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The Tangkoko Nature Reserve : Habitat of Tarsiers, Macaques, Maleos and Cuscus North Sulawesi

Overview The Tangkoko Nature Reserve is a flora and fauna conservation area on Mount Tangkoko in the district of Bitung in the province of North Sulawesi, about one hour’s drive from Manado.  The reserve is particularly attractive for its unique wildlife that can be observed roaming free in the forest.    The tarsiers, the black macaque monkeys, maleo birds, ...

Woloan Village: Industry in Knock Down Traditional Minahasa Houses North Sulawesi

Overview Some 3 km from west from the town of Tomohon, or about 28 km from Manado is the village called Woloan, which has become famous for its industry in traditional knock-down houses that can be transported and re-assembled anywhere in the world. These are not dolls houses or souvenirs, these are actual houses to live in.Orders have arrived from as far away as Argentina, Norway, Poland, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and t ...

Rafting Minahasa’s challenging Ranoyapo and Nimanga River Rapids North Sulawesi

Overview Next to offering dives along the awesome deep sea walls at the Bunaken marine Park, the province of North Sulawesi also offers no less adrinaline-surging activities on land to lure those into extreme sports. The Ranoyapo and the Nimanga rivers offer most challenging grade 3 to 5-plus rapids that should only be ventured by experienced and professional rafting enthusiasts.The Ranoyapo is the largest and longest river in North Sulawesi th ...

Tana Toraja, Land of Heavenly Kings South Sulawesi

Overview Safely protected beyond the lofty mountains and rugged granite cliffs of the central highlands of the island of Sulawesi, are the Toraja people who live in valleys that are lush with green rice terraces and fertile coffee plantations.   “Discovered” and opened to the world from their long isolation only since the beginning of the last century, the Toraja today still adhere to their age-old beliefs, rituals and traditions ...

Roaring Waterfall and Kingdom of Butterflies in Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park South Sulawesi

Overview In 1857, leading British naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace discovered wonders beyond his imagination as he travelled into the interior of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. He found himself surrounded by thousands of enchanting butterflies of various sizes and colors.  Fascinated by the scene, he dubbed the area “the Kingdom of Butterflies” and later spent most of his life in this region to enjoy and examine the 150 s ...

The ancient Village of Ke’te Kesu’ in the heart of the Toraja highlands South Sulawesi

Overview Kete Kesu is a quaint, traditional village concealed in the mountainous region of Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi. It sits amidst a vast expanse of rice fields, and is the oldest village in the Sanggalangi district. The village is over 400 years old, and is said to have not changed at all in the last 400 years. KeteKusu functions as a sort of living museum, where one can experience first-hand the cultu ...

Rafting Grade-5 Rapids on Toraja’s Sa’dan River South Sulawesi

Overview The Sa’dan river which follows the road as one travels up from Makale to Rantepao in the highlands of Toraja in South Sulawesi, is the lifeblood of the people of Toraja, as the Sa’dan irrigates the surrounding fertile ricefields and provides water for both humans and cattle in this largely agricultural land.      The Sa’dan river has its source in ...

Cendrawasih Bay National Park: Playground of the spotted Whaleshark West Papua

Overview The large Cendrawasih Bay National Park in the north of the island of Papua, otherwise known as Teluk Cenderawasih, includes Indonesia’s largest marine national park, and is one of the best dive-sites in the archipelago. Here are magnificent vertical drops, picturesque hard coral gardens, sponge life and myriads of fish This is the playground of one ...

Baliem Valley Festival West Papua

Overview The main tribes inhabiting the beautiful Bali em Valley in the central highlands of Papua are the Dani, the Yali and the Lani. Although now modernized, the Dani still strongly adhere to their traditions and customs, most notably the dress of the men. Even in this cool mountain climate, men wear only a penis gourd, known as koteka, though complemented with elaborate headdress of b ...

Carstensz Pyramid: Eternal Snow-capped mountain in the Tropics West Papua

Overview Heinrich Harrer, famed author of the book Seven Years in Tibet, had always been fascinated by the Jayawijaya Peak in Papua. And so, some 12 years after returning from Tibet in 1950, Heinrich Harrer together with three friends, Temple, Kippax and Huizinga, decided to conquer the Peak,. In 1962 they became the first climbers to ever reach the top of the Carstensz (Jayawijaya) Peak, one of the 7 h ...

