Expedition Information

Borneo Money

What is covered by the expedition costs?

Expedition fees paid to Operation Wallacea cover most of the costs associated with your expedition. Specifically, these fees cover accommodation, meals, transfers between sites, on-site training courses (excluding optional dive courses), diving (includes tanks, weights, boats, qualified dive staff), comprehensive medical and evacuation insurance, on-site medical support staff, as well as academic support staff for research projects, and participation in any of the research projects being offered.

Expedition fees, however, do not include Park Entry charges, optional dive equipment hire (BCD, regulator, mask, snorkel, fins), any additional dive courses beyond PADI Open Water, snacks and souvenirs purchased locally, visa fees (if applicable) and your travel costs to and from the expedition start and finish points.

Travel, excess baggage and visa costs
You are responsible for your own travel costs to and from the start and finish points of the expedition (see travel advice page).

If you are a nationality included in the Visa free list for Indonesia, and you are not staying in the country for more then 30 days, then you should be able to enter the country under this scheme. If however you are not a nationality on this list, or you are staying in the country longer than 30 days then you will need to check if you are a nationality on the Visa on Arrival scheme in Indonesia. If you are under this scheme then you can get a Visa on Arrival (VOA), which currently costs $35 on entry.

If you are staying over 30 days in Indonesia and need to extend your visa on site then you are responsible for paying an agent (we will arrange an agent for you) to complete this extension (approx $60). If you are staying over 60 days in Indonesia then you will need to enter on a Sosial Budaya visa and this will need to be obtained in advance of entering the country (see visa page) and you will need to schedule a visit back to Bau Bau or Wanci to be interviewed by Immigration at the end of 60 days in the country so your extension can be issued. You are responsible for the travel and any hotel costs for this visa extension as well as the visa extension costs (approx $60)

Depending on your airline for your internal flights, the baggage allowance can be as little as 10kg. However, it is common for people to exceed this weight allowance, and excess baggage can be paid for when checking in for your flight. It is charged at approximately $2 USD per kilo, and will need to be paid in Indonesian rupiah, or by credit card. Please bring enough money to cover any excess baggage charges on both your incoming and outgoing internal flights.

Spending money on site
You will need enough spending money to cover personal on-site expenditure.

(More information regarding dive hire and spending money will be updated soon)

IMPORTANT: Please check with your bank to ensure your existing ATM card is compatible with overseas ATMs.

Please also consider arranging a contingency fund to cover any emergencies.