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15
October

 

The nature of Maluku is so beautiful. It can be seen from many natural tourism objects which are beautiful and can be visited from under sea tourism objects. Maluku has beautiful islands, beaches with amazing sceneries and many others. Kei Besar island is one of the islands in Maluku which has many natural tourism potentials. One of natural tourism destinations, is Hoko waterfalls at Hoko village, Kei Besar district, Southeast Maluku regency, Maluku province. Hoko waterfall has fresh and clear water, which flows down through giant stone to natural pool under it. The pool has clear and calm water with colorful gradation of sky blue and also turkish green. At the pool, tourists can swim while enjoying the beauty of Hoko waterfall. In addition, the tourists can slide from the giant stone to the pool which is under it. Because of its beauty, Hoko waterfall becomes one of destinations worth being visited when taking holidays in Maluku. Because of its natural tourism beauty, Kei islands get valuable appreciation of Indonesian Charming Award from Indonesian Ministry of Tourism in 2016, with the title ‘One of the most popular hidden paradises  in Indonesia.’  Although the waterfall becomes popular destination, its beauty and nature are still protected well. To access Hoko waterfall, the visitors can visit Kei islands by plane from Pattimura international airport of Ambon to Karel Sadsuitubun airport, Southeast Maluku regency. After arriving in the Southeast Maluku, the visitors must use speed boat from Watdek port to Elat village. After arriving at Elat village, the visitors can use motor taxi or usually called ‘Ojek’ to Hoko village.

08
October

Indonesia as an archipelagic country has big islands such as Java, Kalimantan, Sumatera, Sulawesi and Papua. There are also small islands which have many natural tourism potentials. Take for example, Rupat island in Malacca strait. Administratively, the island belongs to the regency of Bengkalis territory, Riau province. Rupat Island covers around 1,500 m2 and it is located between Malaysia and Sumatera Island. The beaches on the island also directly border with Malacca strait. On the island, there is beach called ‘Pesona Pulau Rupat’ which stretches out until 3 regions on Rupat island beginning from Tanjung Lapin, Rhu bay, until Punak cape. Thus, Pesona Pulau Rupat is often called with the name which is given by each region. The beautiful attraction of Rupat Island is both on its nature and culture. The island has also typical dance, called ‘Zapin Api’ dance. The dance, which is accompanied by Malay music, is full of mystic. Because, before the attraction is begun, the dancers who consist of 5 male dancers, will circle burnt incense. During the performance, audiences are allowed to light fire. The dance is almost extinct because the dance’s leader is only 2 persons who are getting older. Thus, the dance needs new generation to preserve for young generation. Rupat Island can be accessed from Pekanbaru, Dumai, or Bengkalis. The main line of transportation to the island is by sea. If one departs from Dumai, they can use roll-on-roll Dumai-Rupat ship whose departure time has been scheduled. The trip from Dumai to Rupat Island takes around 20-30 minutes. While if you depart from Bengkalis, it will take around 2 hours. If you want to stay at night, you can rent local people’s house or homestay. 

01
October

Beach is tourism object which is quite popular. In Central Java province, along the line of North beach, so many interesting beaches spread and they need to be visited. One of them is Purwahamba Indah beach which is located at the edge of road of North beach, Suradadi district, Tegal regency. Purwahamba Indah beach has blue ocean with soft black sand. Although its sand is not white, you will enjoy it. The visitors can see the beauty of the Indonesian ocean in the Northern part of Java island accompanied by light breeze. The beach has calm waves so that the visitors can swim at the beach. In additional to swimming at Purwahamba Indah beach, you can also swim at pool with the international level which was built by Purwahamba Indah beach management. The pool is also completed with water park, water sliding and fountain. Purwahamba Indah beach is located on Jalan Raya Tegal – Pemalang Km 14, Tegal. You can access from Tegal city by public transportation to the East around 14 kilometers. The location of the beach is quite strategic. So, it can be accessed easily. The facility of the beach is also quite complete, beginning from parking space, restaurant, and bath room. To enter the beach, the visitors must pay entrance ticket Rp 3,000 for adult and Rp 2,500 for kid on weekdays. While on the weekend, Rp 3,500 for adult and Rp 3,000 for kid.

