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Best things to do in Manado

Manado is the capital city of North Celebes and there are plenty of activities which you can do during your stay in this city. First of all, we have to talk about Bunaken which is a famous divers destination due to its high biodiversity underwater. After you took a dive, you have to trek Gunung Mahawu which will amaze you with fantastic sights. Still haven’t seen enough? Go on safari to see the most interesting and beautiful animals. Do we see you in Manado?

Explorer the underwater world of Bunaken
During your stay in Bunaken, you have to go to Manado. This diving spot welcomes all divers, even if you are a beginner. During your diving adventure, you’ll encounter with a lot of life underwater. The spot has a high biodiversity and has even one of the highest biodiversity’s in the world. It is even possible to swim with sea turtles, which you have to do when you get the opportunity. The water is also pleasurable to jump in, due to its naturally warm temperature.

Trek on the volcanoes in the surrounding area
Volcano trekking is something you have to do during your stay in Manado. You can go to the Gunung Mahawu which will show you beautiful panorama’s at the end of the trek. During you trek, you will also be amazed by the beauty of nature. The trek itself will show you a lot of fresh green landscapes which gives you a surreal feeling and at the end, you will see a crater lake. This crater lake changes colour every day so be amazed by the sight of the active volcano.

Go on a small beautiful safari
Just 60km away from Manado, you will find the Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve. This small reserve shows a lot of biodiversity in little time. This reserve is also the home of the Tarsiers which are called the ghost animals due to their appearance. Encountering with these animals will make your visit even more special. There are also a lot of different birds which have beautiful shapes. Be amazed in this small part of rain forest.

Cultures which are living together in peace
Manado is a city which has a majority of Christians, but there are also Hindu’s, Muslims and Buda’s. All of these religions live peacefully together and they even made a big monument which symbolize that. The monument is called the hill of love and you really have to see that, because it shows what people are capable of when it comes to handcrafts. In the hill, you see two enormous faces carved out of stone. These people are unified and that’s why the people of Manado see this as a symbol for their respect.

Meat which you have never tasted before
Manado‘s cuisine is different than the other parts of Indonesia. Due to the majority of Christians, Manado is a destination with different norms when it comes to food. The area has a lot of different kinds of meat. Do you want to taste something else which you usually don’t eat? Than you have to go to Manado. They serve every kind of meat which has 4 legs and they even sell meat from snakes. Curious about their cuisine now?

Indonesia’s Beautiful Underwater

Indonesia consists of 36% of main land and islands, and 64% of sea. So, besides having a range of beautiful landscapes and volcanoes, Indonesia also has countless water resources and underwater beauties. Not to mention the beautiful beaches stretch along the country, for Indonesia is the biggest archipelago country in the world.

As an Indonesian, I am aware that my country is an epicenter of biodiversity, hosting a greater variety of marine life than anywhere else on earth. Having bunch of dive sites throughout the archipelago, Indonesia provides many kinds of diving style to try. From challenging drift diving, extensive reef diving, amazing night diving, unique muck diving, and stunning steep walls to enjoy. This fact makes me curious of knowing more of the underwater world and decided to take a diving license to explore deeper and longer.

And once I saw how underwater world looks like, I never stop craving for more dives in my life. Since I live in a beautiful Bali island, which surrounded by some popular dives area, I usually go for a dive trip every few months. Tulamben, Amed, Padang Bai, and Menjangan Island are the perfect option for recreational dive as well for beginner divers. For the adventure seekers and big fish lovers, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida Island in Bali or small islands in south west Lombok are the answer. So far, my favorite dive sites are Tulamben with its Ship Wreck and Nusa Penida with its Manta Point. Diving with some Manta Rays surrounds me gives a special sensation and makes me more grateful for a chance to see such a beautiful giant fish yet friendly.

Fransisca dives in Tulamben Coral Garden

When I’m not diving, snorkeling and skin diving are my other water activities. With its pristine water, Bali and Lombok offer the easiest way to enjoy the underwater. You can get in a glass bottom boat, and enjoy the trip to the snorkeling spot by watching the underwater life beneath your feet.

