The 6.3 Yogyakarta quake struck one of the most popular traveler's towns on the overland route between Bali and Singapore. The death toll has passed 4,000 but no news yet if any casualties were foreigners.
If you've ever been lucky enough to enjoy the view from a seaplane, there's a new twist on this classic form of air transport: seaplane scuba diving. Already serving Fiji, expansion into the Indian Ocean begins in 2006 at the One and Only Reethi Rah, listed on Conde Nast Traveler's 2006 annual Hot List.
Flying and Diving doesn't come cheap; a one day deluxe trip in Fiji costs £350 GBP.
On October 26th, Air New Zealand joins Singapore Airlines (with their own SIN-EWR/JFK-FRA-SIN service) with a new Around the World flight linking AKL-HKG-LON service NZ 39, where pax can connect to NZ 2 back from LON-AKL via LAX. Fares start at $2,500 USD, for bookings, click here.
The start of the summer travel season has arrived with Memorial Day Weekend 2006, and if growing airport security lines and packed planes have become more noticable lately, get ready for one of the worst travel seasons on record.