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09
March

Kangean islands are located in the Eastern part of Madura Island, East Java province. The islands consist of several islands: Kangean, Sapeken, Saebus and Mambrut islands. Kangean Islands cover an area of 487 square kilometers.

Although the islands enter in the area of Sumenep regency on Madura Island and also located in the Northern part of Bali Island, there are many some differences among Kangean, Madura and Bali. Kangean people mention themselves as Kangean people whose language is different from Madurese and Balinese languages.

Kangean islands have beautiful beach with under-sea panorama. Various kinds of fish color the undersea nature. On the islands, there are beautiful coral reefs.

Because of their beauty, Kangean islands used to be recorded as place of the best fifth coral reef in Indonesia. You can rent a boat to go around the islands. Usually, the ship's captain also serves as a guide. 

If you want to travel to Kangean Islands by public transportation from Surabaya, you have to take the route from Bungurasih Terminal to Sumenep Terminal. This takes about 4 hours.

Then, from Sumenep Terminal, you must rent public transportation to Kalianget seaport. Arriving at Kalianget seaport, you must go by speed boat to cross to Kangean around 4 to 5 hours.

02
March

Pontianak City is identical with the equator. The city becomes one of the cities, which is passed by equator line. There are 12 countries in the world which are passed by the equator. But, Pontianak City is the only one city which rightly separates northern and southern hemispheres. You are exactly at the point when visiting Equator Monument.

Until now, every March 21-23 and September 21-23, the monument is the location of the Sun Culmination Day. At that time, the sun will be exactly above the equator. When this natural phenomenon takes place, the shadow of the monument and the surrounding objects will disappear for a few seconds. This is the unique attraction for tourists who visit.

The Equator Monument is an historical icon of Pontianak City. It was built by a geography expedition team led by a Dutch geographer in 1928 by using astronomy. 

The measurement conducted by the experts at that time was without modern equipment such as satellite or GPS. They were only based on the uneven or wavy lines and  natural objects such as constellations.

Then, the monument was renovated several times. First, in 1930, the renovated parts were in milestones, circles and arrows. Second in 1938, it was restored by Indonesian architect, Frederich Silaban.

The Equator Monument is located on Jalan Khatulistiwa, North Pontianak district in West Kalimantan. To go to the monument can be accessed around 30 minutes from downtown of Pontianak by car or motorcycle.  Visitors do not need to pay the ticket to enter the monument. 

17
February

The location of Nunsui Beach is close to two other beaches: Laisana and Manikin Beached in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara -NTT. Precisely, the Nunsui Beach is at the Eastern part of Kupang City in Oesapa village, Kelapa Lima district, Kupang. It is not difficult to go to the Nunsui Beach because from Kupang, you can ride motorcycle and it only takes around 20 minutes.

The Nunsui Beach is called ‘Batu Nona beach’ by local people because there is a stone whose shape is like a woman. The stone is located near the seashore. Visitors can climb to the stone and see beautiful scenery of Kupang bay at the distance.

In addition, the visitors can also see beautiful sunset. While waiting for the sunset, they can enjoy the fresh air at the beach while sitting on stone’s bench. You can also catch fish from the bench.

If you are tired after playing sand on the beach or swimming while sun bathing, you can enjoy snacks such as corn roasted, Epe banana or young coconut ice which are offered by the vendors around the beach.

12
February

The Megalithic era is a period of civilization inworld history. In the Eastern part of Indonesia, there is a hamlet which still looks like its original image.It is called ‘Bena hamlet’ in East Nusa Tenggara. It still has amegalithic landscapeand it is maintained well. The word of Bena comes from the first original tribe which lived in the region. But, there are many stories on the origin of the ancient hamlet which is predicted to have existed since 1,200 years ago. It is locatedon theslope of Mt. Inerie as high as 2,245 meter above sea level, or precisely at Tiwuriwu village, Aimere district in East Nusa Tenggara. The hamlet is longwise from the North to the South andknown for itstraditional house,Bena villagersand also their ancestors’ tradition. Thesmall hamlet, which is occupied by the original tribe of the region, was determined a world heritage site by UNESCO. Terracedsoil structures are alsoa beautiful part of the hamlet. At the end of the hamlet, at the peak of the stairs, there is a gazebo which can be used for praying. The existence at the slope of the mountain is characteristic of old community of mountainous devotees as the God’s place. According to residents of the hamlet, they believe in the existence of Yeta, the Godwhich liveson the mountain and protects their hamlet.

Bena hamlet consists of 40 houses which surround each other. The hamlet is longwise from the North to the South. The hamlet gatewayis located at the North. While, at the South, there is a peak and a steepcliff edge. Generally, thelivelihood of the menis farming. In addition to producing corns, tubers and beans, they also plant coffee, and candlenut on Mt. Inerie. Meanwhile,women work diligently by weaving, inwhich their products are sold to tourists or sent to Bajawa City. The distance of Bena hamlet is around 19 kilometers from  Bajawa which is the capital city of  Ngada. To get there, you can use land transportation. Even though theroad is good, you must be a skillful driver, since the road is curvy and hilly. 