Of course Bali and Lombok are not the only underwater paradise in Indonesia. There are a lot more destinations that have different beauty to offer. East Indonesia is famous with its underwater heaven. From Karimun islands in East Java, Wakatobi islands in Celebes, Mollucas islands, Nusa Tenggara islands, until the famous Raja Ampat in West Papua islands. Not to mention, underwater of Weh island in the very west of Indonesia also surprisingly beautiful. All of them offer you the stunning underwater experience that you will never forget.

Spare your time to enjoy the sea and underwater when you visit Indonesia. If you want to peep a bit of underwater beauty, take a snorkeling tour. By floating with mask and snorkel, you already can see the corals and colorful fish decorating the underwater world. If you are curious what lies down there and want to explore deeper, take a diving lesson to get a license. Or if you only have limited time, join in a Discover Scuba Diving trip. It allows you to dive up to 12 meters without holding the license. And trust me, once you get down there and see the underwater beauty, you will never see the world in the same way you see it before!

 

So, ready to see the other world under the water? Grab your google, snorkel, and fins! And let’s enjoy the underwater heaven of Indonesia.

 

 

Written by Fransisca Widi

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Best things to do in Lampung

Lampung is a smaller city in South Sumatra. Getting around in Lampung is ideal by scooter or scooter taxi. Speaking about scooter taxi, this is something which you certainly have to do during your stay in Lampung. This city is easy to explorer in a short time which means that you also have enough time to discover the area surrounding Lampung and that’s a good thing, due to all the activities you can do like visiting elephants or explorer other small islands. Interested? Than you have to read more about our recommendations of Lampung

Go to a small paradise
The island of Pahawang is a small secret tropical paradise for people who like snorkelling and relaxing. Sounds great, isn’t it? During you snorkelling trips, you even get the chance to encounter with several clownfish. Have you ever seen the movie finding Nemo? Than you will feel like you are playing in the movie. There are also several corals which have several colours, so you won’t get bored looking to them. Don’t you want to snorkel? No problem, just take your towel and go to the beach to relax.

Encounter with elephants
During your stay in Lampung, you have to go to Way Kambas. This is the elephant park of Sumatra which exists during the time that Sumatra was ruled by kings and sultans. Back in the days, the elephant where raised to be fighting in war. Nowadays, the elephants are trained to help humans. This is beneficial for both humans and elephants, because elephants help humans and humans protect elephants from harm.

Shop your new clothes and other goods in Boemi Kedaton Mall
Boemi Kedaton Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in Lampung. This mall is also new so it will give you a modern – like feeling when you are shopping due to all the renovations which took place. There are a lot of stores which vary from souvenir stores to clothing stores, to beauty stores. Because of this, the possibility is high than you can stay here for a long time during your time shopping in the mall.

Spending you day at the beach
During your stay in Lampung, you have to go to Mutun beach. Why? This beach offers a lot of activities which you can do and the beach is easy accessible from Lampung city. When you arrive you see a lot of people who are canoe-boating, banana-boating, swimming, etc. These are all activities which you can do during your stay here. Not interested to do activities? Don’t worry, you can always take you towel with you and look for a quiet place ate the beach.

Taste the cuisine of Lampung
During your stay in Lampung you cannot miss out the cuisine which the area has to offer. One of the most famous dishes of Lampung is Seruit. This is a fish with a kind of mango or shrimp. Tourists love this food, just like locals. The fish is made out of a harpoon which is with a filling which is delicious. Are you hungry now? Than go to Lampung and join us for dinner.

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Travel Tips to South East Asia

Planning a holiday all the way to South East Asia might be an exciting thing to do in your vacation agenda. But what if you have never been to Asia before? What things you should be preparing for an excellent journey to Asia?
Here we share some tips for everyone who will travel to South East Asia:

1. Essential Documents
Prepare your passport and its digital copy. Some countries are free visa entry, some will apply Visa on Arrival. Don’t forget to check the immigration information in advance, for every country you will be visiting. If it needs visa in advance, you can arrange it in your home country.

2. Travel Duration
If it’s your first time to South East Asia, my tips is: don’t rush! Many traveler choose to travel fast in order to fulfill their bucket list in such a limited time. 1 night here, 1 night there, and then cross the border to the next country. It’s exhausting, besides you could not get enough experience of the places you are visiting. Spend at least 3 nights in each city to know more about the area, the culture, the local life, and the culinary. Because traveling is not about how many places, but it’s about how much experience you get during the journey.

