Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our Travelling to board Tiger Blue section further down this page. Airport departure taxes sometimes need to be paid in cash (varies between $1 and $20).

Travel / logistical assistance in Indonesia can be provided by
Vifa Holiday Indonesia : +62 411 3630111 / vifatour@gmail.com

Tourists from many countries do not require a visa to enter Indonesia for a short visit of up to 30 days.  Check with your local embassy before departure (this link may be useful).

For vaccination advice, please consult MASTA.  Malaria is present in Indonesia. Please seek advice from your doctor.  Larium is unsuitable for divers.

30% non-refundable deposit is required to guarantee the reservation. Full payment is required at least 60 days prior to departure date. Payment to be made via bank transfer to a UK bank account, in GPB, USD or EUR.

Cancellation more than 60 days before departure will result in loss of deposit. Cancellation 60 days or less prior to departure will result in loss of 100% of total amount.

It is required that guests take out adequate insurance for watersports, scuba diving and normal risks associated with travel. Dives are made at the divers’ own risk and proof of dive certificate will be required.

Upon arrival, there is a safety briefing to acquaint everyone with the boat.  She is equipped with GPS, SSB / VHF, radar, a depth sounder, a smoke / fire alarm, 2 life-rafts, lifejackets, life-ring buoys, a first aid kit and oxygen.

The on-board generator runs 24 hours a day. Sockets are two-pin, 220 volts (round pins). As well as sockets in the cabins, there is a charging station upstairs for cameras, to avoid condensation from the air-conditioning.

Crew tips are welcome but not obligatory. If you wish to show your appreciation a tip of up to 10% of the charter/cabin rate is suggested.

The sound system onboard works with a standard headphones jack, so all you need to bring is your smartphone, laptop or iPod.

Our complimentary toiletries are phosphate-free and water based, to have minimal impact on the environment : soap, conditioning shampoo and shower gel, cucumber and aloe vera lotion. Our coconut-based suncream is factor 50.

There is a washer / dryer on board.  Laundry service is complimentary.

There is an intermittent cellular service throughout the Komodo National Park as well as close to Sorong and Ambon.  Elsewhere it is weak or non-existent. Whilst on board, we provide a satellite telephone for your personal use, which is charged at $2 per minute – it is only switched on to make outgoing calls or receive pre-arranged incoming calls. +87 (0)776 712 535

When in range, the signal in the Komodo National Park is 3G. In Raja Ampat, the signal around Sorong and Waisai should be strong enough to support 3G.  For those wishing to purchase a local SIM card rather than using roaming, we recommend Telekom.

For family and friends, you may wish to provide these numbers, belonging to members of the crew. Please note, cellular coverage may be intermittent or non-existant.

+62 81236307940  /  +62 82144003410

Tiger Blue has two tenders:

  • 6m 150 HP (4 stroke) – 10 man
  • 3.8m 50 HP (4 stroke) – 5 man
  • Sun screen with a high sun protection factor for body and lips
  • Sun hat
  • Sun glasses (polarised recommended)
  • Camera
  • Diving licence (if you have one) and own mask if preferred
  • Log book (if you have one)
  • Flip flops
  • Trainers (sneakers) for trekking
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Passport
  • Any medication
  • Cigarettes
  • Books or e-book reader (a small library is available on board)

Travelling to board Tiger Blue

There are a number of options available to you for getting to your departure point, which is dependent upon your itinerary. In all instances Tiger Blue moors as close as possible to each airport. Transfer to the boat is then by private car and RIB tender. We are happy to assist with local flights. Here are our suggestions for travel to Tiger Blue:

For Komodo

Option 1: Via Bali

International flight to Bali.
Local flight to Labuan Bajo.
Local flight time: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Airlines – Garuda, Lion Air or Transnusa.
Transfer to boat: 20 minutes

Option 2: Via Jakarta

International flight to Jakarta.
Local flight to Labuan Bajo.
Local flight time: 5 hours 15 minutes.
Airlines – Lion Air
Transfer to boat: 20 minutes

For Raja Ampat

Option 1: Via Bali

International flight to Bali.
Local flight to Sorong (via Makassar).
Local flight time: 4 hours 30 minutes.
Airlines – Garuda
Transfer to boat: 20 minutes

Option 2: Via Jakarta

International flight to Jakarta.
Local flight to Sorong.
Local flight time: 4 hours
Airlines – Xpress Air, Nam Air
Transfer to boat: 20 minutes