365Indonesia Day 21 – Beach with Sand as fine as Flour, Bira Beach, Makassar, South Sulawesi

Hello guys!

Back to Makassar again.

Bira beach, which also known as Tanjung Bira, is another beautiful beach in Makassar. Located in the most southern tip of South Sulawesi province, to be exact, Bonto Bahari district, Bulukumba. It is about 40 km from Bulukumba city or 200 km from Makassar. If it measure by time, it is about 3 – 3,5 hours from Makassar to Tanjung Bira, but it’s worth it.

Tanjung Bira beach is a very beautiful beach with white sand as fine as flour. You can do many things here, such as swimming, diving, snorkeling or even just sun-bathing. Do not forget enjoy sunrise and sunset at the same position in Tanjung Bira. You can also enjoy the beauty of the two islands in front of the beach, that is Liukang Island and Kambing Island.

You can ride public transportation from Makassar such as Kijang, Panther or Innova to Bulukumba. Continue with pete-pete car (public transportation in Bulukumba) to Tanjung Bira.

Regards

Mad

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365Indonesia Day 20 – Welcome to Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan!

Wassuuup…!

Remember on Day 16 when we met the shy Nemo in the water of Derawan Island? Or Day 1, when we first started this journey at Derawan beach?

If you already forgot about Derawan (though it’s so unlikely since Derawan is so unforgettable), here’s a few reminder of Derawan that I found in an international diving online magazine, skin-diver.com.

As far as diving goes, there are few places in the world that offer more than one major attraction. Sipadan is famous for its turtles, Yap for its mantas and Palau for its Jellyfish Lake. But imagine what it would be like if you could go to a place that offers it all. Impossible, you say! Well, my response to that would be Derawan.

On the northeast coast of Kalimantan, Indonesia, lies a small tropical island called Derawan, which has access to Mantas, turtles and a jellyfish lake, as well as some excellent cave, wall and pier dives. Add to this a dive resort surrounded by white sand beaches with crystal clear water, and you have the recipe for a perfect dive holiday.

The diving from Derawan is shared between three islands, Derawan, Sangalaki and Kakaban, and on occasions, when the conditions are suitable, Maratua Island is also visited. A typical day´s diving would consist of two boat dives at Sangalaki or Kakaban Island (with lunch), followed by a third dive at Derawan to finish the day. A night dive on the Derawan Resort pier is also an option, however, most people prefer an early dinner, so that they can watch the Green and Hawksbill Turtles make their way up the beach after dark to lay their eggs.

So what do you think? Interested to go to the one of the world’s best diving spot?

Just look at the wooden bridge that welcomes you to the awesomeness of Derawan Island… the water is so tempting!

Regards,
Mad

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365Indonesia Day 19 – Carrying Corpse in Plebon Ceremony, Ubud Bali

Wassup guys!

Let’s go back to the Island of Gods, Bali. On Day 4 I showed you a picture of Plebon Ceremony in Bali.

Here’s another picture of Plebon, a traditional ceremony in Bali that you shouldn’t miss!

Regards,
Mad

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365Indonesia Day 18 – Pisang Epe, Food from Makassar

Hi guys!

It looks so delicious, isn’t it? This is Pisang Epe. If you go to Makassar, do not forget to taste this delicious food made from banana, topping with durian and molten brown sugar. Yummy! The price is about Rp6000 – Rp7000. You can find this along Lamadukelleng Street, Makassar.

On the eighteenth days, I decided to go to Makassar, South Sulawesi. Pisang Epe is just a little part of Makassar you can enjoy. There are plenty cool places you can visit and enjoy in Makassar. You can enjoy the famous sunset at Losari Beach. Not only beach, you can also visit Fort Rotterdam which located on the waterfront of Makassar along the Losari Beach. Still want more cool places to go around? You can go to Trans Studio Theme Park, it’s the best place for family. Do not worry about suffering from the heat because Trans Studio is high indoor theme park so you can play the rides all day long.

You can reach Makassar from Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali by Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, Batavia Air, Lion Air, Merpati, Sriwijaya Air, using Makassar as both final destination and transit airport.

Regards

Mad

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365Indonesia Day 17 – Orangutan in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra

Hello guys!

This adorable creature is Orangutan named Mina and her child, lives in Bukit Lawang, North Sumatera.

Yes, I’m going back to North Sumatra.

Bukit Lawang is located in North Sumatra, close to Aceh, at the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park. Here is where a lot of Sumatran Orangutans still alive. This is mainly thanks to the rehabilitation center in Bukit Lawang.

You can visit the Orangutans feeding, which takes place twice daily in Bukit Lawang. Not only ca you visit the Orangutans, you can also do kayaking and rafting by the day in here provided by local people. Please contact the tour guides if you want to do that. At night, you can have a party in various guesthouses featuring guitar-playing guides. Yes, there are many guesthouses in Bukit Lawang so you can stay as long as you want. If you come here on Sunday, it is wise to arrange a visit somewhere quieter, such as trekking or going to the Landak River. Accommodation prices may vary slightly by season, generally ranging from $5-$30.

How to get there from Medan? It’s easy. You can take taxi direct from Medan or airport to Bukit Lawang with cost about $30.

Regards

Mad

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365Indonesia Day 16 – The Shy Nemo of Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan

Hello guys!

365Indonesia today is about this cute little clown fish who is famous for his role in Finding Nemo, a Disney’s movie. I found this famous actor when I was in Derawan, East Kalimantan.

