National Parks in Java Indonesia

National Parks in Java Indonesia

In Java, there is one world network of biosphere reserve and one World Heritage Site that is a national park. Gunung Gede Pangrango is the biosphere reserve and Ujung Kulon is the heritage site. Both are with great biodiversity. The other national parks in Java includes Baluran, Gunung Ciremai, Gunung Halimun, Gunung Merbabu, Kepulauan Seribu, Alas Purwo, bromo Tengger Semeru, Gunung Merapi, Karimunjawa and last but not least Meru Betiri. Karimunjawa National Park for example, is in the Kari... [ read more ]

Out-of-the Norm Indonesian Islands

Out-of-the Norm Indonesian Islands

Sometimes, Bacan is spelled Bachan or Batjan. This special island on the North Maluku Province in the Molucca Sea is very near to Halmahera, Kasiruta as well as Mandioli. There are about eighty islets altogether in the Bacan Island group. A total of about 1800 kilometers square, Bacan has lower centre that is leveled, its northern parts are volcanic with even sulfurous springs and the southern parts are mountainous. Locally, they produce timber, spices, copra, tobacco, rice and mother of pea... [ read more ]

The Cultural Base called Rantepao

The Cultural Base called Rantepao

In Tana Toraja Regency, there is a town called ‘Rantepao’ and it is famous for being the cultural center of an ethnic group called the Toraja. This is a Buginese word which means ‘people of the uplands’ from the language, this area has been developed since the 70s for tourism purposes and the Toraja people lives in the mountainous parts of South Sulawesi. Majority of them are Christians. In the capital, that is Rantepao, they do have a ‘Funeral Season’ between July and October. T... [ read more ]

The Perfect Break in Sulawesi

The Perfect Break in Sulawesi

One of the first things to do is to visit the Museum of North Sulawesi, it has all about its arts, culture and history of the North Sulawesi Province. There features 2810 artifacts all collections are from Gorontalo, Minahasa, Bolaang Mongondow, Manado and Sangihe Talaud. Bunaken is the National Marine Park and it is a great place for scuba diving. If you are in Sulawesi, you must check out the Lairiang River. It is the longest river in Sulawesi that runs from Napu, Bada and Gimpu valleys. L... [ read more ]

Carita & Java Island Eco-Tourism

Carita & Java Island Eco-Tourism

With intentions to visit the Java Island, you might wan to consider checking out Carita Beach, Krakatau. Seeing the coastal town, cruising along the Sunda Strait by boat and then to the active volcano island. The Sunda Strait has its name coming from the Indonesia Pasundan which means 'West Java' in English. It is between the Islands of Sumatra and Java itself, connecting the Java Sea to Indian Ocean. If you wish to climb up the southern half of the deserted volcano, you can plan to do so, t... [ read more ]

What's Fantastic in Sumatra and Sulawesi

What’s Fantastic in Sumatra and Sulawesi

©chachabunaken/flickr Usually you will also visit the Pandai Sikek Village for its local wood carving and weaving handicraft works. For relaxation, you can arrange an en route a stop in Puncak Kiabang, and watch the Anai Waterfall. Rumah Tuo Kampai Nan Panjang is a landmark and point of interest with an impressive 350 years of history. See those original gadang houses and traditional kampongs. Mesjid Tuo Belimbing is a religious site for those of you who wants to see more cultural sights. Ki... [ read more ]

Eco-Tourism Things to do in Indonesia

Eco-Tourism Things to do in Indonesia

On the beaches especially at Candidasa (east of the lagoon) is one of the amazing place for snorkelling. Only if you want the best, by hiring a guide with a jukung to Amuk Bay or Blue Lagoon makes wonders. Some choppy surface water and pretty strong currents in the middle of the ocean, be sure to jump at spots without those rocks. Marvel at the schools of fish, very large schools due to the abundance of nutrients in the water. This is not a place for corals viewing. At less than 160,000 R... [ read more ]