We're thrilled that you are joining our 5 Gyres Coral Triangle Expedition! We’ll be traveling through Indonesia to research microplastics and explore solutions to the problem of plastic pollution. This private page lists the steps to get prepared.

Important information!

***Make sure to consult with your physician at least a month prior to the voyage to make sure your vaccinations are up to date. No vaccinations are specifically required for travel in Indonesia; however, malaria is prevalent throughout Indonesia, although your risk of exposure is greatly reduced on board. If your physician recommends that you take malaria pills, Malarome is preferable to Larium (because: hallucinations). 

If you are a woman planning to get pregnant, or a man in a relationship in which pregnancy is a possibility, you should consult the CDC's website and talk with your doctor about Zika, which is minimally present in Bali with only two cases reported.

To travel, you must have:

  • passport - make sure it is current for at least six months or you will not be allowed to travel to Bali; keep in carry-on luggage
  • copy of passport - stored separately from your travel documents
  • international travel medical insurance or DAN (Divers Alert Network) membership 

1. Read these materials prior to boarding:

Collected data will be incorporated into the organization’s global dataset of microplastics, used in our Global Estimate of Marine Plastic Pollution study. In keeping with our “science to solutions” model, a better understanding of the global scope and trends related to ocean plastic pollution will help us monitor the efficacy of upstream solutions over time.

Protocols


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 On our Expedition, you will see firsthand why plastic in the ocean is more like Plastic Smog than a mythical "plastic island" sensationalized by the media. It's a problem that cannot be solved simply by recycling, which affects 1,200 animal species--including humans. 

5 Gyres 2014 Global Estimate was the first publication to assess how much plastic floats on the surface of the world's oceans, while our recent BAN (Better Alternatives Now) List 2.0 study analyzes plastics for toxicity, recoverability, recyclability, and more. Data from our Expedition will contribute to forthcoming updates of these studies, including the BAN List 3.0 which will focus on data from Southeast Asia.

What's happening in Southeast Asia to solve the problem? Read these:

Indonesian Study into Health Risks of Microplastics

Indonesia Microplastic Research

Reducing Plastic Bag Use in Indonesia

Indonesia’s Plan of Action on Marine Plastic Debris 2017-2025

Plastic Study BaliFokus

In addition, the Break Free From Plastic global network is working on related projects in the region, including trash audits and zero waste initiatives.


2. Learn more about our partners:

Our crew includes representatives from Indonesian NGOs and research institutions, which are establishing consumer, corporate and legislative campaigns to combat plastic pollution in Indonesia. Many are working on community-based, zero-waste solutions that prevent the flow of plastics to local waters in Indonesia. Through the 5 Gyres TrawlShare program, we will share our research equipment so that they can continue monitoring plastic pollution in the region after our Expedition has concluded. Click through to find out more!

Bali Fokus 

Indonesian Waste Platform

Universitas Hasanuddin


3.  Suggested packing list:

OPTIONAL

  • electronics*
  • plug converter - standard voltage is 220 volts/50 hertz; outlets have two round holes

*There is no wifi while at sea. The 5 Gyres crew will use a satellite phone to convey images to our @5Gyres social media channels; friends and family can follow the #5GyresExpedition hashtag for updates.

WE WILL PROVIDE

  • Klean Kanteen water bottle (we will provide filtered water refill stations on board)
  • Universal LifeStraw filtration straw for safest hydration while on shore
  • Costa sunglasses
  • Goddess Garden sunscreen in a reusable metal container

If you choose to bring additional sunscreen, please make sure it does not contain these chemicals:

avobenzone — ranking “2” on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

homosalate — ranking “4” on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

octisalate — ranking “4” on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

octocrylene — ranking “3” on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

The chemical of most concern is oxybenzone, which ranks “8” or a “high hazard” on the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database because it is a human and animal endocrine disruptor and is linked to the damage and death of coral reefs, as well as to exacerbate coral bleaching

The National Park Service states that sunscreens with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide (both natural ingredients) are found not to harm reefs.

 

CLOTHES - On day trips, we advise modest dress for both men and women, such as knee-length shorts and clothes that cover the shoulders.

