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Diving Accolades for Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is home to some of the world’s most spectacular diving and in recognition the country has featured in the Dive Travel Awards top ten destinations for the third successive year.

Graeme Gourlay, publisher of DIVE magazine, said: “We are delighted that Papua New Guinea has again done extremely well in our annual travel awards.   It consistently tops the polls with divers from around the world.   It is a testament to the stunning quality of the diving available in the country.  For many divers PNG is at the top of their wish list – wonderful coral brimming with marine life and plenty of historic wrecks.   PNG clearly has a dedicated and enthusiastic following among discerning divers.”

The Country has three main dive locations, New Guinea, New Britain and New Ireland.

Visitors can either explore from a Papua New Guinea live- aboard, or stay on land at one of the comfortable ‘sea-side’ resorts, many of which have both options on offer.

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Garuda Indonesia`s Direct Flight to London Set to Reopen

State-run airliner Garuda Indonesia is set to reopen its Jakarta – London route on November 15, 2018, but would almost certainly reroute it into becoming a direct flight from London to Denpasar, Bali.

“We opened the flight again after seeing the market growth, however, we will continue to review the structure cost,” said Garuda Indonesia President Director I Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra today, Nov. 10.

The structure cost he refers to would be applied by changing the fleet from Boeing 777 to Airbus 330-300. Previous Garuda Indonesia fleets were said to be costly and lacked the full payload capacity at Soekarno-Hatta airport.

Garuda closed its Jakarta-London flight route at the end of October this year after being hampered by financial losses caused by the flight’s low number of passengers that saw a full payload capacity of 60-70 percent at its best.

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Our Ocean, Our Legacy – Bali October 2018

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia hosted the fifth Our Ocean Conference in Bali on 29 and 30 October 2018. Our Ocean Conference is focused on generating commitments and taking actions to maintain the sustainability of our oceans. Since 2014, Our Ocean Conference has successfully generated commitments totaling around 18 billion dollars (USD) and 12.4 million square kilometers of marine protected areas. Our Ocean Conference 2018 will demonstrate significant progress on past commitments and inspire new commitments made for the continuation of a more concerted and integrated actions for protecting the oceans.
Our Ocean Conference 2018 will convene participants from countries across the globe to ensure diverse perspectives from various stakeholders, including governments, commercial sectors, financing entities, scientific communities, civil society organizations, and young leaders. Heads of States, Ministers, and champions from various backgrounds will also be invited to influence concrete and actionable commitments to preserve the oceans’ health.

The Bluefields Basic School, Jamaica needs your help!

Magic can occur when completely unexpected! Last May we were contacted by previous guests who asked how they could make the most meaningful impact with a US$25,000 donation to the Bluefields Basic School. We were totally astounded by their generosity! After much discussion, the donors and community agreed that a school with no access via paved road is unacceptable. Students aged 3-5 must trudge up muddy stone-filled tracks to reach their school, often alone. In addition, the school sits next to a large sports field that will finally become accessible for community games, concerts and events.

We solicited quotes for the project, and, after a thorough vetting process, located a contractor whose work we trust. Thanks to the generosity of the Pearson family, we are already halfway to full funding. We hope to raise the rest of the necessary $51,267 by late October so this paved road can become a reality in late November.

We do not expect large sums. Thousands of people have visited Bluefields Bay over the past 30+ years and many have grown fond of the place and its people, so we hope to reach the “finish line” with many modest gifts. Donations are tax-deductible as they are made to the Bluefields Environmental Protection Association (BEPA), a registered charity in both Jamaica and the United States.  And please rest assured that every donated dollar will be used to pave this new road.

Please click here if you would like to help!

Please help get Pearson Lane built.  We look forward to sharing this fantastic project with you when you next visit Bluefields Bay!

All the best,
Debbie & Houston

Garuda Indonesia to close non-stop Jakarta-London service

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will cease all non-stop flights serving its Jakarta-London route on Oct. 28, the airline has announced on its Twitter account (@Garuda_UK).

“With regret, we inform you that starting Oct. 28, Garuda Indonesia will no longer serve the non-stop London-Jakarta and Jakarta-London routes,” the airline posted.

Garuda also said it was coordinating with its partners to assist passengers who were affected by the service’s termination, including rerouting them on flights through Amsterdam and other alternative routes.

“The London-Heatrow-Amsterdam-Jakarta [route] will continue to operate six times a week,” the airline tweeted. It also advised passengers seeking to reschedule or to cancel their flights to contact the agency or outlet where they originally purchased the tickets.

“For passengers who bought tickets through UK Garuda Indonesia website, please email to: e-booking@garuda-indonesia.com or call to 0062 212 3519999,” the post said.

The Jakarta-London-Jakarta non-stop service opened in October 2017. (bbn)

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