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Kelimutu lake, Best Adventure in Flores

Indonesia's paradise of beauty and uniqueness of the world. Almost in every corner of the island has a typical exotic archipelago.No wonder people are amazed to see the beauty of the island. One of them is located at the top of Mount Kelimutu, namely Kelimutu lake.

Kelimutu Lake is located within a series of Kelimutu National Park. The lake is located at the top of the mountain at an altitude of 1631 meters above sea level near the village of Pemo, Kelimutu District, Ende, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara.

Lake Flores is basically a crater formed by the eruption of Mount Kelimutu. The mountain is filled with rain water until it formed a lake. There are three giant craters that formed the lake. The unique from each crater, it has a water color that changes every year. Lake water can change from green, red, brown, blue, and green.These changes are basically due to changes in mineral deposits contained in the lake.This was due to weather changes in the surrounding lakes.

The uniqueness of Lake Flores color that is indeed the main attraction of the island of Flores. The resulting color sheen of the lake and a beautiful panorama of the sky makes the lake worthy to see. In addition, the location of the lake is situated at altitude, making the air temperature between 10-15 degrees.

The Kelimutu lake is also attached to the legend that is trusted by the local community. Until now the community in Flores believes that there is a god named Mae who manage the life hereafter. The spirits of the dead one by one will sit on the lake based on the charity record while he was still alive.

A green-colored lake is Spirits toska Lake Young Spirit lake that in the local language namely Tiwu Nua Muri Kooh Fai is inhabited by spirits who died in their teens, children and infants. The lake is also the only lake that does not change color as compared to two other lakes.

Other lakes are Spirits Parent Lake or called TiwuAta Mbupu. The lake is greenish white, inhabited by spirits who died in old age.
The latter is the Enchanted Spirit Lake or Tiwu AtaPoTiwu AtaPolo contain the spirits of people who committed their life to steal, kill and commit other crimes.

Regardless the truth of the legend trusted by the local community, Kelimutu lake did hold a panorama of natural beauty that is truly unique and amazing. No wonder the lake has become a favorite place visited by many tourists both local and foreign tourists. It also became evident that Indonesia does have a unique paradise that resides in all corners of the archipelago.

The Unique of Segajah Island

Segajah island is located in Kuala Bontang region, East Kalimantan province. The uniqueness of this area is the limitation of time visiting. The tourists are only allowed to come in the daytime, when the sea receded until the afternoon. Why? The island is only exist when the sea receded, and will be lost when high tides. So, if you are interested in visiting, you should really pay attention in your time arrival. Because if not, you can not see anything cause the island is drowning by sea water. Beside the unique of the scheduled visits, the uniqueness of this place lies in the cleanliness of the sand, andsea water clarity, so that tourists can see the bottom of the ocean that is inhabited bymany starfish. You can rent a boat in Kuala Bontang and travel for ± 20 minutes.

Segajah Island is a small island that is very interesting. When visiting the island, seemed to the island is our private island. The island offers a variety of natural beauty that is suitable for diving, snorkeling, sightseeing, photography, and culinary.

Sentani lake : Paradise on Earth

Who says Papua or the island known as "Earth's paradise" is just about the hills, forests and hot weather only? Apparently the island also has a marine tourism that no less beautiful than other regions in Indonesia. One of them is Sentani lake.

No less than fourteen districts in Papua has the uniqueness and special attraction for those of you who visit there. Lots of options you can visit, there are marine tourism presents a fascinating marine park, cultural tourism, historical and tourist fauna and flora which may be can not be found elsewhere, such as birds of paradise.

All these wonderful sights are still very natural. With a civilization that is still primitive, making Papua as a tourist place and attract the attention of foreign also local tourists. There is a museum in Jaya Pura town formerly known as Hollandia. The museum provides a variety of cultural information in Papua such as carvings from various districts, a tool of war, fabrics and traditional dances, as well as various sites and ancient relics.

Sentani lake

In Sentani, there are also General Douglas Mc Arthur WWII monument. In the north monument Mc Arthur, at an altitude of 325 meters in mountainous terrain there is Cyclop with the peak of Mount Dofonsoro. The area is very beautiful and breathtaking.

