Dec 292011

Gunung Halimun National Park, The Mountains of the Mist, a largest remaining rain forest in Java.

Gunung Halimun National Park, Sundanese for “The Mountains of the Mist”, is the largest remaining primary lowland forest in Java. Each year visitors come to Gunung Halimun to explore mountainous terrain, canyons, rivers and waterfalls, natural hot springs, tropical forests and tea plantations at the center of the Park.

Established in 1992, the Park is a nirvana for the native wildlife of West Java with an abundance of untouched wildlife and stunning scenery. Comprising an area of approximately 40,000 hectares, the Park is home to more than 200 species of endemic, rare and common birds such as the endangered Javan Hawk Eagle, as well as several species of primates, including the endangered Javan Gibbon, Javan Leaf-monkey and Black Leaf-monkey. Continue reading »

Dec 272011

At Kampung Solor night market, red snapper is the most popular choice. (JG Photo/Ade Mardiyati)

On the last day of a recent business trip to Kupang, in East Nusa Tenggara, I had some time to travel around the city before my afternoon flight back to Jakarta.

The night before I had arranged for Geby Djari, a local woman I met earlier in the trip, to pick me up in the morning so I could join her at the local fish market.

Geby, 31, runs a small business in Kupang selling ikan bakar , or grilled seafood. After living in Jakarta for more than 10 years, she returned home and is now a vendor at the famous Kampung Solor night market, where my travel group ate dinner one evening. Continue reading »

Dec 162011

Sarman Pamungkas planting trees in the district of Bukit Batu, Palangkaraya. Photo: ultimoparadiso

Borneo forest, the second world’s largest lungs after the Amazon forest in Brazil. It can be said life of the world depends on the preservation of forests in Borneo. That’s why each of deforestation in Borneo is always in the spotlight, and the United Nations (UN) puts more attention on the sustainability of forest in Borneo.

In addition to efforts to prevent deforestation, the government through the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy to build public awareness around for diligently planting trees. Continue reading »

Dec 162011

Kayaking on Toba Lake

The Samosir district administration in North Sumatra will build a geopark worth Rp20 billion to add to the Lake Toba region’s marine tourism potentials, a local official said here Thursday as quoted by Antara.

He said the geopark would be built around a location that was formed by earth formation processes thousands of years ago and it would eventually be managed as a nature conservation and tourism area. Continue reading »

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Dec 162011


Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) is a local Indonesian not-for-profit organization that is doing extraordinary work in Bali and Kalimantan (Borneo). The organization was founded in 1997 by a group of veterinarians and conservation as well as community minded Indonesians.

FNPF’s strength is in creating community-based conservation. It combines programs that directly improve local community wellbeing through education scholarships, agro-forestry and eco-tourism in order to motivate and mobilize communities to protect wildlife, restore their habitat and support conservation work.  Continue reading »