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Hold on to your freedom
The approach to life expressed here is not an empty statement. It is the approach by which we live, and which you will come to experience if you book a trip on our boat. It is from our outlook on life that our boat charter idea developed to become the “Moana Cruising” project.

Cause and effect
We like the people around us to be happy, and we like showing them the discoveries we have made. Hospitality is not just an empty word for us. If our guests are happy, we feel good, we feel satisfied. Our main task at Moana Cruising is to ensure the wellbeing of EVERY ONE of our guests.

Staying in the rhythm
We extend a warm welcome to all those who wish to relax with us, enjoy the beauties of nature and open themselves up to what life can offer.

Society for the Deceleration of Time:
Members solemnly undertake to contribute to a general process of deceleration, and more specifically to encourage "pausing for reflection in situations where mindless activism and vested interests produce solutions that are expedient rather than genuine"


A recent satellite photo released by the country's Ministry of Research and Technology confirmed that the country consists of exactly 18.110 islands! Over a thousand more than the figure often published in various media and guide books. Undoubtly Indonesia is the word's largest country in terms of numbers of islands, much larger than the combined archipelago countries of Japan, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Only about 6,000 islands are inhabited.

Indonesia is situated between two continents, Asia and Australia, and two oceans, the Pacific and the Indian. Bali, Java, Sumatra and Borneo were all once part of the Asia continent, while the eastern half belonged to the Australia continent. This natural phenomenon dictates the natural habitats and faunas now existing in the two opposing areas.

Even more interesting is the fact that the shallow water, especially in the eastern half, is the perfect habitat for various corals and fishes, making the triangle area between Bali, the Philippines and Irian Jaya (Papua) a paradise for divers worldwide.

Here an interesting link to our Komodo Dragons.

Capital Jakarta
Inhabitants +/-  210 Millionen
Language Bahasa Indonesia (national language)
all together 583 languages and dialects
Currency Indonesian Rupiah (Rp.)
1 € = according to daily rate 11.000 up to 12.000 Rp
1 US$ = according to daily rate 9.000 up to 10.000 Rp
Climate The main variable of Indonesia's climate is not temperature or air pressure, but rainfall. Split by the equator, the archipelago is almost entirely tropical in climate, with the coastal plains averaging 28°C, the inland and mountain areas averaging 26°C, and the higher mountain regions, 23°C. The area's relative humidity ranges between 70 and 90 percent. Winds are moderate and generally predictable
Sea Area 7,9 million square meter (81% of the total area of the country)
Territory 1,9 million square meter
Time Zone MEZ + 6 h
Area Code 00 62
Internet Code .id

Cuisine in Indonesia

Indonesia has one of the world's great cuisines, its influences originating from all corners of the globe. Located at the crossroads of the ancient world, astride the great trade routes between the Middle East and Asia, wave after wave of traders, adventurers and immigrants have, since the Middle Ages, been drawn by the riches of these Spice Islands.
Thus, nature and history have conspired to give Indonesia a cuisine as varied and highly seasoned as its thousands of islands and its hundreds of ethnic groups. From India came curries, cucumber, eggplant, Indian mustard, cowpeas. The Chinese brought the wok and stir-frying, Chinese mustard, and vegetables such as brassica and Chinese cabbage. From Arabia came typical Middle Eastern gastronomic techniques and dishes such as kebab and flavorful goat stews.

From the surrounding seas as well as from fresh water fisheries fish is abundant and of great variety, such as lobsters, oysters, prawns and shrimps, squid, crab, etc. Fish features prominently in the diet as fresh, salted, dried or smoked.

Coconut is found everywhere and besides being produced for cooking oil, its milk the juice from the white meat - is an ingredient for many dishes.

Spices and hot chili peppers are the essence of most cooking, and in some areas they are used generously such as in West Sumatera and North Sulawesi. Each province or area has its own cuisine, which vary in the method of cooking and ingredients.

Indonesia is made up of six main islands, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Bali, Kalimantan (part of the island of Borneo) and Irian Jaya (the western half of New Guinea), and 30 smaller archipelagos, in total 17,508 islands. 6000 of these islands are inhabited and stretch over 4828km (3000 miles), most lying in a volcanic belt with more than 300 volcanoes, the great majority of which are extinct. The landscape varies from island to island, ranging from high mountains and plateaux to coastal lowlands and alluvial belts.

Whether separated by mountains and rivers or by vast stretches of ocean, Indonesia's widely dispersed indigenous population has developed over centuries into a rich tapestry of regional cultural traditions. This is manifested in many ways.

