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WHAT TO DO IN ADVANCE:
Check in online
Remember to check in online and get boarding passes for all passengers for both the outbound and return leg of your flight, otherwise the airline may charge you.
Make sure to check your baggage allowance for both cabin & hold bags as some airlines have updated their policies recently.
Get travel insurance
We highly advise that you book travel insurance that includes Covid cancellation cover. The Global health insurance card (GHIC) is not valid in Albania and any healthcare costs can be expensive if you do not have insurance. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, please make an Explorations staff member aware. The emergency numbers in Albania are listed below. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
- General emergency: 112
- Emergency at sea: 125
- Police: 129
- Ambulance: 127
- Fire brigade: 128
- Road police: 126
Don’t forget to pack
- Passport: We are going abroad!
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat: It gets hot during the day - expecting around 27ºC 😎
- Beach towel and swimwear
- Party shoes
- A couple of warmer layers for evening and boat trips
- Fitness clothes if you decide to take part in our wellness classes
- EU travel adapter and phone charger. A power bank is never a bad idea!
- Waterproof mac - weather is meant to be good but better to be prepared!
- Mosquito repellent
Explorations is cashless this year. Your festival wristband has an RFID chip where you can top up credit to spend at the bars. This means you don’t need to bring as much cash with you. Most restaurants take cards and there are a couple ATMs on site.
The local currency is LEK. However, Euros are accepted in many places around Albania. If you bring Euros you will be able to exchange them at the local currency exchange office.
We recommend bringing some cash and a Revolut or Monzo card with you to save on card fees.
Cashless refunds requests will be available between 27/06/2022 11:00 and 11/07/2022 23:00 here.
Check your roaming plan
Albania may not be included in your roaming free destinations, which means you will be charged for internet data by your phone provider - and probably quite a lot.
The only reason you should really need your phone at Explorations is to locate your accommodation but not to worry, below you will find a step by step guide on how to save your accommodation on Google maps so you can access it offline.
If you still want to have data, you can get a pay as you go SIM from Vodafone and activate their international roaming plan for £6/day.
As of May 1st 2022, all Covid-19 related travel requirements have been lifted. This means travellers no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test, nor complete a Passenger Locator Form in order to enter Albania or Greece. However, it is still required to wear protective masks in all indoor spaces, including the aircraft.
Even if not legally required, we invite everyone to take a test before travelling to keep our community safe. After 2 years without being able to enjoy Explorations, we don’t take this opportunity for granted. Tests may not be easily available in Dhërmi so may want to pack some as well.
As we need to confirm all final details with your hosts at Explorations, Friday 3rd June is the deadline for any booking changes or amends. Unfortunately we will not be able to make any changes to your booking past this date.
ROAD TO EXPLORATIONS - FESTIVAL TRANSFERS
Once you land in Corfu, you need to make your own way to Corfu port (Kerkira). The best way to get there is by taxi - there is a taxi stop right outside the airport, the journey takes about 20 minutes.
Be sure to ask your taxi driver to take you to the International port for Albania rather than the domestic one for the rest of Greece.
Collecting your wristband at Corfu Port
On arrival at the port, head to the meeting point (number two on the below map). An Explorations rep will be present outside the main terminal building and will advise you on where to join the queue.
Whilst in the queue for the boat check in, festival reps will be running accreditation and distributing wristbands. Please ensure you have your photo ID, your e-ticket, and any cashless top up vouchers ready to be scanned. The e-ticket will be sent via email the week before the event. All tickets will be downloadable from the manage booking platform.
Once you have collected your wristband, please head inside the terminal building to collect your boarding pass. You will need your e-ticket and a photo ID. Then turn right to go through Greek passport control and wait to board the boat.
The boat ride
Boats go from Corfu (Greece) to Himarë (Albania). The standard Ferry takes about 2hr 45 and the Dolphin (speedy transfers) only 1hr 30. Enjoy the view while you cruise the Riviera. If you are lucky you may see some dolphins from the boat!
The final leg
Once you get to Albania, our festival reps will escort you to the Albanian Customs desk for passport control, then direct you to the coach park before leaving for Dhërmi. The transfer to your hotel will take between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on where your hotel is located.
What happens if my flight is delayed?
If your flight is slightly delayed and you miss your boat, we will do our best to accommodate you on the next ferry. If you are on the last boat and your flight is delayed by more than 30 - 45 minutes you may need to stay in Corfu overnight (check if your travel insurance covers this eventuality). If you do have to stay in Corfu overnight, please be at the port the following day so you can hop on the first boat.