Sentani lake in Papua lies between 20:33 to LS 2041 and 1400.23 to 1400 38 BT. The lake is 70-90 m above sea level and between the Cyclops mountains. Lake Sentani is a volcanic lake. The source water comes from 14 large and small rivers with an estuary, Jaifuri Puay. In the west, old and Boroway Doyo, the depth of the lake is very steep. While the east and center, Puay and Simporo, ramps and shallow. There is also a swamp forests in the area Simporo and Yoka. In some notes mentioned, the basis of waters containing sandy mud substrate (humus). In shallow waters, overgrown plants pandanus and sago. The extent of approximately 9360 ha with average depth of 24.5 meters. In the lake area there are 24 villages. Scattered coastal area and in small islands which exist in the middle of the lake.

Sentani lake is the largest lake in the province of Jaya Pura. The historic location, offering incredible scenery. There is still some Stork and the Eagle who would grab a fish in Lake Sentani. You also provided a “Johnson” boat to circumnavigate the lake.

Unfortunately, Sentani lake is still less well-known as one tourist destination object compared with other marine tourism in Indonesia. Therefore the government makes an event nicknamed the Festival of Lake Sentani as a step to introduce to the world of tourism.

Sentani Lake Festival

The festival, held every year is intended to preserve cultural values as a unique asset of Ondoafi and put together as a tour package that can be enjoyed by domestic and foreign tourists.

At the festival. it will show a very unique culture as a heritage from the ancestors (Ondoafi or Ondofolo), among others, such as Dance War above the boat and other traditional dances from various tribes in Jayapura district coupled with the culture of other regions in Papua and other areas in Indonesia which have similar characteristics such as Lake Toba in Sumatra, Lake Mindanao in North Sulawesi, Lake Tempe in NTT and so forth.

Indonesian Tourism: World Heritage Status

World Heritage of Nature

Indonesia has 4 objects with a status of "World Heritage of Nature". These objects are:

1. Ujung Kulon National Park

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The Park is the first national park which was inaugurated in Indonesia; the park is getting recognition from UNESCO in 1991. The national park is located in the westernmost part of Java Island. The park is also covering an area of Krakatoa and several small islands surrounding such as Handeuleum Island and Peucang Island, these island has an area of about 1206 km2, in which 443 km2 is the sea. Actually, at first, this park is an agricultural area until eventually be destroyed and exhausted population caused by the eruption of Krakatoa on August 27, 1883. These events led to this area back to forest.

Currently, the area used as a protection area for endangered Javanese rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) and other rare animals. Other rare animals are protected in addition to Java rhinoceros is the bull (Bos javanicus javanicus), ajag (Cuon alpinus javanicus), surili (Presbytis Comata Comata), langur (Trachypithecus auratus auratus), deer (Cervus timorensis Russa), leopard (Panthera pardus) , cat stone (Prionailurus bengalensis javanensis), gibbons (Hylobates moloch), and giant clams (Tridacna gigas).

2. Komodo National Park

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Komodo National Park received recognition from UNESCO in 1991. The park is located between Sumbawa and Flores Island that consists of three major islands, namely Komodo Island, Rinca, and Padar, and several other small islands. The park was established in 1980 to protect the dragons and their habitat. Besides dragons, in this national park there are also approximately 277 other animal species which is a mix of animals coming from Asia and Australia. In addition, there are approximately 253 species of coral reefs in the famous waters as well as one of the best point in the world for diving. Today, this national park is also entered into one of the 7 wonders of the world's nomination.

3. Lorentz National Park

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Lorentz National Park, West Papua was recognized by UNESCO in 1999. With an area of 25,000 km2, the park is the largest in Southeast Asia. The area is also one of the three regions in the world with glaciers in the tropics. The park has an amazing biodiversity. The types of animals that have been identified in the park were approximately 630 species of birds and 123 species of mammals. Bird species characteristic of this national park are, two types of cassowary, four megapoda, 31 types of pigeon / doves, 30 species of parrots, 13 species of birds of shrimp, 29 species of birds honey, and 20 species endemic among long-tailed bird of paradise (Paradigalla caruneulata) and quail snow (Anurophasis monorthonyx). Mammals animal recorded include a long snout pig spines (Zaglossus bruijnii), pig snout short spines (Tachyglossus aculeatus), 4 types of possum, wallaby, wild cats, and tree kangaroos.

4. Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (Leuser Mountain National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park, South Bukit Barisan National Park)

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Tropical heritage rainforests of Sumatra that includes three national parks are getting recognition from UNESCO in 2004.

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Leuser Mountain National Park (TNGL) itself is one of nature conservation area in the administration of government lies in two provinces, namely Aceh and North Sumatra. TNGL includes native ecosystems from coast to high mountains covered by dense forest typical of tropical rain. In this TNGL region, there are rare plants and typical of a giant umbrella leaf (Johannesteijsmannia altifrons), Raflesia flower (Rafflesia atjehensis and R. micropylora) and Rhizanthes zippelnii which is the largest flower with a diameter of 1.5 meters. In addition, there is a unique plant or strangler fig plant.

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Meanwhile, Kerinci Seblat national park is the largest national park in Sumatra. The park extends into four provinces, namely West Sumatra, Jambi, Bengkulu and South Sumatra. The park consists of the Bukit Barisan Mountains, which is the highest plateau in the Sumatra region, springs, hot springs, wing swift rivers, caves, waterfalls and the highest caldera lake in Southeast Asia, Mount Seven. The national park also has a diverse flora and fauna. About 4,000 species of plants grow in areas of national parks including the world's largest flower Rafflesia arnoldi, and the highest rates in the world, the Titan Arum. Fauna in the national park area comprising among others the Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Sumatran Elephant, Clouded Tiger, Malay Tapir, Sun Bear and about 370 species of birds.

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South Bukit Barisan National Park is included in the area of administration of West Lampung and Tanggamus region, where both are part of Lampung Province. This park is very rich in biodiversity and is home to three species of the most endangered large mammal in the world: the Sumatran elephant (less than 2000 fish that survive today), Sumatran rhinoceros (total global population: 300 individuals and the less drastic amounts) and the Sumatran tiger (total global population of about 400 individuals). The park entrance is also in the Global 200 Ecoregions, the rank of habitat land, freshwater and sea on earth is the most conspicuous of the biological standpoint made by WWF. The park is highlighted as a priority area for Sumatran rhino conservation through the Asian Rhino and Elephant Action Strategy (Areas) from the WWF. In addition, IUCN, WCS and WWF have identified the South Bukit Barisan National Park as a Tiger Conservation Unit (Wikramanayake et al., 1997), the most important forest areas for conservation of tigers in the world. Finally, in 2002, UNESCO has chosen this area to be proposed as World Heritage Cluster Mountainous Areas and National Park Gunung Leuser and Kerinci Seblat.

World Heritage of Culture

Indonesia has 3 objects with the status of "World Heritage of Culture". These objects are:

1. Borobudur Temple
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Borobudur Temple received recognition from UNESCO in 1991. It is a Buddhist temple located in Magelang, Central Java. The temple was founded by followers of Mahayana Buddhism around the year 800 AD during the reign of the dynasty. The temple that when viewed from above form a Mandala structure (symbol of the universe in Buddhist cosmology). The temple does not use cement at all in construction, but with the interlock system (like Lego blocks that can be attached without glue).

2. Prambanan Temple
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Prambanan Temple received recognition from UNESCO in 1991. It is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia. The temple is located 17 km from the city center that was built in the 10th century during the reign of two kings, namely Rakai Pikatan and Balitung. The temple has three main temples in the primary yard, namely Vishnu Temple, Brahma, and Shiva. The three temples are a symbol of Trimurti in Hindu belief.

3. Sangiran Site

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Sangiran site recognized by UNESCO in 1996. It is an archaeological site located in Central Java. Administratively located in Sragen regency and Karanganyar. Initially the research of Sangiran is a dome called Sangiran Dome. Top of the dome is then opened through a process of erosion to form a depression. In the depression that can be found in soil layers that contain information about life in the past. On this site, we can find lots of information about the remains of past life. In addition, there is complete information about the history of early human life with all things around them. From about the place of living, life pattern, animals that live with them until the occurrence of the landscape within a period of not less than 2 million years ago.

