/// Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

faqJust send us the dates that you are interested in, what airport you will be departing from along with any other travel details that may be needed, and the full passport names of any passengers.
We will then send you a quote with the different options available. If you wish to book these flights then payment must be received via Paypal or bank transfer within two days, after this time a new quote will need to be issued. For this service we add a 15% charge on to the price of the ticket. This will be detailed clearly in the quote that we send you.
More information can be found in our page about booking domestic flights in indonesia.

faqYes, this depends on where you are arriving. Please download the relevant arrival document (pdf’s, 60-70kb):

faqElectricity is 220v, plugs are 2 x small round-pins, and every cottage has at least 4 plug points and an extension terminal, and adaptors are available at reception to borrow or buy.

faqThe local currency is Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). The exchange rate fluctuates a lot, currently the rate is around IDR12,000 to USD1 and IDR15,000 to EUR1. You can use the XE.com currency converter below to get a more accurate rate.



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faqFor most nationalities, yes and you can purchase this on arrival in Indonesia. Payable by cash only: US$35 for a 30 day visa.

There are 11 countries whose citizens are granted the 30-day visa-free facility on arrival: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Hongkong Special Administrative Region, Macao Special Administrative Region, Chile, Morocco, Peru and Vietnam.

Citizens of countries not eligible for the visa on arrival or visa free lists will be required to apply for a visa before entering Indonesia.

The various visa requirements for countries does change so it is best to contact your local Indonesian embassy, or visit the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, for a more up-to-date list.

It is possible to get a 60-day visa in an Indonesian Embassy before you arrive, please check directly with the Indonesian Embassy. You can also extend the 30-day visa for another 30 days at the immigration office in Manado or Bali. The official cost is IDR350,000 and can take 3-4 days. We aslo have had reports from guests that there is a fast-track option for UDR500,000 that takes a few hours, but this is unconfirmed. The 30-day visa cannot be extended more than once.


Bunaken and Lembeh

The air temperature in north Sulawesi stays around 29-32c all year-round. Dry season is from April to November, the best time for blue skies, calm seas and sun, also the best visibility: 20-25m in Bunaken (sometimes 30m+) and 10-15m in Lembeh. Wet or rainy season is from December to March the cooler north-west winds can bring heavier rains and rougher seas in February. The wind and rain can reduce the viz slightly.

Please don’t let the term “rainy season” deter you. We do not get the typical monsoons that they experience in other parts of Asia and it is unusual to have continuous rain during the day. The norm is blue skies and sun in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon, and rain at night. And the rain never spoils a dive!

Lembongan, Bali

The average air temperature in the Nusa Lembongan and the Bali area is around 30°c even through the ‘rainy season’. Lembongan’s dry season runs from May to September and this is the best time for the clear skies and calm seas but the water temperature can drop to as low as 18°c in the south during these months. Most of the time the water temperature is around 27°c. Because there are not many rivers around Lembongan, the rains do not overly effect the visibility, with the average being around 25m+ all year round on the north coast and 10m+ all year round on the south coast.

The patches of rain start around the end of November with an hour or so of rain during the day or night and some cloud cover. The ‘rainy reason’ starts in January through to May. Sea conditions in the south during this time can be quite wavy but the north side of the island is protected allowing us, nice comfortable dives all year round.

Shorts and t-shirts are sufficient for the and light trousers at night, perhaps with a long-sleeve shirt for bugs ‘n mosquitoes.

Disease

Malaria – Indonesia is tropical, so malaria cannot be discounted, but we have not experienced any malaria in any of our locations. If western medical advice is to take malaria tablets then this should be followed when visiting this area.

If you are going to take malaria tablets and you will be diving, we do not recommend taking Larium as there is some advice from diving doctors that this is not safe. We suggest you follow your doctor’s advice regarding malaria tablets.

There are some mosquitos, not too many but there are NO other biting insects such as sand-flies. We recommend that you bring some anti-mosquito spray for your arms and legs, and we can provide mosquito coils for your rooms/cottages.

Dengue fever – the odd case of dengue fever has been reported in North Sulawesi, though these tend to be in the villages where rubbish is sometimes not properly cleared.

Doctors

There are plenty of chemists in Bali and Manado that can provide most drugs. If you require a doctor, you can go at any time of the day to the hospital. If you are not feeling well inform one of our staff and we will help with any arrangements or recommendations. There are also international hospital facilities in both Manado and Bali.

Note that there is no public health service, and everyone has to pay. Be prepared by taking money with you, it is pretty cheap and Rp200-300,000 should be enough for a basic consultation and medicine.

Terrorism

There are always many reports of problems in Indonesia and this is very frustrating for those of us who have lived and worked in this country for many years. There are probably more murders in any major city in the US than the whole of Indonesia but this does not stop embassies from recommending not traveling here.

We believe that it is very safe travelling to Indonesia and in particular the areas in which Two Fish are based. Bunaken Island and Lembeh are are a bit more remote, but they are in the province of North Sulawesi which is 90% Christian and there has been no trouble in this region that has caused any risk to tourists.

Yes, you can purchase internationally valid dive insurance with us when you arrive. For more information, please check out our web page about Dive Insurance.

Insurance is included free of charge for all students on Discover Scuba Diver, Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver courses.


Bunaken

With water temperatures between 26-29c, not too much thermal protection is required. We suggest a 3mm shorty, or a 3mm full-suit which also provides protection against any stinging hydroids and a hood for those night dives. If you tend to get cold we would recommend a neoprene vest to go underneath.

Lembeh

In Lembeh from July to Sept the water temp is 25-26oC, and most people need at least a long 3mm or a 5mm.

Lembongan

Most of the time the water temperature is around 27°c. However, during Jul-Oct the water temperatures can drop to 18-20oC on the sites in South Nusa Penida, this is where the manta’s and mola-mola’s are to be found. For these dives you will need a 5mm full-suit, and we have these available for rent.


Dive Equipment

We can supply the full range of products from our equipment supplier in Jakarta, including Aqualung and Apeks diving equipment, and Ikelite camera housings and accessories. We keep some stock but can order most things on a 3 day delivery. We can also pre-order so that it is available when you arrive, let us know what you are after and we’ll get a price for you.

Clothing

There are many shops in Manado & Bali, and we sell t-shirts at each resort.

Dive Computers

We can supply the full range of Suunto dive computers, see our web page for Suunto Dive Computer prices. We keep some stock but can order most things on a 3 day delivery. We can also pre-order so that it is available when you arrive, let us know what you are after and we’ll get a price for you.

Yes, the price is €4/fill for one-nine tanks and €3/fill for 10+ tanks.

Lembeh – we can offer unguided diving on our house reef at €10 per dive.
Bunaken & Lembongan – there is no shore diving in Bunaken due to the ever present current which can make exiting very difficult.
Lembongan – there is no shore diving in Lembongan as the dive sites are quite far from the island, 15-40mins depending on the site.

Of course – we can organise day trips from our resort on Lembeh as its only a one hour boat ride. It makes for a great day trip, we normally have a picnic lunch and manage to get 3 dives in. There is a fuel surcharge of EUR45pp on top of the price for diving, and trips are very much dependent on weather conditions.


Bunaken and Lembeh

More than 50% of our tanks now have convertible valves which can be used for either DIN or Yoke (INT).

Lembongan

All our tanks have convertible valves which can be used for either DIN or Yoke (INT).

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