To dive in the deep waters of the Bunaken Island National Marine Park in Manado is to be among some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, with outstanding fish variety and world-class wall diving. The clear, warm waters contain astonishingly high numbers of species, whether corals, sponges or fish. When you're scuba diving in Bunaken you can see seven times more genera of coral than Hawaii, 33 species of butterflyfish and over 70% of all fish species known to the Indo-western Pacific
The Bunaken National Marine Park was formally established in 1991 and is among the first of Indonesia's growing system of marine parks. The park covers a total surface area of 890.65 km², 97% of which is overlain by sparkling clear, warm tropical water. The remaining 3% of the park is terrestrial, including the five islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain and Siladen. Although each of these islands has a special character, it is the aquatic ecosystem that attracts most naturalists
Bunaken diving is very popular with fun divers and marine biologists both of whom can take great pleasure from the diversity of coral and fish found here. You will surely encounter marine life here that you have not come across elsewhere.
North Sulawesi enjoys an equatorial climate, which means it's sunny all year round. There are only two seasons - the wet season and the dry season.
The wet season usually falls between November and February and is characterised by intermittent downpours during largely sunny periods.
You should be aware that during the peak season months of July and August, Bunaken gets very busy. Many a Manado dive resort will not be able to accept walk-ins during high season since they are fully booked and you must try to book several months in advance. It is also worth noting that although the diving is good during peak season, at this time warm water brings more plankton and reduces visibility. We recommend September to June for the best conditions for scuba diving in Manado. Furthermore your chances of cetacean (whales and dolphins) spotting are best around August and September.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Posted by Matahari Lines Travel at 11:13 AM
Friday, September 07, 2007
An electronic ticket or e-ticket is used to represent the purchase of a seat on a passenger airline, usually through a website or by telephone. Once a reservation is made, an e-ticket exists only as a digital record in the airline computers. This new form of airline ticket is recently replacing the old paper tickets. For the traveler, the principal advantage of e-ticketing is the fact that it reduces booking expense by eliminating the need for printing and mailing paper documents. Another advantage is that it eliminates the possibility of critical documents getting lost in the mail or being sent to the wrong address. E-tickets also eliminate the problems and costs that travelers experienced when they lose a paper ticket.
Easier Way to get your Ticket
Reservation and purchase of e-Ticket can be easily made just by filling the reservation form in our website or calling our sales office. To avoid check in problems at the airport counter, make sure that your identity written in the reservation itinerary is exactly identical with one in your ID card and/or passport. For reconfirmation and ticket payment, please follow the payment method we provide. Once the bank transfer or credit card transaction is verified/approved, the electronic ticket is issued with all data shown in the reservation/ticketing and airport check-in systems. You may ask for an itinerary receipt (electronic ticket record) for your reference by email or fax machine, thus you don't have to waste your time in traveling to pick up your ticket. Just go to the airport to check-in.
When checking in at the airport, just simply show your ID card and /or your passport. Then necessary boarding passes are issued, and you can check luggage and proceed through security to the gate area.
Posted by Matahari Lines Travel at 3:19 PM
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Regardless of whether your upcoming trip is for pleasure, business or both, travel insurance is a necessity. The amount it costs to protect yourself from such things as lost luggage, cancellations, hotel problems, illnesses and others is minute compared to the amount you would need to pay if you are not adequately insured.
There are many ways to get insured, many credit cards offer travel insurance if you pay for a trip on their card, most travel agencies and airlines will also offer you different insurance options. But are these enough or the best option for your trip and requirements ?
One should definitely shop around for travel insurance and do not feel worried about asking a lot of questions, after all you are paying, and you have the right to know exactly what is covered and what is not. If you travel frequently (many times a year) then it may be wiser to take an annual travel insurance policy rather than many individual ones.