3. Eat like locals
Want to experience an absolute travel? Try the local street foods! South East Asia is so famous with its street foods. Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, you name it. All of them have their own authentic street foods to offer. Almost in every city, there’s a street foods market, both day and night. Make sure you do at least once, roaming around the packed night market and eat the local foods in one of the stall. I’m sure you will not end up with 1x visit only!

4. Drink from the bottle
To avoid any bacteria or germs infecting your liver, try to drink only from a sealed bottled drink.
We don’t say that South East Asia is dirty and has a high risk of diarrhea, but the different climate between Northern hemisphere and the South East Asia could also be the main factor your body immune needs to deal with. And if you are not in your peak performance, the risk of getting sick from any germs is still possible to happen. So protect yourself.

5. Light packing
Traveling to the tropical South East Asia doesn’t require any of bulky outfits. As the weather is relatively warm all year long, light clothes would much work for entire occasion. T-shirt, casual shirt, short, light dress, and sandals are the essential, plus a sun glasses. Only in the rainy season you might need a hat or umbrella. But if you are a kind of who love to dance in the rain, you probably don’t mind to get a bit wet. In some areas of SEA there’s winter season (like in Hanoi), but the winter in SEA is still relatively warm for the people from Northern hemisphere. It’s around 14-20’c.

6. Join in at least one cultural exchange activity.
By joining in an activity that has some culture activities to offer, you will get a new unforgettable experience during your travel. For example visit a farmer’s house, traditional market, join in an art workshop, lunch with the royal family in the formerly palace (in Bali), join in one hour teaching at the local school, farming with local farmers, and etc.

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Best things to do in Kupang

Kupang is a less known tourist destination in Indonesia, but the best thing about Kupang is that this destination is totally different from the rest of Indonesia. This city is located on the island of Pulau Timor. The landscapes are similar to the landscapes of Africa and because of this, you have the feeling that you are in a totally different continent. The people in Kupang are dying to meet you, especially when you are a foreigner from a western country. Already interested? Keep reading our recommendations for Kupang.

The forest in the sea
With forest in the sea, we mean mangroves. Mangrove is not touristic and you can see that on the way how it’s built. During your visit, you will think that you are walking on a tree-house-like architecture and this gives you an exciting feeling. The structure is really stable, but it doesn’t feel and look like it. The locals are making pictures of the mangroves and when they see you, you have to go on a picture with them.

Drive around the island of Pulau Timor
Driving around the island is for itself a very nice activity to do during your stay in Kupang. When you are exploring the island, you will see a landscape of a dry rainforest which is extraordinary sight to see for you as a tourist. There are also several markets you will pass. It’s a good idea to stop at one of those markets, cause you will have to opportunity to buy traditional handcrafts which are unique to the island. You will probably be the only foreigner at a market like that and the local people will admire you during your visit.

Eat at the boulevard of Kupang
At the boulevard of Kupang, you’ll find some nice terraces to have a meal or something to drink. Mostly of the time, the terraces have 2 levels which provides you for more places. The music which is played is modern music which gives you a real holiday feeling. On the beach are many seats which are waiting for you to take place, so you can enjoy the sunset while you are dining or just drinking something. This is a must do during your stay in Kupang.

Crossing the border to Timor Leste
When you go to the north of the island, you’ll be going to the border of Timor Leste. This is a different country, but you will get the opportunity to set a few footsteps in the county. The landmark of Timor Leste is waiting for you at the border of Indonesia. It is a massive pole with the name of the country on it and this is a good stop to make a picture which will make your trip memorable. After you have been there, you can go back to Indonesia which has also a landmark with the letters of Indonesia which you have to see.

Seek refreshment at Oenesu Waterfall
This waterfall is easy accessible and not touristic, but it is still big and it’s a wonderful sight to see. The waterfall even has its own parking place. Reaching the waterfall itself is a little bit tricky after you have parked your car. That’s because there is not a real walking path, but that makes the waterfall look more natural than it already is and you will have a little bit of a challenge during your visit. After you reach the end, you will be rewarded with an amazing view and you can even jump off the waterfall if you brought you swimming clothes with you.

