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 »

Jun 192011
 

The status of Karimunjawa as one of the preserved national marine park in Indonesia gives evidence on how beautiful the underwater life is in the islands. No need to rent high cost diving gear or search for a specific location just to view forest of colorful coral reefs and all their inhabitants.

Karimunjawa is and island chain stretching in a northwesternly direction 83 km from Jepara. Central Java. This archipelago is a cluster of 27 island in the java sea. The reefs are a mixture of fringing, barrier, and patch with bottom depths ranging from 15 to 40 meters.  Continue reading »

Apr 212011
 

Emissions from the 1883 Krakatau eruption generated dramatic sunsets around the world. The colorful skies inspired many sketches and paintings, like this one by England's William Ashcroft.

Emissions from the 1883 Krakatau eruption generated dramatic sunsets around the world. The colorful skies inspired many sketches and paintings, like this one by England's William Ashcroft.

Krakatau (aka Krakatoa), in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait west of Java and east of Sumatra, exploded in August 1883 with 26 times the power of the biggest H-bomb test.  The eruption turned deadly on the afternoon of Aug. 26, with the first explosion coming at 1 p.m. A column of black ash soon rose 17 miles into the sky above the Sunda Strait.

The collapse of the volcano into the sea generated 100-foot tidal waves obliterating hundreds of villages and taking more than 36,000 lives. Much reduced, the sea wave swept past the Cape of Good Hope into the Atlantic Ocean and even caused a measurable ripple in the English Channel.
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