Something To Declare: Dengue Fever in South America; Newfoundland; Orca Wildlife Watching mini-cruise; executive jets for less

Warning of the week: Dengue Fever in South America

Outbreaks of dengue fever, the severe flu-like illness spread by daytime-biting mosquitoes, are claiming eight new victims every day in Argentina. That's according to FitForTravel, the travel health website provided by the Scottish NHS (fitfortravel.nhs.uk). The travel-medicine experts say that the main outbreak is in Misiones province, with 536 cases so far this year, and the other in Chaco province with 103 cases. In addition, "A small number of cases have been reported from Buenos Aires".

There is no immunisation against, nor treatment for, dengue fever: "Travellers must ensure that they use bite avoidance measures including insect repellents when visiting risk areas."

FitForTravel also warns about the re-emergence of dengue fever in Ecuador's Galápagos Islands (pictured above), which it believes is probably attributable to "the large number of visitors to the Galápagos" as well as some " intense rains in recent weeks".

Destination of the week: Newfoundland

Two months from today, Newfoundland reappears on the Heathrow route map. Air Canada (0871 220 1111; aircanada.ca) has served the provincial capital, St John's, on and off for many years. From 28 May it will be "on" again, with a daily service using a narrow-bodied Airbus A319 – the only such aircraft on a transatlantic run.

The flying time from London is barely five hours (and even shorter coming back). But since Air Canada has a monopoly on flights to Newfoundland, fares are higher than to more distant destinations such as Montreal, Toronto and even Vancouver – twice as far.

The lowest fare is £478 return, but during the peak months of July and August fares are around £700.

The summer-only service is currently expected to operate until 26 September.

Tip of the week: Holland via whales

The first "Orca Wildlife Watching" mini-cruise of the season from Newcastle (North Shields) to Holland is due to arrive this morning at IJmuiden, the port serving Amsterdam. DFDS (0871 522 9955; dfds.co.uk) has co-opted a wildlife officer from the whale and dolphin charity, Orca to be part of the on-board entertainment on the King of Scandinavia between now and September. Minke whales, dolphins and harbour porpoises are often seen in the North Sea, while birdlife includes the great skua, fulmar and kittiwake.

A mini-cruise costs £89 per person based on two sharing an en-suite cabin, and includes the half-hour bus transfer to Amsterdam. The schedule allows for five hours in the Dutch capital.

Bargain of the week: Executive jets for less

At last: a way to use an executive jet without breaking the bank. Business aviation involves plenty of "empty legs", such as a jet taking a high-flyer from London to Frankfurt but returning empty. Now, a Swiss company, LunaJets, has launched a website (lunajets.com) designed to fill those flights. This week, for example, it has offered a group of up to nine people the chance to fly from Istanbul to Biggin Hill (south-east London). The price of €12,500 may be daunting – but cheaper options are available. Four passengers could bask in luxury between Geneva and RAF Northolt (in north-west London) for €603 each. The corresponding one-way business-class fare on BA is almost €1,000.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Guru Careers: Events Coordinator / Junior Events Planner

    £24K + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an Events Coordinator ...

    Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales: Chief Executive Officer

    Salary 42,000: Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales: The CEO is responsible ...

    Guru Careers: Marketing Manager / Marketing Communications Manager

    £35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...

    Ashdown Group: Technical IT Manager - North London - Growing business

    £40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A growing business that has been ope...

    Day In a Page

    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
    The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

    King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

    The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

    End of the Aussie brain drain

    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
    Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

    Can meditation be bad for you?

    Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
    Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

    Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

    Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
    Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

    Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

    Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
    Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

    Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

    Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
    Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

    Join the tequila gold rush

    The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
    12 best statement wallpapers

    12 best statement wallpapers

    Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
    Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

    Paul Scholes column

    Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?
    Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent

    The end of an era across the continent

    It's time to say farewell to Klopp, Clement, Casillas and Xavi this weekend as they move on to pastures new, reports Pete Jenson
    Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

    'Focus on killing American people'

    Released Bin Laden documents reveal obsession with attacking United States
    Life hacks: The innovations of volunteers and medical workers are helping Medécins Sans Frontières save people around the world

    Medécins Sans Frontières's life hacks

    The innovations of volunteers and medical workers around the world are helping the charity save people
    Ireland's same-sex marriage vote: As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?

    Same-sex marriage

    As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?
    The underworld is going freelance: Why The Godfather's Mafia model is no longer viable

    The Mafia is going freelance

    Why the underworld model depicted in The Godfather is no longer viable