Indonesian Wonder

Indonesian Wonder (136)

18
March

Ora Beach is located on Seram Island, North Seram District, Central Maluku. It is located at the western end of Sawai bay covering two villages, Saleman and Sawai, on the edge of Manusela National Park. Ora Beach has the characteristic of white sandy beach with very clear and calm water and the wealth of coral reef, fish and various other marine biota.Actually the beach does not have a vast land area, because it mostly consists of a cliff or rock hill that is quite steep, yet can still be climbed. At Ora Beach, tourists can enjoy snorkeling or diving. You needn’t dive too deep, even just from a depth of 2-3 meters, you can enjoy the beauty of various coral reefs and small fish under water. Snorkeling can also be done in a location close to the cliff, which is a rare and exciting spot. At Ora beach you can also use motor boats or fishing boats to enjoy the scenery around Manusela National Park. In addition, you can also get around to some small islands in Sawai Bay, such as Sawai, Raja, Kelalawar ,Tujuh , Tengah, and Sapalewa Islands. You only need about 30 minutes to circle the islands.From the city of Ambon, the door to Ora beach is Hulnara Harbor, Toleho. In the port, better known as Toleho Port, there is a ferry with 350 seaters to Amahai port, Seram island with twice daily schedule. Because there is no public transportation to Saleman Village port which connects with Ora Beach, you can take Seram trans with travel time about 2.5 hours. During the trip you are guaranteed not to feel bored, because you will pass the beautiful mountainous path and Manusela National Park area. From Saleman, it takes about 10 minutes to arrive at the beach Ora. At Saleman Village Port, a small-engined boat will take you to the beauty of the famous Ora beach with a hidden paradise in eastern Indonesia.If you want to spend your holidays in Ora Beach, you can choose the lodging that suits your pocket. You can also stay at the local residents' homes. For those of you who like camping, you can also bring your own camping gear, and set up a tent near the cliff.If you are a beach person, you should include Ora Beach in your holiday list. Do not forget to prepare your camera to capture the beauty here, ranging from blue clear water to the green hills of Manusela National Park. Bring your own diving and snorkeling equipment, you have to be careful, so as not to damage the corals reef on this beach.

14
March

Indonesia consists of various tribes. There is no wonder, if Indonesia is rich of arts and cultures. But, there are some of the arts which are almost extinct. Therefore, to preserve them, the regional government of Pamekasan in Madura, East Java attempts to carry out some efforts.  One of its regional main arts is called ‘Gethak mask dance’. Gethak mask dance is one of traditional dances which becomes part of Ludruk Sandur performance. Ludruk Sandur or Sandur art is a kind of folk art which is most loved by Pamekasan people. The art is always performed in every event, such as wedding party, circumcision and many others. No wonder, all Pamekasan people know the art well. In Ludruk Sandur performance, Gethak mask dance is performed as opening of the art’s performance. Gethak mask dance is known with the name ‘Klonoan’ dance. Every movement of the dance depends on the sound of Kendang or drum which sounds “Ge” and “Tak”. The sound of the drum, which is followed with the dance, is named ‘Gethak mask dance’. Until now, the name of Klonoan has no more used and it is changed to be Getak mask dance. The traditional dance describes a figure of Prabu Baladewa in the Dhalang Maduramask performance. Madura people are very proud with the figure. Baladewa is a figure with strong and stiff character and he is open-minded in revealing every problem. The characters are considered to describe characters of Madura people in general. Pamekasan regional government has decided Getak mask dance as the main traditional dance of Pamekasan regency. Since 2010, the dance has been taught to students as extra-curriculum subject. It is valued effective to protect the preservation of the dance.

