Kamis, 01 September 2011

Nimanga River

Nimanga River is located in the Timbukar village - Minahasa - North Sulawesi, the most complete tourist attraction, Nature, River, Waterfall, Forest, Culture, and sports, rafting is good because this river has a grade III-V. that is characteristic of rapids river - flat water, so it is quite safe forded. If the boat upside down from the rapids, it is easier to rescue because it is definitely there is the flat water in the front.

Besides presenting the natural attractions, river with beautiful meandering river which comes from two waterfalls namely Tincep Niagara 70 mtr height and Timbukar Niagara 90 mtr height, around the river Nimanga rather flat terrain for camping base, dense forests along the River Nimanga adorn accompanied replication various types of wildlife such as birds, monkeys typical North Sulawesi, and Tarsius. Since time immemorial, people around the area is very deft making saguer similar wine. 

Bunaken National Marine Park

Bunaken is one of Indonesia's most famous diving and snorkeling areas and it draws visitors from all over the world. In addition to banana-shaped Bunaken Island itself, the 890 km2 of marine national park includes the neighboring islands of Manado Tua (a distinctive cone-shaped extinct volcano), Siladen, Montehagen, Nain, and Nain Kecil.

Some 20,000 local inhabitants make their living from the waters in the Bunaken National Marine Park. By and large though, the co-operation between national and local government authorities, conservation groups, business owners and local communities has been very successful here. This has led many to cite Bunaken as a model example of how Indonesia should be preserving its natural marine treasures.

The thing to do in Bunaken is dive, dive and dive! However, the steep walls and occasionally strong, rapidly changing currents mean that many sites cater more to the intermediate/advanced diver. There are beginner-friendly sites too and all dive shops can arrange introduction dives and Open Water Dive courses.

The North Sulawesi Watersports Association offers oodles of detail on diving in the park. All dive shops in the park are affiliated with resorts, so see Sleep below for listings. Snorkeling is fantastic in front of many of the resorts around the island, with an incredible amount of marine life inhabiting the shallows. Remember not to snorkel without fins as the currents can sometimes be strong and change quickly even when they are not. Pick a reference point on the island and do not stray too far unless you are a very confident swimmer.

Historical Building

Not only save the virtuous historical value, but the eleven objects below also have very high architectural value. Many eyes are already recognize the beauty and splendor. When you are on vacation to an area, certainly did not want to miss chance to see the buildings, bridges, mosques or any other historical relics, which is a trade mark area. This time we bring you special "day trips" to various historical relics are scattered in several areas in Indonesia.

  • Maimun Palace

Maimun palace has been crowned as the most beautiful building in Medan, North Sumatra. Located in the area Jl. Brig Katamso, this magnificent palace was completed around 1888 and is a legacy from the Sultan of Deli, Ma'mun Al Rashid Perkasa Alamsyah. yellow color on the color of this building is typical Malay.
Unique architecture is the main attraction of the Palace Maimun. European influence is evident in the hall or living room, windows, doors and stairs in front of an inscription that reads Latin letters, in Dutch. Meanwhile, a hallmark of Islam appeared on the roof of the curved Persian style, the style often found in buildings in the Middle East region.
The interior of the Palace Maimun also interesting to laced. Behind the walls are solid, there are dozens of rooms spread over two floors. Splendor was shown on the throne, European crystal lamps, chairs, tables and cabinets. Family photographs, old weapons, including prison space, also in this palace. Although it is still storing objects of historical value, the Palace Maimun still allow tourists to visit and enjoy the splendor as well as explore the past glory of the Deli Sultanate.

  • Great Mosque of Medan

Great Mosque of Medan which arrogantly stood not far from the Maimun Palace is a building which is also the glory trail of Deli. Built in 1906, during the reign of Sultan Ma'mun Al Rashid, the mosque is still functioning as before, namely to serve Muslims in the Medan who want to worship.
A flattened dome and decorated with a crescent on the top, signifying the Moorish style that was followed. Like other mosques, a high-rise tower looks to add grandeur and religious mosque. Application of oil painting flowers and plants are winding on the walls, ceilings and pillars of solid on the inside of this mosque, show the high artistic value of this mosque.

