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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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 »

Feb 122012
 

BEST 3 Meeting, for Bogor Eco and Sustainable Tourism

Bogor district, located near the capital Jakarta, has cool mountain air, a distinct microclimate and is a weekend retreat for many Jakartans. Bogor is also uniquely supported by distinctive social and cultural conditions, making it ripe for vast tourism development potential. These advantages have inspired many people to pioneer various tourism related businesses around Bogor. Unfortunately, Most of these projects have instead succeeded in creating mass tourism enterprises that tend to be detrimental to the environmental. A number of hotel villas have even been built in areas that should have been marked for preservation. Some of these have created enterprises such as night clubs and bars in sharp contrast to the surrounding serenity and prevailing cultures and religions. Continue reading »

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 »