Indonesia

Parai Beach, Bangka Island

The picturesque parai beach who its rock boulders is one of the island’s favourite highlights.

Belitung

Belitung is off the east coast of Sumatra, flanked by the Gaspar Strait and the Karimata Strait, an island is famous for some of the most wonderful beaches of Indonesia, with its white sand and turquoise blue sea, this is an ideal place for sailing, snorkelling and swimming. The most iconic symbol of the Belitung beaches is the abstract granite rock formation on its shore. Watch out for its landmark building the 130 year old lighthouse on one of its offshore islands.

Pulau Seribu

Its name refers to a thousand islands of the north of Jakarta coast, an area that consists of more than 100 little islands ringed by mangroves and coconut trees. Some fully developed for tourism, some completely uninhabited or even not accessible to the public as they are privately owned. This group of islands boast a unique coral reef ecosystem teeming with life. Great spot for marina life thus snorkelling and diving is highly recommended. Watch out for the endangered hawkbill turtles primarily bred on the island of Pramuka.

Jakarta

Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, with 9 million inhabitants, lies on the north-western coast of Java.

This dynamic city is not only a political centre of the country, but major financial hub too, “a city that never sleeps”. Be prepared for a traffic “jam extravaganza” when discovering this rather colourful cosmopolitan. Take a city tour and enjoy a melting pot of many cultures and nations by visiting the 12 century historical port and taking a stroll in the walled city (Once the centre of Old Batavia) which was under Dutch administration

In the 17th century. Merchant vessels from Europe, China, India and the Indonesian Archipelago shaped this place for centuries leaving remarkable buildings, monuments and lively traditions for the next generations.

 

Karimunjawa Archipelago

A remote Indonasian archipelago Karimunjawa is a scattering of 27 tiny islands in the Java Sea, an off-the-beaten spot with about 10,000 inhabitants, many of whom still live from fishing. Its white sandy beaches are magnificent. The swimming and snorkelling is wonderful and the pace of life in this paradise is delightfully relaxed hence more and more travellers looking for a complete escape by cutting all communication from the outside world. Karimunjava National Park consists of 22 of the islands that have been awarded marine reserve status.

 Semarang

Semarang is situated on the north coast of Java. The former fishing village has been influenced by Chinese and Dutch. During the 19th century Semarang transformed into an important commercial and trade centre. Its old quarter features Dutch colonial buildings including the landmark Lawang Sewu built as the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies Railway Company. Sam Poo Kong, a 15th-century temple, is an important site in Chinatown. The city offers an easy access to reach the world famous Borobudur Buddhist temple.

Giligenteng  (Madura)

Giligenteng is a small island of located beneath Madura. Its small fishing community consists of handful villages, where everybody knows everybody. This quiet corner of the world is ringed by mangroves.

Its flora, fauna and marina life are significant with pristine beaches and crystal clear water.

Discover the everyday life of the neighbourhood. Experience its friendly laid back atmosphere.

Probolinggo

 Probolinggo is a port town close to the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park in East Java with the access to one of the most famous volcanoes, the Gunung Bromo. The area in and around the park is inhabited by the

Tenggerese minority who still keep a strong hold of their Hindu tradition and customs for many centuries.

Mount Bromo is a sacred place for the Tengger community. The local people commemorate their legend with the “Kasada” festival, asking the mountain god for blessing in exchange for offering of livestock, fruits and flowers which they throw into the crater.

Lovina Beach, Bali

Bali is magical. It is probably the most famous island in Indonesia. Bali blends spectacular mountain scenery and beautiful beaches with warm and friendly people, a vibrant culture and out of this world resorts.

Lovina Beach is in North of Bali, famous for black sandy beaches.The sea is great for swimming. Its laid-back tranquillity creates a special milieu.

Lovina beach is also the gateway to West Bali National Park, the only national park on the island with rich fauna and flora including endangered species such as the Bali Starling which is nearly extinct. It is a protected reserve that consists of sea and land territories monsoon forest, mangrove and, rain forests, savannah, coral reefs, sandy beaches and both shallow and deep sea waters.

Lovina Beach also offers access to the famous pilgrimage place, -the Ulun Danu Temple which is one of the iconic landmarks of Bali – and the beautiful Menjangan Island which is a small uninhabited island off the North West coast of Bali for marine life lovers.

Gili Islands

An archipelago of 3 tiny islands: Trawangan, Meno and Air, just off the north west coast of Lombok, with white sandy beaches and coconut palms they are set in a turquoise blue sea surrounded by coral reefs. This is a perfect place for visitors looking for a secluded hideaway. No motorised transport. It is so easy to get about on foot or on horse drawn carriages. It is simple a paradise with renowned marina life with great snorkelling facilities.

Bali, Benoa

The tiny Hindu island of Bali known as the Land of the Gods, appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields that exude peace and serenity. Bali enchants with its dramatic dances and colourful ceremonies, its arts and crafts, to its luxurious beach resorts and exciting night life.  For this exotic island has much to offer, from inspirational spirituality to fine dining and meeting experiences, from world class surfing and diving to exhilarating treks in the wild. Bali is the largest Hindu outpost outside India.  Its everyday life revolves around the Hindu religion. Everywhere you go you will find intricately carved temples. “Heaven on earth” is blessed with an ethereal beauty and infused with a sense of mysticism.