  • 1-2 long pants
  • 4-5 shorts
  • 8-12 shirts
  • 2-3 bathing suits
  • rashguard and swim pants or light wetsuit (for sun and jellyfish protection)
  • 2 longsleeve shirts
  • waterproof windbreaker
  • sweater or fleece
  • deck shoes or watersafe sandals
  • walking shoes
  • undergarments
  • pajamas
  • sarong

GEAR

  • dry bag (optional)
  • quick dry towel
  • sunglasses
  • head lamp
  • snorkling gear - mask, snorkel and fins
  • toiletries/medication***
  • anti-nausea medication if this is an issue for you
  • anti-diarrheal medication just in case, although **
  • antibiotic ointment and bandages - cuts can quickly become septic in the tropics
  • DEET insect repellent - 25-40% concentration recommended

4. Itinerary!

Please note weather or other events may cause the actual itinerary to vary from what is outlined below. 

SECOND LEG Tuesday 7.30 to Wednesday 8.8

Day 0-1: USA - Bali (July 30)
Arrive July 30 (or earlier) for crew introductions and 5 Gyres event! Overnight at Sudamala Resort in Sanur. Hotel room and airport transfers are included for your arrival day (30 July).

Day 2: Bali - Nusa Lembogan (July 31)
Board the boat and depart. Afternoon plastics observation on board.
Dinner speaker: Marcus Eriksen, “Global Impact of Local Research”

Day 3: Nara Bay, Lombok - Gili Island (Aug 1)
Beach sample collection and clean up; afternoon snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding or surfing. 
Dinner speaker: Tio Septiono, “Alliance for Zero Waste Indonesia's Plastic Research”

Day 4: Moyo Island Marine Reserve (Aug 2)
Plastic sampling by Zodiac, followed by beach sampling and clean up with afternoon snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding or surfing.  
Dinner speaker: Dr. Michael Yeh, “Plastic and Human Health”

Day 5: Satonda Island (Aug 3)
Sample analysis on board, followed by beach clean up with afternoon afternoon snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding or surfing. Dinner speaker: Akbar Tahir, Universitas Hasanuddin “Macro and Microplastics on Seagrass Meadows of Spermonde Archipelago”

Day 6-8: Komodo National Park (Aug 4-6)
Excursion to view the Komodo dragon. Plastic sampling by Zodiac and sample analysis on board; afternoon snorkeling and a chance to swim with manta rays. 
Dinner speaker: Krystle Moody, “Textiles and Microplastics” (August 5)

Day 9: Padar Island (Aug 7)
Plastic sampling by Zodiac, followed by onboard sample analysis with afternoon snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding or surfing. 
Dinner speaker: Haley Jain Haggerstone, “Vote With Your Wallet”

Day 10: Labuan Bajo (Aug 8)
Disembark in Labuan Bajo, then transfer to airport for flights back to Bali.

FIRST LEG Saturday 7.20 to Sunday 7.29

Day 0-1: USA - Bali (July 20)
Arrive July 20 (or earlier) for crew introductions. Overnight at Sudamala Resort in Sanur. Hotel room and airport transfers are included for your arrival day (20 July). 

Day 2: Bali - fly to Labuan Bajo (July 21)
Fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo, then board the boat and depart. Afternoon plastics observation on board.
Dinner speaker: Carolynn Box, “Global Impact of Local Research”

Day 3: Padar Island (July 22)
Beach sample collection and clean up; afternoon snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding or surfing. 
Dinner speaker: NGO TBD

Day 4-6: Komodo National Park (July 23-25)
Excursion to view the Komodo dragon. Plastic sampling by Zodiac and sample analysis on board; afternoon snorkeling and a chance to swim with manta rays. 
Dinner speaker: Julian McQueen, “Turning Stories Into Action” (July 24)

Day 7: Satonda Island (July 26)
Plastic sampling by Zodiac, followed by beach sampling and clean up with afternoon snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding or surfing. 
Dinner speaker: Scientist TBD

Day 8: Moyo Island Marine Reserve (July 27)
Sample analysis on board, followed by beach clean up with afternoon afternoon snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding or surfing. 
Dinner speaker: Sachi Cunningham, “Multimedia and Activism”

Day 9: Nara Bay, Lombok - Gili Island (July 28)
Plastic sampling by Zodiac, followed by onboard sample analysis with afternoon snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding or surfing. 
Dinner speaker: Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, “Plastic and Human Health”

Day 10: Lombok back to Bali  (July 29)
Cruise from Nusa Lembongan Island through Badung Strait back to Bali arrive in the harbor by noon.  Transfer to airport for flights home or remain in Bali for 5 Gyres event!