  • Istiqlal Mosque

Jakarta is modern city and filled with the building glass, it still has a historical building with beautiful designs, namely the Istiqlal Mosque. Worship house of muslim this magnificent has long time been one of Jakarta landmarks. Sturdy stands on area of ​​9.5 hectares and a capacity of up to 8,000 people, the work of architect Indonesia mosque, F. Silaban, had been the largest in Southeast Asia,  had been the largest in Southeast Asia, and the pride of Muslims and the Indonesian capital. Built in the early days of independence, the mosque is indeed symbolizes independence, according to the meaning of the name it bears.
Istiqlal Mosque has a huge white dome that looks like a ball cut in half. Like other mosques in the world, Istiqlal Mosque is also equipped with a tower whose height describes the number of verses on the Holy Qur'an. A giant drum part adds to the uniqueness of this mosque. The size is very large, crowned drum as the drum is the largest in Indonesia.

  • The Jakarta Cathedral

Cathedral Church which is not far from the Istiqlal Mosque is a building with a unique design that always be a traveler's attention. Age of this neo gothic style building is already more than a century. Not surprisingly, this building was established as one of the protected heritage building conservation.
Even so, the Cathedral Church which officially used in 1901, still stood firm and elegant in the midst of "noisy" Jakarta. The uniqueness of the church designed by a pastor named, Antonius Dijkmans, looks at the two towers flanking the entrance. Above the tower there are two other smaller towers are composed of a series of iron. Likewise, the third tower. At the height of each tower there is an ancient bell that was made about 1800 until the early 1900s.

  • Sate Building

Bandung city is cool, you can also find a building with other architectures than others. Built in the Dutch colonial age, Gedung Sate,  this building so much as mentioned, is one of the attractions that exist in the Flower City. Gedung Sate name appears as an ornament that looks like a skewer on top of the main tower. Now, in front of this building there is a monument to commemorate the death of the fighters of West Java as maintaining Gedung Sate from Gurka troops attack. Every Sunday or public holiday, the building was always full of tourists.
After enjoying the splendor of this building from the outside, you can go to the tower to witness the historic objects. Or it could also simply relax in a cafe in the building while enjoying the atmosphere and fresh air in Bandung.

  • Lawang Sewu in Semarang

The building that stands majestic and solid is called Lawang Sewu because it has a lot of doors (Lawang in Javanese means door, sewu means a thousand). In the Dutch colonial era, this building was the center of the colonial railway office. During the ensuing battle of Five days in Semarang in October 1945, front page Lawang Sewu be the battleground between the Indonesian fighters against the colonial Dutch. Lawang Sewu be a place of torture and massacre of Indonesia freedom fighters by the Dutch. After that incident the inscription erected around the building. Currently the building is entered in 102 ancient or historic buildings in the city of Semarang is used as a tourist attraction with a facility such as historical heritage of ancient buildings and antique architects, there is a basement and tower information, often used as an exhibition place in certain events.

  • Blendug Church

As the nation's longest "occupy" the country, the Dutch also left his mark on the city of Semarang. Just look at the old city area in Central Java province's capital. You will find many old buildings of colonial style. Among the buildings that lined the roadside, Blendug Church is one of the interesting old buildings. Built around 1753 by the Dutch community that used to inhabit this region, Blendug Church is the oldest church in Central Java which is still maintained until now. Blendug itself comes from the Javanese language, which means the dome, referring to the existing roof on this church.
The Roof is curv and red colour, contrast with the walls white painted. Four sturdy pillar and a distinctive twin towers at the front of the church also became the hallmark of which is now officially named GPIB Immanuel. Blendug church has become an icon of Semarang and always be a locations of  history tourist  stopover and photography lovers.

