A Majestic Tourist Destination – Thousand Islands National Park Indonesia


In a nutshell, Indonesia is an archipelago nation. That means it holds tons of islands. The options are limitless for travelers. The local name is “Kepulauan Seribu”. Tourists also call it Thousand Islands Regency. The combination of islands makes a perfect Thousand Islands National Park. The location is about 45 km from the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. Why is it popular among tourists? All the islands offer great nature attractions. These include beaches, underwater scenery, trees, and much more.


In terms of beauty, Thousand Islands Regency is considered flawless. There are both small and big islands. All of them emit a beautiful nuance. Some of them feature mangroves and stunning beaches. In some islands, you can find perfect resorts. In the sea, there are numerous corals. They come in different colors and shapes. The best type is fringing reef! The waves are mostly moderate. No wonder, many tourists take the chance for snorkeling and diving. Even swimming is possible in the sea. Make sure to choose the right location, though.


Most of the visitors come to Thousands Islands National Park to enjoy the nautical beauty. Fortunately, the government has improved some facilities around the island. Thus, tourists are able to enjoy water sports wholeheartedly. These include scuba diving, fishing, etc. In fact, there are more than 25 diving spots scattered in “Kepulauan Seribu”. If you love fishing, you can find some good locations, too. The thing is you should carry a fishing rod. It is because most islands are uninhabited. That means there are no facilities on those secluded isles.

Next activity is to explore several animal conservations. In some islands, there are hawksbill sea turtle conservations. Not to mention you can find numerous unique animals such as Brahminy kite. Do you want more? Once you visit such location, it is time to enjoy outdoor activities. Camping and sunbathing are two common things to do. Make sure to come in summer, though. Overall, you need to avoid the rainy season. For the best camping experience, you should gather information beforehand. These include locations, equipment, routes, etc.

The locals’ activities also become an attraction. That means you can witness and observe their routines, especially fishing. It is true that Thousand Islands Regency is abundant in sea resources. Due to this reason, some of the islands become a base or settlement for fishermen. Their boats are equipped with numerous fishing tools. If you are lucky, you are allowed to ride their boat and join their activity. Make sure to learn their language, though! With all these attractions, you should include it on your vacation list.


Get There

If you come from outside Jakarta, your first destination is definitely such capital of Indonesia. Once you reach Jakarta, you can choose the route. Usually, tourists depart from Muara Angke. It is considered the most affordable route. Though, you will get a faster trip to Thousand Islands Regency from Marina Ancol. It is using a speedboat!

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Amelia Sea View in Labuan Bajo

It is true East Nusa Tenggara Province is famous for its Komodo Island. However, many other attractions are available in this region. For instance, there is Amelia Sea View located in Labuan Bajo. As the name suggests, it is the location to enjoy stunning sea views including the sunrise and sunset. This sightseeing spot is situated on a green hill, on which tourists relax and enjoy the nature passionately. Due to its strategic location, the hill also emits a refreshing atmosphere. Thanks to the unspoiled air!


The Nuance
As mentioned before, Amalia Sea View features mostly the formation of hills. The best spot is indeed the tallest hill, which is easy to reach. Apart from the hill, this area also features lush trees that come with different types and shapes. From afar, the sea looks charming and calm as if it mesmerizes any visitors. Another great feature is the wind, which feels strong at the summit of the hill. There is even a long path for those who want to explore it. It is because the local government has paid a good attention to the tourists by developing this location.

Exploring Amelia Sea View
One of the best lures in Amelia Sea View is the trekking adventure. It is because you need to reach the top of the hill in order to enjoy the best views and scenery. Despite the tiring efforts, you won’t get disappointed with the views. Here is the thing. The best times to visit the hills are either during sunset or sunrise. For those who want to feel fresh air, it is better to come in the morning. As an alternative, you can also visit the hill in the afternoon when there is a romantic sunset.

Before trekking to Amelia Sea View, tourists should have rented a room in a nearby hotel. There is no need to carry lots of items when reaching the hill, after all. The prime items to carry are a camera, snacks, bottled water, and other necessary things. If you come at noon, it is better to wear a hat as the temperature can be quite hot. Another important tip is the number of trekkers. It is not recommended to reach the hill alone, as you need a tour guide to explore the location efficiently.

The best thing about a holiday in Amelia Sea View is the budget. Tourists don’t need to spend anything on exploring the hill, as there is no entry fee. However, you need some money to pay the accommodation and foods. At the end of the trip, it is time to visit nearby tourist spots. For example, there is the White Pier or “Dermaga Putih”. It becomes an alternative for sightseeing, which features mainly sea scenery.