12
March

West Nusa Tenggara –NTB has two main islands, namely Lombok and Sumbawa. Currently, there are 3 main tribes which are the original population of West Nusa Tenggara, namely Sasak from Lombok Island, Mbojo and Sumbawa from Sumbawa Island. Every tribe has a traditional weapon which has historical and cultural values. One of the weapons is Tulup from Sasak tribe.Tulup is one of traditional weapons from Sasak tribe, which is used for hunting. The weapon is made from Meranti wood which is perforated. Its bullet is called ‘Ancar’, made from midrib of palm tree which is formed like arrowhead. Usually, the head of Ancar is smeared with sap of Tatar tree. The sap is very effective to kill animals. Tulup has three important components which must be brought when hunting, namely Tulup handle, Ancar, and Terontong or Ancar storage.According to the history, Tulup has been known in the tribes’ culture, who live in hinterland of Indonesia such as  Kalimantan, Sumatera, Papua, and Nusa Tenggara. Usually, they use Tulup to hunt animals. For hunters of Sasak tribe, Tulup is considered as sacred object. According to them, hunting is their livelihood. Tulup is a tool which helps to get livelihood. Thus, it needs to be honored. Until now, people who live near forest still use Tulup. The thick forest of Lombok and the existence of pigs and monkeys make the local people enjoy hunting. But, the provincial government of NTB alone with the Ministry of Forestry and Environment cooperated to prohibite the people to hunt monkeys because these animals are protected ones. As a result, the number of traditional hunters decreases.

05
March

God creates creatures in a couple. In modern era, there are a lot of ways which can be conducted by human beings to find their couple. Take for example, people can use social media. Indonesia is rich of cultures, customs and traditions. One of the traditions in Indonesia is about  matchmaking of couple. Tradition to look for a couple from Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi is named ‘Kabuenga’; elopement tradition is still preserved by Osing (Using) tribe in Banyuwangi; Omed-omedan tradition from Bali, especially in Banjar Kaja region, Sesetan district, South Denpasar and Lakudo people in Central Buton regency, Southeast Sulawesi province have tradition to look for a couple called ‘Kamomose’. Kamomose is from word “Komomo” meaning flower which  almost blooms and  “Poose ose” means lined up regularly. So literally, Kamomose is a tradition where girls who sit in line-up to be regularly introduced to the village’s young men. The tradition is usually conducted after local people celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. In the beginning procession of Kamomose tradition, the girls  are protected for 6 days and nights by their parents or village’s elders who are given trust to take care them. Afterwards, the girls will be made-up like bride by wearing Buton traditional cloth. Then, they come out from house and line-up with other girls by face to face while carrying a basin. The procession is a meeting between the village’s girls and young men. If a young man is interested in one of the girls, he will throw peanut into the girl’s basin. Besides peanut, the young man will put money or jewelry. The next procession on Kamomose tradition is that the girl negotiates with her family to select and to ask permission from her family. If they agree, the next event will be continued with self-introduction stage and then it’s a more serious stage, such as engagement and wedding proposal. This tradition is still conducted by the local people of Buton regency until now. 

02
March

Trenggalek is one of the regencies in East Java province. Bordered directly to the south by the Indian Ocean, the region has many beautiful beaches that became the main tourist destination of Trenggalek. Besides the enchantment of beaches, Trenggalek remains has many other interesting tourist objects, one of them is natural site of Banyu Nget which was recently launched. Banyu Nget tourist destination is located at Dukuh village, Watulimo subdistrict, Trenggalek Regency, East Java. Since the beginning this tourist object has been visited by many tourists due to its cool, beautiful, and natural atmosphere. Moreover, various kinds of interesting tourist rides are available in Banyu Nget. The name Banyu Nget was taken from javanese language which means warm water. This 7 hectare tourist object offers several natural beauty such as waterfalls, rocky streams, kedung or warm water pools, as well as various play rides, to spur your adrenalines. To enter the area, you are required to buy entrance ticket of Rp 5,000 per person. You don’t have to worry if you don’t bring cash to buy tickets, because the location of this Banyu Nget also provides electronic money (E-Money) tickets payment. Entering Banyu Nget tourist area, you will walk along the path, while enjoying the fresh air and cool atmosphere. There is also a rocky river in the area. You can choose the path to cross the river, the bamboo bridge or suspension bridge called Jembatan Kangen. Passing the suspension bridge, you will find Kedung Banyu Nget. You can feel the freshness of the warm water in the pool.In addition to the pool of warm water, you can enjoy the beauty of Urang Kambu waterfall which is 30 meters high. You can swim under the waterfall. But, for those who cannot swim, do not worry, the manager provides life jackets for the safety of the visitors. In the location of Banyu Nget Tourist Object there are monitoring tower on the trees, which can be used to relax while enjoying the natural atmosphere. Banyu Nget also has a racer that can spur your adrenaline through air bikes. You can enjoy the natural beauty through the air bike which has been equipped with special safety standard equipments. For those who like camping, it also has an area to set up tents completed with swings rides and hammocks (hammocks) at an altitude and mounted between shady trees. Banyu Nget tourism area included in Perhutani (the State Forest Company)-owned forest area, so that there can be found some plants species, such as durian, salak and mangosteen. If you want to enjoy the fruits, you can come to the object during the harvest season, because it is very fun if you can enjoy the local fruits amid cool natural atmosphere. Banyu Nget area is also equipped with various facilities such as canteen, places of worship, bathroom and gazebos. To get to the various spots of this tourist location, you need not worry. Because every spot is handled by officers who always stand guard and clear signposts.

