Merauke, A Beautiful City in the Eastern End of Indonesia

Known as the town at the east-most end of Indonesia. Merauke is the first town in Indonesia Archipelago that catches the first rays of the rising tropical sun. Officially, Merauke as the capital city of Papua province, Indonesia.

Merauke as one of the goals in Papua must be visited and enjoyed the beauty of nature. Found on February 12, 1902 by a Dutch citizen who tried to live among the indigenous population of Marind Anim and Sohores. The name Merauke itself is said to originate from an anecdote among Dutch settlers and indigenous. At that time, the settlers asked them for the name of the area.  Misunderstanding the question, the locals pointed to the Maro River –the main river that passes the town – and said “Maro Ke” meaning “that is the River Maro”.  Over time, “Maro Ke” evolved into Merauke and became established as the name of both the town and the regency.

Covering a total area of 45, 071 square meters, the Merauke Regency is also known as one of the largest regencies in eastern Indonesia. It borders directly the neighboring country of Papua New Guinea in the east, Boven Digul and Mappi Regencies in the North, the Asmat Regency in the West, and the open Arafura Sea  to its south. The regency consists of 20 districts, with the district town of Merauke being the most populated.

Merauke is also known as the staging point for hikers before venturing into the pristinely enchanting Wasur National Park, which is roughly only about 60 km away. For travelers, Merauke offers the most facilities such as banks, internet cafes, airline agents, restaurants, markets, and accommodation. A walk around the town is easy and will reveal some incredible insight into the past. Old graveyards and lots of classic churches highlight the town, while cruising down the Maro River one can observe the daily life of Papuan fishermen. A trip to the local market will be an eye opener, as you encounter various uncommon items.

 How To Get There

Garuda Indonesia,  Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air serve daily flights to Merauke’s Mopah Airport from JayapuraMakassar, and Jakarta.  Every two weeks Pelni’s (Indonesia Sea Transportation Company) Tatamailau ship sails from Merauke to Agats and Sorong. The Kelimutu ship sails to Agats then sails through southern and Central Maluku, every four weeks.

Things To Do

Within and around the town of Merauke, there are a number of interesting sites worth visiting. For a start, the Sabang-Merauke Monument can confirm that you have indeed reached the east-most townIndonesia. As the name suggests, the monument is one of a pair of monuments, where the first stands in Sabang, Aceh Province, marking the  west-most  point of the Republic of Indonesia.

There is also the Pepera Monument which is the icon symbolizing the reunification of the Papua region into the Republic of Indonesia through a UN supervised referendum in 1969 known as Penentuan Pendapat Rakyat (Pepera) or the “Act of Free Choice”.

Aside from the Wasur National Park, the natural beauty of Merauke can also be found at the Lampu Satu Beach. The beach is located only 4 km away from the center of Merauke and features a picturesque lighthouse which sheds beautiful light streaks from sunset. This is most probably what has given the beach its name since Lampu Satu in Bahasa Indonesia means “Single Light”.  There is also the Natsai Beach which offers some beautiful panorama.

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Gurabunga Village, Tidore, North Maluku

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Gurabunga village is one of tourism village in Tidore Island that interesting to be visited. The name of Gurabunga means flower garden. In fact, this place is being filled with flower that been planted in every corner of the people house.

This village has chilling nuance and refreshing air, because it located in 800 meter above sea level. The inhabitants houses are settled in a fertile area at the slope of Kie Matubu Mountain that has 1730 meter above sea level. Kie Matubu is famous in North Maluku as Tidore Mountain.

In addition to its nature beauty, the culture and religion diversity becomes make this village becomes more homy and deserved to be visited. At this village, there is traditional house named Folajikosabari that made from bamboo and floored by soil and rich in Islam culture. This house has 5 rooms that suitable to praying time and it has 2 knot in every bamboo, that symbolize the syahadat words.

That traditional house is belong to Sowohi and it already hundreds years old, and known as Rumah Puji. These Sowohi are famous as mediator between spirits of the ancestors and sultanate family.  Most of decision on everything are based to the speaking communication of the ancestors spirit.

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Purima Travel, Your Best Companion To Visit Orangutan in Borneo

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Since 1994, they have spent most of their  life as field guides deep in the jungle and river of Borneo, with this years experiences also they are growing up in the fields as Wildlife and Culture tour guides, which know well about the adventure in Borneo and supported by their impressive and solid background of the team with depth and breadth of knowledge and experiences in the rain forest and animals, especially Orangutan. The teams are also have been voluntary for Orangutan for few years.

Their adventures tour packages are carefully designed with the big consideration of the safety and the impact to the environment we visit including building awareness of eco tourism. They also would like to help their clients to plan and designing personalized itineraries for visiting Orangutan, explore Dayak and entire Borneo destination, including Java and Flores

Surely, they are the expert of the best solutions for Indonesia Borneo destination. Just simply choose from Our Tour page for the suitable destinations and main interests and contact us for further questions, day to day itineraries and their reasonable prices also any information you need to know about the tours. If you don’t find what you are looking for, you just simply tell them what you would most like to do and see and they will prepare itineraries for you to consider. Making an individual offer is also possible to be done.

