FAQ

Planning your Diving Holiday with the Hatiku

In order to make your entire trip with us as easy as possible, we have included much of the information you need on our website and our reservations team are standing by to answer any question. Below you will also find a list of those “frequently asked questions” to make the process that much easier.

Why dive with the Hatiku?
With so many liveaboards now operating in Indonesia it is hard to know who to go with. The Hatiku guarantees departure, it is not dependant on the number of guests onboard. The Hatiku includes all dive gear and Nitrox as a complimentary service, no need to pay more. The Hatiku is brand new boat but built and operated by staff with many years of experience in building, running boats and providing top quality service. For only twelve guests she offers a high level of comfort and dedicated, individual attention. Your safety is our priority.
What should I bring on a Liveaboard?
Pack light, although Hatiku is a 5 star boat, we don’t expect you to dress for dinner. Personal clothing such as a bathing suit, t-shirts, shorts, comfortable sweater or warm top, after 4 dives a day and with wind chill you can still feel cold in the tropics, light cotton trousers for cooler evenings, a hat or cap, sunglasses, flip flops and a sturdy pair of sandals or trainers for any land excursions, sunscreen and any personal cosmetics, medicines, batteries, photo films, spare parts, silicon grease, cigarettes, candy, magazines etc. A small torch/ flashlight will come in handy. We also have hairdryers available and each cabin has a range of Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion and Hand Soap, to save you the time, trouble and baggage allowance for more important items.
What Dive Equipment is onboard?
Although you are more than welcome to bring some or all of your own personal diving gear, the Hatiku has a complete, complimentary set of Aqualung diving gear for every guest, regs, BCD, wetsuits, mask and fins, we also supply every diver with a SMB, whistle and diver location system. Please advise us of your sizes on our Diver Information Guest Form, so that we can prepare everything for your arrival. We have dive computers and underwater lights available for rental for a nominal daily fee.
Is Nitrox available and can I get Nitrox certified onboard?
Nitrox is provided as a complimentary service aboard the Hatiku, if you have not taken the Nitrox course, you have the opportunity to take the short PADI course with one of our on board instructors and then continue to dive on Nitrox for the duration of the cruise.
How many dives can i do in one day?
The Hatiku offers up to 4 dives per day on each of our liveaboard itineraries, except the 1st and last day, this is always subject to weather conditions and security/safety issues. Dive site selection detailed in the published itinerary is subject to change by the Captain or Cruise Manager without prior notice. Safety remains a priority regarding multiple dives in a day and all guests are required to use a dive computer and to follow it conservatively.
Do I need to have Dive and Travel insurance?
Dive insurance is compulsory for all divers joining the Hatiku, guests are requested to show diving certification cards, dive insurance and complete a statement of understanding and liability release form. Although not compulsory it is highly recommend that each guest purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for non-dive related incidents, illness or travel cancellations.
What diver certification level is need for diving with the Hatiku?
All levels of divers are welcome aboard, we will cater for your dive needs. However we recommend that for some dive areas Open Water Divers consider completing the Advanced Open Water either before joining the trip, or enquire with us before as to whether you can complete the Advanced while on the boat. Depending on your experience it may be necessary to employ an extra Dive Master to accompany you and this will come at an extra charge.
What are the water conditions like? Visibility, temperature and currents?
The Visibility is normally very good, but can vary from 5-40m, temperatures are between 24-28C, so a 3mm long should be fine for most divers, but if you are prone to the cold, consider bringing a hoody or hooded vest, you can also always borrow a 3mm shorty to go over your suit. Currents are one of the things that make the Indonesia diving so special and can vary, the dive team will always check the current prior to a dive.
Do you cater to photographers?
The Hatiku has a camera room with a camera station for each cabin, each station has enough charging points and outlets for 2 cameras. There is a dedicated rinse tank for cameras. All divers on our vessels will benefit from a 6-1 diver to guide ratio.
What voltage and power outlets do you have on the Hatiku?
The Hatiku has 220v and 2 round pin sockets
What time do you depart and return?
The boat will leave at approximately noon from either Bima, Labuan Bajo or Sorong, so it is preferable to book morning flights, she will return to the respective harbour either late, the last full day, or early on the last morning, and transfers to the airport will be after breakfast.
Do you help with domestic flights?
We can help book all your domestic travel arrangements, flights and if needed transit hotels. We work closely with a travel company here in Indonesia, which has over 10 years of experience in domestic travel. They can even help if you wish to extend your holiday, to include non-diving tours. Indonesia has much to offer, please enquire.
Do I need a visa to enter Indonesia?
Yes. However, most passport holders will benefit from the visa-on-arrival system. This visa is valid for 30 days and for most nationalities is now free, but visa requirements vary with your nationality and the airport you arrive and depart from. If you are coming to Indonesia for more than thirty days, a 60 day visa can be bought prior to arrival from the Indonesian embassy in your country of origin only. Up to date information can be obtained from the following website: http://www.embassyofindonesia.org/wordpress/?page_id=188 Please note that your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from your arrival date and that there must be at least one full blank page in the passport.
What currency should i bring? And can i pay by credit card on the boat?
The Hatiku accepts US$, Euros and Indonesian Rupiah. At the moment we cannot accept credit cards on board.
Do you cater to vegans/vegetarians and other food preferences?
Yes, all diets can be catered for, we ask you fill in a diver information form where all your food preferences will be recorded. And then our chef will prepare it for you.