  • Great Mosque of Palembang

Great Mosque of Palembang was built when Palembang is led by Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I Jayo Wikramo, precisely in 1738. In his day, the mosque is believed to be one of the largest house of worship ever.
Although produced by an European architect, the influence of China participated appears on the face of this mosque. It was marked by a pyramid formation and the Chinese ornate on a number of typical roof. Blend the two cultures has become the hallmark of the grand mosque in Palembang and make a lot of travelers in awe. An acculturation can still coexist and complement each other.

  • Taman Sari (Sari Park)

Built after the Giyanti Agreement in 1755, this place is designed as a place of exile the Sultan of Yogyakarta and his family from the hustle and bustle of the world. Taman Sari is designed in such a way that can bring peace to anyone who was in it. This building also reflects the multicultural style (Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Javanese, Hindu, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam). Small pond with a fountain crystal clear and flowering trees, this place adds to its beauty. As well make it a perfect retreat location.

  • Tongkonan

Tongkonan, Tana Torja traditional house community in South Sulawesi, does have its own characteristics compared to other traditional house. This house is a house on stilts from wood. The roof is made ​​of bamboo structure covered with black fibers as well as a curved shape like a facedown boat, making the house is similar to the Gadang House, traditional house of Batak or Minang society. The wall is made ​​of wood, well carved with a variety of typical Toraja carvings.
Another feature that is most prominent in Tongkonan is buffalo head and horns that curved beautifully arranged on a main bang in front of every house. The number of head of buffalo are there in every house can be different. The more "decoration" is in there, the higher the degree of family who live in it. Therefore. Tongkonan also one tourist attraction and is a favorite photo enthusiasts.

  • Mahakam Bridge

Across the top edge of the Mahakam River in Tenggarong City, this bridge is the second after Mahakam Bridge 1 in the middle of Samarinda. However, Mahakam Bridge 2 has an attractive design than the "elder brother" or any other bridge in the archipelago. This bridge is classified as a cable suspension bridge and the design was almost the same as the Golden Gate in San Francisco, USA.
Naturally, the bridge that spans about 710 meters far, not only serves as a means of transportation, but also an attraction for tourists visiting the Tenggarong. Towards dusk, the lights mounted on poles and wires will turn on and presents a beautiful panorama.

Selasa, 30 Agustus 2011

Flora and Fauna

Fauna of Indonesia has a high diversity because of vast territory and the shape of tropical islands. High diversity is caused by the Wallace Line, divides Indonesia into two areas; zones zoogeography Asia, which is influenced by the fauna of Asia, and Australasia zoogeography zone, influenced by the fauna of Australia. Mixing fauna in Indonesia is also influenced by a variety of ecosystems including: beaches, dunes, estuaries, mangroves, and coral reefs. The bridge between Asia and Australia formed by the archipelago is reflected in the varieties of animal life. The fauna of Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Java is similar to that of Peninsular Malaysia, but each island has its peculiar types. The orangutan is found in Sumatra and Kalimantan but not in Java, the siamang only in Sumatra, the proboscis monkey only in Kalimantan, the elephant and tapir only in Sumatra, and the wild ox in Java and Kalimantan but not in Sumatra. In Sulawesi, the Maluku Islands, and Timor, Australian types begin to occur; the bandicoot, a marsupial, is found in Timor. All the islands, especially the Malukus, abound in great varieties of bird life, reptiles, and amphibians. The abundant marine life of Indonesia's extensive territorial waters includes a rich variety of corals.