If you are going to miss your boat, feel free to whatsapp this number to let us know:
Travel and accommodation (emergency) test +355 (0) 693984561
Not travelling with us??
If you are not travelling with us, please make your own way to your accommodation to check in and then head to the info point located near the main gate with your e-ticket and photo ID to collect your wristband at the following times:
- Wednesday: 14:00 - 02:00
- Thursday: 13:00 - 01:00
- Friday: 13:00 - 23:00
- Saturday & Sunday: 13:00 - 22:00
ARRIVAL INFORMATION - CHECK-IN PROCEDURE
Locate your accommodation
Before travelling, please check the accommodation map below and locate your accommodation and the nearest transfer drop off point in advance.
Bear in mind that you might still have a 10-15 min walk before you arrive at your hotel so it’s vitally important that you know the name of your hotel and how to get there from the shuttle stop.
Pro-tip: save this map on your offline maps so you can access anytime. Check here how to do that.
Your accommodation name is detailed on your booking confirmation email - if you cannot locate it you can resend it via manage booking.
Once you have been dropped off, please head to your accommodation to check in. Festival reps will be at the transfer stop to help you locate your accommodation. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it!
Accommodation check in
If you are travelling with us, we have notified the accommodation of your arrival time and they will be ready to receive you, even if you are arriving late.
If you are not travelling with us, please check in between 10:00 and 23:00.
For check out times, please speak to the hotel directly upon arrival.
As with any other holiday accommodation, your hotel may require you to pay a security deposit upon arrival.
If this is required, it is likely it will have to be paid in cash as most hotels don’t have the facilities to take card payments. Please confirm upon arrival with your hotel. Deposits vary depending on the accommodation type but on average they are around 100€ per person. We recommend bringing this amount in cash in case your accommodation requires a security deposit.
This amount will be refunded on the grounds that your accommodation is left just as found. Please be sure to arrange this with the hotel prior to your departure. If you are leaving early it may be best to do this the evening before. It is your responsibility to arrange this, we won’t be able to collect it for you.
No one at the accommodation or reception is closed? Please WhatsApp or call Travel and Accommodation Emergency +355 (0) 693984561
Any issues with your accommodation? Please refer to the customer service team at info point at your earliest convenience
Any emergencies related to your accommodation? Please WhatsApp or call this number: Travel and Accommodation Emergency +355 (0) 693984561
The information desk is located by the main entrance to the festival site, outside the Grand Boutique Hotel, which is number 24 on the interactive map. Head here for:
- Event information
- Customer service queries
- Collect your wristband if you are not travelling with us
- Tickets for local activities like shipwreck diving, boat trips & more
- Accommodation queries
- Wednesday: 14:00 - 02:00
- Thursday: 10:00 - 01:00
- Friday: 10:00 - 23:00
- Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 - 22:00
- Monday to Wednesday: 09:00- 18:00
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Customer service: +355 (0) 693984565
- Travel and accommodation emergency: +355 (0) 693984561
There are two entrances to the festival site:
The main entrance is by Grand Boutique Hotel - number 24 on the interactive Google map. The information desk will be located here too. The second entrance is by Splendor Hotel, located at number 40 on the interactive Google map. There will be signs and flags around the festival site to help you navigate.
Most of the restaurants are located by the main entrance along the water edge. You will also find a couple shops, an ATM and a currency exchange office in that area.
There are four stages in Dhërmi plus Gjipe, which is outside the festival area and can only be accessed by boat.
Our main stage with its own private beach and a stunning mountain backdrop. The area has been upgraded since our last adventure in 2019. Vendors will be selling incredible stone-oven pizzas, fresh fish and vegetables, a there’s a chill out area with day beds. Empire is where you can catch headliners until sunrise and take part in our wellness programming.
This is the second biggest stage at Explorations. A tranquil beach bar with sun beds, you can expect a laid back vibe during the day before the stage becomes a buzzing open air club at night.
The Cove is an intimate beach stage, located just a few steps away from the main entrance. While away the afternoon to chill sets before things kick up a notch in the eventing. If you want to hire a pedalo, this is your place! Due to the size of the beach, access to The Cove may be limited during peak hours.
The Yacht club is Explorations’ late night club. Located at the main entrance, Yacht Club is undercover (good if you need some shade) and has an amazing cocktail bar. Expect throwback sets and a few surprises.
The Gjipe stage is in a canyon with 40 metre high walls either side and a beautiful beach. Tickets sold out quickly but we’ve been able to release a handful more for all shows. Please visit the manage booking platform to add a Gjipe ticket to your booking.