 

Bena hamlet is the tourism destination of  Ngada hamlet. In fact, the hamlet is often visited by foreign tourists from Germany and Italy. At the middle of the hamlet, there are some buildings which are called ‘Bhaga’ and ‘Ngadhu’ by local people. The shape of the Bhaga is similar with little huts without dwellers. While, Ngadhu is a building with one pole and palm fiber roof so that its shape is like shelter. Ngadhu’s pole is usually made from special kind of hard wood because the pole also functions as animal sacrificial gallows when traditional parties are held. The hamlet is not touched yet by technology. Bena’s building functions not only as residence but also having a deep meaning with local wisdom and at present, it is still relevant to be applied for the people in maintaining the environment. Peace and comfort will be felt when you are in the hamlet.  

10
February

Tourism in North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi has 3 lakes which become major tourism destinations. One of them is Moat Lake which is located in East Bolaang Mongondow regency. It’s is volcanic lake which is in natural preservation area of Mt. Ambang at altitude 1,100 meters above the sea level.

To get to the lake, you can go from Manado through Trans Sulawesi to Gorontalo until arriving at Kotamubagu City. The trip from Manado to Kotamobagu City takes around 3-4 hours by car.

There is no public transportation. So, it is better for you to rent a car from Manado. The name of the lake from Mongondow language is Mo'oat which means "land that appears on the middle of the water".

When you are at Moat Lake, you will be welcomed by fresh air with beautiful panorama and it  spoils your eyes and makes you be amazed on the beauty of Moat Lake.

The clear water of the lake which is combined with natural scenery at surrounding the lake, will make you relaxed. You can catch fresh fish here, such as golden fish. The lake is also the habitat for Sidat Sogili fish which is a rare fish.

There is a small island on the middle of the lake which can be reached by rental boat. To enjoy the view of the lake can be from stage’s house and hut at surrounding the lake. If you love wild atmosphere, you can set a tent at the edge of the lake.  

05
February

North Sulawesi is famous with its beautiful tourism in Manado or Bunaken. In addition, it is also known with its super priority destination in Likupang where a lot of tourists are interested in visiting it.  The destination is exactly in North Minahasa, North Sulawesi. Now, the Likupang Special Economic Zone (KEK) is being built. There are many reasons for us to visit Likupang. The destination in Likupang is as beautiful as many other popular tourism destinations in North Sulawesi. One of them is Lihaga Island. Lihaga Island is an uninhabited island located in Likupang sub-district, North Minahasa Regency. Lihaga Island is only 8 hectares; it is not too big but it has extraordinary tourism potentials. Of course, it has been seen that this island has a beach with fine white sand, which contrasts with the blue of the ocean.

Any visitors who want to see it surely cannot wait to come down and touch this clean white sand. Lihaga Island also has an interesting underwater world. By diving or snorkeling close around the beach, you can see many fish swimming. To reach the Lihaga Island, we have to travel about 90 minutes from Manado City to Likupang (port of Serei). After arriving at Likupang, you have to continue the journey again for approximately 40 minutes by local fishing boat. Boat rental costs around Rp800, 000 for 20 passengers. Even though, this island is not populated, you don't need to worry because this island has toilets and dressing rooms. You can also stay overnight at Lihaga Island with a little cost.

In addition, if you plan to visit and stay overnight at Lihaga Island, don't forget to buy food and drinks first because Lihaga Island does not have stalls. Unfortunately, there are not many facilities in this tourism  destination. But if you like adventuring, the nature of Lihaga Island is appropriate for you to explore.

30
January

Wane Beach

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Bima is one of the regencies in Sumbawa island, West Nusa Tenggara province. Historically, this city was the centre of the Bima Sultanate. With the cultural heritages the city has, Bima city offers Islamic cultural tourism. You can visit Asi Mbojo or the sultanate palace. Besides Asi Mbojo, you can also find the graves of kings and preachers, public games and arts, as well as religious ceremonies. Bima not only has the richness of cultures, but also its own natural tourism attractions. Due to its location on the side of the bay, Bima certainly has beautiful marine tourism. One of them is Wane beach.

Wane beach is located at Tolotangga village, Monta district, which is around 6 kilometres from Sultan Muhammad Salahudin airport. Wane beach has white sand which stretches widely, with gentle waves and clear sea water. Going to the beach, you can enjoy the freshness of water by swimming or playing on the white sand.  If you want to stimulate your adrenalin, you can try surfing at the beach.

You can also see dolphins jumping among the waves at Wane beach. To see the dolphin attraction, you must rent a fisherman’s boat a day before the activity. The best time to watch the attraction is in the morning, around 9 a.m. The travel time to see the dolphin attraction is only half hour by boat. For those who did not bring their own food, do not worry because the beach has many food stalls which provide a variety of food.