The Asmat, Papua’s famed Woodcarvers West Papua

Overview The wide south-east swath of land of the Indonesian part of the island of Papua comprises flat plains overgrown with mangrove forests serrated by many rivers. These plains lie so low that at high tide during the rainy season, sea water penetrates some two kilometers inland and flows back out to two km to sea at low tide. During low tide the plains are muddy and impassable. This is the large ...

Sawinggrai Village West Papua

Overview Sawinggrai village is located in the Meos Mansar district, Raja Ampat, West Papua province. It is among the most recognized village besides Arborek in the same district. This village has 36 families and it is prominent for the Cenderawasih, the Bird of Paradise, the icon of Papua raised in this village. The Red Bird of Paradise is the special icon of the village of Sawinggrai.There are four ...

Arborek Tourism Village, Raja Ampat West Papua

Overview The village of Arborek is fast rising as a pioneer among the 18 beautiful villages in West Papua that have embarked on developing local regulations for community-based marine conservation, For this,  the village of Arborek has gained an outstanding reputation among both the local authority and international community. With the assistance of the national and local government, from research ...

Ancient Sites of Kokas West Papua

Overview Ancient Sites of Kokas are remains of pre-history sites where you can find drawings on canyons. These drawings show palms and animals which are still clear until now. These drawings on canyons locally known as Tapuraran, were made using natural materials in red color, similar to human blood. Therefore, the local community often calls them blood paintings. In several parts, you can find human bo ...

Sauwandarek Tourism Village West Papua

Overview Sauwandarek Tourism Village is located in the western part of Waisai, the capital city of Raja Ampat district, West Papua province. This village is part of Meos Mansar district. Homes in this tourism village with 46 families or about 179 population have original leaf roofs.In this village, women, particularly mothers, produce hats and bags made of sea pandan leaf. This village is famous for its bea ...

Raja Ampat: Ultimate Underwater Expedition West Papua

Overview The roaring engines fixed to a large wooden boat are finally quiet. Nothing can be heard but the rifting little waves, lapping against the vibrant paint on the sides of the vessel that gracefully slows down. Native birds hop on the tip of a small tree in one of the deserted islands in the distance. Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’, is the name given to these islands and comes ...

Ternate and Tidore, The Original Cloves Islands Maluku

Overview Since early in the last millennium, the small islands of Ternate and Tidore in the Moluccas were the only source for cloves in the world. Indian, Arab, Chinese and Javanese merchants used to call on these islands to carry home this precious cargo which sold at exorbitant prices in Europe and the Orient. Cloves, together with nutmeg and mace from the Banda islands were used to flavor and preserv ...

The Banda Islands: Eastern Indonesia's Best Kept Secret Maluku

Overview Since the first century AD, the Banda islands have been the sole producers of the fragrant nutmeg and mace for which Chinese, Indian, and Arab ships traveled across the seas. These precious spices could be sold at enormous profit in foreign markets. The people of Banda thrived on their natural resources, but in later years suffered at the hands of Du ...

Banda Neira, Spice Island Heritage and Colorful Sea Gardens Maluku

Overview Banda Neira or Banda Naira is one of ten volcanic islands in the Banda Archipelago in the Maluku province, in eastern Indonesia. The Banda Islands, probably better known as the fabled Spice Islands of ancient times, are covered with towering, aromatic, tropical-evergreens.The Myristica Trees, indigenous to the Banda Islands, are the source of two rare and lucrative spices: nutmeg and mace &ndas ...

Mount & Lake Batur- Kintamani, Bali: The volcanic caldera with its deep crater lake Bali

Overview The mountainous region around Kintamani, centering on the spectacular volcanic caldera of Mt Batur with its deep crater lake and bubbling hot springs, is rugged with a high and wild beauty. Wonderful mountain air and dizzying views in all directions, as well as several important temples, are what makes Kintamani one of the most memorable stops on the ...