Proboscis Monkey (Bekantan) from Borneo
Komodo from NTT

Orang Utan from Kalimantan

Kaka Tua Putih from Maluku
Siamang from Sumatera

Badak Bercula Satu from Ujung Kulon Java

The flora of Indonesia consists of many unique varieties of tropical plants. Blessed with a tropical climate and around 18,000 islands, Indonesia is a nation with the second largest biodiversity in the world. The flora of Indonesia reflects an intermingling of Asian, Australian and the native species. This is due to the geography of Indonesia, located between two continents. The archipelago consists of a variety of regions from the tropical rain forests of the northern lowlands and the seasonal forests of the southern lowlands through the hill and mountain vegetation, to subalpine shrub vegetation. Having the second longest shoreline in the world, Indonesia also has many regions of swamps and coastal vegetation. Combined together, these all give rise to a huge vegetational biodiversity. There are about 28,000 species of flowering plants in Indonesia, consisting 2500 different kinds of orchids, 6000 traditional medicinal plants used as Jamu., 122 species of bamboo, over 350 species of rattan and 400 species of Dipterocarpus, including ebony, sandalwood and teakwood. Indonesia is also home to some unusual species such as carnivorous plants. One exceptional species is known as Rafflesia arnoldi, named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles and Dr. Arnold, who discovered the flower in the depths of Bengkulu, southwest Sumatra. This parasitic plant has a large flower, does not produce leaves and grow on a certain liana on the rain forest floor. Another unusual plant is Amorphophallus titanum from Sumatra. Numerous species of insect trapping pitcher plants (Nepenthes spp.) can also be found in Borneo, Sumatra, and other islands of the Indonesian archipelago.

Rafflesia Arnoldi from Bengkulu
Amorphopalus Titanum from sumatera
Black Orchid from Kalimantan

Traditional Dance

Papua Traditional Dance

Traditional dance in Indonesia reflects the country's diversity of ethnicities and cultures. There are more than 700 ethnic groups in Indonesia: Austronesian roots and Melanesian tribal forms are visible, and influences ranging from neighboring Asian and even western styles through colonization. Each ethnic group has their own dances; makes total dances in Indonesia are more than 3000 Indonesian original dances.

The dance traditions in Indonesia; such as Balinese, Javanese, Sundanese, Minangkabau, Palembang, Malay, Aceh and many other dances traditions are age old traditions, yet also a living and dynamic traditions. Certain traditional dances might be centuries old, while some others might just created less than a decade ago. The creation of a new dance choreography but still within the frame of respected dance tradition and discipline is still possible. As the result, there is some kreasi baru (newly created) dances. The newly created dance could be the rediscovery and the revival of lost old traditions or a new interpretation, inspiration and exploration of traditional dances.

In Bali on November 19, 2011 UNESCO will announce the traditional Saman dance from Aceh province as a world intangible cultural heritage. Saman dance is unique due to there are no music instrument accompany the dance and just only sing and clap their hands together to create harmony in movement and sound.

Cakalele Dance from Sulawesi

Jaipong Dance From West Java

Kecak Dance from Bali

Perang Dance from Kalimantan (Borneo)

Saman Dance from D.I. Aceh 

Indonesia Diversity

 The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 17,504 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches, many still uninhabited and a number even still unnamed. Straddling the equator, situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, it is as wide as the United States from San Francisco to New York, equaling the distance between London and Moscow. Indonesia has a total population of more than 215 million people from more than 200 ethnic groups. The national language is Bahasa Indonesia.

Among the most well known islands are Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), the Maluku Islands (or better known as Moluccas, the original Spice Islands) and Papua. Then, there is Bali “the world’s best island resort” with its enchanting culture, beaches, dynamic dances and music. But Indonesia still has many unexplored islands with grand mountain views, green rainforests to trek through, rolling waves to surf and deep blue pristine seas to dive in where one can swim with dugongs, dolphins and large mantarays.

Because of her location, and geology, Indonesia is blessed with the most diverse landscape, from fertile ricelands on Java and Bali to the luxuriant rainforests of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, to the savannah grasslands of the Nusatenggara islands to snow-capped peaks of West Papua.

Her wildlife ranges from the prehistoric giant Komodo lizard to the Orang Utan and the Java rhino, to the Sulawesi anoa dwarf buffalos, to birds with exquisite plumage like the cockatoo and the bird of paradise. This is also the habitat of the Rafflesia the world’s largest flower, wild orchids, an amazing variety of spices, and aromatic hardwood and a large variety of fruit trees. Underwater, scientists have found in North Sulawesi the prehistoric coelacanth fish, a “living fossil” fish, predating the dinosaurs living some 400 million years ago, while whales migrate yearly through these waters from the South Pole. Here are hundreds of species of colourful coral and tropical fish to admire.