World Heritage of Intangible Culture

In this category, Indonesia has 4 objects, namely:

1. Wayang (Shadow Puppet)
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Wayang is Indonesia traditional art which is mainly developed in Java and Bali. Sunan Kali Jaga and Raden Patah were instrumental used in developing the Puppet. The Guardian in Java has been set up in such a way into three parts. First Wayang Kulit in East Java, Wayang Wong in Central Java, and the third Marionette Puppet in West Java. Each very related to one another. Namely "Where the contents (Wayang Wong) and Where the Skin (Wayang Kulit) should be sought (Marionette puppet)". Puppet show has been recognized by UNESCO on November 7, 2003, as an amazing work culture in the field of narrative story and legacy of the beautiful and very valuable (Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity).
Today, not only to the extent of shadow Wayang puppet and the puppet people, there are also e-puppet that overall manufacturing process uses digital facilities. E-puppet can be viewed via the website.

2. Keris (Kris)
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Keris get UNESCO recognition in 2005. Keris which we now know is the result of a long evolutionary process. Modern keris known today is a unique dagger awl with a variety of forms. Besides being used as a weapon, a dagger is also often considered to have supernatural powers. These weapons are often mentioned in many traditional legends, such as MPU Gandring in legend of Ken Arok and Ken Dedes.

3. Batik
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Batik is recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2009. To celebrate, Indonesia has made 2 October as a Batik national day. Indonesian batik motives vary depending on region.

4. Angklung
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Angklung is planned to gain recognition from UNESCO on November 18th to come. Bamboo musical instrument which can produce very beautiful voice echoes are well known to the world.

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The best surfing spots in Indonesia

Surfing in Lombok
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Lombok is also known for its best secret surf point, The Desert Point. Still very isolated but for most Australian surfers they named it as "Desert Point", located in South West cost of Lombok. Desert Point also known as Bangko bangko beach.

A long walled and incredibly hollow left hander that on its day can break up to 300 meters, growing in size from takeoff to end. Best between 3-8 ft.
Surfing in Lombok is much less hassle than in Kuta Beach Bali.

Kuta Beach & South Coast of Lombok (The Gerupuk Beach) also offer good quality of surf. You may need to hire boat from locals to take you to some of the wave's point. If you stay in Kuta Beach Lombok, ask around, many locals surfer will guide you to find the waves.

Kuta Lombok is "surfers' paradise". Waves are excellent and many good surf points, such as Mawi, Mawun and etc include "Point X", along South coast of Lombok. Matahari Hotel or Kuta Indah has the wave information board.

Surfing spots in Kuta and South Coast of Lombok

This huge bay is about 7 km east Kuta. The bay itself is home to five different spots which work on various tide, wind and swell combinations. Basically you can always get a wave at Gerupuk. All waves can only be accessed by boat.

Inside Gerupuk: or Bumbang Bay, is a right-hander over a flat reef. It is suitable for all levels an has fun waves, with a long wall and a forgiving lip. On big days with a Southwest swell it can be a great spot to surf. This break is surfable at any seasons and can handle any wind, even the trade wind, as it is protected by the surrounding hills. Best on an incoming tide and can hold 10ft solid.

Outside Gerupuk: or Gili Golong. A right-hander that is good at mid to high tide, better take your booties at low. Multiple peaks outside offer big drops on takeoff bending into a hollow and fast inside section. Can hold 8-10ft but is best at 4-6ft, from October to April.

Don-Don: The furthest break inside the bay and as a result needs a bigger swell to break. Don Don is a perfect A-frame peak walling and bending both left and right. For all level of surfers. Can be good in any season as long as the winds are light. Works on any tide, with out going tide the best time.

Kid's Point: or Pelawangan, is another right-hander, only breaks on the biggest days, but when it works, its barrel city. Best on an incoming tide.

A right hand reef break located on the west side of Kuta. Access by boat and land is possible. This break is one of the best right hander on the South Coast. Mid to low tides can see the inside section doubling up and barreling. A left hander on the other side of the bay is surfable, though only when its small. Need a north-west wind, most common from October to April. Are Guling can hold 8-10ft when perfect, but is best at 4-6ft.

Located just 2 km from Kuta. Seger is a right reef break, with the occasional left off the peak. A good place when the swell drops. On mid tides and offshore winds this can be a great spot, with short tubes and bowly walls ready for any move you can think of. Need a light wind or north west wind, around Oct-April...

