, so it is ready when you get to La Galigo. Simpati or Telkomsel are the best choices for sim cards in Indonesia. SIM cards now have pop-out for Micro-SIM. All SIM-cards in Indonesia need to be registered with your passport or ID. This sort of SIM card will cost you around $3 – $5. Some shops register it to their passports, which is fine, but the price will be approximately $10. Both options are safe.

Don’t forget to buy your phone and internet pulsa. $15/$20 (150,000 Rp ) is usually enough credit for calls and internet packages.
To get cheaper rates for overseas calling, you need to dial either 01017 before your country code, e.g.;
(01017) (country code) (phone number)

$USD, Euro, Pound Sterling, AUD and IDR currency is accepted for onboard payments. Currency exchange rates are calculated on the date of payment. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept bank notes of smaller denominations, or old, worn, damaged or torn notes of any denomination. We can only accept 10, 20, 50 or 100 denominations. 

Please note that for all on board payments using a foreign currency a 2.5% surcharge will be added to the exchange rate against the dollar. (eg); XE.com $1= 0.87 Euros, therefore 2.5% will be added to the value of the euro or other currency against the Dollar. This surcharge is due to the fact that La Galigo cannot obtain XE.com rates and must use localised money changers, or the rate set by the bank, which is approximately 2.5%. Payments by card incur a 3% charge, other payment gateways may be higher.

If you have the following medical conditions, then we would require a signed medical certificate from your doctor to say that you are fit for diving. We would also need to see proof that you have a valid dive and medical insurance, and both include emergency evacuation.

  • Asthma in the last ten years
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease or no Thyroid
  • Use Anti-Depressants
  • Suffer from high blood pressure
If you feel there any other medical reason that could potentially affect your diving then please let us know in advance so if we need to make special arrangments we can.

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