Culturally, Indonesia fascinates with her rich diversity of ancient temples, music, ranging from the traditional to modern pop, dances, rituals and ways of life, changing from island to island, from region to region. Yet everywhere the visitor feels welcomed with that warm, gracious innate friendliness of the Indonesian people that is not easily forgotten.

Facilities-wise Indonesia’s hotels are second to none. In fact, many of our luxurious and unique hotels have constantly been listed as some of the best in the world, located on white sandy beaches, overlooking green river valleys, or situated in the heart of busy capital Jakarta. While Indonesia’s cities like Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, or Makassar are a hive of activities for business and leisure and a paradise for shoppers, offering upscale boutiques selling top brand names, to local goods at road-side stalls. Here gourmets can treat themselves to the many regions’ delectable spicy cuisine or dine sumptuously at international restaurants. And for sheer relaxation, Indonesia Spas are second to none to reinvigorate both body and mind.

Convention centers are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, as many top international conferences and exhibitions are held in Jakarta, Bali to Manado, ranging from the Global Climate Change Conference in Bali to the World Ocean Conference in Manado , to trade and investment exhibitions and tourism trade shows in many provincial capital cities.

Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Padang, Bandung, Solo, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Makassar are connected by direct international flights, and many regular and low cost carriers fly passengers to Indonesia’s towns or remote locations.

Minggu, 28 Agustus 2011

Sanur Beach

Sanur beach is a famous tourist place in Bali island. This place is located just east of Denpasar, the capital of Bali. Sanur located in the municipality of Denpasar.
Sanur beach is the location for surfing. Especially the surf beach of Sanur is famous among foreign tourists. Not far off Sanur beach there is also the location of dive and snorkeling tours. Because of the friendly conditions, dive sites can be used by divers of all levels of expertise.

Sanur beach is also known as Sunrise beach as opposed to Kuta Beach.

Because of its location on the east of Bali, this Balinese beach to be the right location to enjoy the sunrise. This makes it more interesting sights, even there is a segment on Sanur beach is named Sunrise beach because when sunrise the scenery is very beautiful.

Along the coast of Bali is the right place to see the sunrise. Especially now built a kind of sanderan containing small cottages that can be used as a place to sit to wait for sunrise. In addition, the waves on the beach is relatively calm so it is suitable for recreational beach scene kids and not dangerous.

Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot tourist attraction is located in sub-province of Tabanan, precisely in countryside of Beraban, district of Kediri, sub-province of Tabanan. Tanah Lot tourist attraction visited by one million of domestic and foreign tourist every year, so that Tanah Lot becoming one of the tourism icon in Bali. All of that thing because of Tanah Lot have different characteristic with the other, that is, looks like a floating one if the tide is high but when tide is low, people can walk to the temple. Because of erosion many caves, which are inhabited by sea snakes, are formed. People cannot disturb these snakes because according to the belief, they belong to the God in the temple. Main thing is different like : 

1. Tanah Lot temple nearly in the see when tide is high. For many things this location was something that is interesting.

2. A cave of holly snakes which is located in front of the temple. That people believe they are the guards of the temple.

3. The view of the sunset combine with Tanah Lot temple, being one set that is very enjoyable to watch.

4. Living cultural present a requral ceremony every six month where there where another ceremony at the same week in Pakendungan temple.

5. Tanah Lot is rocky beaches in effort of making nice wave.

Because of the beauty, many tourists domestic or international come to this place. But if seen from management process, realized that the management of Tanah Lot need to increase creativity and performance to developing Tanah Lot Area.

Apart from Tabanan ± 13 km
Apart from Denpasar is about ± 20 km
Wide : 202.830 m²
Circle : 2.509 m
North : Rice Field
East : Bali Nirvana Resort
South : Indian Ocean
West : Indian Ocean and River of Kutikan

Source : tanahlot.net