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Best things to do in Bali

Bali is a paradise for tourists, because of its natural charms which are amazing for the eye. One of the favorite destinations of Indonesians and all over the world offers enchanting natural beauty and makes anyone fall in love with the island. The amount of excursions will certainly fill your holiday with a lot of activities. Here are our recommendations of activities you can do during your Holiday in Bali that you don’t want to miss.

Relax on Kuta beach
The beauty of Bali’s beaches has been recognized all over the world, and Kuta is one of the beaches that is famous for its beauty. Tourists who are celebrate their holiday in Bali will surely spend a lot of time at the beautiful beaches of Kuta. The beach of Kuta is well known for its wide beaches with white sand. You can bask under the gentle warm sun while enjoying a glass of fresh drinks, or learn to surf on the waves of Kuta beach which are not too big. That’s why Kuta beach suitable for newbie surfers. Kuta beach is also the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful sunset at the beginning of your evening.

Relaxation at the spa in Ubud
Ubud is famous as a traditional tourist attraction in Bali, due to its location between rice fields, forests and surrounding mountain cliffs that makes the landscape an amazing sight to see. You can enjoy the natural beauty of Ubud while pampering yourself in a spa that refreshes the mind, body and soul. The surrounding area where the spas are located are filled with exotic forest which will prevents you of fresh air. The spa’s in Ubud are also supported by expert therapists who will refresh your body with aromatic massage including distinctive essential oils.

Enjoy water sports in Benoa
Many people think about water sports when they are thinking about Benoa. This place is a paradise for water sports, because there are a lot of water sports activities which you can do, like gliding in a banana boat, parasailing, jet skiing, fly fishing, and excursions to the turtle island. Feel the excitement of sitting on a rubber boat that sways crashing waves or flying using a parachute pulled by a boat that runs above sea level. In addition, you can also see the beautiful underwater scenery and interact with several species of fish encountered.

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Jimbaran
Visiting the beach is incomplete if you don’t taste seafood, and the best choice for enjoying it is in Jimbaran. Have a taste of delicious seafood with a view of big waves which will provide you from an experience which you will never forget. The atmosphere during your dinner will become more romantic due to the sparkling candle light on your table and a sky full of stars. Furthermore, there are also acoustic bands which will play relaxing music. Enjoy the delicious appetizing grilled shrimp, flour fried squid that has a crispy texture, grilled scallops with special spices, and other exotic foods.

Stimulate adrenaline by rafting on the Ayung River
The Ayung river is the longest river in Bali with its length of 62.5 km. The river ends in Sanur. The Ayung river has enough rapids which are suitable for beginners. With a course of 12km, your adrenaline is going up due to the excitement of rafting which will test your guts. Along the road, you will also pass a fresh waterfall. Another attraction of rafting course on the Ayung river is the relief sculpture of the Ramayana story along 1 km of the river wall. After arriving at the end of the course, you can rest for a while and then continue to enjoy a filling lunch.

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Best things to do in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is a special region in Indonesia, because this area is the only area that is led by a sultan. With its Javanese customs and culture that are still thick, this place also has many tourist destinations that are no less exciting and interesting than Bali or popular tourist attractions in Indonesia. The following are recommendations for activities that you can try while on vacation in Yogyakarta.

Studying History in Borobudur and Prambanan
Borobudur and Prambanan have become icons of Yogyakarta, so your visit to Yogyakarta would not be complete if you don’t visit both. The magnificent Borobudur architecture and also its history make this temple one of the world’s biggest cultural heritages. The history of the Borobudur temple is estimated to be around 750 AD and was built by king Samaratungga of the Syailendra Dynasty, one of the great and powerful dynasties that once existed in the Nusantara. Turning to Prambanan, a temple that tells the story of an eternal love. The story speaks about Bandung Bondowoso who struggled to build a thousand temples to be able to marry his idol, Roro Jonggrang. Visiting these two places can be a medium for learning history and admiring the great culture and abilities of the forefathers of humanity.

