Discover the islands
new way to
think about cruising Indonesia.
Many people focussed
the administrative hurdles of cruising Indonesia; the
CAIT, Visas, Customs Bond etc. Joining a large rally
seemed to offer the only answer.
Many yacht crews
assumed the idea of moving through Indonesia as quickly
as possible was the only strategy. Some pushed their
boat and themselves - from Darwin to Singapore - to spend no longer than the
initial 2 month VISA period in Indonesia. Others renewed their 2
but rushed to exit Indonesia before their initial 3
month CAIT expired.
Regrettably, this left
many cruisers disenchanted with Indonesia as a cruising area
only a small portion of the amazing natural and cultural
heritage in Indonesia.
They - and their
yachts - were stressed out rushing to achieve a tight
schedule based on perceived deadlines, restrictions
and administrative hassles.
The route often focussed
on reaching highly commercialised - and expensive -
tourist-trap locations to complete administrative functions and
Travelling in a
large fleet (eg: 50 to 120 yachts) created the
additional stress of congested anchorages, tangled
anchor rodes, delays to get ashore, more waiting for CIQP
formalities, stressed out local officials and
suppliers, inflated prices for goods and services, and
sometimes ugly competition amongst cruisers for
This is not our picture
of low-stress, vacation style, yacht cruising in Indonesia. Nor is it the
reason we go cruising ourselves. And it is certainly not the
way to enjoy the diversity and beauty which Indonesia has available
in it's vast area; with over seventy thousand islands.
concept is to:
Create the opportunity for cruising yacht
take best advantage of their floating home to enjoy a leisurely, relaxed, inspiring, rewarding and
extended cruise in Indonesia. No rush and low stress.
Make it possible to
spend 6 months or more enjoying the eastern islands and
attractions of Indonesia; before reaching Singapore
area. Our help and organisational base makes the
administrative tasks - CAITs and Visas - as simple and
straight forward as possible.
Provide a supporting
network of knowledgeable and committed people to advise
and assist. A combination of routine advice and problem
solving when needed.
communication links exist to make all this possible.
idea of CRUISE is:
- the seventy thousand Indonesian islands
- this is Indonesian time
- you are not on a fixed timetable
- by the people, the vistas and the places
- with our local contacts, communication and advice
- you are on vacation!
- especially in a short-handed cruising yacht - can force
decisions that are not prudent seamanship.
Indonesia is BIG; an
island chain extending across almost 50 degrees of
answer is to recommend you
assign plenty of time in Indonesia so you
Wait a day or three; to
take advantage of the predicted wind shift so the
passage is more enjoyable, faster, safer and needs less
passages with stops at islands on the way; so there are
fewer night passages.
shorter passages in daylight; when navigation issues,
fishing nets, fishing platforms and unlit vessels are
not the same stressful issue.
Based on these operational principles,
yacht crews can now enjoy an extended cruising vacation in
Indonesia. Our recommendation is to assign:
least 6 months to enjoy eastern Indonesia. There are so
many islands, communities, dives sites, shore venues and
historically interesting experiences to explore.
Another 3 months to journey from northern Sumatra, along
the west coast to Krakatau or Bali to make an exit for
the Indian Ocean crossing; for circumnavigating yachts.
REMEMBER that the entire
Indonesian archipelago is outside the Tropical Storm
zones of the northern and southern hemispheres.
Therefore it is possible to cruise Indonesia at any time of
To give a yacht based vacation in Indonesia the
definition of CRUISE, our organisation integrates three key elements.
tireless effort of Raymond Lesmana, - our
Director - and long-time local
co-ordinator of major yacht rallies in
Indonesia. Over the past ten years Raymond has
established a network of local contacts throughout the
popular yacht cruising areas.
Raymond has experienced first-hand the difficulties created by a
combination of regulations, local mis-interpretation,
opportunistic exploitation, and a short-term business
perspective in combination with many cruisers' own
limitations; language, local knowledge, haste, insecurity,
time pressure and a different
Raymond has successfully represented the cruising
yachts' situation to government
agencies and local authorities to develop solutions. For
example, Presidential Decree No.79, 2011 - which has
created 18 entry/exit ports for cruising yachts - has
helped establish consistency in the administration of
exemption from the Indonesian Customs Bond for cruising
Raymond's experience and commitment to the development
of marine based tourism has earned him the respect of
many cruising yachties, along with the local
communities, local businesses and local/regional
government officials where international cruising yachts
visit. Within the central government he has become the
Advisor for Indonesian Sailing Development to the
Indonesian Tourism and Creating Economy Ministry.
Allan Riches - an
Australian sailor, yacht owner, Yachtmaster
Instructor and Brunei resident since 1993. Allan's past
experience operating and developing Outward Bound
centres - including a sail training programme - lead him
to Brunei to establish their Outward Bound centre, and
subsequently into development of adventure and activity
based tourism facilities and services. He has been on
the executive committee of the private sector tourism
association in Brunei for six years, and also the
management committee of the BIMP-EAGA Tourism Council,
where the principle goal is the development of
sustainable, community based eco-tourism; to help
communities retain and preserve their cultural and
in 2001; to help facilitate the development of remote
area tourism - on land and water - in BIMP-EAGA.
SailMail - low-cost HF/SSB radio email
for cruising yachts - service for
SE Asia, the NW Pacific and eastern/northern Indian
Ocean; including the north and west coasts of Australia.
email service - BBRemail
based on the same,
efficient, hardware/software combination as the ever
popular SailMail service.
It also permits small attachments and extended daily
connection time. BBRemail
was developed to
facilitate marine and land based tourism initiatives for
communities and small businesses in isolated areas of SE
cost email communication makes it simple, cost-effective and convenient
for yachts cruising SE Asia to obtain their important
weather and safety related information, keep in contact
with family, and arrange the daily operational needs of
a cruising yacht. The additional daily connection
time provided to SailMail
members participating in
via a FOC
service - gives the opportunity to update blogs or
websites from isolated anchorages, receive pdf documents
with local area information, send photos to family and
friends, or send a photo and details of a broken part to
the home supplier. This combined SailMail/BBRemail
email capability also helps the
Area Co-ordinators, and Raymond, to keep
participating yachts updated, and to respond to any
problems encountered, or advise needed.
also provides the central office functions (eg: CAIT
and communications hub (email & voice communications
with yachts, pre & post cruise enquiries) for
- local people
living throughout the popular Indonesian cruising
This substantial resource of principally
government officers (eg: in tourism, and local
government authorities), and SME owners (eg: transport
services, restaurant owners, tour operators, shore
attractions/venues, eco-resorts etc) are people who see
a long-term community and business benefit in helping
cruising yacht crews enjoy their area. They have
contacts and friends in other government agencies - such
as Ports, Customs, Immigration, Security etc - and
because they are locals committed to helping locals,
they can assist with administrative or boat problems, and
other issues which can arise in the cruising lifestyle.
And also because they are locals, they can advise and
assist with services cruising yachts commonly
require; mechanics, transport, tours, anchorages, shore
excursions, fuel supplies, welding, awning repairs, food
supplies, incoming spare part freight, etc.
have been selected and trained by Raymond. Many have
experience from involvement with Raymond's previously organised rallies;
including Sail Indonesia up until 2011.
Area Co-ordinators via email when on-board, and text message
(or whatsapp or phone based email)
or phone based email when in range of Indonesia's mobile phone service.
For more information, to ask questions, obtain advice
about routes that suit your schedule, overall
cruising plan and preferences, to join or create a
fleet, or simply to arrange a CAIT and visas, please click on the For inquiries ....
Updated: 30 October 2017