Most travel insurance will offer you cover for lost luggage, delays, cancellation of travel, overseas and medical hospital expenses and some evacuation under dire situations. One important aspect to consider here is how much would medical coverage in the destination you are travelling to going to cost? Medical costs in the US, Japan, Middle East, certain parts of Europe, South America, or Africa are relatively high so you would want to ensure that you have the highest level of medical coverage in your insurance. If on the other hand you are travelling somewhere like Thailand, where the costs of medical treatments are among some of the lowest in the world then you may be perfectly fine with a slightly lower level of coverage depending on your needs.
So how to choose? Well one of the first things to look into is whether the insurance company has an hotline available which readily accepts reverse charges from anywhere you are travelling to. This hotline should be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and of course 365 days a year.
It has happened to every frequent traveller at one time or another - the daunting lost luggage syndrome. When this happens contact the airline but DO NOT pass through customs before you do so, as this can completely void any claims with the airline. Contact the airline counter which will be located somewhere around the luggage carousels and inform them of the loss. Many airlines will compensate you on the spot especially if you need clothes etc, but the level of compensation is normally not that great and depends on the class of travel, and even your flight history with the airline. If you are unfortunate in that the luggage has not just gone on a round the world trip without you and the airline cannot locate it then your insurance company should provide you with a reasonably good sum for compensation.
If you are travelling with cameras, video equipment, lap top etc then check as well with your insurance company about the level of insurance and compensation for these items if lost or stolen. Also check whether emergency cash advances and translators can be included in your policy.
If you are planning some "high risk" activities during your trip such as bungee jumping, sky diving, white water rafting, or even some less "high risk" activities such as diving, water skiing, jet ski's etc be sure to ask whether these are covered in your travel insurance.
If you are travelling for a special event and miss a flight connection or something check with the insurance company to see whether reimbursement is covered.
The medical part of the insurance is definitely the most important to watch out for, ensure that for each country you are travelling to, you know exactly what you are covered for medically, and how to claim if something does happen and you need to be hospitalised. Some insurance companies even offer emergency reunion policies that will send a number of your closest relatives to you wherever you may be hospitalised
Last but not least, with today's unsettled world, you should also enquire how your travel insurance covers you in case of a terrorist situation, kidnapping or worse. Make sure your insurance coverage allows you a reimbursement if you cancel a trip due to a war or terrorist acts in the country you are visiting and exactly how this works. Also because of such events, many travel companies have gone bankrupt or simply closed down, check to see whether your travel insurance covers such a situation with a supplier default insurance cover.
Travel insurance should not take any of the fun out of travelling and while it can be a daunting task choosing the right policy, it will give you a sense of security knowing that you are prepared for anything fate may throw at you.
When planning your trip, make sure that you find out about the wet and dry seasons, or other possible weather conditions that may affect your holiday. If you are using a travel agent then make sure that you ask about this, even though they should tell you.
· Ask your agent, or other sources to find out whether the hotel or even the destination has any work going on. Again the agent should tell you, however he/she may have over looked the hotel that is being built right next door.
· If you are travelling to an area that may be considered a 'hot zone' (possibly dangerous) then check with your insurance company to verify whether you will be covered in case something goes wrong. If they do not, and you still want to travel, then find one that will.
· If your itinerary may change, ensure that there are absolutely no charges if you do change the dates or times of flights. Ask your agent to fully explain the restrictions that may appear, on your ticket, to ensure that they meet with your needs.
· If you are flying with one of the alliances, such as Star or One World. Just verify with your agent what plane is going to be used. They should tell you, but it is surprising how often you will see people complaining that they expected to be on a Singapore Airline plane, not the Lufthansa one that they find themselves on. This is the result of the code share agreements that the airlines are using.
· If money is valuable and if you are buying a plane ticket on a certain airline and have been told that due to these code sharing agreements you will actually be flying on another airline. Then call around or check if you can buy any cheaper tickets on the actual airline that you will be flying. Believe it or not code share does not mean price share and you may be able to find much cheaper.