Admire the Yogyakarta Palace
Kraton Yogyakarta, also called Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, is a kingdom complex located in the heart of the province of Yogyakarta. The palace, which was established in line with the Giyanti agreement in 1755 which split the Islamic Mataram Kingdom into the Kingdom of Ngayogyakarta “Surakarta” kept the undoubted beauty of Javanese architecture. You can take pictures with the background of Javanese buildings which are beautiful for the eye. In addition to admire the architecture, you can also watch art performances ranging from gamelan music, puppets to traditional dance.

Enjoy the iconic dish of Gudeg
Gudeg is a traditional Javanese dish of Yogyakarta’s cuisine which is made from raw young jackfruit boiled for several hours with palm sugar, and additional spices with coconut milk. Gudeg is served with rice, chicken, eggs, boiled, tofu or tempeh, and krecek which is made from fried sambal existing of crispy cow skin. Spicy flavor becomes sweet and has a distinctive and delicious taste. For culinary lovers, it is a must-eat dish which you have to try when traveling through Yogyakarta.

Surrounding Malioboro by Becak
One of the fun things to do on vacation in Yogyakarta is to travel around Malioboro using a Becak. Becak is traditional transportation which you will sit in the front while the driver sits behind while pedaling. One of the advantages offered by a Becak is a minimalist seat, which can only be occupied by a maximum of two people. Thus of course you can enjoy quality time while enjoying the beauty of Malioboro. The Becak is driven by human strength and because of this, the Becak won’t be fast. Thus you can hunt more photos than usual.

Explore the beauty of Parangtritis beach
Parangtritis Beach is indeed famous for its legend, which is related to Ratu Kidul as the ruler of the southern sea. Apart from the legend, this Parangtritis beach area offers beautiful natural scenery and doesn’t make you feel bored looking at every inch where you can have a look. This beach is undoubtedly beautiful due to its wide beach in Yogyakarta which offers a big variety of activities, such as driving around the beach using an ATV motorbike, horse or delman riding, doing sports such as soccer at the sand, playing on the edge of the waves, playing kite surfing, or just sitting while enjoying the atmosphere of Parangtritis beach which is so charming.

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Best Things To Do in Jakarta

Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. This huge city holds a lot of history that you don’t want to miss. You will already see the history when you take a look on the buildings in the colonial era and government buildings. The artificial tours represent the history of Indonesia. Do you want to visit Indonesia in the near future? Then you have to put Jakarta on your list. Here are some activities you can do while on vacation in Jakarta.

Go back in time in Kota Tua
The Kota Tua, located in West Jakarta, is one of the historical and cultural tourist destinations visited by many tourists. There are many spots that can be visited in this Kota Tua tourist area. One of them is the Fatahillah Museum which has a very strong historical value, due to the reason that this building is used as a town hall, court, and civil registry office during the era of the Dutch colonialization. These buildings are located in Dewan Kotapraja. In addition, there is also the Sunda Kelapa Harbor, which in ancient times was often used as a place to lean on commercial boats from China, India, Arabia, and others to trade or visit in Indonesia. There is also the museum of Wayang, which, as the name suggests, holds a variety of wayang on display. This museum may be a dedication to the people of Java and the world of wayang in Indonesia.

Visiting Monas, the legendary Indonesian landmark
Tugu Monas (Monumen Nasional, in English: National Monument) is a monument in the form of a obelisk monument, built on the orders of the first President of the Republic of Indonesia, Soekarno. At the very top of this monument is a flaming torch shaped crown which is coated in gold which has a weight of 50kg.This tongue of fire symbolizes the unending fire, a symbol of the spirit of the Indonesian people that will never fade. The monument is surrounded by an open and green city park. The environment is green and shady, and there is also a jogging track and land for exercise. In some spots, there are also beautiful works of art in the form of sculptures and there are also reliefs that illustrate the history of Indonesia in every corner of the courtyard outside the national monument. Inside the monument there is also the National History Museum which shows the history of the archipelago and holds the original manuscript of the independence proclamation of the Republic of Indonesia which is stored in a glass box framed by a gold-plated gate in a room called the Ruang Kemerdekaan (Independence Room).