28
September

On 22nd September 2018, Banyuwangi Regency, East Java has just inaugurated Taman Gandrung Terakota -TGT. The tourism icon of Bayuwangi that will attract young tourists has hundreds of Gandrung dance statues. The park becomes special because it was built at terrace rice fields under Mt. Ijen located in Jiwa Jawa Ijen Resort,  Licin sub-district, Banyuwangi. According to  Sigit Pramono, an initiator of Taman Gandrung Terakota, the  park is a site to preserve and reconcile   Gandrung dance  as one of cultural identities of Banyuwangi. Moreover, he said that Gandrung art is a form of gratitude of flourishing agriculture output. Therefore, the site of Rawat Tari Gandrung is located at rice farming where the farmers keep plowing rice field by buffalo, planting and cropping paddy. Taman Gandrung Terakota is inspired by Terracotta Warrior and Horses in China, which was built at Qin Shi Huang during the emperor era in 259-210 BC. The setting involved art curators from Galeri Nasional Indonesia and a lecturer of   Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta, Dr. Suwarno Wisetrotomo. There are about 1,000 statues of Gandrung dance at the Park. The statues are placed separately and collectively. The park is called ‘Terakota’ because it is another name of pottery that is used as a basic material of visualization for Gandrung dance. Models of statue at Taman Gandrung Terakota are taken by a photographer, Sigit’s photos. Then, the photos were created to be statues by Budi Santoso artist and were printed by statue makers in Kasongan, Yogyakarta. The statues were made manually one by one. Even though they have the same formation, there are some differences. The major differences are facial expressions and smiles of Gandrung dance. The statues were made of pottery, such as burned clay. It was made of pottery because the pottery has strong philosophy related to Gandrung dance, it is meant to be closer with nature based on the philosophy of life. If you are in Taman Gandrung Terakota, you can enjoy beauty of Mt. Ijen whose height is 2.443 meters above sea level at the west side. Mt. Ijen has crater which radiates blue flame globally. Looking at the east side, there is blue aura of Bali strait. You can enjoy not only a series of statues of Gandrung dance, but also green hills and terrace rice fields, farmers’ plowing rice field, coffee farm, durian trees, various kinds of bamboos and local endemic plants at the park. There are open amphitheaters for scheduled-art show of and Jazz music exhibition at the middle of the park.

24
September

Sumba Island is an island in the Southwest region of East Nusa Tenggara province. The island has many hidden tourism objects, such as Mandorak beach which is located at Pero Batang village, Kodi district, Southwest part of Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. Mandorak beach is like hidden heaven in Sumba Island. The beach is the smallest one among the beaches in Sumba Island. Its coastal line is only around 50 meters long. Because, the beach is surrounded by high and steep cliffs. Those cliffs also become interesting attraction because its shapes are like the gateway to the high seas. The beach has clean white sand like pearl with clear sea water. Its wave is also quite heavy so that many tourists come for surfing at the beach. Because its stream is quite heavy, the visitors should be careful if they want to swim at the beach. At Mandorak beach, the visitors can do trekking on the cliff and enjoy the beauty of the beach from the cliff. Besides, they can do fishing from the cliff. They can also enjoy beautiful sunset of Mandorak beach. Mandorak beach has a distance around 42 kilometers from the capital city of  Southwest Sumba Barat, Tambolaka. From Kupang, Tambaloka can be accessed by plane. From Tambolaka airport, you can rent motorcycle or car. The facility at the beach is quite inadequate  because the beach is located at remote area.   

