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Indonesia’s aquatic wonders introduced to Australian travel agents at the Underwater World Sales Mission

September 12, 2017 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

The Visit Indonesia Tourism Office has invited travel agents to learn about the country’s incredible marine environment at its first ever Underwater World Sales Mission in Sydney and Perth next week.

The fully booked sales mission, to be held at Doltone House next Tuesday night, will showcase Indonesia’s aquatic wonders and encourage agents to learn about the nation’s emerging destinations beyond the well-known beaches of south-west Bali. Given the booming interest in dining out while on holiday top food experiences will also feature.

Indonesia lies at the heart of the Coral Triangle, the birthplace of coral and home to the richest marine biodiversity on Earth. Indonesia’s tropical waters contain 500 species of coral, 2500 species of fish, 2500 species of mollusc, 1500 species of crustacea, and a variety of other marine biota.

In addition to Indonesia’s beautiful coral reefs, visitors can experience a number of incredible pelagic marine encounters, such as swimming, snorkeling and diving with manta rays, huge schools of eagle rays, turtles, reef sharks, whale sharks and the mysterious giant sunfish, or ‘mola mola’.

There are man-made underwater wonders too, such as the underwater sculpture park off the Gili Islands, the world famous USAT Liberty wreck in Tulamben Bay in north-east Bali, and the bio-rock sculpture garden at Pemuteran on the north coast of Bali. An Australian made Bristol Beaufort aircraft from WW2 lies underwater at Morotai in the Halmahera Islands – just west of West Papua.

Agents will also learn about Bali’s hidden gems, such as Sanur and Candidasa on the east coast, and Menjangan on the north coast. Beyond Bali, emerging destinations covered include the beaches of Lombok and Flores, the unique wildlife and pristine coral reefs of Komodo and Sulawesi, the aquatic wonders of Raja Ampat and jungle river cruising opportunities in Kalimantan, Borneo.

Indonesian tourism operators attending the Sales Mission include; Classic Tour Lombok, Senetan Villas and Spa Resort, Bali, The Open House Bali, Mercure Bali Nusa Dua, J4 Hotels Legian, Sea World Club Beach Resort and Dive Centre, Pindito Expeditions – Raja Ampat, and Kalimantan Tour Destinations.

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