See the Indonesian miniatures in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) is one of the largest recreational parks in Indonesia. Standing on an area of 150 hectares, TMII contains a picture of Indonesian culture. You can learn various things about Indonesian culture at TMII, from traditional houses and clothes, regional dances, to houses of worship of every official religion in Indonesia. There is also a large lake in the middle which lies a park that forms islands resembling the Indonesian archipelago from Sabang to Merauke is located. This lake is referred to as a miniature of the Indonesian archipelago. In addition, there are various kinds of museums that you can visit, such as the Museum Indonesia, the Indonesian Museum of Komodo, Fauna and Reptile Park, and other museums. Want to get to know Indonesia more easily? TMII is the answer.

Play challenging rides at Ancol Recreational Park
Ancol Recreational Park, commonly referred to as Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, is a recreational park that stands on an area of 552 hectares. Ancol has several interesting parks, beaches and recreation areas that you don’t want to miss. However, among the recreation parks offered by Jakarta, Dufan is the most famous recreation park. Dufan (uptake from English: Do Fun) is an amusement park that has many rides and is well known throughout the country. Not only does dufan offers various interesting rides, Dufan also has an interesting physics education center to study. If you like playing with water, then Atlantis Water Adventure is a good place to visit. There are eight main pools in this waterpark, and the highest ride is called Crazy Highest Longest will make your adrenaline reach is maximum. If you are curious about the underwater world, don’t forget to visit Sea World where various marine life live in giant aquarium. In addition, there are many other recreational vehicles that you can try in Ancol that you won’t be able to visit all in one day.

Admire the splendor of the Istana Merdeka
Istana Merdeka (Merdeka Palace) is one of the many state palaces owned by Indonesia where the President works and has government activities. Besides from being a place for presidential activities and receiving state guests, Merdeka Palace can also be visited by tourists. The tour can be carried out when there are no presidential activities carried out at the Merdeka Palace. You will be invited to look at the front page of the President’s office, the corridors next to the state guesthouse, and many other destinations with rules that do not interfere with the work of the President and his apparatus, and do not compromise the security of the President, First Lady and his family. Remember to follow all the rules that have been set to honor the Merdeka Palace and remember that this is the place where the President lives and is active for his duty for Indonesia.

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Best Things To Do in Banyuwangi

Banyuwangi “the sunrise of Java” this is the name of the eastern tip of Java which is given by the residence of the island. Banyuwangi offers many natural sights which are a feast for the eye. Have you ever seen a big blue flame? Then here is your chance, because there are just 2 places where these kind of flames exist. Or maybe you want to have an African-Style holiday where you’ll see African wild life in front of your eyes. Do you want to relax? Banyuwangi is a perfect place. The following are recommendations for activities during your holiday in Banyuwangi.

Witness the beauty of blue fire in Ijen Crater
Mount Ijen feels special due to its rare phenomenon in the form of blue fire which only exists in 2 places on the world. Blue fire is a process of sulfur evaporation that looks bright blue at night. The blue fire moment will be only at 02.00-04.00 local time. With an estimated start at Ijen Cater, you’ll do a trek of 2 hours. Otherwise, you won’t be able to see the blue fire phenomenon. Tourists will start at Kalipuro around 1:30 in the morning.

See rare flora and fauna in Baluran
Baluran is a national park that is often dubbed as the “African of Java” and that is not without reason. In Baluron is a savanna landscape similar to the savanna landscape in Africa. The national park area which has an area of approximately 25 thousand hectares has a variety of flora and fauna that are protected by the state. You’ll be treated by views of meadows and exotic mountains. You can get acquainted with protected animals such as bulls, buffaloes, deer, and long-tailed macaques. During the rainy season, there are many animals that look for food in savanna which covers almost 10,000 hectares. you still have to be careful with wild animals such as snakes and a herd of bulls that can come at any time considering this still wild life.

Visit the unique Selendang Arum waterfall
Selendang Arum is a waterfall located in Sumberasih sub-village which is rarely touched by humans due to its somewhat hidden location. With its height of 20 meters and lush trees, Selendang Arum Waterfall is a beautiful sight to see. This waterfall is called Selendang Arum due to its rock-like shawl. The water runs through stone walls which sparkles when exposed to sunlight just like an present an exotic feel resembling a shawl.

