Nov 182011

A juvenile orangutans walks at a care center in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, on the island of Borneo, where hundreds of orangutans learn skills needed to survive in the wild. Photo: Associated Press

Tourists to Southeast Asia are often drawn to the region because of its diverse wildlife — including the intelligent orangutans. At the Singapore Zoo, visitors can even havebreakfast with orangutans, long a favorite of visitors to the city.

But some villagers in Indonesia — home to 90% of the 50,000 or so orangutans left in the wild — may instead eat the apes themselves for breakfast.

According to a survey of nearly 7,000 villagers in Kalimantan, part of the Indonesian island of Borneo, 750 to 1,800 orangutans were been killed between 2009 and 2010. The survey — the first of its kind — found that the animals are primarily being killed to protect farmers’ crops and for their meat, and sometimes are captured as pets. Continue reading »

Nov 142011

Photo: Courtesy of Gunung Rinjani National Park

The Provincial Government of West Nusa Tenggara and four districts in Central Lombok island are in the middle of completing the proposed filing requirements Gunung Rinjani National Park (GRNP) to be defined as the world’s geopark.

“It’s attempted to be completed later this year in order to be forwarded to the National Committee on the Proposed Geopark Submission, in the beginning of 2012 to be followed up according to procedure and mechanism proposal,” said the Head of Planning and Development (Bappeda) province of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Rosiady Sayuti, in Mataram on Saturday. Continue reading »

Nov 112011

Traveling inexpensively and healthy, is to ride the bike!

Photo: Doc. Bikepacker Indonesia

Indonesia is a country that is known to have so many outstanding natural beauties, with not a few forests that are still virgin; the mountains are also beautiful though sometimes they threaten with their activeness, and the dazzling blue seas with stunning coral reef gardens. Overall they are the charms that have strong magnet, which have made a lot of tourists from foreign countries came to visit, and even some were willing to settle down.

From all the matters, then comes the community of Bikepacker Indonesia (BPI), which is the community that likes to travel by bicycle. Why bicycle? Well, due to cycling, the community members feel it will make them become closer to nature that they enjoy much. “With cycling, we could actually have direct contact with nature, of which we enjoy much. This, of course, will be different if we are traveling by car,” said Hendra Revellino, one member of Bikepacker Indonesia. Continue reading »

Nov 092011

With a great house reef in front of the diveshop and a couple of turtles living in the bay, Gapang beach is a perfect place for snorkeling and long relaxed shore dives.

Gapang Beach

Situated in Pulau Weh or Weh Island –  a small island off the northern tip of Sumatra. The northern most point of the Indonesian archipelago is known as kilometer zero,or KMZero – Gapang Beach is an unique beach, with white sand halfway around the bay, surrounded by large overhanging trees; the ‘Gapang’ trees. So you can choose to sit on the beach in the sun, or in the shade of these grand old trees.

Only 15 to 30 minutes drive from the town of Sabang you will be able to enjoying the beautiful scenery of the beach. From the ferry port at Balohan, Gapang beach can be reached by car in 45 minutes. Continue reading »