Flora and Fauna
Because the flora is so rich many people in Indonesia have made a good living of this natural resource. About 6,000 species of plants are known to be used directly or indirectly by the people. A striking example in this modern time is the use of plants in the production of traditional herbal medicine or "Jamu". Flowers are indispensable in ceremonial, customary and traditional rites. Rafflesia Arnoldi, which is only found in certain parts of Sumatra, is the largest flower in the world. The myriad of orchids in rich in species, varying in size from the largest of all orchids, the tiger orchid of Grammatophyllum Speciosum, to the tiny and leafless species of Taeniophyllum.
Indonesia contains one of the world's most remarkable geographical boundaries in its distribution of animals. This dates back to the glacial period when sea level fell all over the world. During this period the islands of Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan and Bali on the Sunda Shelf were joined together with one another and the Asian mainland, but Irian Jaya, Aru and the Australian continent of the Sahul Shelf were separated. This early geographical separation explains why the tropical animal species of Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan do not exist in Irian Jaya. For the same reason, the kangaroo of Irian Jaya is missing in the other region. The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). the world's largest lizard, can grow to 3 meters long. Its home is on the Komodo group of reserves, which are composed of Komodo, Padar and Rinca islands, off the coast of Flores in the eastern part of the country



FAQs - The Moana ABC

  • Accommodation

    On board Moana there are 5 cabins all entirely new designed and refurbished in 2015: 2 twin shared cabins (two single beds), 2 cabins with each one double bed, and 1 cabin for two adults and a toddler having one large double bed. All cabins are air-conditioned and have a private shower and a western style toilet attached. In case you would prefer to sleep on deck, blankets and mattresses are available.

  • Age and physical condition

    There are no specific limits concerning age or physical condition. Please realize you'll be sailing on a (very comfortable) schooner and not on a big cruise ship, so being a good walker certainly is a pro. The most important thing of all, however, is your mental flexibility. Weather, currents and tides sometimes force us to change the program. Your safety is our first priority. With your 'hotel room' constantly at hand, no packing and unpacking all the time, traveling at your own pace in a small group, these make up the ingredients of a very relaxing and adventurous trip.

  • Arrival on board

    On arrival on board your travel guide will show you to your cabin. Shortly after departure there will be a 'safety briefing'. During this briefing you will be told where the life jackets and life rafts are situated and you will get further safety instructions. After this the 'house' regulations will be discussed. During your trip there will be a daily briefing in which your travel guide will give you information about the route, excursions, social, cultural, geographical and historical backgrounds etc.

  • Bar

    We offer a wide variety of alcoholic beverages (imported wines and all sorts of other liqueurs and alcoholic drinks) as well as canned soft drinks for reasonable prices.

  • Children onboard MOANA

    MOANA has a great number of children onboard since its beginnings. Of all ages, from babies to toddlers and teenagers, MOANA has seen them all and in large number. Our boat is practically “child safe”. Our crew is quite used to handling children of all ages and will be of great help to you. We advise you keep a close eye on toddlers in the deck area especially where the stairs to the cabins can be steep. Although the crew is extremely helpful and supportive to parents and playful with children, we ask you to keep one thing in mind: MOANA is still a boat. It is important for parents to remember to guard children at all times.

  • Climate and monsoon

    Indonesia has a tropical climate with temperatures varying from 27º C to 32º C. Humidity is quite high: 50 to 90%. Indonesia has two monsoon periods. Moana has planned its trips according to these seasons.

  • Conduct

    Bear a few things in mind concerning social behavior in Indonesia. Most travelers experience great warmth and hospitality, but with it comes an open curiosity about personal matters. You should not be surprised by total strangers asking details of your job, income and family circumstances. Cleanliness and modesty are appreciated even in informal situations. Use your right hand for giving, taking, eating or shaking hands as the left is considered to be unclean. Don't pat a child on the head. In fact, never touch anybody's head. Most Indonesians see the head as the seat of the soul and therefore sacred. Nudity (or sunbathing topless) is not permitted on beaches and although there are some places where this ban is ignored, it causes widespread offence. Displays of intimacy are not considered suitable in public and will probably draw unwanted attention. Women should cover shoulders and legs in Islamic areas.

  • Electricity

    Voltage on board is 220 volts AC. In your cabin there is a socket suitable for 2-way European plugs. There are also 15 sockets in the lounge and 2 power boards at the decktable to charge you camera batteries etc., at hand.

  • Excursions

    Excursions during your trip are inclusive. Your travel guide will offer possibilities for short excursions during day time. Of course it's always up to you whether or not you join these trips. Please note: Programs might change due to unexpected weather conditions, local authorities and other causes which are beyond our control.

  • Fellow passengers

    In general our passengers are a heterogeneous and well balanced group of people: couples, singles, women and men of various nationalities.

  • Guidebooks

    You'll find good and up-to-date information about the areas to be visited by MOANA in:

    • Periplus Travel Guides: Bali; East of Bali;
    • Fodor's: Indonesia; Bali-Lombok
    • Lonely Planet: Indonesia Travel Survival Kit.

    On board we have a library with all kind of books in several languages.

