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Indonesia Wallacea – Marine School Kit List


General Items

Main bag – You will need a large holdall or rucksack, 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. This is required for Hoga, and optional for the South Buton marine site.

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

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 – Not needed for South Buton marine site.

Hand sanitiser

Notebook and pencils 


For the forest you should bring clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty! Synthetic (wicking) fabric is the best as it is quick drying, but cotton is kinder to the skin. Don’t forget to buy your Opwall t-shirt from here!

Flip flops/sandals – 1 pair

Lightweight long baggy trousers (not cotton) – 2-3 pairs for trekking. Lightweight and relatively loose fitting. Those that zip off at the knee are useful for river surveys.

Shorts – 2-3 pairs, one could be board shorts. Should be light-weight and relatively loose fitting.

T-shirts- 3-5 Should be light-weight and relatively loose fitting. Up to you if you prefer to wear T-shirts or long sleeve shirts that button up.

Fleece top – Not too thick. It can get cool in the evenings and when travelling on boats.

Long sleeved shirt – 2, lightweight, button up

Swim suit/board shorts and rash vest- 1 or 2 Indonesia is a muslim country and so shoulders must be covered including when getting into and out of the water.

Socks – Enough for 1 week. Hiking socks worn over cotton socks can be better for long treks. Socks need to changed each day and may take some time to dry. One pair to keep dry for sleeping in the forest.

Underwear – Enough for 2 weeks. Sports bras recommended for girls.

Hat with brim – Essential to protect your face from the sun, ideally would be easy to pack up in your bag


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.

Dive Equipment 

All the equipment listed below is essential for diving projects. You can bring your own or hire onsite (with the the exception of a wetsuit). Hire costs will be included in your final invoice.

Buoyancy Control Device – can either be hired on site or you can bring your own. 
Regulator – can either be hired on site or you can bring your own. 
Fins – can either be hired on site or you can bring your own. 
Mask and snorkel – can either be hired on site or you can bring your own. Consider bringing a prescription mask if you suffer from poor eyesight
Wetsuit – It is mandatory to bring a wetsuit, and will effect whether you can dive if you do not have one. We recommend a 3-5mm thickness full length wetsuit (but a 5mm is recommended if you feel the cold).

Equipment rental is prepaid and will be included on your invoice.

Dive booties – These are used for walking out to the boats and are essential. A solid sole is required, and booties that cover the ankle are best.

Dive watch/computer or waterproof watch – A timing device is an essential requirement under PADI regulations for qualified divers.


Biodegradable soap/shampoo – Please only bring biodegradable soaps to minimise impact on the environment – most bathing in the forest is done in or beside the river

Insect repellent – For any projects where you will be handling or in close proximity to animals (in particular amphibians) 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/antifungal powder – The forest environment is very wet which can lead to rashes and fungal outbreaks on your skin. A small tube of anti-fungal cream and some talcum powder may help to prevent/combat these conditions.

Sanitary pads/tampons – Please bring a supply even if you do not expect to use them

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

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

Optional Extras

Indonesian phrase book or dictionary

Binoculars – These are really useful to see much of the wildlife in the forest. 8 X 40 are the best to bring

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

MP3 player/cards/book/travel games

Protein bars/ snack bars – You may wish to bring extra snack bars for treks, or protein bars

Vitamin/mineral supplements – The diet can be basic in Indonesia so these can be a good idea (delete reference to veg/vegan)

Sunglasses – A good pair are important to protect your eyes from the glare reflected from the water

Plug/socket adaptor – If you need to charge any cameras etc. Two pronged European style adaptor

Silica gel packets – Can absorb moisture when kept with electrical items

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