Jul 212011

Backpack is definitely one of essential equipments for backpackers. Once you missed it, you’ll lost your adventure!

Backpacking in Europe

Every year, there were always backpackers who lost their backpacks and left bad memories on their journey.

Backpackers are often attracted local residents’ attention, especially when they visit a poor or developing countries. For example, their digital camera could be worth the equivalent of a year local residents’ income. The threat of loss or theft is getting apparent in places visited by tourists where locals could be jealous to backpackers’ attitude. Continue reading »

Jul 202011

Elang jawa (Spizaetus bartelsi). (ANTARA)

Bogor, West Java (ANTARA News) – The number of threatened bird species in Indonesia has increased from 122 in 2010 to 123 in 2011, according to an NGO activist.

Of the 123 threatened bird species, 18 were categorized as critically endangered, 31 endangered, and 74 vulnerable, Ria Saryanthi, the manager for conservation and development of Burung Indonesia, said here on Sunday.

“All of them are included in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN),” Ria stated. Continue reading »

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Jul 122011

Papuan tribesmen perform with traditional drums known as ‘tibas’ during the Lake Sentani festival in Indonesia’s eastern Papua province. AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad

For decades, the only foreign visitors to venture into Papua were gold-diggers, anthropologists, missionaries and soldiers fighting imperial wars.

But the vast, western half of New Guinea island is slowly opening its doors to tourists as a “hidden paradise,” a land of ancient tribal cultures, glittering reefs, soaring glaciers and teeming wildlife.

Recreational travelers number a few thousand a year at most: people like Sarah Gabel, a 29-year-old American who says she is “captivated by people who live in harmony with nature.” Continue reading »

Jul 102011

Hoga island, Wakatobi, SE Sulawesi. (ANTARA/Prasetyo Utomo )

Kendari, South East Sulawesi (ANTARA News) – The Tourism and Culture Service of Wakatobi district, South East Sulawesi, is now opening registration for participants of an undersea photo contest.

“We are now opening registration beginning today. A number of photographers from various regions in Indonesia have registered to take part in the undersea photo contest,” head of Wakatobi tourism and culture service Tawakal said here on Sunday.

He said the theme of the photo contest was : “The Beauty of Under Water World Coral Reef Triangle. It will be held as part of the Sail Wakatobi Belitong activities whose opening would be entered in Wakatobi. Continue reading »

Jul 102011

Laguna Helau is a resort located on the beach, situated in the village of tight Kalianda South Lampung district, which is not far from Port Bakaheuni.

Laguna Helau has been designed as a Sumatran fishing village, with natural wooden cottages perched on high columns. The cottages are elevated to take advantage of the spectacular views to the sea and the surroundings natural .

Cottage-Cottage of the Sumatran architecture with typical room spacious and open, especially on the veranda. Continue reading »