Indonesia Marine Dissertation Kit List


General Items

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.

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.

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.

Small padlock for safe

Hand sanitiser

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.

PADI Crew Pack: To complete your PADI Open Water course you must arrive on site with this pack. Your pack must include a PADI Open Water manual, RDP (Recreational Dive Planner), PIC (Positive Identification Card) and logbook.

You can purchase this in physical form or as an electronic pack from our partners via the following link: If you opt for an electronic pack it must be purchased from this source – these are not transferrable therefore a PIC bought from a different dive centre can not be used for your Opwall expedition. An electronic device (smartphone or tablet) will be required to access the materials on site.

Proof of dive qualification – If you are already a qualified diver, we will require proof of your dive qualifications on site. We do accept non-PADI qualifications, as long as it is equivalent to or more advanced than PADI Open Water.

Laptop and any project-specific equipment – You will need a laptop to work on, and your appointed supervisor will advise you of any project-specific equipment that you will need to bring.


Lightweight long baggy trousers – 2 pairs
Flip flops/sandals – 2 pairs
Shorts – 2 pairs
T-shirts – 5. Don’t forget to buy your Opwall t-shirt from here!
Long sleeved shirt – 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.
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!

Essential Dive equipment

All the equipment listed below is essential for diving projects. You can bring your own or hire onsite (with the exception of a wetsuit). We strongly recommend that you at least bring your own mask, snorkel and fins. 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)

Non essential dive equipment

Dive torch – If you are an advanced diver or are planning to take your advanced training please bring two dive torches, one main torch and a smaller back up torch.

Medical Kit

Although every expedition will have its own medical supplies, and medical teams on site, you MUST carry your own personal medical kit

Antihistamine tablets
Antihistamine/hydrocortisone cream
Rehydration salts
Plasters/band aids
Alcohol wipes
Sea/travel sickness tablets
Swim ear or equivalent
Prescribed medications

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