- Marsh b2b Nox Vahn
- Simon Doty b2b Yotto
- Tony McGuinness
- James Grant & Jody Wisternoff (All Day)
Running order and set times will be announced closer to the event. Keep an eye out on our socials!
We are Anjunafamily
Anjunabeats is committed to creating safer environments for our community - the Anjunafamily. We want to ensure that everyone who attends feels our events feel safe, respected, and free to be themselves. Ensuring our dancefloor remains fun, safe and inclusive is everyone’s responsibility - if you see someone behaving inappropriately, please report them to the nearest member of staff. Your concerns will be listened to and acted upon. Harassment of any kind is not tolerated.
Respect the locals
Being able to enjoy this beautiful part of the world is a privilege. Many of us are guests in Albania. Please remember this and be polite and respectful of the locals.
Our environmental commitment
We recognise that live music events have an impact on the environment. The good news is we can all do something about it. You can join our mission to look after the environment by making one or more simple commitments of your own. Read more here.
If your accommodation is located outside the festival area you will need some sort of transportation to move between the festival and your accommodation.
We operate a shuttle bus service between Dhërmi and Drymades. The weekly pass costs only £25 per person and provides unlimited shuttles. You can get this in advance via manage booking (up to 48h before the festival) or at the info point.
If you book this in advance, you will be able to collect your shuttle pass wristband in Corfu from a festival rep before boarding the bus. If you want to purchase on site or are not travelling with us you will have to make your own way to the info point to get your shuttle pass wristband.
If you are unsure whether you need a shuttle pass, please check the accommodation map to see where your accommodation is located. Anything in Dhërmi is walking distance to the festival. Perivolos and Drymades areas will require a shuttle pass.
The shuttles will be looping continuously between the stops roughly every 20 – 30 mins.
- Wednesday 15th June: 16:00 – 05:00
- Thursday 16th June – Tuesday 21st June: 11:00 – 08:00
There are 5 shuttle stops between Dhërmi and Drymades, plus 3 on request stops where you will be able to get off the shuttle if you request so to the driver when you get on the bus. Note the shuttle won't be able to pick you up at those on request stops and you will have to walk to the nearest stop.
Alternatively, you can book a taxi to move between the festival and your accommodation. However, the cost will be higher than the bus and you will have to book on the phone each time by calling +355 69 4648484. There will also be a taxi stop near the main entrance.
Our shuttle bus and taxis will be branded so you know they are official. Please don’t walk home alone and don’t take unlicensed taxis. If you have any trouble finding transportation contact us and we will provide a trusted contact.
FOOD AND DRINK
Cashless bars and top up
We are operating a cashless system at Explorations. It’s safer and easier than using your bank card or cash. It also means less queuing and more dancing.
Your festival wristband will have an RFID chip that can be topped up and used like a prepaid bank card across all festival bars, the market area, the merch stand and selected restaurants. All prices will be in Euros.
You can top up your wristband either by a prepaid voucher bought online before the festival, or at one of our top up stations across the festival site. These stations accept card payments only.
The stations will be busy during the first few days. We advise topping up in advance as much as you would like, as any leftover is refundable online after the festival.
Please note there are some small fees to cover part of the costs of running the cashless system and the commissions charged by the credit card providers:
- Activation fee: 1€
- Refund fee: 2€
Top up stations will be located across the festival site and will operate from 11am - 4am. The top up locations and opening hours are :
Wednesday - Tuesday from 11:00h - 4:00h
Thursday - Tuesday from 12:00h - 20:00h
Thursday - Sunday from 22:00h - 4:00h
Thursday - Monday from 21:00h - 4:00h
Friday - Monday from 11:00 - 18:30h
These top-up stations accept credit/debit card payments only. We advise topping up as much as you would like, as any leftover is refundable after the festival. Refunds will open 48 hours after the festival finishes on the 27nd of June at 12 midday & the refund system will close on the 12th July at Midnight. Please ensure to take a photo of the 14 digits number on the back of the RFID chip as this will be required to claim your refund.
What happens if I lose my wristband?
Your wristband should remain securely fastened to your wrist. There shouldn’t be any reason for you to remove it, until the event has ended. You should treat your wristband as you would cash or your bank card. If you lose it, we are unable to recover any balance but if you have taken a photo of your 14 digit number on the back of the RFID chip you will be able to claim a refund after the festival.
From our experience, it’s very rare for one of the wristbands to break. However, if it does happen – don’t worry – our team at a top up point will be able to swap it for you. Any balance on your broken wristband will be transferred to your new one.