Located 20 minutes west of Kuta. On small days this reef break offers a nice peak with short hollow rights and lefts. At 6ft plus, Mawi transforms into a heaving left barrel, with elevator drops and heavy hold downs. At 8-10ft it’s not a spot for the faint hearted. Best on mid tides and a south east trade wind, from May to September. Mawi can hold any size you're prepared to surf, just bring your balls!


Located to the east of Kuta and takes about 30 minutes by car to Awang and then another 20 mins by boat across the bay. Ekas is home to two spots.

Outside Ekas: is a left hander that starts working over 5ft and holds up to 10ft. The wave offers huge drops, acres of open face to carve and a ton of power to spare. Best on mid to high tides and a south east wind.

Inside Ekas: Located further inside the bay from Outside Ekas. A fun, walling peak, that can handle real size. Needs a big swell and south east winds, but on it day can offer very long rides and barrels on the inside of the right. Low tides for the right, higher tides for the left and holds 12ft plus.

Located on the South West Coast of Lombok, 3 hours drive from Kuta. On its day Desert Point is regarded as one of the best waves on the planet. Barrels of 20 seconds have been filmed there and 10 second tubes are common. Full or new moon low tides, a south east wind and a big swell are needed, most consistent from May to October. It can go weeks without waves, but just one Desert Point bomb will make the wait worth it. Experienced surfer only. Bring your booties an a good tube riding board.

Jl. Intermilan 87 Puri Meninting Lombok Indonesia
Tel: +62 370 662 8139, Fax: +62 370 634 162, Mobile/SMS: +62 81 757678 23

Mentawai, West Sumatra
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Since the early 1990's surfers from around the globe have been visiting the Mentawai islands to experience untouched rainforest and superb waves. More than a dozen "worldclass" reefbreaks exists making it one the most surf infested regions in the world. Most spots host mechanical perfection and vary in intensity for all level of surfer, making it an ideal surf vacation location.
Indonesia is such a great place for surf. It has got the classic waves, the crystal clear warm water and the balmy days. What more could anyone want. The Mentawai islands are a relatively new surfing location, having only been surfed since the early 90's. Although the main island has loads of spots probably the best way to surf the Mentawai islands is by boat.
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Our good friend the South Indian Ocean produces the swells that have the islands pumping from March through to November at 6-12ft, and the cyclone swells keep the surf rolling in throughout the remainder of the year. You go to Mentawai, you get surf! The calm winds ensure that the swells that do arrive are always of a high standard.
Top Mentawai waves include Bankvaults, Lance's Left and Lance's Right, Macaronis, and for the less experienced there is Gilligan's.

Nias Island
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For surfers, Nias is "Paradise on Earth". The 2005 earthquake has uplifted many reefs of the island, making surfing on the "Point", the legendry right-hander near Sorake, even more challenging and exciting than in the past!

However, surfing spots are only a slice of the wonders that Nias Island has to offer. The island's unique and exotic setting - an ancient megalithic culture in a rugged tropical landscape - is even more intriguingly wondrous. The islanders call their island Ono Niha or Land of the Niassan. And that is what it fully is; A world unto itself!

Though you might have heard some travel stories about Nias, describing the island as a place of impenetrable jungles and feared head-hunting raids, there is no need to worry coming face to face with head-hunters (except perhaps in cultural performances) as this practice was brought to an end in the beginning of the 20th century. The island's lush forests and virgin beaches provide a unique opportunity to experience a feeling of last frontier, a world beyond the equator.

The unique combination of an untouched tribal culture with arcane rites and untamed nature make the island a world class destination for adventurous eco-travellers, where you will be welcomed by the local Niassan with the call "Ya'ahowu" or "Hello"!

Often the best travel experience happens unplanned, like the discovery of an amazing landscape after a wrong turn, or an impromptu drinking session with locals when you're stuck in a village during a thunderstorm. It sneaks up on you and catches you unprepared. The next thing you know, you are having tremendous fun, losing yourself in wild abandon while at the same time trying to soberly carve the moment in your head as it happens second by second, not wanting to miss a single thing.