Get There

In order to enjoy the breathtaking scenery in Amelia Sea View, you need to visit Labuan Bajo first. The trip takes so much time, especially for outsiders. From Kupang, it takes about 30 hours as the distance is 903 km. When it comes to the route, it is Kupang – Kijang Island – Labuan Bajo. For a faster trip, you need to take advantage of a good transportation service like an airplane! It is indeed expensive, but it is worth the expense.

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The Grandiose Toba Lake in North Sumatra Province

What makes Indonesia is a worthy vacation destination? Many travelers are impressed by nature beauty of the country. Moreover, there is a famous tourist spot in North Sumatra Province, which is called Toba Lake. Being the biggest lake in Indonesia, Toba becomes the signature tourism in Sumatra Island. It is because the flawless nature and pristine water would satisfy all visitors. People come to the lake to enjoy a family recreation, sightseeing, photography, and exploration. The fact is many different tourist spots are scattered around the lake. Tourists can explore them all wholeheartedly.

The Nuance
In terms of popularity, Toba Lake is recognized as the second biggest lake in the world. It is also known as the deepest one on the planet, having the depth of 450 meters. The length is 100 km and the width is about 30 km. According to the locals, Toba was formed due to the explosion of a volcano (more than 70 thousand years ago). Due to its great size, the lake appears like a sea with its calm water. In midst of the lake, there is an island called Samosir, on which tourists can visit.

Exploring Toba Lake
Apart from sightseeing, visitors can do many things in Toba Lake. For instance, they can reach Batak traditional villages that reside near to it. The best attraction is the local houses in Ambarita settlement. There are also majestic rocks that have the age more than hundreds of years. As for the tips, it is better to hire a tour guide as he knows the best route to explore all those attractions. Tourists even have the chance to visit a famous tombstone of Sidabutar King, which is located in the southeast of Tuk Tuk Village.

The next prime activity in Toba Lake is definitely an adventure to Samosir Island. It takes a small trip by a boat to reach the location, though. Once tourists get to the island, they can find many attractions like old churches, stunning mountains, and friendly locals. There is also a hot spring near to it, but it is not suitable for bathing due to its high temperature and bad odor. As an alternative, visitors can ride a motorcycle to reach the top of the hill nearby. From above, they might enjoy stunning views of nature! The air is also quite fresh.

As for the tips, the best time to visit Toba Lake is between September and November. Why is that? The locals may conduct an annual festival that presents numerous shows like music, sports, arts, and much more. There is also a famous tradition called the dragon ship competition. Still, visitors should perform a small research regarding the schedule first. As an alternative, they can visit Toba Lake between May and September, where the nuance is more peaceful. Not to mention the weather is at its best during those months.

Nearby Attractions
– Samosir Island
– Binangalom Waterfall
– Pusuk Buhit Mountain
– Batak Museum
– Parapat Town

Get There
Thanks to the presence of Silangit Airport. It is located in Siborong-borong Sub-district. That means travelers only need to take an airplane to such destination. From there, they can take a local transportation service to Parapat City, which takes about 1 hour.

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The Triangle of Lakes

Three lakes with the splendour sunrise formed an attractive tourism located in Lumajang, East Java. The magnificent sensation of the sun would soon be coming. The dark sky turned lighter into blue, red, and golden yellow to be one brightening the Ranu Klakah with the Mount Lamongan on 1,668 meters above sea level as its amazing backdrop. The Mount Lamongan, a maar volcano in East Java, is surrounded by 27 maar volcanoes having diameter 0f 150-700 meters. Some maar volcanoes have some lakes, such as Ranu Klakah, Ranu Pakis, and Ranu Bedali.

The silhouette of the fishermen turned invisible on the lake. The sun creating line patterns cut by the thick leaves becamea a breathtaking landscape. Ranu Klakah and various activities of the people around it could never keep these eyes away. The hungry little birds were flying around it catching their preys on the lake. Their maneuver of flying on the fishermen’s traditional rafts became a wonderful attraction to remember.

There are three lakes around the area including Ranu Klakah, Ranu Pakis, and Ranu Bedali. The natural lake tourism, the charming panorama, and the triangle location of these three lakes become a unique attraction. From above, we can enjoy the sensation of the sun as well as the tourism facilities, like speedboat, canoe, jet ski, swan boat, traditonal bamboo raft, and fishing area.

You can also have breakfast on the food stalls on the seashore offering various kinds of fish served as you wish. After having breakfast, try to pay a visit on Ranu Pakis. It is 1 km far from Ranu Klakah. The landscape is similar to Ranu Klakah. There are floating places to cultivates freshwater fish and you can interact with the fishermen around here.

If you want to see the lake from above, you can come and visit Ranu Bedali. It is 5 km far from Ranu Klakah. Ranu Bedali tourism desination which is 700 meters high upon the see level and 25 Ha wide falling downward is really pretty to enjoy in the morning. The green lake from above will be very beautiful to be seen while relaxing at the small pavillions available around here.