Restaurants and bars
There are some great restaurants and bars in Dhërmi and Drymades. Albanian food is the meeting point between Italian, Turkish and Greek cuisines. Above all, pride is taken on the use of fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Expect Mediterranean dishes, fresh salads, fish, pasta and delicious stone-oven pizzas.
Opening times are flexible and it is not rare to see some of them open until midnight.
Empire, Splendor, Gjipe, Lucianos, Grand Boutique, Queen Vasilika and onsite festival traders will be accepting RFID. All other restaurants & cash and card. Please respect their decision and cash points are located on the map if required.
Gjipe is a secluded paradise only accessible by boat that sits at the end of a natural canyon fenced by impressive 30m cliffs, stunning beach caves and crystal clear waters where a cherry-picked selection of DJs play on rotation.
This is not only one of the most incredible party locations you will ever dance at, but the perfect place to spend the day too. You can relax by the beach, dance at the forest or stroll along the canyon until you reach the enigmatic waterfall
You’ve probably heard loads about this hidden gem but it’s got to be experienced to be believed!
This special hidden canyon stage is only accessible by boat and requires an extra ticket. It opens Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 12:00 - 18:30.
Boats run every 30 - 45 minutes from the jetty at the far end of the Yacht club.
- Earliest departure: 11:30
- Latest departure to Gjipe: 15:00
- Latest departure from Gjipe: 19:00
If you already have a ticket, you will be able to collect your wristband before boarding the boat with proof of ID and your e-ticket.
If you haven’t got a ticket yet, there are a handful of tickets left for some of the days that you can still book via the manage booking portal or at the info point on site.
Add a hefty portion of fun to the long, sunny days at Explorations. You can book some external activities with us whilst you’re here such as snorkelling, hiking, shipwreck diving, paddleboarding. Head to the customer info point where we have a dedicated activity stand to find out more information.
You can also check out hiring some water vehicles:
- Pedalos: Available for hire from Hotel 2000
- Kayaking: Available for hire at Yacht Club
We have curated a variety of wellness activities to help soothe those aching limbs after a little too much dancing. All sessions are £5 (with the exception of beach massages) with all profits being split 50/50 between Choose Love’s Ukrainian appeal and SOS Children's villages Albania - both excellent causes we encourage you to learn more about. Places are limited so make sure to reserve your spot via the link below as soon as possible:
The departure dates are Monday 20 June, Tuesday 21 June and Wednesday 22 June. The festival itself runs for five nights from Thursday 16 June - Monday 20 June. There’ll be some low key parties taking place on the final night if you’re staying with us until Wednesday.
If you have booked your festival transfers with us, please get to your nearest Bus Stop 30 minutes before the bus departure time. You can find your transfer times on your e-ticket.
Do not forget that if you are leaving (some bus departures run as early as 4.30am), you may need to arrange your checkout and security deposit return with your hotel the evening before.
The return trip via ferry
The bus will pick you up at the transfer stop nearest to your accommodation to take you to Himare. From there you will get a boat to Corfu. Remember you will need a taxi to get from Corfu port to the airport. Please make sure you have checked in for your return flight home in advance and have any relevant covid documentation handy to make your return journey as smooth as possible.
- Illegal drugs, New Psychoactive Substances and Nitrous Oxide (the gas, not the trance legend)
- Spray paints and pens
- Drones (unless you are an official member of our content team)
- Items that may be used in a dangerous manner including sharps/blades, tasers and CS gas
- Animals (with the exception of approved assistance dogs)
- Alcohol & Food Items
- Private sound systems
- Flares, bangers, fireworks, sparklers, Chinese lanterns and naked flames Inc. tea lights
- No unauthorised professional commercial photography
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
- The event is strictly an over 18's event
- All admission is subject to search
- The promoter reserves the right to refuse admission to any festival area
- For promotion, safety & security reasons, customers may be filmed at any time. When entering Mainstage Festival’s venues you are agreeing to this condition of entry
- Unauthorised photography, audio and video is strictly prohibited
- Mainstage Festivals will not accept any responsibility for damages or loss sustained at the festival
- Tickets are sold on the understanding that the event is subject to a license from the appropriate authorities
- Security reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone wearing footwear deemed inappropriate for the environment
- Swimming at night and jumping off boats may result in temporary or permanent eviction from the event
- Prohibited items or any items that the Event or third parties acting on its behalf (such as security) deem to be either; a risk to the safety, security or enjoyment of others; unsuitable to be taken to the Event; or, may be used in an illegal or offensive manner (regardless of whether or not the item itself is illegal) are not permitted to be taken into any Venue or Stage.