In South Nias it is bound to happen. Not only once, but probably for the entire length of your visit, provided you keep an open heart. This is an island where warriors sit next to you at mealtime, where hundreds of enemy's skulls were buried beneath the ground on which you walk, where a spear-carrying five-year-old can be found fish-hunting in the middle of the day for his lunch. This is the island of tough and resilient men, virgin forests and waves as high as multiple-story buildings. We are not talking tour buses and two-hour allocations to click away on your camera in front of some ancient temples. We are talking real experiences, where you truly get up close and personal with the mystical island, bringing home not some crappy souvenirs but an amazing story to tell and hopefully a changed heart.

Uluwatu, Bali
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Uluwatu Surfing Beach in Indonesia is really spectacular and is the ideal spot for surfing. The beach is located in the southern part of Bali is a very famous tourist attraction site. Thousands of surfers who come here often, and even kite boarders and snorkels and other water sports enthusiasts.

There are many houses around the beach, where users can stay and relax after a full day of surfing. They offer a very clean and comfortable hotel that everyone will enjoy. Uluwatu beach is public access to the beach. The beach looks beautiful sea view, with its clear blue water and watch surfers to surf the waves of water.

The beach can take a flight to Ngurah Rai International Airport can be reached. Incredible waves every surfer on the beach has the best surf weather and perfect winds. Surfers amazed with the beauty and functionality of sites that are returned to the place from time to time. The vast beauty of the beach is the beach of Uluwatu is famous tourist attraction site in Indonesia, not only for surfers, but all the beach lovers and water enthusiasts from various parts of the world. What is interesting here is the beach for surf schools that offer those who temporarily want to try surfing, but the silence of knowledge to try to hand in the water.

There are many well-trained drivers to navigate through tutorial will help you in learning this kind of fun sport. The water here may have actually happened to surf, because the winds and functions best describes what you are looking for a great place for surfers to do their own surfing techniques. One can always have a hybrid time Uluwatu surfing beach, which is rare in other beaches. Visit the beach with friends and family and even surf teams surfing and enjoy the fun and lively experience in this very beautiful beach Uluwatu. This really is a place where Indonesia is the only known and certainly one of the most precious jewels of the country. Visit here any time of year, so what are you waiting for?

G-Land, Banyuwangi
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For you sports fans who want to surf a draining experience adrenaline, prepare for a visit to a beach in East Java.

G-Land, “The Seven Giant Waves Wonder” nickname was given by foreign surfers to the waves roll on shore Plengkung located in Taman Nasional Alas Purwo (TNAP) or National Park, Banyuwangi, East Java.

G has three different connotations reply:
Green, because of its location in forest edge
Grajagan, the name of the nearest point before crossing the road in the woods
• the Great as one of the best waves in the world wrote. Whatever the means, that’s the nickname for a local name called Plengkung.

TNAP forests can be achieved through Banyuwangi city MUNCAR direction or continue towards a market Benculuk Anyar through Dlimo Tegal. From here drive 10 km through the macadam road to the main door in Rowobendo National Park. From Rowobendo, 3km to the macadam road leading to the post Pancur. From Pancur bercabang2 road to Sadengan, beach Ngagel or continue to Plengkung. From Pancur to Plengkung 6km far, although the asphalt road that was new (only a small part was not finished), while this may be achieved with only 3 ways: walking for 2 hours, trail riding jagawananya and TNAP, or use a special transportation pickup reply TNAP managed. Private vehicles may only be parked at the post Pancur. Ngagel beach location, Sadengan, Trianggulasi beach reachable within a minute of Pancur because it can be done easily using any vehicle


Top 6: the best diving location in indonesia

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1. Amed
Amed is located in a bay on the north eastern of Bali island. The area was once famous for its sea salt that traditionally produce and for its natural beauty. Currently, Amed also known as one of the best underwater tourist destination on the island of Bali.

One of recreational diving in Amed named Jemeluk. The divers use traditional ship Jukung to achieve it. There they can see turtles, reef sharks, and stingrays (depending on the depth of dives), in addition the coral reefs are very beautiful.

About 10 meters from the beach there is Japanese patrol boats framework that sink in the days of World War II. This location also made to be one of dive areas, such as those found in Tulamben.