28
February

Malang never ends to offer its natural beauty. Some tourism destinations in Malang are pity to be missed, mainly hidden tourism object. There is hidden tourism object which is worthy to be visited and it has been talked about recently. The tourism object is called ‘Bedengan Malang’, a tourism object which has camping ground concept. If you are nature lover, Bedengan Malang is suitable place for you. As camping ground, the place has nuance which is still natural. There are a lot of shady and tall trees. The river, which flows at the area, is so clear and fresh. According to local people, its water is from Brues waterfall. The area, which is quite wide, makes tourists be able to set tent freely. Before to be tourism destination in Malang, Bedengan was an area used as tree plant nursery. Local people called it ‘Bedengan’. Thus, this tourism destination is named ‘Bedengan Malang’. Those plants are orange trees. So, at this tourism destination, tourists can directly pick up the orange fruits from the trees. There are 12 types of orange fruits which can be chosen. The orange fruits, which have been picked-up, can be enjoyed at the place or also to be taken home. Although Bedengan Malang tourism destination is still natural, the facilities such as parking area, mosque, and rest room have been provided.  Although those facilities are still simple, it is enough to help visitors. Bedengan Malang is located at Selokerto hamlet, Selorejo village, Dau district in Malang regency. If you depart from Malang city, you can reach the distance around  25 kilometers. You have to pass Jalan Joyo Agung until Selokerto. Arriving at Bedengan Malang, you only pay Rp 5,000 per person. For parking fee, you will be charged Rp 2,500 for motorcycle and  car Rp 5,000 for car.

26
February

Aceh province is located in the North of Sumatera Island as the westernmost region of Indonesia. The province has a lot of historical heritages, especially Islamic kingdom heritage, such as Baiturrahman Great Mosque which is a heritage of Aceh Sultanate. Besides, Aceh also has interesting natural tourism object namely Laut Tawar Lake. Laut Tawar Lake is located at Tinggi Gayo highland, Central Aceh regency, Aceh province. To go to this tourism destination, you can depart from Banda Aceh city by bus to Takengon. The distance is around 315 kilometers and takes 7 hours. Alternatively, tourists can visit the tourism object through Kuala Namu airport to Rambele airport for 60 minutes. This tourism object is free of charge for any tourists. The lake is named “Laut Tawar” because it is so wide like ocean with fresh water. Gayo people call the lake with the name ‘Laut Tawar’. For Gayo people, Laut Tawar Lake is very vital because besides as tourism object which is often visited by domestic and foreign tourists, the lake is also used as water source for Central Aceh regency and some regencies at surrounding areas. This tourism object has many flora and fauna; one of them which is the most known, is Depik fish which is endemic fish species in the lake. Depik fish has a small elongated type almost like anchovy. Usually, in middle of the year, around August until the end of the year, fishermen are busy to catch Depik fish at Laut Tawar Lake. Laut Tawar Lake is so beautiful because it is hit by two hills which present their own beauty. At this tourism object, tourists can also see people’s daily activities, such as farming and fishing. At the lake, visitors can also go around the lake by boat or bicycle. Visitors can also enjoy culinary tour at Takengon by tasting Depik fish, delicious and typical fish of Laut Tawar Lake. The tourism object has been completed with lodgings which can be rented by tourists.

