Main bag – You will need a large holdall, minimum capacity 50 litres.
Day bag/small rucksack – Useful for carry on luggage.
Waterproof plastic/zip lock bags – These are very useful to keep the water out of your kit and clothes. You can line your bag with a bin/garbage bag and have smaller bags for clothes and items like your camera.
Sleeping bag/sleeping sheet – The temperature rarely drops below 25 degrees even at night so a light sleeping bag or sleeping sheet will be fine.
Water bottle/platypus – A leak proof bottle to carry water (capacity at least 1 litre) is imperative.
Torch/headtorch – A head torch is recommended but it doesn’t have to be anything expensive.
Spare Batteries – For head torch, camera etc. Batteries not available to buy on site. If you are planning on bringing an external power bank, these cannot be put in your hold luggage.
Waterproof jacket – Rainfall is unpredictable in this part of the world, so a plastic poncho or lightweight rainjacket is invaluable. Expensive heavyweight Gore-Tex raincoats are not recommended – they are hot and may get snagged and torn.
Biodegradable soap/shampoo – To minimise impact on the environment we ask all volunteers to bring ‘green’ detergents. Please bring personal soap such as lifestyles or mountain suds as unfortunately, biodegradable soap is not available in Indonesia.
Insect repellent – For any projects where you will be handling or in close proximity to animals you will need a non DEET based repellent. However for other times DEET based repellents are fine. Many of our staff use Mosi-guard which can be bought from Amazon.
Sunblock – Factor 30, minimum, is recommended. Please ensure it is a coral friendly sunblock if you intend to use it in the water.
Talcum powder – This can help prevent and combat athletes foot/other fungal infections.
Sanitary pads/tampons – Please bring a supply even if you do not expect to use them.
Travel towel/sarong – Don’t bring a big thick towel as it won’t dry quickly enough.
Camera – You will have lots of opportunities to take pictures but please bring a waterproof carrying case or zip lock bag for the camera. Please do not bring a drone, without the correct license from the Indonesian Government you could face a penalty fine
Small padlock for safe
Notebook and pencils
Dive booties – Must have a firm/thick sole
Dive watch/computer or waterproof watch – A timing device is a requirement under PADI regulations for qualified divers. You can buy a simple Casio W800 watch waterproof to 100m (not that you will be going any deeper than 18 metres – however they are more reliable) for approximately £15 on Amazon.
Dive training materials – You should purchase your Divemaster training crew pack before arrival. You can buy it here.
Proof of dive qualification – You need to be a PADI qualified rescue diver and have 40 dives logged when you start the course.
Lightweight long baggy trousers – 3-4 pairs
Flip flops/sandals – 2 pairs
Shorts – 2 pairs
T-shirts – 5
Vests/strappy tops – 3-4. For wearing around the Opwall site ONLY
Long sleeved shirt – 1
Fleece/thick top – 1
Swim suit/board shorts and rash vest- 2 or 3. Indonesia is a muslim country and so shoulders must be covered including when getting into and out of the water.
Underwear – Enough for 2 weeks. As it can be very hot, some people prefer to bring sports bras for comfort
Sunglasses – A good pair are important to protect your eyes from the glare reflected from the water.
Nightwear/Pyjamas – You will be in shared accommodation! This should cover your shoulders and knees.
All the equipment listed below is essential for diving projects. You can bring your own (which we recommend) or hire onsite (with the exception of a wetsuit and booties). For hire costs check the “costs to consider” section of the expedition description.
Buoyancy Control Device
Mask and snorkel (consider bringing a prescription mask if you suffer from poor eyesight – not available on site)
Wetsuit – A wetsuit is essential. We strongly recommend a 3-5mm full length wetsuit. (5mm is recommended if you feel the cold)
Dive torch – It won’t get much use as we rarely do night dives but you may want to consider bringing one if you have one.
Dive knife – This is a recommended but not essential item.
Although every expedition will have its own medical supplies, and medical teams on site, you MUST carry your own personal medical kit
Sea/travel sickness tablets
Swim ear or equivalent