Dec 232013
 

Selayar Islands

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, SELAYAR — The sun is at a point 60 degrees above the head. The time shows around 10:00 WITA. However, downtown square field of Selayar city already stung with heat.

“Then from the district of Taka Bonerate,” said a host in central podium.

The heat conditions in the field near the beach do not seem to loosen the spirit of the people to watch the show of Selayar 408th Anniversary. However, folding fan kept waving wind in their faces.  Continue reading »

Aug 232013
 

The Sodong Pier, Nusakambangan Island. Nusakambangan is an island in the Indian Ocean, home to a number of maximum security prisons. TEMPO/Adi Prasetya

TEMPO.CO, Cilacap – In order to introduce the mangrove forests in Nusakambangan and Segara Anakan, the Martime Ministry will hold the Nusakambangan Festival. Tourists are hoped to be able to familiarize themselves with the mangrove forest in Nusakambangan during the festival.
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Jan 152013
 

A man demonstrates his stone jump in Bawomataluo, South Nias. (illustration)

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Experts from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) and Japan are introducing Bawomataluo Village in South Nias to the world. The village is expected to be recognized by the UNESCO as a world heritage as the village is famous for jumping stone tradition.

The observer of Nias Cultural Conservation, Etis Nehe, said such recognition would protect cultural value in Bawomataluo, while more people would be invited to conserve the culture. Continue reading »

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Mar 222012
 

Bamboo rafting at Loksado by Nasrudin Ansori Kalimantan-Indonesia Gallery

You haven’t really visited Kalimantan until you’ve visited its rainforests. But the question for most tourists is, how?

While the third-largest island in the world is filled with exuberant tropical rainforests, many of them are remote and not easily accessible from major cities. The ones that can be reached tend to be wildly overgrown with no guided paths. For the casual tourist, this makes seeing the island’s greatest treasures a logistical nightmare.

That’s where Loksado comes in. The tiny village, situated about 171 kilometers from South Kalimantan’s capital Banjarmasin, has become a meeting point for those wanting to explore the wilds of Kalimantan without getting lost in the wilderness. Continue reading »

Feb 212012
 

Kampung Cinangneng, where tradition meets modern. Photo: HB Garden Guest House

If you think that your family is enjoying their vacation at an ordinary and crowded holiday destination, think again, because your kids are probably really bored! Have you ever considered a vacation to a natural place that also provides your kids an education about life in the village? Hester Basoeki has developed just that, an exciting educational and vacation program for kids based on the simple philosophy: “we all come from the village”.

Hester Basoeki never thought to build the Hester Basoeki Garden Guesthouse, also known as Kampung Cinangneng. She had initially bought a small area of land in Cinangneng village to use for family vacations. As time went by, and thanks to a flagship program “Poelang Kampung”, or Back to The Village, the place slowly evolved into a tourism site. Continue reading »