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Kakaban Island, Strange Stingless Jellyfish in the Derawan Archipelago East Kalimantan

Overview Indonesia is a fascinating country in every sense of the word. Rich in culture, natural beauty and biodiversity. Home to the weird, the wacky and the wonderful. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, think again.  Kakaban island is a large coral atoll in the Derawan Archipelago in the district of Berau, off the east coast of East Kalimantan, covering 774 hectares of ...

Pulau Maratua, Dive with Green Turtles and Manta Rays in East Kalimantan East Kalimantan

Overview Maratua Island in the Derawan Archipelago off the north coast of East Kalimantan, is a large tropical island partially encircling a massive lagoon on one end and fringed with sheer rocky walls and coral reefs along the other end.This giant upside down U-shaped island covers about 384 square kilometers of sandy white beaches and mangrove forests and 3,735 square kilometers of territorial waters ...

Kuala Kapuas South Kalimantan

Overview Kuala Kapuas. It is located at Kapuas River, 40 km from Banjarmasin. A well-known tourist attraction is Telo Island, a pleasant fishing village and port. For the adventurer, white-water rafter and nature lovers, there is Gohong Rawai, known for its beatiful and challenging rapids. The gold mines of Teweh and Batu Api, Rungan district, are also interesting sites to be visited. In this region, gold m ...

Pulau Kaget Nature Reserve, Habitat of the long-nosed Proboscis Monkeys South Kalimantan

Overview In the episode called “Flight 714” of the classic comic series Adventure of Tintin (released in 1968), there is a hilarious scene where a character named Allan looked at a peculiarly unique long-nosed monkey and imagined it to be his boss Rastapopoulos. That peculiarly looking primate is in fact a Proboscis Monkey, the unique mascot of South Kalimantan. These indigenous dwellers ...

Lake Tondano North Sulawesi

Overview Lake Tondano is a famous tourist destination in the province of North Sulawesi. It is located 600 meters above sea level and covers an area of 4,278 hectares (or about 10,571 acres). This lake is situated by the village of Remboken, some 3 kilometers from Tomohon city or some 30 km from Manado. Lake Tondano  is surrounded by mountains of 700 meters high, which are the Le ...

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, ...

Bukit Kasih North Sulawesi

Overview Bukit Kasih – or the Hill of Love is located in the village of Kanonang at Kawangkoan, some 55 kilometers from Manado, North Sulawesi. It was built in 2002  as a spiritual center where religious followers from various faiths can gather, meditate and worship side by side  in this lush and misty tropical hill.This hill is called the Hill of Love because it is where people from dif ...

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 ...

Lairiang River Central Sulawesi

Overview Lairiang River. Lairiang is the longest river in Sulawesi Island running down from Napu, Besoa, Bada and Gimpu valleys ending into Makassar straits in the west. Napu, Sobek (white water rafting team) form America discovered Lariang River is one of the best rivers for rafting. It has the score IVV grade. Most of these trekkers take this area for their trekking and rafting as well. The rumbling of La ...

Lore Lindu National Park, Wonderful habitat of Sulawesi’s endemic birds and mammals Central Sulawesi

Overview The Lore Lindu National Park is a huge forested protected area in the districts of Donggala and Poso in Central Sulawesi, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1978. The Park, located south of the town of Palu, covers an area of 2,180 square km with altitudes ranging from 200 to 2,300 meters above sea-level (asl) and harbours lush forests filled with spectacular wildlife. The vast range of altitudes gives way to the existence of multiple ecosystems, including lo ...

Ancient Lake Poso, deep, mysterious Lake in Central Sulawesi Central Sulawesi

Overview For a refreshing getaway from the normal city-life routine, the quaint villages and fresh air of the less explored Lake Poso may be just what you need to revitalize your mind, body and spirit. Its waters are deep blue and aquamarine and it is one of the clearest lakes in the world. Lake Poso is an ancient lake located in the Poso District in Central Sulawesi, and is the third l ...

Pulau Kadidiri, Secret Dive Paradise in the Coral Triangle Central Sulawesi

Overview For dive fanatics, the name Kadidiri Island is a familiar leading destination in Indonesia, although it is as yet still little known outside the diving community. Located at the tip of the Gulf of Tomini in Central Sulawesi, Kadidiri is one of the islands in the Togean National Park that contains the wealth of the Coral Triangle. With white sand beaches and astonishingly glassy wa ...

Pulau Poya Lisa, Idyllic Island in the Togean Archipelago Central Sulawesi

Overview Poya Lisa Island is an idyllic little island included in the area that makes up the Togean National Park in Central Sulawesi.  Privately-owned and literally off-the-map, Poya Lisa is the perfect extreme getaway for complete relaxation and ultimate detachment from the hustle and bustle that is everyday city-life. Although relatively small and rarely mentioned, the natural beauty of ...

Volcanic Una Una Island in the Gulf of Tomini Central Sulawesi

Overview Pulau Una-Una is an extremely remote island adjacent to the Togean National Park in the Gulf of Tomini, in Central Sulawesi, close to Kadidiri island, a world famous dive site.  Una-Una was formed by the short, broad Colo Volcano, whose summit rises just 500 meters above sea level, with a 2 kilometer wide caldera. UnaUna is a lush and scenic island and is indeed a direct result of the Colo ...

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 ...

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 ...

Wakatobi National Marine Park, the Underwater Nirwana South East Sulawesi

Overview Legendary underwater explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau is said to have called the Wakatobi islands – then known as the Tukangbesi islands:  an “Underwater Nirwana” Now a National Marine Park covering the entire Waktobi District, it comprises a total of 1.4 million hectares, of which 900,000 hectares are decorated with differen ...

Baliem Valley: Home of the Dani's West Papua

Overview High up in the mountains of central Papua at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level, hemmed in by steep green mountain walls, lies the stunningly beautiful Baliem valley, home of the Dani tribe. Baliem valley is 72 km. long, and 15 km to 31 km wide in places. It is cut by the Baliem river, which has its source in the northern Trikora mountain, c ...

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 ...

Lake Sentani, Introduction to Spectacular Papua West Papua

Overview Travel into inner Papua can be relaxing when commenced with a visit to Lake Sentani, a scenic beauty over glittering water located near Jayapura, capital city of Papua. The stillness of the water is most peaceful, evoking a peculiar wonder whether such a lake should indeed exist in paradise. The embracing Cyclops Mountains to the north and the lush vegetation as backdrop, securely protect the twent ...