Surfing at G-Land beach
G-Land Beach, also named Plengkung beach, is the best surfing spot in Indonesia. Both beginner and professional surfers can surf at the G-Land beach, due to three levels of waves at the beach which are ranked from 3 to 4 meters for beginners to 6 to 8 meters for professionals. The surfing experience of G-Land beach gets even better with the atmosphere which is still beautiful. Its remote location and surrounding dense forest makes the air pollution-free. You will get an unforgettable surfing experience on this beach.

Go on an adventure in the forest of Alas Purwo
There is one more location in Banyuwangi which is a pity to be missed. This location is Alas Purwo National Park. Navigating this area is like exploring the wild version of Indonesia, which is said to be the oldest land in Java. The national park, which covers 44,037 hectares and has been designated a National Geopark, is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. Not far from the gate, you will see a Hindu temple called Site Kawitan, which in Jawi Kawi means oldest temple. This is related to Alas Purwo, which is believed to be the first creation made be humans on Javanese land. You can also visit the vast Sadengan savanna where you can see peacocks, deers and Javanese bulls.

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Best Things To Do in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is heaven on earth for many snorkelers and divers. The beauty of the underwater world in Raja Ampatis extraordinary and that’s known by the whole world. to its terrific underwater scenery, Raja Ampat also has another charm on the surface of the sea that is no less captivating. With its extraordinary natural beauty, Raja Ampat has become a dream destination that you have to visit once in your life. Want to go to Raja Ampat? Following are the interesting activities for our recommendation.

See exotic birds paradise in the village of Sawinggrai
Sawinggrai village is one of the most famous tourist villages in Raja Ampat which is home to 36 species of exotic birds. One of those birds is famous for being the paradise icon of Papua. During the breeding season, the male paradise birds will perform an attractive dance to attract females and this is beautiful sight for many tourists. The most famous activity in the village is preserving the birds, so they won’t die out. The present of these birds will entertain you during your visit at Sawinggrai. You can also do a lot of culinary tours in this area which will encounter you with flavours you have never tasted before.

Be amazed by the clear water at Timbul Beach
Timbul Beach is actually a stretch of sand that forms a small island in the middle of the ocean of Raja Ampat. The existence of Timbul Beach depends a lot on the ebb and flow of the ocean. The island will fade away from time to time due to the tides. The island will appear when the tides are high, but the island will fade away when the tides are low. The island is Called Timbul Beach, due to the strange phenomenon. Snorkeling at Timbul Beach an amazing, due to the colored and extraordinary shaped reefs underwater. Because of those reefs, Timbul Beach is one of the most beautiful snorkeling spots in Raja Ampat. Not to mention the colony of ornamental fish which is so beautiful, is also not afraid of the camera which will provide you from beautiful pictures. Without doubt, it’s safe to say that the shallow of the beach is amazing.

Visiting a beautiful group of islands in Pianemo
Pianemo is a group of small islands located in the West of Waigeo District. The residence also call the group of islands Piaynemo, but the islands are better known under the name of Pianemo. The Pianemo islands are the iconic of Raja Ampat. You have to put much effort to see the beautiful scenery of Raja Ampat. First you have to pass 300 stair steps and after you have done that, you’ll be rewarded with a view of the ‘tiny paradise’. The residence of Papoea believe that the paradise is created by the power of god. You can freely capture every corner of the karst rock cluster with its calm and clear blue or green sea water in a picture.

Get to know the friendly residents of Arborek Village
Arborek Village is a tourist village that is not too broad, only about 7 hectares, so it will not take a lot of time and energy when traveling around the village. The population in the village of Arborek is around 197 people which exists out 40 families. People in this village are known for their craft in making hats and string bags. Unlike most women in other villages who help their husbands as fishermen, almost all the mothers in this village produce handicraft as a livelihood. Walking down the village road will provide an opportunity for you to interact with the villagers of Arborek, especially with the children who will warmly greet and get to know you.

Marvel at the beauty of the underwater world on Kri Island
Kri Island is an island located in Yenbuba, Meos Mansar, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua. You can find 374 species of fish with beautiful corals on Kri Island. Barracudas, jacks, batfish and snappers live side by side with small reef fish, sharks, groupers, turtles and many other species. The island is beautiful with clear sea water so you can see fish and coral just by looking at it from above the surface. The most popular spot on Kri Island is Cape Kri where you can swim with sharks and fish without the hassle of diving into the ocean floor.