Komodo National Park

Into the heart of the dragons” land

Komodos are gigantic, lizard-like creatures that grow about two or three metres in length. They can easily weigh over 100 kilograms. They are not active hunters. What makes them intimidating is that they are a patient predator. In the wild they stalk a victim. One bite is usually all it takes. After following the victim for a while, sometimes for up to several days, the Komodos will devour the dying prey.

Komodo Dragons are endangered species which can only be found in Komodo National Park (KNP) in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).Because of the unique and rare nature of this animal, KNP was declared a World Heritage

Site by UNESCO in 1986.

The park covers the three major islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar, plus numerous smaller islands together totaling 603 km2 of land. The total size of Komodo National Park is presently 1,817 km2 however there are plans to increase the protected zone.

At least 2,500 Komodo dragons live in this area. Their habitats have beautiful panoramic views of savannahs, rainforests, white beaches, beautiful corals and clear blue seas. In this area, visitors will also find horses, wild buffalo, deer, wild boar, snakes, monkeys and various types of birds. Komodo Island also boasts a pink beach one of only seven in the world. The spectacular beach and its turquoise blue sea offers magnificent views of this unique environment.

Lombok

Lombok is an island East of Bali, but less popular than its neighbour hence many places on Lombok are still untouched, away from mass tourism. Lombok offers many often isolated and empty beaches that you can dream of friendly and interesting people, fantastic natural wonders in an authentic environment. This island is dominated by the mighty volcano Mount Rinjani – which towers over the island of Lombok – is lush and green, with rice, coffee plantations as oppose to its dry coastal area where locals grown chilli.

Sisak tribe is a community that inhabits the island. Most people maintain their authentic way of life and customs. A visit to a Sisak village is rather inspiring as you can learn about their unique traditional values.

Gili Bidera, Gili Kondo, Gili Suddak, Gili Nangu

Lombok is the gateway to the famous Gili Islands. These small islands off the coast of Lombok with perfect spots for snorkelling in calm seas, directly from the beach. These small Islands off the coast of Lambok offer perfect spots for snorkelling in the calm seas directly from the beach. Watch out for wet landing and beach barbecue.

Senggigi Beach

Lombok’s principle tourist resort Senggigi enjoys a fine location along a string of bays, with white sandy beaches laying below a backdrop of jungle-clad mountains. Its beach is great for safe swimming and snorkelling.

Sumba

Sumba Island is a mysterious land of contrast situated between the islands of Nusa Tenggare and Timor. The island is rarely visited by westerners. Its fearsome reputation of cannibalism, the territory escaped from any major religious and western influences hence it has remained culturally intact. Tourist facilities are rather primitive. The authentic character of the island has been well preserved thus you will be rewarded by experiencing a unique culture and some stunning beaches. Sumba have more hours of sunshine than any other place in Indonesia, its dry tropical climate resembles Australia. The island is famous for horse breeding due to its extensive grassland. Horses are still a popular mode of transport. Sumba is also renowned for its outstanding hand dyed Ikat woven textiles.

Sumba is truly an off the beaten track destination where tradition persists in many villages.

Watch out for the native rituals. A number of “pasolas” held each year, these are traditional horseback jousting with spears that including a ritual combat where skilled horse riders attempt to dismount other opponents. This is an important annual event and a key, unique attraction in Sumba.

Wera, Sumbawa

Sumbawa really belongs more too eastern Indonesia than to the western part of the archipelago, situated to the east of Bali and Lombok and part of West Nusa Tenggara. Sunbawa is renowned for its great waves and white sandy beaches however the island is rather untouched by modern civilisation. Many of its villages are remote and there is a very rural feel to everything really.

Explore the village of Wera in the north eastern edge of Sumbawa, one of the few boat building villages in the world where hand-made ships are built entirely out of wood. When you disembark at Wera you will see wooden masterpieces, mid construction on the shore while you will be greeted by crowds of laughing children welcoming visitors. The Buginese people’s boat building heritage and expertise pass from generation to generation. The women of the village weave brightly coloured ikat cloth. The local society is dominated by skilled craftsmanship demonstrating a true Indonesian life on this remote island.

Labuan Haji, Moyo Island

The island is a wilderness hideaway (designated wildlife reserve since1986) off the north of Sumbawa. It is a marine reserve, an unspoilt nature, a paradise that is surrounded by the turquoise waters and pristine reefs of the Flores Sea. Its rich flora and fauna make it an extraordinary spot for nature lovers and snorkelers.

Encounter the mighty Mata Jitu limestone, multi-terraced waterfall set like a precious jewel against a back drop of the lush tropical forest.

Satonda

Satonda is a tiny uninhabited island formed due to a gigantic volcanic eruption and massive waves washed over the edge of the crater rim hence the lake is salt water. However there is another story that the trees lining along the edge of the lake have the power to grant wishes hence don’t forget to tie a rock to one of the trees and make a wish. Large colonies of fruits bats live on the island.

Satonda’s coral reefs boast a great variety of tropical fish that was declared to be a Marine Nature Park in 1999. This is a snorkelling paradise.

Imagery is courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism for the Republic of Indonesia.

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