  • Hotels

    Prior to the sailing trip our passengers usually stay in a hotel. Please let us know where we can reach you at least 10 days before departure. This enables us to give you last details concerning the cruise. In order to avoid misunderstandings concerning transfers we would also like to know about your plans after the sailing trip. Moana Cruising can help you find a good hotel or give you useful information about other (day) trips during your stay in Indonesia.

  • Hygiene

    On board Moana we only use bottled water for preparing food. Therefore the risk of intestinal upsets is small. When ashore, please be careful of what you drink. We advise bottled drinks, tea or coffee. Never drink water from taps, also on board.

  • Malaria

    Experience has shown at sea it is very unlikely to have mosquitoes. Ashore, there will be. Protect yourself against mosquito bites especially when ashore.

  • Money

    Indonesian currency is the Rupiah. It’s easy to exchange Euros or US Dollars at arrival in Bali. Most traveler's' checks in US Dollars and Euro might be accepted but became quite uncommon in recent years. If you bring USD we advise to bring USD 100 ones because for USD 50-20-10-5-1 you get a lower rate. Major credit cards are widely accepted in the main centers, though in smaller towns it is still rare to be able to pay by credit card. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) that accept foreign bank cards are widespread in the main centers and cities. Moana will take you off the beaten track, so we advise you to bring cash (Rupiah) money along on board. On board we accept cash only (Rupiah, Euros or US Dollars).

  • Phrase books

    An Indonesian phrase book will come in quite handy. Not many Indonesians can speak basic English.

  • Seasickness

    Some passengers are afraid that the trip could be spoiled because of seasickness. Of course the swell or the wind can sometimes be stronger than usual, possibly causing a mild form of seasickness. In that case you can take a tablet, travel chewing gum or homeopathic nausea remedy available on the ship. Once used to the movements of the ship, however, you probably won't get seasick at all. Best experiences we have also with offering a simple ginger tea at departure time.

  • Shore visits

    Some of your visits will require wet-landings when the speed boat brings you to shore. We try to find the easiest way out and our crew will assist you.

  • Single passengers

    Single passengers are requested to share a cabin. Gender and age are used as criteria in this case. It is possible to book a single cabin with a surcharge of 75% / night.

  • Small cuts

    The tiniest cut easily gets infected in a tropical climate. Whenever the skin is broken, clean it, treat it, and cover it. There is a well-equipped first-aid kit on board, but do bring your own small-size one.

  • Snorkeling

    Snorkeling will be an almost daily highlight. The fascinating underwater world offers an abundance of sights. Don't let this be spoiled by sunburn or small injuries. Always wear a T-shirt and plastic or rubber bathing shoes. Snorkeling equipment is readily available on board Moana.

  • Sunburn and heat stroke

    The burning power of the tropical sun is phenomenal. Always wear a hat or cap and use some form of (water-resistant) sun cream or lotion on untanned skin. Always wear a T-shirt when you go snorkeling. Glare from the sun can cause eye problems so wear sunglasses, especially on beaches. Avoid dehydration by drinking lots of non-alcoholic fluid. Put extra salt on your food.

  • Tipping

    At the end of your trip your travel guide will kindly ask you to show appreciation to the crew by giving a tip. We recommend 15 EUR / guest / day as a further thank you to the 11 local crew who make this trip possible at all.

  • Travel insurance

    We expect our passengers to have a personal travel health insurance. Also we strongly recommend every traveller to have a travel cancellation/interruption insurance. Please contact an insurance company or your travel agent.

  • Visas and documents

    To avoid any unpleasant surprise on arrival, check your passport before leaving. Make sure it will be valid for at least 6 months after arrival. Also check at your local Indonesian embassy or consulate whether you need a visa. Changes in the Indonesian Tourist Visa Policy, as of February 1st 2004, should be carefully checked at the Indonesian Embassy of your country. Some nationalities are allowed to purchase the visa “on arrival” but several other nationalities must apply at home before departure.

  • What to take

    The atmosphere on board Moana is informal. Light cotton clothes are useful almost anywhere in Indonesia. When you are ashore, modest dress for both men and women is always advisable: loose-fitting non see-through clothes, covering the shoulders, and skirts, dresses or shorts (at least knee-length). It is also a good idea to bring a pair of light and comfortable trekking shoes, sport shoes will do too.

  • Checklist

    • photocopies of essential documents;
    • light cotton clothes;
    • long trousers and shorts or skirt;
    • swim-suit;
    • sweater or cardigan;
    • bathing shoes (essential when you go snorkeling), casuals or sandals, walking
    • shoes;
    • high protection factor suntan lotion;
    • insect repellent;
    • torch, camera, small backpack, hat/cap,
    • your own first aid
    • Divers: diving certification, logbook, personal dive equipment
  • Finally we wish you

    Very pleasant preparations for your trip and hope to welcome you on board Moana!