Discover the islands
Frequently Asked Questions
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
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
new concept for cruising Indonesia to be implemented.
In the cruising regions,
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
provide the communications
and administration functions to link the network's resources
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
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
do we get organised in Darwin?
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
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
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
Participating yachts with an existing HF/SSB radio email
capability - SailMail - will receive a
complimentary subscription to
extended HF/SSB email service - BBRemail
- for the duration of their
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
staff and Local
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:
Have a proper,
licensed, marine HF/SSB radio and vessel call-sign.
Read the pages on
Marine HF/SSB radio use in this region under
Yacht Cruising section
Have the full complement of Marine HF/SSB
channels assigned to
and the other simplex frequencies that may be used. See
Voice Services page of
RADIO website for
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
Emergency Contact List
pages of our
website for more details.
Can Motor Yachts participate
Yes, motor yachts are welcome to join a
How do we stay in contact
before the cruise?
The email address for all communication related to enquire,
join plan and operate a
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
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
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.
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:
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
Participating yacht will also submit a
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.
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
Local Area Co-ordinators,
Raymond or our central office.
For those participating yachts with a
membership in the not-for-profit
We will provide a complimentary
supplementary subscription to facilitate low-cost email
office staff, our
Local Area Co-ordinators
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
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
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
fleet, or simply arrange a CAIT, please click on the For inquiries ....
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updated: 2 May 2013