 

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Belgica Fortress, Maluku

Benteng Belgica or Belgica Fort is a heritage fortress from Portuguese that been built in Bandaneira, Maluku Tengah. Bandaneira is a small town that also a heritage city from Portuguese and Duch colonization. This city became important city for Dutch and Portuguese since it produce some of important spices. Since Bandaneira was the center of trading, then the building of fortress is need to be built. This fortress was also play the role as a prison and the place for keeping the gun.

At early begin, Belgica was named as Benteng Nassau. But when the development of the fortress, the reign of Portuguese was replaced by the Dutch, the name was changed as Belgica. During the reign of Dutch colonization, this fortress was used as the military defence and vessel traffic monitoring trade.

In addition to the historical value, this place is also has stunning view. The building is standing through 400 years and still standing strong againts time. Belgica has other name as The Indonesian Pentagon, for the pentagon shape, similar to the American Pentagon.
By having typical Europe style, this fort has Bastion on the building. Bastion is a hole in the wall of the fortress, to place the cannon inside it. In fact, we can see the existence of the cannon at this place, a genuine cannon since Dutch era. Moreover, Belgica has open space that located in the middle of the fortress, and it was used as prison. There are tower in each side of the fort, and stairs to reach the peak of the tower. From this peak, we can see the Banda Islands with naked eyes.

We can see and visit this fort for free, but there will be donation box that you can give your charity for the development of this place. To reach this place is east, if you are coming from Ambon, we can use Pelni ship to Yos Sudarso seaport in Bandaneira. After arriving to the place, we can use publict transportation to the fortress, like taxi, Ojek or Angkot.
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Pampering Yourself At Liang Beach, Ambon

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Beaches in Ambon are known well for their beauty. The visitors are not as crown as those who come to pulau Bali or Lombok, but that makes beaches in Kota Ambon still in original and natural condition. One of the favorites is Hunimua Beach. Though the facilities are yet not complete. This beach is also known as Liang Beach for it’s located in Liang village, Salahutu sub-district, Central Maluku district, Maluku Province. UN has stated this beach as the most beautiful beach in Indonesia in 1990, and always been target by foreign investors.

You will be welcomed by white sands shone by sunlight as you enter this beach. It’s always tempting to swim or just play along. You can also capture the beauty in every corner of this beach. You can take a rest under some shady trees there. The water sport facilities are not yet complete here, but the beauty will make you staf here even longer to enjoy.

Liang beach is always crowded when holiday comes, so if you need some privacy then you need to avoid holiday time to come. Best time to visit is between September-November or April-May for the leather is not too windy and bit shady.
The beach is located 25 miles away from Ambon. You can use ojeg for IDR 50,000 to get to the beach. You can also rent public transportation with the charge IDR 200,000 which can carry up to 10 passengers.

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Takapala Waterfall, Gowa

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Takapala Waterfall has 109 meters high with huge volume of water that pour out daily, and becomes bigger during rainy season. The outpouring of water that hit the big chunks of rocks in the bottom causing a roar and a splash of water that form a thin haze as far as 20 m.

Not far from Takapala there are also other waterfall names Ketemu Jodoh Waterfall; the name of Ketemu Jodoh means meeting a soulmate. The location of the waterfall is only separated by a road that leading to the village of Majannang, District Parigi. According to the people around the waterfall this waterfall believed to provide convenience for everyone who comes to bathe while intending to get a mate for marriage.

Takapala waterfall is located in the village of Bulutana, District Tinggimoncong, Gowa regency, South Sulawesi Province, it lies around 70 km from Makassar and it takes about 1 hour drive or 6 km from the town of Malino, the capital district of Tinggimoncong. The road to the waterfall is relatively good with a little winding up and down hills, just a few points encountered potholes. Along the way we will pampered by the pretty sight with one of the road side that indicating a bottomless.

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Saronde Island, Gorontalo

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Saronde is a small Island that located near to the Gulf Kwandang, North Gorontalo District. Although this tiny, the charm of the Island is internationally well-known. There are many foreign tourists that come to this Island during peak season.
Seronde Island is still very natural, clean, and away from air pollution. The nature is very soothing and ready to indulge you. Here, you can swim, surf, dive, snorkel or water ski as much as you want. Just do not hesitate yourself to jump and swim, because the water is fine and safe.

The beauty of this Island increases with the charm of the uniqueness of the community who inhabit this island. Their unique traditions that are often held in July has always been attracted many tourists to come to this place.

To access the island is very easy. The distance between Gorontalo and City Kwandang is only 50 km, and it can be reach by using ships and cars. Well, after arriving at the Port of Kwandang, you will continue the journey to this Island by sailing about 45 minutes. Log in to Saronde Island, you do not need to pay anything, just honor the nature and bring the joy at this Island.

