To operate in Komodo cruise ships have to anchor on the East coast in the Teluk Slavi Bay which is protected from westerly winds by the island of Komodo and from easterly winds by the island of Padar.
The passengers disembarking can either stay around the restaurant and the boutique, either do the trekking to see the Dragons.
When going for the trekking, guests have are going by groups of about 25 persons being escorted by local rangers.
Guests will find ashore toilet facilities, a bar / restaurant, a souvenir shop as well as souvenir made and sold by local inhabitants living in the nearby village.
Komodo, together with the nearby islands of Padar, Rinca, and other smaller islands are part of the Komodo National Park. These volcanic islands are inhabited by a population of about 5700 giant lizards, whose appearance and aggressive behaviour have led them to being called 'Komodo dragons'.
They are not found anywhere else in the world and present a great interest for scientists studying the theory of evolution. In 1991, the Park was listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Komodo National Park hosts more than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges. Dugong, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles also make Komodo National Park their home.
Preserving its identity, the national park has developed landing structures and shore facilities permitting to operate cruise vessels from the expedition ships up the last generation of cruise liners and delivering to each of these cruise passengers the same incredible adventure feeling.
Further information can be found on the Komodo National Park web site www.komodonationalpark.org
Cruise ships clearance procedure.
Cruise ships arriving in Indonesia should normally schedule their cruise itinerary calling first one of the Indonesian Port of Entry (see list below).
- In case the cruise ships carries less than 200 passengers, the clearance is granted on vessel’s arrival in Indonesia and the visa delivered to those passengers which are able to get visa on arrival (See list). Enroute clearance is not necessary.
- In case the vessel carries more than 200 passengers, clearance has to be carried out enroute to Indonesia. The cruise operator has to organize it with his shipping agent in Indonesia to have a team of immigration officers joining the cruise ships to the last foreign port before Indonesia. Clearance and visa will be processed enroute to Indonesia. The number of Indonesian officials joining the cruise ship will depend of the number of the number of passengers and crewmembers onboard.
When the cruise operator has no alternative than having the first Indonesian port not being an Indonesian Port of Entry, the second option applies (Enroute clearance) irrespective of the number of passengers onboard.
List of the Indonesian port of Entry
- Sekupang, Citra Tritunas (Harbour Bay); Nongsa; Marina Teluk Senimba; & Batam Centre, Batam, Riau
- Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi & Bandar Sri Udana Lobam, Tanjung Uban, Riau
- Sri Bintan Pura, Tanjung Pinang, Riau
- Tanjung Balai Karimun, Riau
- Belawan, Medan, North Sumatera
- Sibolga, Sibolga, North Sumatera
- Yos Sudarso, Dumai, Riau
- Teluk Bayur, Padang, West Sumatera
- Tanjung Priok, Jakarta
- Tanjung Mas, Semarang, Central Java
- Padang Bai, Karang Asem, Bali
- Benoa, Badung, Bali
- Bitung, Bitung, North Sulawesi
- Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar, South Sulawesi
- Pare-pare, Pare-pare, South Sulawesi
- Maumere, Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara
- Tenau, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara
- Jayapura, Jayapura, Papua
Only citizens of following countries FREE VISA for entering Indonesia (11 countries) if they are entering via gate ports of Indonesia, but if they are entering via non gate ports, they must pay visa on arrival (VOA) USD 25 / pax - valid for 30 days.
- BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
- HONG KONG SAR
- MACAO SAR
The 64 countries below are no longer free visa. They will get a visa on arrival (VOA) when they are entering the country via gate ports (effective from 26th January 2010) – The cost is USD 25 / pax valid for 30 days.
35. NEW ZEALAND
42. SAUDI ARABIA
43. SOUTH AFRICA
44. SOUTH KOREA
49. TAIWAN TERRITORY
50. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
51. UNITED KINGDOM
54. CZECH REPUBLIC
64. TIMOR LESTE
If the vessel has onboard passengers which are not entitled to get visa on arrival in Indonesia and which have no visa, the cruise operator should inform the shipping agent in order to approach and inform the immigration officer at first port entry then asking a visa dispensation as tourist at a cost of from USD 50 to USD 100/ pax.
Israeli passport holders are restricted in Indonesia.
GATE PORTS OF INDONESIA :
OTHER GATE PORTS
Entikong, Entikong, West Kalimantan
* If the citizen which is include in 64 countries above entering Indonesia via GATE PORTS, they are able to be given VISA ON ARRIVAL (VOA) and visa costs : US$ 25 / pax - valid for 30 days.
** If the citizen which is include in 64 countries above entering Indonesia via NON GATE PORTS, they must obtain visa and visa must be arranged at the local Indonesian Consulate abroad or you must submit a letter to the Immigration Head Office in Jakarta requesting an exemption that visa costs to be paid in cash on board or via bank-transfer (via PELNI AGENT)
*** If the citizen which is NOT INCLUDE in 64 countries above entering Indonesia via GATE PORTS or NON GATE PORTS, they must in possession of visa before entering Indonesia (it must be arranged at the local Indonesian Consulate abroad).
|Temperature||Average of 25.7°C and range between 25.1°C and 26.5°C.|
|Winds||The bay is protected from winds by Komodo and Padar Islands.|
|Current||No special current reported.|
|Tidal range||The difference between high and low tide varies from 0m40 to 1m60.|
|Access channel||Vessels cannot berth but have to stay at anchor.|
|Facilities||A wooden landing stage with a floating pontoon at its end allows tenders to land passengers irrespective of the tidal level.|
|Distance from the
anchorage to the
|About 1 nautical mile.|
|Alternative cruise berth||None|
|For additional information you can also contact directly the Harbour Master of the port of Benoa - Captain Ali Sodikin - email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cell +62 812 30886882 or +62 878 53396688.
|Is Pilotage available||Not available|
|Address||Jalan Gajah Mada N°14|
|Jakarta Pusat 10130 - Indonesia|
|Phone||+62 21 6385 7747|
|Fax||+62 21 6386 4837|
|Contact||Mrs. Erna Srl Emawati, Cruise Agency Department|
|PT Andhika GAC|
|Address||Wisma Staco, 2nd Floor, Suite 201228|
|Jalan Casablanca Kav. 18|
|Jakarta 12870 – Indonesia|
|Phone||+62 21 831 1000 or +62 21 831 1001|
|Fax||+62 811 970 0083|
|Contact||Suprijanto Widodo, Section Head-Cruise / Offshore|
|Are tugs available||Not available.|
|Fresh Water||Not available|
|Fuel Grades||Not available|
|To local attraction||Passengers disembark in the Komodo National park.
Local speedboat or ship’s tender is required to go to the Pink Beach. Its take about 10 min each way
Cruise ships calling Benoa
|Arion, Colombus, Costa Allegra, Costa Marina, Crown Odyssey, Delpin, Delphin Renaissance, Europa, Funchal, Hanseatic, Minerva, Ocean Pearl, Pacific Sun, Prinsendam, Rhapsody of the Seas, Seven Seas Mariner, Song of Flower, The World.|
|Overview||Vessels cannot berth but have to stay at anchor. A wooden landing stage with a floating pontoon at its end allows tenders to land passengers irrespective of the tidal level.|
|Position of the anchorage||008°35'00''S and 119°31'00''E|
|Distance from the achorage to the landing facility||about 1 nautical mile|
|Recent cruise ships operating at anchor||Costa Allegra, Pacific Sun, Sun Princess and Dawn Princess|