The Derawan islands must be everyone’s dream of the perfect tropical paradise: warm, isolated islands with soft white sand beaches fringed with waving palm trees, pristine seas that change color from green to deep blue, and an amazing underwater life of giant turtles, dolphins, manta rays, dugongs and barracudas, stingless jellyfish and sometimes, whales. Derawan is indeed one of world’s richest areas in bio-diversity. Small wonder that the Derawan Islands are considered the third best dive destination in the world.

Located just away from the mainland of East Kalimantan in the district of Berau, the Derawan archipelago comprises 31 islands, most well known among these are the islands of Derawan, Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban. Here is Indonesia’s largest nesting site of the rare and endangered giant green turtles and hawksbill turtles, where one can daily watch turtles lay their eggs in the sand or swim to sea with the turtles. The entire marine conservancy region covers a total area of no less than 1.27 million hectares.

Here, you can find 460 different species of corals, ranking this area second only to the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua. The Nature Conservancy and a team of international experts also found more than 870 species of fish here, ranging from tiny pygmy seahorses to giant manta rays. On some days, groups of up to 50 manta rays have been seen feeding together in Derawan’s waters, says the Conservancy.

While on Kakaban, you can find the world’s largest and most diverse jellyfish lake, including four unique species of stingless jellyfish one of which can swim upside down. It is for this reason that Kakaban is considered for UNESCO nomination as a World Heritage Site.

To reach Derawan, SilkAir flies from Singapore to Balikpapan in East Kalimantan.

Or you can take a flight from Jakarta, Surabaya or Denpasar to Balikpapan or Tarakan by Garuda Indonesia or Mandala Air. Then take a connecting flight by either KALStar, Deraya airlines or DAS to Tanjung Redeb in Berau. From here, boats will take you to the islands.

Regards,
Mad

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365Indonesia Day 15 – The Silence of the Uninhabited Pombo Island, Maluku

Wohoooo guys!

Our next destination is this beautiful uninhabited island, Pombo Island. Pombo Island lies near the eastern part of Ambon Island (5 km from Ambon), and it’s a small island. It won’t take more than two hours to explore the whole island.

Pombo Island has been classified as natural reserve and marine park. There are several species of plants that have been grown there. The island is also known as the haven of the unique Pombo birds.

If you like to dive or snorkel, you can do that here. Many beautiful species live underwater, such as coral reefs, fish, and others. It will also be a perfect place for biologists who want to do some research.

The local government has been concerned with the island and makes it one of the most important conserved island in the Moluccas Province. It is prohibited to permanently stay there, but it is more than okay to spend one or two more days in the island, just to enjoy the view and the beauty of silence.

Regards,

Mad
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365Indonesia Day 14 – Enjoying the Quiet Beach in Palambak Island

Hello guys!

For the fourteenth day of 365Indonesia project, I’d like to show you an amazing picture of Palambak Island. Located in the Banyak Archipelago, Aceh Singkil, this island is perfect for people who are tired of big cities and craving for some quietness.

Here in Palambak Island, only three cottages left, one for the tourist to stay, the other two is for restaurant and Mr. John, who runs this island with his wife. There’s no electricity in this island, so you might enjoy a total-do-nothing-beside-resting-and-enjoying-the-view day, but you’ll still be able to get phone signal, since it’s near Balai Island.

Palambak Island is very beautiful to see in the morning. White sands, clear sea water, tall coconut trees, make a perfect combination to accompany your resting. But resting isn’t the only thing to do in Palambak Island. You can also do kayaking, sunbathing, and swimming.

To get here first you have to fly to Banda Aceh, then to Banyak Archipelago, and end your journey in Palambak Island. If you want to stay in this island for one night, it will cost you 60,000 Rupiah (~US $8). It’s cheap, and trust me, it’s worth it.

Regards,
Mad

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365Indonesia Day 13 – Bathing Elephant in Tangkahan, North Sumatra

10 November, 2011 365Indonesia No comments

As I promised you guys, I’m going up north. This time I stopped by in Tangkahan, North Sumatra.

What’s so cool about this place? It’s within the area of Gunung Leuser National Park, so it’s got a set of fun adventures for you. First, there’s river rafting. Second, you can trek the forests and explore the caves. Then, there’s elephant ride in the jungle. And elephant is what I came for.

Not only you’ll watch elephants, ride on them, but also you could bath them. No worries, they’re friendly and used to interact with human. So, I gave a bath to an elephant. Much more fun and exciting than I thought, he was just lying in the river like already knowing it’s the time for some treatment. Yeah, they’re the VIPs there!

If you want to experience a Jurassic Park-like adventure, come here and get lost in the jungle! Or if you wonder how it’s like to be Tarzan riding on his elephant friend, Tantor, then you can here… but you get to keep your pants on.

You can go to Tangkahan from Medan, it’ll take approximately 3 hours via the good roads. There are some other ways if you like it more adventurous.

And the entire complex has been arranged to be an eco-friendly adventure.

Very recommended for: adventurers, forest backpackers, river rafting lovers, nature/environment lovers.

Regards,
Mad

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365Indonesia Day 12 – Kiluan Island, Lampung

8 November, 2011 365Indonesia No comments

From Borobudur, I’m going west again, then up north. But on my way there, I couldn’t resist to stop by Kiluan Island one more time.

I know you’ve seen the Butterfly Fish under its water, and this is what it’s like from above the water. Nice and cool. Calm wave, fresh air, just like in Cemara Besar Island.

I’m actually still trying to gather strength for the next destinations, thus no diving this time. Just chill, guys!

Very recommended for: divers, snorkelers, boat lovers.

Regards,
Mad

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