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Save over 35% on luxury diving holidays to Bali with Original Diving

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UK tour operator Original Diving is offering 7 nights at the Karma Resorts in Bali, Indonesia from £2,050 per couple (saving £750) based on 2 people sharing a 1-bedroom pool villa on a B&B basis with a 1-day dive package (2 dives), return airport transfers and a 20% discount on all spa treatments. Stay 10 nights and you will get a free Bali tour too! Return flights to Bali start from around £690 per person with Qatar Airways via Doha. Offer valid from now until March 2014 excluding 15 Jul to 15 Sep and 27 Dec to 05 Jan.

As Bali continues to lead the way as one of the most popular dive destinations in the world, Karma Jimbaran provides the ultimate resting point from which to discover this magnificent underwater world. The Resort’s location on the south west coast of Bali provides guests with a whole host of options when it comes to diving day trips from Karma Jimbaran. Housing an impressive collection of varied diving opportunities, Bali’s waters are home to a vast array of marine life, from the very small reef dwellers such as the pygmy seahorse to the larger magnificent manta rays. Highlights include the world famous wreck dive in Tulamben: the final resting place of the shipwrecked USAT Liberty sunk in the Second World War; almost guaranteed diving with manta rays at manta point off Nusa Penida; the walls of never ending coral surrounding Menjangan Island or for the macro-lovers out there, Seraya: where the sandy bottom is home to all manner of rare and weird critters. Bali is also one of the few places in the world where it is possible to see the Giant Mola Mola (Sunfish), an extraordinarily large and odd-looking fish. Put simply, Bali has it all when it comes to diving!

Karma Jimbaran is a charming collection of 40 luxury pool villas sleepily overlooking the white sandy beaches of the world renowned Jimbaran Bay; a natural proscenium for some of the island’s most majestic sunsets. The resort takes inspiration from classical Balinese architecture, incorporating both indoor and outdoor living to form a tranquil resting place from which to watch the sun gradually descend into the sea. Villas take the form of a series of pavilions featuring floor to ceiling glass walls dotted around a central garden courtyard, housing a private pool and veranda. Inside, open plan living, dining and kitchen areas house contemporary furnishings and traditional artwork leading to en suite bedrooms. The resort’s restaurant, Karma Lounge is accessed along the Karma Jimbaran’s tropical flora-strewn paths where guests can dine on some of the freshest seafood on the island. Regular weekly events including Sunday BBQs and seafood feasts occur at the restaurant, introducing guests to a little Balinese tradition. The Karma Spa features black timber floors, gossamer fabrics and batik furnishings, creating the perfect environment for a diverse range of treatments, including bamboo stick seaweed facials to the rather unusual hot oil blue glass massage.

 

For more details, contact Original Diving:

www.originaldiving.com| info@originaldiving.com | +44 207 978 0505

Marine Life & Conservation

Join us in supporting Dive Project Cornwall Crowdfunder Project

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Do you have a moment to help protect our oceans?

We’re on a mission and have partnered with DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL to help protect our oceans for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL is a unique EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE initiative, reaching over 3,000 schools with their Ocean Education Programme, inspiring the next generation to protect our oceans for everyone to cherish and enjoy.

At the heart of the project is a competition for 400 lucky teenagers to win the EXPERIENCE of a lifetime. They will take the learning from the classroom straight to the shores of Porthkerris on a 6-day, life changing trip where they will learn to scuba dive and be taught the importance of marine conservation. They will become ‘Ocean Influencers’ for the future.

DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL needs our help.

Can you join us with a gift to DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL?

Whether it’s £5 or £50, a gift from you to the DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL Crowdfunder Project will help their vision of protecting our oceans through the innovative experience designed for school children.

Will you join us and pledge to support 400 lucky teenagers learn from and EXPERIENCE the ocean like never before and give them an EDUCATION they can use to inspire others, not forgetting the memories that will last a lifetime?

For more information, you can read the DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL story HERE.

Help us create the next generation of Ocean Influencers with a donation to DIVE PROJECT CORNWALL and ensure our oceans (and planet) are protected for the future.

WWW.CROWDFUNDER.CO.UK/P/DIVE-PROJECT-CORNWALL

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Spring jellyfish blooms bring turtles to UK shores

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Marine Conservation Society’s wildlife sightings project asks beachgoers to share their discoveries and contribute to research

The Marine Conservation Society’s long-running wildlife sightings project focuses on two key species which arrive on UK shores: jellyfish and, as a result, turtles. Both species are vital in supporting ocean biodiversity and are indicators of climate change while being at risk from its impacts.

The charity is asking beach and seagoers to share when they spot either of these marine animals to support ongoing research.

During spring and summer, jellyfish arrive in the UK’s warming waters to feed on plankton blooms or, in fact, anything small enough to get caught. To that extent, jellyfish feed not only on plankton, but also the array of eggs and larvae of fish, crustaceans, starfish and molluscs which rely on plankton as a stage of reproduction.

With healthy fish stocks and rich biodiversity, jellyfish quickly become part of an effective food chain. Everything from tuna to turtles will feed on jellyfish of various sizes, so the population is well controlled. Supported by a rich and diverse ocean ecosystem, jellyfish link the microscopic world of plankton to larger marine animals and the ocean around them.

Jellyfish are especially appealing for marine turtles. Six of the world’s seven marine turtle species have been spotted in UK seas as a result of jellyfish blooms in spring and summer.

The largest sea turtle, and the most common in UK seas, is the leatherback which has a ‘vulnerable’ conservation status. Reporting sightings of these incredible creatures will support the Marine Conservation Society and others in understanding their movements, potential threats and how to better protect them.

Amy Pilsbury, Citizen Science Project Lead at the Marine Conservation Society, said:“For more than 17 years, beachgoers across the UK have been contributing to scientific research by sharing their wildlife sightings with us. It’s a key part of our work and plays a vital role in better understanding and protecting our ocean.”

In 2014, with partners from the University of Exeter, the Marine Conservation Society published the first paper from the survey data, confirming key information about UK jellyfish and including the first distribution maps of the surveyed species.

Since the 2014 paper, the wildlife sightings project has recorded notable events such as massive and extensive annual blooms of barrel jellyfish and several summers of Portuguese Man o’ War mass strandings.

The charity continues to run its wildlife sightings project to see what happens to the distribution and frequency of mass jellyfish blooms over time. The data will help to explore any links jellyfish blooms have with big-picture factors such as climate change.

Jellyfish can be spotted year-round in UK seas, but larger blooms are more likely to appear in spring, lasting through until autumn. Jellyfish sighting records from 2021 suggest that compass jellyfish are the most common around UK shores, making up 36% of reported sightings.

Jellyfish species Percentage of sightings reported
Compass jellyfish 36%
Moon jellyfish 17%
Lion’s mane jellyfish 15%
Barrel jellyfish 14%
Blue jellyfish 9%
Portuguese Man o’ War 6%
Mauve stinger 2%
By the wind sailor 1%

For more information on how to identify jellyfish and turtles, and to report a sighting, please visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website.

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A luxurious dive resort in the heart of Lembeh Strait. Enjoy refined services while exploring the rich waters of Indonesia.

The resort is nestled around an ocean front deck and swimming-pool (with pool-bar) which is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner cocktail at the end of a busy day of critter-diving.

All accommodation is full board and includes three sumptuous meals a day. Breakfast and lunch are buffet meals and in the evening dining is a la carte.

Book and stay before the end of June and benefit from no single supplements in all room types!

Booking deadline: Subject to availability – book and stay before end of June 2022

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk.

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