19
September

Suluban Beach

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Bali Island is one of favorite destinations of Indonesia for domestic and foreign tourists. This island is well-known not only for the beauty of amazing nature, but also its culture. Although many interesting places which can be visited, there are still tourism destinations in Bali which are rare to be visited. One of them is Suluban beach. Although being rare for tourists to visit, the name of Suluban beach is well known among surfing lovers. The destination has big waves. Thus, Suluban is well known as favorite spot for surfing. The beach is also known as Blue Point Beach. The mention comes from the name of hotel which is located not far from this tourism object. It is called it in order to make easy for foreign tourist to return to the beach whose location is hidden. At Suluban beach, there is exotic coral cliff. The waves which hit the coral cliff look like special scenery that never be found at another place. Although, it is suitable for surfing, the free-of-charge tourism destination has exciting activities which can be conducted.  The tourists can see monkey’s habitat surrounding the beach or enjoy typical foods of Bali at restaurant which is not far from the beach. From here, its panorama is seen amazing. There is a combination of white-color on sand, green-Tosca at the seashore and dark blue in deep sea. As long as trip to the beach, tourists will be welcomed by local people. Most of the local people sit at the hut and spend their time to weave clothes. Although they are busy, they are very friendly with the tourists. The tourists can mingle with local people while finding information about the uniqueness of the exotic beach in the Southern of Bali. Weaving made by the local people is sold at the souvenir shops. In addition weaving with beautiful motif, the shop also offers various kinds of accessories, such as hat, necklace and bracelet.  Suluban beach is located at Pecatu village, South Kuta, Badung regency. From Ngurah Rai International airport, it takes around 45 minutes by motor-vehicles. The road condition to this tourism object is good enough; even there is direction board which makes easy for tourists. Unfortunately, here, there is no adequate public transportation, so we suggest you to use private or rental car.

11
September

 

Welcome to “Indonesian Wonder,” a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia.

In today’s edition, we will introduce you to a tourism object in West Sulawesi province. the beauty of natural wealthin Indonesia cannot be doubted anymore. Many tourism objects in Indonesia looks like similar in the paradise. Some of the tourism objects are well known and they have to be visited . One of them is Karampuang Island. there are two versions of the origin of the island why it is named Karampuang island. According to the first version, in the past, the island was a hiding place of the kings from the chase of the Dutch. It was named  Karampuang because combination from Kara meaning island, coral or stone and Puang meaning noble, and king. Kara and Puang was local language of tribes which lived in Sulawesi. So, Karampuang means island of the kings. While, according to the second version, the name of Karampuang comes from Mamuju language. It means full moon. According to the story, earlier the island had named Liutang Island. The name was changed by a figure in Mamuju becoming Karampuang. Karampuang Island is a small island with 6 km wide. The island is surrounded by blue clear water. The purity of its sea water makes marine biota able to be seen only from its surface. The best spot to see the beauty of its under-sea is at wooden dock which was built on coastal line. Besides, it makes you able to enjoy the undersea beauty, wooden bridge as long as 500 meters. This can also become the best spot for taking picture. For tourist who love diving, the clarity of the sea water of Karampuang Island cannot be missed. Because by diving, certainly you will be more satisfied to see the beauty of marine biota of Karampuang Island.  In addition to offering the beauty of the beach with clear water, you can also enjoy some interesting places of this island. On this island, there is a unique well which has three different flavors. The flavor water of the well is salty, brackish and tasteless. The three-flavor well is also mentioned  soul mate well. Another place of the island which can be visited is Lidah cave. Karampuang Island is located at Simboro district, Mamuju regency, West Sulawesi. The distance from Makassar is around 295 km. To go to the island from Mamuju, tourists can rent Katinting or speed boat with cheap tariff. Departure to Karampuang Island can be started from Mamuju dock where there is fish auction, Kasawi. From there, it takes only 20 minutes. That was our segment ‘Indonesian Wonder’ for today featuring Karampuang Island in West Sulawesi province.

17
September

Maluku is a province in Indonesia which covers Southern part of Maluku islands. Because the province consists of many islands, so the province has a lot of marine tourism potentials, such as beaches. One of them is Pombo Island, an unoccupied island that presents beautiful scenery of nature and under-sea view. Pombo Island is located at Salahhutu district, Central Maluku regency between Ambon and Haruku Island. Pombo Island is small one which is very beautiful. The island has around 4 kilometers wide. During trip to the island, you will see as if the island were floating alone at the sea. And white sand and clear sea water will make anybody who comes to the island amazed on its beauty. Pombo Island is mentioned as a new snorkeling and diving spot which attracts many divers, either domestic or abroad. When diving to the bottom of the sea, you will see wealth of marine biota, starting from fish, shell, sea weed, until coral reef in various kinds of unique forms. The under-sea view of Pombo Island is very amazing, and the land of the island is also enchanting. You can go around the island for 1 hour. During going around the island, you can find endemic animals of the island, namely Pombo bird and some other birds. The beauty of the island is quite amazing when low tide. The new land, which was previously shallow, begins to be seen and it changed to be sand which forms land. The island only has a distance around 5 kilometers from the capital city of Maluku, Ambon. To get accessed to the island, you can use public transportation from Ambon city for 1 hour to Tulehu. Thus, from the seaport, you can use speed boat for 10 minutes to Pombo Island. In the island, there is no lodging. Usually, the island is also used as camping ground because its atmosphere is very suitable to set tent. 

