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Tipping on a LOB in Indonesia

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by Clernix, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. Bali-Freak

    Bali-Freak Dive Charter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Japan
    Yes - I was in a bemo once and a foreigner got out and gave the driver IDR 50.000 (instead of usual 2,000-5,000). The driver's eyes lit up! Then the guy asked, "is that enough?". The driver's eyes lit up even more and he said, "just little more please".

    His lucky day I guess.
  2. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter


    I suppose I shouldn't laugh but I couldn't help myself.
  3. Clernix

    Clernix Nassau Grouper

    I just finished two live aboard dive curses in Indonesia; Komodo and Raja. The tipping questions I had easily resolved itself. The crew provided service that was unbelievable. I never touched my gear, as soon as I got of the dingy the crew was waiting to hang up my wet set and square away the rest of my gear.

    I had no problem giving them well over 10%. These guys glued my boats back together and made sure I had fresh clothes for the next live aboard.

    We Americans may be heavy tippers and seen to ruin it for everyone else but being generous is not something I am ashamed of.

    The same people that won't tip here tip the appropriate 5-10% when the do trips where it is expected of them. Rationalizing tipping less here because these people have a lower income is not something I support. I met some of the nicest people and received the best service in Indonesia so I felt good about dropping a decent tip.
    Puxesaco, Alice Goot and AlMitch like this.

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