28
January

Lompong Cake

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When traveling to various places you will feel complete only after you taste the local dishes. Indonesia has various unique and delicious snacks. Take for example, Purworejo regency, Central Java, there is Lompong Cake which you must taste. Unlike other snacks in general, with packaging decorated with bright and various colours, the Lompong cake is precisely jet black. At a glance, it is not interesting, but if you try it, its taste is so chewy and sweet. The cake is called Lompong, because it is made from taro stalk. In addition to the stalk, the cake is also made of straw flour, sticky rice flour and sugar. Meanwhile, its filling is made of pounded peanut which is mixed with palm sugar. To make the snack, the sticky rice flour is firstly mixed with water, sugar, taro powder and straw powder. Then, the dough is stirred, then mixed with coconut oil, so the dough is not sticky when being steamed. Before being steamed, the dough is wrapped with dried banana leaf. Then, the dough is steamed for around 2 hours. When cooked, the Lompong cake has jet black colour. The colour is from straw flour and dried banana leaf. The cake is delicious when warm. If the cake is getting cool, its texture changes and may become a little bit hard. This cake is suitable to be eaten as breakfast. It can also be a souvenir, because it can last upto one week. If you are interested in enjoying the Lompong cake, you will find it at traditional markets in Purworejo costing around Rp. 2,000 to Rp. 35,000 per piece.

29
January

Telago Biru

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Jambi has many beautiful natural tourism attractions. Some of the tourism destinations that Jambi can offer are mountains, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, caves, geo-parks or various modern tourism destinations which are being developed. One of them is the Biru lake at Tanjung Alam village, Jangkat district, Merangin regency, Jambi. This lake is located at an altitude of 2033 meters above sea level and is included in the Production Forest Area which directly borders with Kerinci Seblat National Park. Tourists, who come here, can witness the beauty of nature. It has clear blue waters that allow you to see the bottom of the lake. Shady trees surrounding the lake make the air fresh.

 
There is a fallen tree on the middle of Biru lake which has become a bridge to a hut that was built by the local people to take rest. The existence of the fallen tree makes for an interesting picture, making the spot very Instagramable. According to local people, the lake was found accidentally by Tanjung Alam villager who was hunting for birds in the surrounding forest. The hunter told about the lake to other villagers. Then, the lake was named Biru lake by Merangin regent in 2016.


From Jambi, you can use motorcycle or car to Merangin regency. From city center of Merangin regency, namely Bangko, you should take a trip to Tanjung Alam village, Sungai Tenang district. Because location of Biru lake is at around Mt. Masurai, you could also take a trip by walking around 1-2 hours. It is advised to do this only if you have reasonable physical stamina. You are also suggested to bring enough food.  The trip is more enjoyable if you come here along with your friends. From Tanjung Alam Jangkat village, it takes around 7 hours by walking but if you ride motorcycle, it only takes 3 hours.   

Recently, Biru lake has been viral on social media. Local people often call it Hijau lake because its water has greenish blue colours. Another beautiful scenery is green mud on the bottom of the lake. It’s very beautiful when seen with the very unique water colour. Location of the lake is hidden in the forest, so that not many people know its existence. If you want to refresh yourself and re-energize, this lake is the right choice.

23
January

Gatra Beach

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Malang is one of the leading tourism destinations in East Java. Nestled in the South of Java, the city has beach tourism sites extending all the way from the West to the East. Out of the many beautiful beaches that can be visited, today we are going to talk about Gatra beach. The beach is very interesting to visit because it is surrounded by forest, hills and also coral islands. Gatra Beach is located at Tambakrejo village, Sumbermanjing Wetan, Malang regency in East java province. It stretches for 73 kms and takes around 2 until 3 hours from Malang to Gatra Beach. Gatra Beach prioritizes natural conservation and cleanliness. That’s why when entering the beach, you not only buy entrance tickets but also have your bags checked by officers. The officers select the items which have the potential to produce waste. Likewise, at the exit gate if it is found that you have violated the rules, you will be fined 10,000 rupiah. The entrance ticket to Gatra Beach is Rp 10,000 per person, while for parking it is only Rp 3,000 for motorcycle and Rp 4,000 for four-wheeled vehicles. From the entry point to the beach, you have trek for about 1 to 1.5 kilometer.  Along the trip, you can enjoy the sights of the mangrove conservation forest. Gatra Beach boasts white and soft sand, rocks at the middle of the sea which form small islands, calm sea water and clean beach. On the beach, you can not only play in the water or on the sand, but you can also rent a canoe to go around the beach. For those who want to go camping, the managers provide tents which can be rented for Rp 25,000 per unit. Moreover, Gatra beach also offers many spots for taking the perfect selfie. So do not miss out. On the beach area, there are no shops or stalls; this is to keep its commitment to cleanliness and sustainability of the beach.

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