Playing sand at this 1 km long will be so much fun. Just like having your own private island. Moreover, if you want to stay at this Island, better to bring your own tent and set it up. There are motel around the Island, you can choose what’s best for you, but enjoying the nature naked will be more exciting.

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Cinta Island, Tomini Bay, Gorontalo

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Pulau Cinta or love Island is become more popular today in Gorontalo, since it been promoted in Festival Sail Tomini Boalemo few years ago.
Are you a newlywed and want to have perfect escape with your spouse? Then, celebrating your love together at this Island will be your best experience. Looking at the name that indicated the Love, the form of the Island is also unique, with a heart shape characterizing Love sign.

Cinta Island is located in Boalemo district, Gorontalo, approximately 2 hours drive from the city of Gorontalo. After arriving in the district, we can immediately drove to the District Tilamuta and seek the tourism site of Bolihutuo. Here, we can rent a boat service to cross to the Island of Love. It takes only 15 minutes and we are arriving at Pulau Cinta.

The island is very highly recommended for you who want to spend a honeymoon period, because it really deserted island and un-populated. The most terrific thing is about the nature sightseeing that pamper you with bright warm sunshine and tropical nuance. There are only 15 unique resorts at this place. Those resorts will accommodate our need during the stay and enjoy the nuance of love.

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The Sparkling Kerinci Lake, Jambi

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Lake Kerinci lies at the foot of Mount Raja, in the district of Kerinci Lake and Keliling Danau District, Kerinci Regency, Jambi Province. In Jambi, Kerinci is the largest lake with an area of 4,200 hectares with a depth of 110 meters, while its height reaches 783 meters above sea level and the diameter along 70 Km.
According to geologists, Kerinci Lake is part of the valley in Mount Kerinci. The valley is then formed as a small eruption caused by the volcano and a decrease in the Bukit Barisan Mountains.

Danau Kerinci spans 4,200 hectares and reaches a depth of 110 meters. A number of stone megalithic relics have been discovered in the small villages scattered around the shore of Kerinci, some dating back to 2,000 years ago. The presence of these ancient standing stones shows this area as one that has been inhabited for thousands of years.
In addition to the very charming scenery, the lake also serves as one of the water resources in Kerinci regency and Jambi province. The water in the lake is able to supply the water needs of the community, both for agriculture and drinking water needs.

The beauty of Kerinci has long been associated with legend about twin orphan brothers, name Calupat and Calungga, who found shelter at the foot of Mount Kerinci. Two precious stones had been given to them by their late parents; a ruby and a pearl. One day, while hunting alone, Calungga came upon a giant egg. This egg was meant to be brought home and shared with his younger brother, Calupat, but instead, Calungga ate the egg alone.

Immediately afterwards, Calungga was overcome with extreme thirst. He ran to the river which flowed near Mount Kerinci and drank until the river ran dry.But yet his thirst was not quenched. Suddenly, his body began to change. He grew larger, longer, developing golden scales along the length of his body. Calungga had transformed into a giant dragon with the gem stones he had been given embedded in his head.

Dragons, as we know, are magical creatures, and so to test his powers, Calungga appealed to the gods of the earth. He wound his snake-like body into a large circle and begged the gods to fill that shape with water. The gods obliged, creating Lake Bento at the foot of Mount Kerinci.

Unable to live alone, Calupat asked the dragon to bring residents to his valley. A powerful wind then blew against Lake Bento forming an estuary and causing the river to flow downstream to the east. Lake Bento was again left as an empty valley, and a new river was created: Lake Kerinci. With the presence of the lake, people began to settle around its banks. Upon visiting this spot today, you can still see the shape of Calupat sitting upon the head of a dragon.

How to get there
The lake is located in the Kerinci Valley, about 16 kilometers from Sungai Penuh. The two closest cities to Sungai Penuh, capital city of Kerinci District, are Jambi and Padang.
Getting to Sungai Penuh from Jambi city takes about 10 hours by car over a distance of approximately 500 km. This can be done by using public transportation or rental car. Jambi airport serves just Jakarta and Batam.
The alternative route through Padang is much faster, at a total distance of under 300 kilometers. Sungai Penuh can be reached via public transport, car rental or private car, and should take between 5-6 hours. Minangkabau International Airport in Padang serves Jakarta, Medan, Pekanbaru, Batam and Kuala Lumpur.

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Go Florest Tours, Your Travel Companion at Komodo Island

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Go Flores Tours are the windows to enjoy the beauty of the Nature Island of Flores and Komodo Island. visiting this kind of paradise will not be disappointed when you witnessed with your own eyes and feel the differences peculiarity of Flores from the Eastern part Larantuka till Western part of Flores, Labuan Bajo and Komodo National Park. That’s just one in the world.

Go Flores Tours is one of the Company to recommend you to unite your hands and directly see the mountain Grooves, cultures, tribes and faces of Flores man.

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