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Indonesia Marine Research Assistant Kit List


General Items

Main bag – We recommend 50 litres in size

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. This is required for Hoga, and optional for the South Buton marine site.

Water bottle – Our camps supply treated water so you will need a water bottle to fill up from the water stations provided, either to carry around with you during the day or to take back to your accommodation in the evening

Torch/headtorch –Paths at our marine station and back to accommodation have limited lighting at night so a torch, ideally a head torch, is essential. We recommend your torch has a rechargable lithium battery that can be charged from a power source during the day. Please ensure you have an adaptor for Indonesian sockets. Single-use batteries cannot be disposed of locally, we do not sell locally and must be taken home with you.

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 –Rain is unpredictable at this time of year so we recommend you bring a light-weight raincoat of some description.

Travel towel/sarong –Bring a towel that is light weight and dries easily.

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 – For locking your pack or a safe box on Hoga Island

Hand sanitiser – Just a small bottle. Please use prior to meal time

Notebook and pencils – Please bring all your own stationary as may be required by your project

Marine Specific Equipment

PADI Crew Pack: If you’re undertaking dive training on your expedition you will see that we have also added Dive Training Materials to your internal travel invoice (if on an RA or Dissertation program) or final balance invoice (if on a school program) – this is the pack needed by anyone learning to SCUBA dive with us. In the past we have asked students to buy these independently, which takes time and effort, and so we are now arranging this on your behalf. You will be emailed with electronic access to your dive training materials closer to your expedition start date.

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.

Project specific equipment (dissertation students) – For students doing a dissertation project, your project leader will advise you of the specific equipment that you will require for your project

Laptop (dissertation students) – This is essential for dissertation students. It will be needed for your data entry and write up.


Lightweight long baggy trousers – 1-3 pairs
Flip flops/sandals – Walking sandals such as TEVA are ideal. Flip flops are a cheaper alternative that may also be considered
Shorts – 2 pairs. 2-3 pairs. Please ensure they extend down to above the knee, Indonesia is a Muslim country
T-shirts – 3-5. Don’t forget to buy your Opwall t-shirt from here!
Long sleeved shirt – 1-2
Fleece/thick top – 1, it can get cool in the evenings
Swim suit/board shorts and rash vest – 1-2, a rash vest or swim top that covers the shoulders. 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 recommended to protect your eyes from the glare reflected from the water.

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.

Wetsuit – A wetsuit is essential. We strongly recommend a 3-5mm full length wetsuit. (5mm is recommended if you feel the cold)

Buoyancy Control Device – Can be hired on site. We recommend you pre-book through the Operation Wallacea Shop (provide link)
Regulator – Can be hired on site. We recommend you pre-book through the Operation Wallacea Shop (provide link)
Fins – Can be hired on site if you do not bring your own. We recommend you pre-book through the Operation Wallacea Shop (provide link)

Dive booties – Necessary for wearing with open-heel fins. Cannot be hired on site so please ensure you bring your own

Dive watch/computer or waterproof watch – A timing device is a requirement under PADI regulations for qualified divers. Please ensure you bring either a waterproof watch or dive computer. They cannot be hired on site.

Mask and snorkel – We recommend that you bring your own to ensure a comfortable and airtight fit. Can be hired on site if necessary. Consider bringing a prescription mask if you suffer from poor eyesight – not available on site

Dive torch –Please bring an underwater torch if planning on doing an Advanced course that requires a night dive.


Biodegradable soap/shampoo – To minimise impact on the environment we ask all volunteers to bring ‘green’ detergents.
Toothbrush and toothpaste
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.
Antifungal foot powder /talcum powder (Essential) – It is important to keep your feet dry, so it is recommended to use antifungal foot powder at the end of each dive and after washing to prevent fungal infections. You can also bring talcum powder in addition, to save on costs.
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.

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 including any malaria prophylaxis

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