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Frequently Asked Questions


CruiseINDONESIA is created, organised and managed by a network of recreational yachting enthusiasts - and local shore contacts (private and government sector) throughout Indonesia - who are committed to facilitating yacht cruising in Indonesia.

The operational core of this team is Raymond Lesmana, long-time Indonesian yacht rally organiser and Operations Director for CruiseINDONESIA. Raymond's extensive local contacts in the attractive cruising areas, and amongst central and regional government officials, has been instrumental in creating the circumstances - flexible government formalities, knowledgeable local contacts and enthusiastic regional SMEs and local government officers - to permit CruiseINDONESIA's new concept for cruising Indonesia to be implemented.

In the cruising regions, CruiseINDONESIA's local area co-ordinators  provide yacht crews with a friendly and knowledgeable local contact to help advise about options - tours, transport, repairs, services, accommodation etc - and organise support services to help cruisers make the most of their Indonesian cruise.

Behind the scenes, the resources of BRUNEI BAY RADIO provide the communications and administration functions to link the network's resources together, so CruiseINDONESIA's participating yacht crews feel comfortable to explore and enjoy the unique, uncongested, diverse, contrasting and spectacular island cruising ground that is Indonesia. 

How to register interest?

Please use the link to the enquiry form at the bottom of this page to send us your enquiry.  Please read the notes on the enquiry form to help ensure you submit the appropriate details. 

When submitting your enquiry please identify your planned arrival date in your first Indonesian entry port - eg: Kupang, Tual, Saumlaki or Ambon - and any other yachts with which you have already made plans to join in the same cruise fleet.

Where do we get organised in Darwin?

The Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association  (DBCYA) has always welcomed cruising yachts. The adjacent anchorage in Fannie Bay is convenient, with tender access to the club premises. Or the nearby Duck Pond (walking distance), and other marinas in Darwin. 

The Association is known for it's relaxed atmosphere, friendly club premises, helpful local members and support for cruising yachts.  

The Association organises their annual Darwin to Ambon race/rally. This event could be a fun option for yachts departing Darwin late - ie: around mid August - in the regular Indonesian cruising season.

Yachts which depart Darwin early in the season - eg: March or April - could cruise Timor, Alor, & southern Flores to Labuan Bajo (Komodo Dragons), then along the north coast of Flores to Maumere, to sail across to Wakatobi and then to Ambon, to participate in events associated with the mid/late August arrival of the Darwin to Ambon fleet.

When and where does a CruiseINDONESIA-programme begin:

CruiseINDONESIA will begin monitoring your progress a few days before your planned arrival in your first Indonesian port. We will email you information about arrival formalities and local services; including contact details for our local area co-ordinator.

After arrival at your chosen entry port (selected from the 18ports assigned for cruising yacht entry and exit) to Indonesia, our local area co-ordinator,  will help you with the arrival formalities and advise/arrange for whatever other services are required.

Once all the yachts in a fleet arrive and are ready, the fleet will embark on their planned route, and the cruise fleet will become operational.

What equipment & capabilities does a yacht need?

Well-found cruising yachts will find the demands of cruising through the warm and relatively placid waters of Indonesia to be easy-going, compared to higher latitude cruising. 

Nevertheless, participating yacht are recommended to read the Special Regulations in Yachting Australia's "Blue Book", which contains the yacht racing rules, but more importantly, a comprehensive section on yacht equipment, fittings and safety equipment which is far more detailed than the normal ISAF/ORC Special Regulations suited conditions in Europe and North America.

Yachting Australia's "Blue Book" information  is based on the accumulated wisdom of millions of hours racing and cruising on this side of the world, including recommendations arising from incidents. Yachting Australia's Special Regulations are "also recommended for cruising". Apart from basic safety equipment, it has far more detailed information about on-board equipment and fittings suited to cruising on this bigger, emptier side of the world where yachts need to be more self-sufficient due to the lack of support, communication and search & rescue facilities. 

Because of the need to be more self-sufficient when cruising Indonesia, it is strongly recommended  that yachts meet or exceed the equipment requirements for a Category 1 yacht race under Yachting Australia's Special Regulations. The Yachting Australia Special Regulations are more detailed than the standard ISAF Special Regulations, and aim to address numerous practicalities  related to racing and cruising in these larger, emptier and less developed regions, without marine VHF communication networks and without the well developed, professional and 24/7 search and rescue services of the UK and Europe.  Use this link to read or download a copy of the latest YA Special Regulations.

All participating yachts REQUIRE a functional HF/SSB radio (preferably a modern marine HF/SSB with DSC capability), so they can maintain convenient and no-cost voice contact with other yachts in their fleet, for information sharing, and requesting advice or assistance.

All participating yachts REQUIRE a functional on-board email capability (preferably SailMail via their HF/SSB radio), so they can maintain low-cost email contact with CruiseINDONESIA staff, Local Area Co-ordinators  and local service providers.

