Things you need to know
Bidadari has six cabins all fully air conditioned and with a small ensute bathroom. 2 cabins have just one double bed with the other 4 having a double bed and overhead bunk. As you will be enjoying a traditional wooden boat the cabins are modern and functional but do not have huge spaces. Please consider this when packing for your adventure.
Bidadari welcomes families with children of all ages, from babies to toddlers and teenagers. Our crew are quite used to handling children of all ages and will be of great help to you. We advise you keep a close eye on toddlers in the deck area especially where the stairs to the cabins can be steep. Bidadari is a working boat and it is important for parents to remember to guard children at all times. For more information or to discuss your specific needs please contact us.
Arrivals and Departures
All our cruises arrive and depart in a city that has an airport with either internal or international connections. We will work closely with you to ensure all air connections are uneventful and maximise your time with us. Our staff will meet you on your air arrival and transfer you to Bidadari. All domestic transfers from your arrival city to the port of arrival/ departure are at your expense.
What to Bring?
As space is limited we recommend you bring a minimum amount of clothes. You will need swimming gear, casual but comfortable clothing and a pair of lightweight trekking shoes for your Komodo explorations. Hats and sunscreen is essential given the power of the tropical sun. It might be handy to have some footwear that survives getting wet as many of our shore adventures involve a wet landing. Please ask us if you have any questions in this area
Indonesian currency is the Rupiah. It’s easy to exchange Euros or US Dollars at arrival in Bali. If you bring USD we advise to bring USD 100 ones because for USD 50-20-10-5-1 you get a lower rate. Major credit cards are widely accepted in the main centres, though in smaller towns it is still rare to be able to pay by credit card. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) that accept foreign cards are widespread in the main centres and cities. As we will be cruising off the beaten track, so we advise you to bring cash (Rupiah) money along on board. On board we accept cash only (Rupiah, Euros or US Dollars).
How many times do you remember events by the quality and variety of the food served? We aim to provide a varied and healthy menu including Indonesian, Asian and European food utilising locally sourced food wherever possible. Breakfast and lunch is an informal buffet style and dinner a more formal event on the upper deck. If you have any special dietary needs please advise us in advance so we can cater perfectly for your needs.
Passports and Visas
Please check with your local embassy but most countries require at least 6 months passport validity post entry. Indonesia has a fairly relaxed policy when it comes to visas and most nationalities can get a 30-day visa on arrival. This currently costs $35 USD (USD cash only) and these can be obtained at all major international arrival points.
This is always an awkward subject so let me share my thoughts. We pay our crew above local wages and expect you to receive the best service at all times. Some cruise operators require a tip at the end of the cruise. We leave it totally to you and will distribute any tips amongst all the crew.
Bidadari has 220 volts AC throughout the boat. In your cabin there is a socket suitable for 2-way European plugs. There are also ample sockets in the lounge and at other locations throughout the boat to charge you camera batteries and other equipment.
For health and safety reasons K M Bidadari is a totally non-smoking vessel. I think you will agree this makes for a more enjoyable experience for all concerned and please remember this when considering us for your Indonesian experience.
Weather and Sea Journeys
We ensure we schedule our cruises to maximise weather and sea conditions, so it’s usually guaranteed we will have calm, almost still waters. We have chosen Indonesia not only for the great range of adventures we can share with you but also the great weather conditions that characterise the Indonesian archipelago.
Fares, Deposits and Payments
We require a 20% deposit to confirm your booking, then full payment 1 week before your departure. This deposit is fully refundable up until 30 days prior to departure then no refund will be made unless we can fill your place/s. We will provide all bank details for swift and easy transfer of funds. Contact us for further details.
We understand the issues involved in travelling solo and we will do our best to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
It is a requirement of sharing an experience with us on Bidadari that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy. If you plan to undertake diving your policy should cover this. We will require travel insurance policy details when you book.
Diving Insurance and Equipment Requirements
All diving equipment is provided and included as part of your diving cruise so all we need to know is your size and then you can leave the rest to us. Please note travel insurance that covers you for diving activities is compulsory for diving cruises.
Safety and Medical Issues
K M Bidadari has recently undergone a major refit and safety has been a priority. Staff are first aid trained but we take any medical emergency seriously. We suggest a reasonable level of fitness will maximise your adventures with us. Any guests requiring regular medication are advised to bring an ample supply of medication or dietary supplements with them as our destinations are remote and lack western medical facilities or supplies. The burning power of the tropical sun is phenomenal. Always wear a hat or cap and use some form of (water-resistant) sun cream or lotion on untanned skin. Always wear a T-shirt when you go snorkelling. Glare from the sun can cause eye problems so wear sunglasses, especially on beaches. Avoid dehydration by drinking lots of non-alcoholic fluids, bottled water is always on hand.
It is worth noting a few things about the culture and social norms in Indonesia. Most travellers experience great warmth and hospitality, but with it comes an open curiosity about personal matters. You should not be surprised by total strangers asking details of your job, income and family circumstances. Cleanliness and modesty are appreciated even in informal situations. Use your right hand for giving, taking, eating or shaking hands as the left is considered to be unclean. Don't pat a child on the head. In fact, never touch anybody's head. Most Indonesians see the head as the seat of the soul and therefore sacred. Nudity (or sunbathing topless) is not permitted on beaches and although there are some places where this ban is ignored, it causes widespread offence. Displays of intimacy are not considered suitable in public and will probably draw unwanted attention. Women should cover shoulders and legs in Islamic areas.
The price includes your cabin accommodation, 3 meals and snacks each day (meals as appropriate on arrival and departure days), soft drinks and water, beer with meals (wine available for purchase), airport transfers to and from Bidadari and your cruise! You will need to budget for entry fees for Komodo National Park (approx. $80 usd per person), wine or beer at non meal times, any additional tours not identified in the itinerary and staff gratuities. On diving cruises all diving equipment and air fills are included in the cruise costs. Snorkelling equipment and sea kayaks are available at no charge and I guarantee they will be well used!