Travel News & Updates

Bali implements tourist tax

The fee is to be paid through or directly at the international airport and seaport in Bali.

Effective from February 14, 2024, the tax mandates a one-time fee of IDR 150,000 (about USD 10) for each foreign visitor. This initiative, aimed at supporting local projects in Bali, includes waste management, infrastructure development, and cultural heritage preservation.

Airlines are raking it in on ancilliary fees. In 2021, U.S. airlines alone amassed a staggering $5.3 billion solely from baggage fees.
Airlines are raking it in on ancilliary fees. In 2021, US airlines alone amassed a staggering $5.3 billion solely from baggage fees.

US administration targets “resort fees" and other hidden travel costs

A new bipartisan Senate bill, the "Hotel Fees Transparency Act," seeks to make hotel pricing more transparent by ensuring that consumers are better protected from hidden costs and made aware of the total cost of their stay, including any additional fees, at the time of booking.

This move is in response to the growing concern over hidden charges that often surprise guests upon checkout.

The Arenui announces Special Deals on Last Cabin for Alor and Forgotten Islands

The Arenui has one cabin remaining on cruises to Alor and the Forgotten Islands available at a special deal for anyone able to travel at the last minute.

July 8 - 16 to Alor-Forgotten Islands, for more information visit and

Emperor Divers to work in cooperation with Seven7Seas

The cooperation will see Emperor help to promote the Seven7Seas brand and assist in the running of this hugely-popular, Egypt-based boat.

A five-time winner of the ‘Best Liveaboard in the Red Sea’, Seven7Seas is 41 metres long and has 12 spacious cabins each with en-suite and separate shower room.

The boat’s 5-star service brings great food and facilities and is perfect for exploring the waters with its large dive deck which has individual storage space and dedicated rinse tanks.

Re-Introducing the Humboldt Explorer

Diving on Humboldt Explorer is already a five-star experience, but now the liveaboard has even better accommodations. It also features a more contemporary salon and sun deck, upgraded dive deck, and fresh plumbing.

Humboldt Explorer received the Fleet’s largest overhaul to date. Short of building a new boat, the liveaboard is brand new.  

Visit the Forgotten Islands, Alor and Komodo on the Arenui in April & May, 2023

April 11-19, 2023: There is one remaining cabin available for this 8 night cruise through the Forgotten Island, beginning and ending in Saumlaki.

April 21-May 2, 2023: There is one remaining cabin available for this 11 night cruise through the Forgotten Islands and Alor, beginning in Saumlaki and ending in Maumere.

May 4-15, 2023: There is one remaining cabin and a single female shared cabin available on this 11 night cruise through Alor and Komodo, beginning in Maumere and ending in Labuanbajo.

Announcing Emperor Divers 'Fantastic Friday' Sale

Get FREE equipment hire on Emperor Divers Indonesia liveaboards

Emperor Divers are hoping to make everyone’s January a little bit brighter with their series of Fantastic Friday offers.

To celebrate the start of 2023, Emperor’s winter ’23 in 23’ sale is already offering 23% off a selection of trips.

But, on top of those great deals, every Friday through the month they are adding a special extra to those guests booking certain holidays.