2. Bunaken
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Bunaken is an area of 8.08 km ² island in the Bay of Manado, located in the northern island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The island is part of the city of Manado, the provincial capital of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Bunaken Island can be achieved by speed boat (speed boat) or a rented boat; it takes about 30 minutes journey from the port city of Manado. Around the Bunaken island, there is Bunaken marine park which is part of the Bunaken National Park. The marine park has biodiversity marine which is one of the highest in the world. Scuba diving attracts many visitors to the island. Overall, Bunaken marine park covers an area of 75,265 hectares with five islands within it, namely the island of Manado Tua, Bunaken Island, Siladen Island, Mantehage Island and Naen island. Although an area covering of 75,265 hectares, the location of the dive (diving) is limited in each of the five beaches that surround the island.
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Bunaken marine park has a 20 point dive (dive spot) with varying depth of up to 1344 meters. Of the 20 diving points, 12 diving points among them are around in the Bunaken Island. Twelve point dive is the most frequently visited by divers and lovers of the beauty of underwater scenery.

Most of the 12 point dive in Bunaken Island lined up from the southeast to the northwest of the island. In this region there are underwater great walls, which is also called the hanging walls, or a giant rock walls that stand vertically and curved upward. These rock walls are also a source of food for fish in the waters around Bunaken Island.

3. Candi dasa
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Candi Dasa is a resting place or a resort that is located in Karangasem regency, Bali. This area is approximately 90 km away to the northeast of Denpasar. From Candi Dasa to Tenganan is only about 10 kilometers.

Candi Dasa is located at Amuk Bay which is one of famous places to dive. Small islands in the Gulf Amuk (Tepekong Gili, Gili Biaha, Gili Mimpang) offers a stunning dive experience. However, the dive guides must warn divers to be very careful because there are very strong diving flow and often unpredictable presence. Washing machine effect can easily create panic divers. Because of this a few sites declared as a dangerous place for beginner divers.

4. Padang bai
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Padangbai is a small town on the eastern side of Bali Island, Indonesia. The city is a harbour ferry to cruise to the island of Lombok, Gili Islands and other islands in West Nusa Tenggara.
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Addition to being a port city, the city also offers the tourists with a small beach town life and quietly beautiful as an alternative to the coastal town full of hustle and bustle like Kuta Beach. In addition to a beach near the ferry terminal, there are also other beaches like Blue Lagoon in the northern city and the Secret Beach in the south. Off the coast of the Blue Lagoon, now even become one of the dive tourism destination in Bali.

5. Raja Ampat Papua
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The archipelago is a place that has the potential to serve as a tourist attraction, especially diving tourism. Raja Ampat Islands waters according to various sources, is one of the 10 best waters for diving sites around the world. In fact, it may also be recognized as number one for the completeness of underwater flora and fauna at this time.

Dr. John Veron, coral expert from the Australian experience, for example, in a site it is revealed, the Raja Ampat Islands located in the westernmost tip of New Guinea, about 50 miles northwest of Sorong, has the best reef areas in Indonesia. Approximately 450 species of coral had been identified during the two weeks of research in the area.
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A team of experts from Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, and National Oceanographic Institutions (Lon) Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) have done a quick assessment in 2001 and 2002. As a result, they noted in these waters there are more than 540 species of hard corals (75% of the total species in the world), more than 1,000 species of reef fish, 700 types of mollusks, and the highest record for gonodactyloid stomatopod crustaceans. This makes 75% of the world's coral species in Raja Ampat. None of the places with the same area has a number of coral species as much as this.

There are several areas of coral reefs that are still very good condition with the percentage of live coral cover to 90%, namely in the Dampier Strait (strait between P. Waigeo and P. Batanta), Kofiau Islands, South and South East Misool Kepualauan Wayag Islands. Types of coral reefs in Raja Ampat is generally fringing reef with gentle slope to steep contour. But it was also found atoll type and type of burns or taka. In some places like the village Saondarek, when the lowest tides, coral reefs can be seen without a dive and with his own adaptation, the corals can still be alive despite being in the open air and direct sunlight.
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Unique species that can occur during diving are some of the pigmy seahorse species or kudalaut mini, wobbegong and manta ray. There are also four endemic fish kings, namely Eviota king, which is a kind of fish gobbie. At Manta Point which is located in Dampier strait Arborek, you can dive in the company of some tail Manta Ray is benign like when you dive in Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan. If you dive at Cape Kri or Chicken Reef, you can be surrounded by thousands of fish and sometimes a collection of tuna, giant trevallies and snappers. But those tense when we are surrounded by a collection of barracuda fish, although in fact it's relatively harmless (which is dangerous if we see barracuda solitary or alone). Reef sharks are also frequently seen, and if lucky you can also see the turtle is still eating sponge or swim around you. In some places like in Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo also seen dugong or sea cow.