12
September

The beauty of natural wealth in Indonesia cannot be doubted  anymore. Many tourism objects in Indonesia looks like in the paradise. Some of the tourism objects are well known and they have to be visited . One of them is Karampuang Island. There are two versions of the origin of the island why it is named Karampuang island. According to the first version, in the past, the island was a hiding place of the kings from the chase of the Dutch. It was named  Karampuang because combination from Kara meaning island, coral or stone and Puang meaning noble, and king. Kara and Puang was local language of tribes which lived in Sulawesi. So, Karampuang means island of the kings. While, according to the second version, the name of Karampuang comes from Mamuju language. It means full moon. According to the story, earlier the island had named Liutang Island. The name was changed by a figure in Mamuju becoming Karampuang. Karampuang Island is a small island with 6 km wide. The island is surrounded by blue clear water. The purity of its sea water makes marine biota able to be seen only from its surface. The best spot to see the beauty of its under-sea is at wooden dock which was built on coastal line. Besides, it makes you able to enjoy the undersea beauty, wooden bridge as long as 500 meters. This can also become the best spot for taking picture. For tourist who love diving, the clarity of the sea water of Karampuang Island cannot be missed. Because by diving, certainly you will be more satisfied to see the beauty of marine biota of Karampuang Island. In addition to offering the beauty of the beach with clear water, you can also enjoy some interesting places of this island. On this island, there is a unique well which has three different flavors. The flavor water of the well is salty, brackish and tasteless. The three-flavor well is also mentioned  soul mate well. Another place of the island which can be visited is Lidah cave. Karampuang Island is located at Simboro district, Mamuju regency, West Sulawesi. The distance from Makassar is around 295 km. To go to the island from Mamuju, tourists can rent Katinting or speed boat with cheap tariff. Departure to Karampuang Island can be started from Mamuju dock where there is fish auction, Kasawi. From there, it takes only 20 minutes.

03
September

Wayang or puppet is an Indonesian original art which develops rapidly on Java and Bali Island. The performance is also well known in some regions such as Sumatera and Malayan peninsula, which is influenced by Javanese and Hindu culture. In 2003, UNESCO announced that Wayang has officially entered in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO since 2008. In the development, Wayang has some types such as Wayang Kulit, Wayang Golek, Wayang Orang, and many others. In addition to those types, there is also a Wayang Ringkang or art puppet which was popularized in 2007. Wayang Ringkang is contemporary one which is innovation of Wayang Golek. Wayang Ringkang is played by colossal puppeteers who may reach 20-50 puppeteers. The Wayang art also collaborates with Rampak Kendang, Rampak Sekar, dance and  Wayang Orang. To play Wayang Ringkang, it needs Wayang arena or Jagat with the size twice from Jagat on general Wayang arena. In the Wayang Ringkang performance, the main puppeteer will read dialog, while other puppeteers guide Wayang. In the performance, the puppeteer will guide the Wayang while standing. This makes the size of Jagat become bigger than Wayang performance in general. During the performance, Wayang Ringkang is also accompanied by  Gamelan and brought in Sundanese language with communicative style. Although Wayang Ringkang performance is delivered in communicative style, the story is also delivered and it still contains philosophical values of people’s life in the past, present time and in the future. Ki Tantan Sugandi who is the initiator of Wayang Ringkang, hopes that the Wayang art can raise potential of young generation in puppet show. Until now, West Java government has continued to promote Wayang Ringkang. All of them are conducted in order Indonesian traditional art can be preserved from time to time.

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