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Scoot tickets from Singapore to Manado available online

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International travel might be off the menu for the moment but this is the perfect time to plan your next exciting getaway for when the travel bans are lifted!

Lembeh and Murex Dive Resorts are pleased to announce that for those who are planning to travel to North Sulawesi this year (Bunaken, Manado, Lembeh or Bangka), flight tickets are now on sale.

Divers can purchase direct flights from Singapore to Manado with Scoot Airlines on the Scoot website. Scoot is a subsidiary company of Singapore Airlines and will take over the route from Silk Air.

Scoot will be operating flights 4 days a week (the same as Silk Air currently offer), on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flights commence with Scoot from June 1st 2020.

If you are planning to travel before May 4th, the route is still being operated by Silk Air, and tickets can be purchased here.

Manado is the entry point to North Sulawesi which offers some of the most pristine and iconic dive sites in Indonesia.

The Lembeh Strait offers the undisputed best muck, macro and critter diving in the world and for those wanting high end stays, Lembeh Resort offers luxury accommodation, onsite marine biologists and photo pro as well as the only Backscatter Authorized Photo Center in Indonesia. Lembeh Resort dive guides are all marine biology and underwater photography trained, and private guide and private boat services are available.

For those wanting something ‘extra special’, Lembeh Resort’s Cliffside Villa comes complete with a private pool, panoramic views over the Lembeh Strait and private butler service.

Bunaken Marine Park was one of the first marine protected regions in Indonesia – and it shows! The resident population of green sea turtles is a definite highlight when diving Bunaken’s iconic wall dive sites. The deep water trenches which separate Bunaken Island from mainland Sulawesi are on the migratory path for several species of whale; resident pods of dolphins make regular appearances; and sharks, eagle rays and dense schools of reef fish are all common sightings in Bunaken’s famously clear waters.

Murex Manado is ideally located for diving Bunaken Marine Park and Manado Bay which offers an array of muck diving sites. Combine reefs and muck with a stay at this friendly, professional resort where exceptional service is guaranteed. Murex Manado also offers combination stays with Murex Bangka (see below), or why not take a Passport to Paradise and dive Bunaken, Bangka and Lembeh in one phenomenal trip?

Bangka Island’s white sand beaches and kaleidoscopic dive sites make this an idyllic tropical island getaway. Bangka’s pinnacle, seamount and sloping reef sites are teeming with life and bursting with color. A plethora of macro critters (including three species of pygmy seahorse) are found alongside resting reef sharks, rays and other passing pelagics.

Murex Bangka’s exclusive service and hillside bungalows mean a comfortable stay on this Robinson Crusoe tropical island.

To make a booking or for more information about diving and staying at Lembeh Resort or Murex Dive Resorts, contact the resorts directly at: reservations@LembehResort.com and reservations@MurexDive.com

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Tourism Fiji celebrates Open for Happiness Campaign (Watch Trailer)

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As international borders reopen to the world this week, Tourism Fiji launched the first video piece in it’s Open for Happiness campaign. The team celebrated this at an event at Wyndham Resort Denarau Island, where they unveiled some of the content to crew who worked on the production as well as tourism stakeholders.

Tourism Fiji is delighted to partner with award-winning actress, comedian and producer, Rebel Wilson, the new Ambassador of our global reopening campaign.

Ms. Wilson has fond memories of visiting Fiji as a child and returned to share her love of a destination that offers so much to visitors and is largely vaccinated.

She was joined by a talented pool of Fijian cast and crew to shoot Tourism Fiji’s Open for Happiness campaign in the Mamanuca Islands, where she also sampled a range of experiences.

“Rebel is a talented actress and demonstrates a unique ability to bring her own style of heartfelt humour to the ad that Tourism Fiji is creating,” said Brent Hill, CEO of Tourism Fiji.

“We’re delighted to have her as an ambassador who resonates with Fiji and our key tourist markets; Australia, North America, New Zealand and Europe.”

Rebel hiked, did yoga, stand up paddleboarding, scenic helicopter tour, spa treatment, cocktails and visited a popular sandbar.  She was seen stepping out in some local designer wear from Samson Lee and Zuber and enjoyed the hospitality of Vomo Island Fiji.

Her destination highlights of Fiji were shared with her fanbase, including 10.3 million followers on social media platform Instagram, and helped amplify Fiji’s allure as a holiday destination that has now safely reopened to international travellers on December 1st.

Filmed in Fiji over the course of last month, the campaign is the result of the collaborative work of several local partners including activity providers, talented singers, entertainers, videographers, local actors, and extras on set.

“This campaign would not have been possible without the support of our industry stakeholders, and we’re pleased to showcase a global star such as Rebel and the talent of local cast and crew,” said Brent Hill, CEO of Tourism Fiji.

Rebel also enjoyed a sunset cruise featuring a live performance by talented local artist, Apakuki “Kuki” Nalawa and shared snippets across her Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels.

“With all that’s happened over the last two years, tourism has been badly affected and the entertainment industry has been hit hard by this as well, – the live performance was an eye-opener, a breath of fresh air and gave us all hope that things will get better,” Mr Nalawa said.

“It’s so encouraging to witness a Hollywood actress and her media team enjoying not only the beauty that our country has to offer but also recognising the level of talent we have.”

Tourism Fiji’s Open for Happiness campaign with Rebel will be used into 2022. Further video clips will launch over the coming weeks.

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Announcing the Winners of the DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition 2021

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DivePhotoGuide (DPG) and Wetpixel are proud to announce the winning images and videos in the 2021 edition of the DPG/Wetpixel Masters Underwater Imaging Competition. Once again, hundreds of photographers and filmmakers from dozens of countries competed in what has become known as the “World Championship” of international underwater imaging events.

Created by DPG and Wetpixel, two of the largest online resources for underwater shooters, the competition invited submissions to five image categories and a video category, with entries evaluated by a panel of illustrious industry experts and award-winning photographers: Florian Fischer, Imran Ahmad, Jennifer Hayes, Mike Bartick and Stephen Frink.

This year, Martin Broen received the “Best of Show” prize for his 1st place in the Black and White category. The image, a jaw-dropping capture of the pristine stalactites and stalagmites in a Mexican cenote, earned Martin the top cash prize of $1,000. The 1st place winners in the other categories were Julian Hsu (Macro Traditional), Sander van der Heijden (Macro Unrestricted), Enrico Somogyi (Wide Angle Traditional), Tom Shlesinger (Wide Angle Unrestricted) and Alex del Olmo (Video); each of them received a cash prize of $250.

In a joint statement, DPG Editor-in-Chief Joseph Tepper and Wetpixel Publisher Adam Hanlon said: “Once again, the DPG/Wetpixel Masters competition has demonstrated the incredible talent that exists in our community of underwater shooters. As many of us continue to face lockdowns and travel restrictions, these photos and films remind us of the riches under the sea and why we must maintain our collective passion to protect the oceans we love.”

The organizers are pleased to announce that 15 percent of entry proceeds will once again be donated to marine conservation efforts.

You can see the full results here.

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Egypt | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | 27 January – 04 February 2022 | Emperor Elite

Jump on board this famous Red Sea liveaboard and enjoy diving the famous wrecks of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer.  Emperor Elite offers a contemporary living space combined with the best itineraries available in the Red Sea.

Price NOW from just £975 per person based on sharing a twin cabin including:

  • Flights from London Gatwick to Hurghada with 23kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox

Booking deadline: Subject to availability.

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

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