25
February

North Kalimantan is a relatively new province in Indonesia. It was inaugurated on October 25, 2012 with Tarakan as the capital city. The location is directly adjacent to Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia. The people living in North Kalimantan are very diverse; some are from South Sulawesi, Dayak, Banjar, Bulungan, Tidung and Kutai. Ethnic diversity in this province, of course, affects its culinary.One of them is " “Tumis Kapah” or Sauteed Kapah, a popular Tarakan traditional cuisine. Kapah is sea shell species that live the in muddy part of the sea. Kapah contains lots of protein which is perfect for those of you who want to meet the protein supply in the body. Kapah is usually presented in the form of stir-fry. Sauteed with onion, garlic, then added with lime sauce.Besides being sautéed, Kapah can also be enjoyed just after being boiled with lime sauce. It will taste wonderful when accompanied by a glass of young coconut ice. You will be addicted to the delicious and tasty sea shell species .If you are in North Kalamantan, especially Tarakan, do not forget to taste this Tumis or stir fried Kapah.

23
February

Cracker or Krupuk is a kind of snack which is generally made from tapioca flour dough mixed with flavorings, such as shrimp or fish. The crackers are made by steaming dough until cooked, then thinned slice, dried in the sun rise and fried with cooking oil. The texture is crispy and usually used as a complement of various foods in Indonesia. Not only fried, it can also processed into a delicious meal called Capjae Kerupuk.Capjae Krupuk is a typical food of Magelang people, Central Java. The main ingredient of capjae krupuk is made from wheat flour. To make Capjae Krupuk, it is usually used onion crackers, shrimp crackers, and others. To make the food is not complicated. The raw crackers is firstly soaked in boiled water overnight. Then, the crackers were washed and then drained. Some spices such as garlic, hazelnut, pepper, and chili are smoothed first. Then the spices mixture is sauted with soy sauce, cabbage and onions, including raw crackers. Currently, people  making the capjae krupuk by adding more other ingredients, such as chicken meat, meatballs, sausages and carrot.Capjae is very delicious taste. The culinary is better to eat in warm, which can be eaten in a single menu or for side dishes. Usually, the Magelang people enjoy Capjae kerupuk with warm rice porridge. For those who are interested to enjoy Capjae Krupuk, you can visit Magelang, especially Kradenan Hamlet, Ambartawang Village. You can find many sellers of Capjae Kerupuk. It is very affordable price, ranging from Rp 1,000 to Rp 2,000 per portion.

21
February

 

Sulawesi Island offers endless natural beauty. Sulawesi Island are beaches and sea, and without exception Gorontalo province. In this province, you can find amazing panorama namely Sarond island. The beauty of its nature is often paralleled with Maldives. The beach on Saronde Island is so beautiful with clean white sand and clear blue water. It makes the beach often be paralleled with Maldives. On the beach, tourists can do many things. Besides exploring the beach, they can also enjoy snorkeling and this will be unforgettable experience. Because, on Saronde island’s beach, there are a lot of colorful fishes which are swimming through exotic coral reefs. There are also water sport rides such as banana boat. To visit Saronde island, you do not have to worry to be starving because there are various kinds of foods which are sold by the local people. They also sell unique crafts as souvenirs. On Saronde Island, tourists can set a tent for camping to enjoy the beauty of the beach longer. For tourists who want to stay at night, there is also cottage. The fee to stay in the cottage is relatively cheap around Rp 150,000 per night. Saronde Island is located at Kwandang sub-district, North Gorontalo regency. The island with only one kilometer wide has a distance 65 kilometers from Gorontalo city. From Gorontalo to Kwandang seaport, it takes around 2 hours by car.  From the seaport, the trip is continued by using speed boat which can accommodate 10 people.  The trip to Saronde Island takes around 15 minutes. Arriving at the island, tourists must pay entrance fee around  Rp 10,000 per person. 

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