How to Get There:
The three lakes are located at Klakah district. They are 20-25 km far from the southern of Lumajang. It takes only 40 minutes.

Surabaya/ Malang Bus Station:
From Surabaya/ Malang bus station – Wonorejo bus station – Klakah bus station – to the tourism object.

Jember/ Banyuwangi Bus Station:
From Jember/ Banyuwangi bus station – Wonorejo bus station – Klakah bus station – to the tourism object.

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Another Famous Derawan: Sangalaki Island

Sangalaki Island is a small island covering an area of 15.9 hectares. This island is one of the islands that are part of Derawan Archipelago. Derawan Islands is a group of islands famous in the world. Aside from Sangalaki Island, another famous island of Derawan Islands are Kakaban and Derawan Island. Sangalaki Island located in the waters of the northern peninsula of Berau.
Administratively, Sangalaki Island located in Berau Regency of East Kalimantan Province. Most sea turtles in the world are an endangered species. That includes species hawksbill and green turtles that live on Sangalaki Island. Not only that, but Sangalaki Island is also a major nesting site for green turtles in Southeast Asia.

Therefore, it makes sense Sangalaki Island has a turtle conservation facility that is very good. Not so hard to find a turtle on Sangalaki Island. When you are walk on the shore visible some traces of turtle. Usually this turtle come to Sangalaki Island at night. At night can be found dozens of turtles that come here. Each year a total of more than 3,700 turtles who come to this island.
The turtles came to Sangalaki Island to lay eggs, especially when the sea water was high tide. Activities of the turtles lay their eggs on Sangalaki Island arguably a natural spring. Because after the completion turtles lay eggs, eggs that have hatched would be monitored. If it is not safe position where turtles bury their eggs, then there will be a few officers from the Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA) which move the eggs to another location that is considered more secure.

Some animals such as lizards who also lives on Sangalaki Island known to prey on turtle eggs. One adult turtle can lays about 100 eggs. Every night there are more than 20 adult turtles laying in Sangalaki Island. Because they spawn in a close time, so when there will be thousands of children hatched turtles called “tukik” or hatchlings were scrambling for first towards the sea. Unfortunately, although the number of newly hatched hatchlings could reach thousands, but only a few of them will survive to adulthood.

When just touched the waters there are some hawks flying above the ocean lurking hatchlings. An eagle is capable of consuming 3 to 4 turtle hatchlings. Not to mention the various predators prey hatchlings were at sea. Even when they are grown and large with a strong shell, still not safe from predators.

There are sharks are known to prey on adult turtle with strong canine teeth and able to snag a hard shell turtles. From the thousands of hatchlings that hatched on Sangalaki Island, only dozens who managed to live to adulthood. Most of adult turtles will return to Sangalaki Island to spawn. Unlike Derawan Island of fully developed for tourism purposes, only 3% of Sangalaki Island built. The rest is left in as natural a state as possible. Because it is on Sangalaki Island more emphasis in conservation and ecology. But that does not mean there are no facilities at all here. There are some facilities is available that provide various best facilities for snorkeling, diving, up to the inn.

To get there:
To reach Sangalaki Island, you may take an airplane from Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta to Sepinggan airport (BPN) in Balikpapan. From Sepinggan, you may take a Deraya airplane to the capital of Berau city, Tanjung Redeb. Deraya serves commuter and chartered flights. During this journey, you may see the life of the local community in the Kalimantan hinterlands which are not influenced by modernization.Upon your arrival in Tanjung Redeb, you have another journey by speed boat along the Segah River to Sangalaki. In total, it takes about 8 to 9 hours from Jakarta to Sangalaki. In addition to visiting Sangalaki, you could also visit equally interesting neighbouring islands such as Maratua, Derawan, and Kakaban islands.

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Labuhan Keraton Ngayogyakarta

Labuhan Keraton or the Royal Offerings of Yogyakarta is usually performed on the 30th of Rajab, so it will probably be hold on Thursday, 27 April 2017, at 07.00 am at the “Pendhapa” (Javanese Mansion) of Kretek Subdistrict Office. The Ngayogyakarta Royal servants transfer the vessels of the offering-implement to the Bantul Government. Then the offering-implement is delivered to the “Pendhapa” of Parangkusumo, and given to the caretaker to be arranged in “ancak” (the vessel made of bamboo). After the prayer fort it in “cepuri” (a supporting resort of the gateway) of Parangkusumo, the ritual goes on with the burying of the Sultan’s goods such as the cut of hair or nail. It is conclude with floating the “ancak” away to the sea.

