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When travelling to Indonesia:

Current Rules & Restrictions: Indonesia is open but with the following restrictions:

 Visas:

Every visitor must have a valid visa/residence permit and must have a local sponsor to obtain the visa. (Ref: Permenkumham 26/2020)

The following types of visa/permit are accepted for entry: Official Visa; Diplomatic Visa; Visitor Visa; Temporary Stay Visa; Official Stay Permit; Diplomatic Stay Permit; Temporary Stay Permit; and Permanent Stay Permit.

Visa’s on arrival are not permitted, all visas must be obtained from country of origin.

 

COVID Protocols:

International Arrival Protocol still remains the same

Arrival from International Flight:

– Proven of Complete vaccinated ( Dose 1 and Dose 2)

– PCR test that been conducted at least 48 hrs before boarding

– Upon arrival another PCR test

– Quarantine 2Nights/3Days in Bali or Jakarta, they will conduct 2nd PCR Test on day 3 before you continue elsewhere

– Company Guarantee/Travel Letter

Domestic Flight

– All domestic travellers are required to present COVID-19 vaccination record (first dose is acceptable) and negative RT-PCR or Antigent test which obtained within 48 hours prior departure .

Countries allowed to enter direct to Bali (then do quarantine) and do not have to go through Jakarta. Countries not listed below must fly to Jakarta and proceed with quarantine there.

All Asian Countries

  • China, Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Malaysia, Singapore

Other countries

  • Bahrain
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • French
  • United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • New Zealand

Diving in Raja Ampat Protocols:  Scuba-Diving-Raja-Ampat-COVID-19-Handbook-Selam_English_260920

 


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Giant sea creature or a colony of tiny individuals?

Let’s face it – the ocean’s waters inhabit a vast amount of species and ecosystems unknown to man. With more than 225k marine species identified, another 2mill remain a complete mystery to human beings. So, we can only imagine the horrific thoughts running through the head of an uninformed diver stumbling across one of these tube-shaped phenomena.

Giant Pyrosome

But that wasn’t the case for Andrew Buttle and his friend Steve Hathaway who immediately knew what they were encountering is a colony of tiny sea animals that link together. It is called a Pyrosome and made up of thousands of smaller creatures called ‘zooids’ held together by a gelatinous tunic that resembles something like a ‘wind-sock’. The tiny individuals work in unison to propel the colony through the water.

They actually get their names from their bioluminescent feature: “pyro” meaning “fire” in Greek, and “soma” meaning “body.” Their blue-green light can be seen more than 100 feet away.

According to Science Alert, their mysterious features and bioluminescent glow have caused some scientists to dub them the “bizarre unicorns of the sea” and reportedly feel “like an exquisitely soft feather boa.”

Buttle and Hathaway came across this majestic sighting off the coast of New Zealand and although these floating colonies are not entirely considered to be rare, a specimen this large is an uncommon sight.

Enjoy the video!

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