Note: Participating yachts with an existing HF/SSB radio email capability - SailMail - will receive a complimentary subscription to BRUNEI BAY RADIO's extended HF/SSB email service - BBRemail - for the duration of their CruiseINDONESIA programme. This service utilises the same software/hardware combination as SailMail, managed by the same copy of the on-board software (AirMail) which stores, creates, send/receives and displays SailMail messages. The BBRemail subscription provides additional daily connection time, and the ability to send/receive attachments (eg: pdf files, jpg photos etc) to receive information about stops, anchorages and venues along the route, to send position reports, and for email communications with CruiseINDONESIA staff and Local Area Co-ordinators .

It is strongly recommended that yachts are equipped with a modern Marine HF/SSB radio, programmed with the full marine HF/SSB band-plan of  channels and frequencies, and DSC capability. As a minimum, participating yachts should: 

  1. Have a proper, licensed, marine HF/SSB radio and vessel call-sign.

  2. Read the pages on Marine HF/SSB radio use in this region under the Yacht Cruising section of the BRUNEI BAY RADIO web pages.

  3. Have the full complement of Marine HF/SSB channels assigned to BRUNEI BAY RADIO, and the other simplex frequencies that may be used. See the Voice Services page of the BRUNEI BAY RADIO website for details. 

  4. Have the ability to initiate (eg: DSC or email or satphone call) emergency contact with an MRCC, and subsequently maintain emergency communication on the official Marine HF/SSB Emergency Frequencies with an MRCC and any vessels or aircraft involved in an incident. 

    Please see the Marine Emergency Contact and Emergency Contact List pages of our BRUNEI BAY RADIO website for more details.

Can Motor Yachts participate  too?

Yes, motor yachts are welcome to join a CruiseINDONESIA-fleet.

How do we stay in contact before the cruise?

The email address for all communication related to enquire, join plan and operate a CruiseINDONESIA programme is:

Our office phone number is: +673 2 221685/6

Our office fax number is: +673 2 221687

How do participating yachts stay in contact during their cruise?

Communication amongst the yachts in a CruiseINDONESIA-fleet is principally by HF/SSB radio. It is anticipated that yachts will establish regular voice skeds to keep others in their fleet updated of their location and plans; in a self-support network as each fleet progresses along the chosen route. 

In line with the yachting association and maritime safety requirements, it is strongly recommended that yachts have DSC capability in their HF/SSB radio; so it is easy to make contact with MRCCs in the region, and to establish a Group Call function; for quick calls to all yachts in the fleet via DSC. DSC also allows yachts to maintain a 24/7 watch for Distress or General calls without intrusive background noise from the radio's speaker.

Communication with CruiseINDONESIA-staff - our Local Area Co-ordinators, Raymond or our central office - during the cruise, will be principally via email.  Hence the need for a reliable and low-cost on-board email facility (eg: SailMail).

  • Participating yachts will email a morning position report and sailing plan to CruiseINDONESIA-staff each day; so we can anticipate needs and keep track of each cruise fleet.

  • Participating yacht will also submit a YOTREPS position report each evening so their progress can be observed on-line by friends and family, and the shore service providers or government support agencies on-route. 

  • CruiseINDONESIA-staff will use the yacht's email service to send fleet updates, including Adobe pdf attachments with details of relevant events, facilities, services, Local Area  Co-ordinators, etc for upcoming towns, anchorages or venues.

  • The email service will also be used for communication between each yacht and CruiseINDONESIA-staff - our Local Area Co-ordinators, Raymond or our central office. 

For those participating yachts with a membership in the not-for-profit SailMail Association:

  • We will provide a complimentary BBRemail supplementary subscription to facilitate low-cost email communication with CruiseINDONESIA office staff, our Local Area Co-ordinators and Raymond.

  • The complimentary BBRemail subscription can also be used  to update  blogs and websites regularly with pictures (as attachments) and text about  venues and experiences during the cruise. And to send articles to sailing magazines, yacht club newsletters, on-line yachting newsletters and general tourism publications. The communities, local tourism associations, government agencies, tour operators and other service providers who facilitate and support your cruising in Indonesia need your support in return, via the publicity you can generate.

  • Participating yachts will continue to use their existing SailMail service as usual to request/obtain updated weather information (eg: GRIB charts or METAREA forecasts and warnings) to help schedule longer passages, to order spare-parts, organise crew changes, and maintain contact with family and friends.

How much does CruiseINDONESIA cost?

Refer to the details on our CAIT page.

For more information, to ask questions, obtain advice about routes that suit your schedule, overall cruising plan and preferences, or to join or create a CruiseINDONESIA fleet, or simply arrange a CAIT, please click on the For inquiries ....  link below.     

Sailing the morning offshore breeze along the west coast of Borneo in January, during the NE/NW Monsoon season.  Clear skies after the overnight rain, and flat seas created by the rain and nearby weather shore.


updated: 30 october 2017


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