Upacara Labuhan Keraton Ngayogykarta biasanya dilaksanakan pada tanggal 30 Rejeb dimana pada tahin ini jatuh pada hari Kamis, taggal 27 April 2017. Ritual upacara dimulai pukul 07.00 di Pendapa Kecamatan Kretek yaitu dengan pasrah panampi (penyerahan sesaji) dari Parentah Ageng Kraton Ngayogyakarta kepada Bupati Bantul. Setelah itu uba rampe dibawa ke Pendapa Parangkusuma untuk diwilang (diperiksa) sebelum diserahkan kepada juru kunci di Parangkusuma, sekaligus didoakan. Acara ini berlangsung di Cepuri Parangkusuma. Setelah didoakan, salah satu uba rampe yang berisi lorodan ageman (pakaian bekas sultan),kenaka (potongan kuku), serta rikma (potongan rambu) selama setahun dikubur di sudut cepuri sambal menabur bunga dan membakar dupa. Sisa uba rampe berupa Sembilan kain dengan corak dan warna khusus, uang tindhih lima ratus, minyak koyoh, dupa serta layon sekar (sejumlah bunga yamg sudah layu dan kering, bekas sesajen pusaka keratin selama setahun), dan jajanan pasar yang ditempatkan pada 3 ancak dilabuh.

Upacara ini dapat dimaknai sebgai bentuk syukur kepada Tuhan Yang Maha Esa karena keselamatan yang telah diterima rakyat Ngayogyakarta. Juga untuk memohon kepada Tuhan YME agar Sultan, Keraton, Rakyat Yogyakarta diberi keselamatan, ketentraman, dan kesejahteraan hidup.

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Borneo Orangutan Tour In Tanjung Putting National Park, Pangkalan Bun

Orangutan Green Tours is one of Borneo tour agent who will help the visitors enjoy a trip to the forest and introduce the Borneo Orangutan to the visitors.

OrangutanGreenTours (OGT), specially dedicated traveling to the Orangutan and Unique wildlife, indigenous people, Community and Nature conservation based tours, Eco-tourism destination around Borneo and Indonesian parks. OrangutanGreentours will lead you to Borneo homeland which known as The third largest island after Greenland and New Guinea. Borneo was cover 746,309 sq km bigger than Texas and Oklahoma combined five time the area of England and Wales.

www.Orangutangreentours.com is not itself a carrier or hotelier, not do we own aircraft, hotels, or coaches. The flights, coach journeys, other travel and hotel accommodation comprised in your tour are provided by reputable carries and hoteliers on their own conditions. It is important to note, therefore, that all bookings with www.Orangutangreentours.com are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by airlines, coach operators, hoteliers and other service providers, including but not limited to car hire, restaurant operators, whose service we utilize, some of which limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage.

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42 Tourism Events will be Presented at South Sumatra on 2017

As a testament to the commitment of South Sumatra Province (SumSel) through the Department of Culture and Tourism (Disbudpar) South Sumatra support the Ministry of Tourism to attract tourists, in 2017 will present series of programs that lure tourists.

“We hold many events in the next year (Read: 2017). There are 42 events and was still able to grow again, “said the Head of the Department of Culture and Tourism South Sumatra Province, Irene Camelyn Sinaga after launching Halal Travel and Calendar Event of South Sumatra, 2017, in the Atrium PIM, Friday (16/12).

From the dozens of events will be held, said Irene, including in South OKU there is natural cruising Serasan Seandanan, Festival Dempo in Pagaralam , Dusun Lame Festival in Lubuk Linggau, and Musi Triboatton in Palembang, Banyuasin, Muba, Mura, Empat Lawang, as well as various events more.

Irene also mentioned, South Sumatra ready to entertain local and foreign tourists through tourism event later. Therefore, the circuit on the calendar events 2017 will be promoted ranging from domestic to overseas.
For Halal tourism in South Sumatra, continued Irene, indeed so far has not identified how many there are. However, this Halal Tourism where from the industry, such as travel agents, attractions, malls, hotels, restaurants and other travel must be certified kosher.

“It’s actually many destinations of South Sumatra province for halal travel, but there are provinces that preceded it, such as Aceh. In the future, there are several hotels in Palembang are already willing to become halal tourism, ranging from houses of worship to the restaurant, “said Irene.

Meanwhile, Head of the Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) of South Sumatra province Yaniarsyah Hasan appreciated at the Department of Culture and Tourism both provincial and city. Because, through a limited budget can still perform launching halal tourism.

“In the calendar events in 2017, pretty much the circuit which will take place in South Sumatra. But later in 2018, we can create a calendar event that much more to involve the district or city in South Sumatra, “he added.

He also hoped, by dozens of tourism events later can bring in more tourists from outside South Sumatra. In addition, the presence of this events will welcome the holding of the Asian Games in 2018.

“So, after the Asian Games, Palembang will surely be known 45 Asian countries and other countries. Hopefully this launching can also be beneficial for the whole community in South Sumatra, “he concluded.

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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


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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