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Alternatives From Canceling Your Trip

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Alternatives From Canceling Your Trip

Many have canceled their travel plan due to the rapid spread of covid-19 this year. It has already half a year through 2020 and the case is still climbing. In some countries, the restrictions have been ease up and so travelling is reactivated. However, it seems that leisure travel is still not the best option to do. Even if you can, you still have to take some considerations before going. Travel bans have affected tourism industry so you may start considering some alternatives if you also have to cancel your trip. 

Alternatives to consider for travelling in 2020

One of the very first issue when travelers have to cancel their travel plan is the money they have spent. If it is possible for refund, you can go for it. Every travel agency, hotel, and airline may provide different refund options for vacationers and travelers. While it is okay to go for a refund, be prepared to get only what you can bargain for. Try to have comprehensive understanding about the cancellation policies so you know what to expect. 

You might have canceled your previous travel plan

That doesn’t mean you cannot make a new plan. Instead of mopping around because you cannot go to your travel destination abroad, you can go local. Keep in mind that the majority of popular destinations are still relatively empty now even with the travel bans lifted. There are also some new policies and guidelines made which may leave you disappointed if you insist to go. 

Consider going local

Alternatives From Canceling Your Trip

Therefore, you may consider to go local for your new travel plan this time. You may have not explored interesting places in your own hometown. If your local authority have lifted travel ban, you can have a domestic trip and go create interesting adventure in your own hometown. It still needs to be done with some precautions such as avoid places with crowd, practice social distancing, and practice good hygiene anywhere and anytime. 

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Try the virtual tour

You may also consider to go virtual as an alternative. During our hard times now, technology plays a major role in accommodating our needs. It makes remote work and study possible during the global pandemic. It also provides new experience for a tour and vacation. Virtual tour is not something new because virtual reality or VR has been used in tourism industry. However, there is significant increase of popularity since the pandemic. You can explore interesting places around the world from your own couch or bed. 

Why you should try the virtual tour

Virtual tourism may not be able to truly replace the vacation itself. However, it is sufficient during pandemic since travelling has many limits. Virtual tour offer 360 degree video completed with amazing audio. Thus, you can see and hear the place you visit virtually. Pandemic aside, virtual tourism has been introduced to encouraged for responsible tourism due to issues caused by over-tourism. The situation will get better soon and we have to stay positive. You can start making your dream trip now since you have much time anyway. It can be a source of your entertainment as well.

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A Day in Kubu Boga Wreck Diving Bali

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Bali is one of the dream destinations for many ocean explorers given to its crystal clear water, rich and healthy corals, and lively fishes from all kinds and species. The Island of Gods is a paradise filled with abundance of nature and adventures—both on and below the land. One of the adventures you should try is wreck diving. Unlike any other wreck diving in the other part of the world, wreck diving in Bali is pretty unique. They are generally sit in shallow bed, only 3 to 20 meters below the surface. They are very accessible from the shore and even doable for beginners. One of the wreck that you should try is the Boga wreck diving in Kubu Bali. Among three wrecks in Bali, the Kubu Boga is the only one that was intentionally sunken and it promises great marine exploration!

A Day in Kubu Boga Wreck Diving Bali

Before it ended up in the ocean floor, the 1952 Holland-built ship has been living long enough serving as Indonesian Government Patrol Vessel for the Department of Sea Communication. The Boga ship was sunk in 2012 in attempt to create an artificial reef and promote marine growth. As corals, sponges, and gorgonian fans reclaim the ship, more fishes come to live in this wreck.  

Where does Kubu Wreck Diving Bali Located? 

Nestled in the northern-east coast of Bali, the Kubu village is just a short drive up from Tulamben, a well known dive village in this area. Once you reach the village, you have to sail on a dive boat for about 50 meters off the shores to reach the Boga wreck diving Bali site. The 53 meters long wreck lies at 18 meters to 36 meters below. 

What to See in Kubu Boga Wreck 

What to See in Kubu Boga Wreck

There are a lot of things the Boga wreck offers for divers! The wreck itself is a major attraction. As it was sunk in just 8 years ago, many parts of the wreck is still intact. It even have a VW car, a motorbike, and other objects placed inside the wreck to boost the point of interests. You can also see the iconic steering wheel (not original) at the deck! Don’t forget to take a picture at this impressive spot!

Fishes and other marine life has also start colonising the wreck. In just five minutes exploring this wreck diving Bali site, you might bump into group of barracuda, batfish, and trevally. During the day the wreck is busy with swarming fishes; you can spot lion fish, octopus, and moray eels. Look closer to the coral bommies and the seafloor around the wreck, and you will find various species of nudibranchs, octopus, lobsters, and other fascinating micro life. 

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What do You Need to Dive the Wreck? 

What do You Need to Dive the Wreck?

Given to the depth of the wreck, you will need at least Advanced Open Water certification to explore the site. Currents are usually light, but sometime stronger currents do come so it might be better to bring a reef hook. Water temperature are warm, so a regular 3mm dive suite would be enough. And just like any other wreck dive, you will need some wreck dive equipments. Prepare a torch or light, a comfort grip gloves to protect you against rusted metal cuts, a dive helmet (ideally), a deep sea bungee mounts, finger spool for emergency exit searches, and a reliable cutting tools. 

Are you ready for diving the Kubu wreck in Bali?