Because the area of many islands and narrow straits, so most of the dive at a particular time has a strong current. It allows also performing drift dive, dive, following a strong flow of water is very clear as he broke through a collection of fish. There is also a sunken airplane World War II relic that can be found in several places to make diving a great place to dive as in P. Wreck Wai. And many more reef sites that actually have never been touched. This makes diving in Raja Ampat was more challenging.

6. Wakatobi
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Wakatobi Dive Resort was founded by a Swiss citizen in the mid 90s and is currently managed by the international management team. The resort is very carefully constructed with traditional methods for the number of guests the choice to embrace the principles of environmentally friendly tourism. Local architectural style of the main building and bungalows originated and built by local artists using traditional tools.
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Despite being one of the most secluded resorts, Wakatobi Dive Resort offers all aspects of modern hospitality, hot and cold water throughout the resort, 24-hour electricity, satellite communications, 24 hour internet access and much more. There are our expert culinary team to create both local and international cuisine with the best taste.

Wakatobi Dive Resort is a place for divers who appreciate the importance of the environment in which to them are the best night dives, a fun night, having dinner under the stars and down the beach with a friend or loved one in a beautiful sunset.
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The advantages of this tourism asset, not because of the vast expanse of rock along the bottom of the ocean waters with a complex topography such as slope shape, flat, drop-offs, atoll and underwater cave with a diverse marine biota.

Specifically Wakatobi marine park archipelago has a ± 25 fruit clusters with 750 species of coral reef that surrounded by total of 600 km2, and the beach tourism potential to be managed, are scattered throughout the Wakatobi region. Based on this potential tourist area, the area is very comfortable for dive tourism activities such as surfing, snorkelling, and fishing tours. So that Jacques Costeau ,one of foreign journalist said that Wakatobi diving is the world's most beautiful places for divers tourist (Wakatobi is the finest diving sites in the world).


Gangga island: white sand beach with an exotic resort

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Gangga is one of the exotic islands in North Sulawesi, which has a range of about ± 6.1 km from the City of North Minahasa, North Sulawesi Islands. Gangga has a beautiful white sand beach.

Gangga is the first of the Sangihe Islands that lie between Sulawesi and the Philippines. Of volcanic origin and covered with rainforest, they are surrounded by coral reefs and white beaches.

Gangga Island Resorts is perfectly situated. With its more than 25 world class diving locations the island offers a wonderful variety of marine life. The island is the home of the Bajau fishermen who colonized the coast and some of the surrounding islands in the distant past. These friendly people live in two villages called Gangga Satu and Gangga Dua. They continue to live in the simple ways of their traditional culture, in close relationship with the sea, which provides support for their daily lives.

An Exotic Resort

Gangga Marine Park has a thousand charms of beautiful shells with hundreds of species and ornamental fish. There are many vacation tours such as fishing, diving, snorkeling, recreational beaches and marine research. There is also a luxury resort on the Gangga Island.

Built under shady palms and surrounded by tropical gardens running directly down to a beach of pure white sand, Gangga Island Resort is located on the tip of the small island of Gangga. With the highest international standards of service and comfort, Gangga Island Resort is the perfect place for holiday makers, honeymooners, and diving enthusiasts. The resort is only 45 minutes by air-conditioned car from Manado International Airport then half an hour on our traditional Minahasan boat to Gangga Island Resort.

The Resort features wooden bungalows, each with two rooms and built in the local Minahasa style, with a spacious veranda overlooking the beach and neighboring islands. All rooms are equipped with every feature and fixture now internationally expected of a first class resort.

Gangga Island Resort & Spa
Pulau Gangga
P.O. Box 1734 – 95375
Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Tel.(62 82) 431-3809
Fax 0062 431 8894059