What should I bring with me?

Travel Light is the best advice we can give.

We try to maintain a relaxed causal atmosphere on board typically T shirts, shorts etc.

Occasionally, it can get a little cool on deck in the evenings, particularly if the wind is blowing from the bow, so a light top/hoodie or similar is useful to have available.

As such casual wearing is recommended, and since the weather is usually sunny you will spend most of the vacation in bathing suits, so bring even a few of them. You will spend most time on board barefoot, but it's good to pack some flip-flops and a rubber soled sandals or trainers for venturing ashore.

Hat, sunglasses and sunscreens with at least 15SPF are highly recommended, as well as soothing after sun products. Your toiletry bag should include all the usual items and perhaps insect repellent and seasickness pill just in case.


As a diver, what should I bring with me?

As much or as little as you like.

Included in the price is use of all the diving equipment that we have on board.

We carry 12 full sets of Mares equipment on board.

Alternatively if you are more comfortable with your own equipment, by all means please bring it. 

But please don't forget your log book and certification.

Whatever makes you happy, makes us happy.

How much diving will there be?

As divers, we love diving but we also appreciate that holidays should be about relaxation too.

As such, we pride ourselves on not being a "diving factory" liveaboard and try to offer a more balanced approach.

This is why we try to offer some time ashore as well on walks, excursions etc.

There is no averages but typically there will be 3 dives available per day with the occasional night dives.

How many you do is entirely up to you.

All we insist on is that you have a wonderful holiday with us.

Can I bring children on a yacht charter vacation?

Yes please; We love having children on board and more importantly, children love sailing holidays, and a cruise aboard the Carpe Diem is an amazing way to spend quality time with the kids.

With stunning islands of providing the backdrop, children will have the adventure of a lifetime just being on and around our "pirate ship".

Children love everything that the Carpe Diem has to offer kayaking, fishing, swimming, snorkelling, hoisting the sails, helping the crew, steering the boat  and especially jumping into the sea from the rigging! 

There are also books to read and the chance to disconnect from the internet and reconnect with the simpler things that life has to offer and just spend quality time together.

In addition, here are a few other tips for making your yacht-charter fun for the whole family:

  • Our masks, snorkels, fins do not always fit younger children so if you already have your own set which fits well we definitely recommend you bring this.
  • Pack rash-vests for the whole family. They are a great solution to having to put on so much sunblock all the time.
  • Pack your children's favourite board games, travel games, and a small sketch books with colouring pencils.
  • Pack a waterproof digital camera

What will the food be like?

In a word. Wonderful.

We know how important the food is on a yacht charter and here on the Carpe Diem we take pride in sourcing the freshest ingredients and encouraging our chefs to develop creative and appetising menus.

Our chefs will be able to prepare both Asian and Western foods.

Please let us know in advance of all dietary requirements or requests so we can make arrangements. We operate from relatively remote areas so it isn’t always possible to get specific ingredients, but we'll always try our best to accommodate.


We recommend that guests have adequate travel insurance before they travel.

Divers are required to have specific dive insurance (unless covered by travel insurance). We strongly recommend DAN or DAN Europe.

The Carpe Diem Phinisi carries two separate insurance policies:

1) Hull & Machinery Insurance, which covers the vessel itself in the event of damage or loss; and

2) Protection & Indemnity Insurance (P&I), which is a third-party insurance and covers passengers and crew during the time they are aboard the vessel.

It is important to note that the P&I Insurance does not cover accidents, injuries, etc outside of the vessel, e.g. due to any swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, water-skiing, surfing, kayaking or similar sports, whether supplied by the yacht owner, charterer, or any third party.

Will I be able to use my phone and is there wifi?

Once we leave port mobile phone signal is intermittent or non-existent.

Wifi? No....enjoy your holiday.

What safety equipment is on the boat?

There are 2 life rafts, life jackets, life rings, sea radio, EPIRB, VHF Radio, visual and audio signalling devices (flares, horns), Fire extinguishers, emergency oxygen, and first aid kit.

What about charging electrical devices etc?

Each cabin has several 220V ac power sockets. The type of socket is two round pins. 

Please remember to bring travel adapters.

Do I need a visa?

Tourists from many countries do not need a visa to enter Indonesia for a visit of up to 30 days.

See below link.


Please confirm with your local embassy.

Will I need any vaccinations?

The following links offer good guidance



However, guests are encouraged to consult their local health advisor.