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15
June

Bali is a tourism destination which is well known not only in Indonesia but also abroad. In additional to enjoying various Balinese cultures, most tourists come to Bali to enjoy the beauty of its nature, especially its beaches.

If you want to visit Bali and look for calm beach, there is Bias Tugel Beach. The beach is still natural and it is rarely visited by tourists.

The name of Bias Tugel comes from Balinese language which consists of words of “Bias” meaning ‘sand’ and “Tugel” which means being cut. This tourism object is like a piece of beach with white sand which is not quite wide.

Its coastline is around 150 meters long. The right and left side of this beach is bordered with rocks. Those rocks make this tourism object be separated from other beaches. Thereby, the atmosphere at this beach is so calm.

There are various interesting activities which can be conducted at the beach, such as sun bathing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing, or only soaking at a small lagoon at the reef area of Bias Tugel Beach.

Bias Tugel Beach stretches at Padang Bai area, Karangasem regency, Bali. It takes around 2 until 2 and a half hours to go there from Denpasar by motor-vehicles.  

There is no public transportation. So, we suggest you to rent a motorcycle if you want to go there. And you do not need to buy an entrance ticket to enjoy the beach. But you cannot stay at night in here, because there is no lodging.

17
June

Mt. Tambora

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Mt. Tambora is a mountain with the biggest eruption ever recorded in modern human history. The eruption in 1815 created caldera with a diameter of 77 kilometers. The mountain is located in two regencies, namely Dompu regency which covers the western and southern slopes and Bima Regency which covers the eastern and northern slopes. Mt. Tambora was formed due to active subduction below under it. The mountain is located on Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara province. To go there takes around 12 hours from Lombok Island. There is a National Park around Mt. Tambora. 

If you go by plane, there are two airports which can become your destination, namely Bima and Sumbawa airports. Both airports are small ones and only planes with ATR types can land. There is no direct flight from big cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya or Bali. If you choose Bima airport, you should continue your trip around 4 hours by land transportation to Mt. Tambora via Doro Ncanga lane. If from Sumbawa airport, it takes around 5 hours.  

In additional to having amazing history and panorama, Mt.Tambora is one of the favorite mountains for climbing.  Tambora National Park’s hall provides exclusive climbing facilities, namely cars and dirt motorcycles which can carry out the climbers to the 5th post.  

To climb Mt. Tambora, you can use 3 special lanes.  Pancasila lane can only be accessed on foot and Piong and Doro Ncanga lanes can be accessed on foot or by hardtop cars. 

There are 3 ways to enjoy when climbing Mt. Tambora whose height is around 2,850 meters. The 3 ways are exclusive climbing, climbing via common lane or enjoying recreational facilities for tourists who do not want to climb the mountain. So, it’s up to you to choose the ways how to enjoy sunrise on the peak of Mt. Tambora. 

 

14
June

Enjoying Bali will never be enough to just visit its natural attractions such as beaches and cultural beauty. Here you can also enjoy delicious Balinese cuisines, one of which is Sela Rice. Nasi Sela or Sela Rice is a typical traditional food of Karangasem Regency, Bali, which contains a mixture of white rice and chopped sweet potatoes. In the 1970s, Sela Rice was popular and became a staple food for the local community, because at that time, rice was scarce in Bali. People then used yams to be an alternative carbohydrate in a mixture of rice, cassava or others.

Sela rice, which was once a "defense during a crisis" food, is a very appetizing dish. Many local and foreign tourists now enjoy this culinary because of the uniqueness of its distinctive taste with a combination of rice, cassava mixed with other variants. Sela Rice is believed to also have better nutritional content than ordinary white rice.

Sela rice is actually very simple, only rice cooked with chopped sweet potatoes. Sometimes it's not only sweet potatoes, but also cassava. But the taste is of course somewhat different. Sweet potatoes provide a slightly sweet, distinctive taste, while cassava is tastier. In addition, sweet potatoes make rice softer. Nowadays, the processing of Sela rice varies. There are Sela rice mixed with jukut becek(vegetable), grago (small shrimp) and peanuts. There are additional sayur bejek bumbu kalas (meat cooked in coconut milk) chili sauceor sambal bongkot and shredded chicken meat. Besides Sela rice is also sometimes served with side dishes of ayam betutu, sate kulit ayam, pindang tongkol, urap sayur kacang panjang with timun dan kacang merah, sambal matah and sambal teri (chicken betutu, chicken skin skewers, boiled cob, urap or salad containing long bean, cucumber and red beans, with sambal or chili sauce and chili anchovy. Sela rice is usually served wrapped in banana leaf.

If you are in Bali, take the time to sample this Sela Rice which local usually eat for breakfast and is usually widely sold in traditional markets.

           

10
June

Merese Hill

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Mandalika is a tourism area which is located in Central Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara -NTB. Since 2017, Mandalika has been inaugurated as a Special Economic Zone of tourism which is expected to be able to become a recreation area which is quite representative in Lombok because the area has been completed with some hotels and various recreation facilities. Today, Mandalika has7 beautiful natural tourism spots. One of them is Merese hill. The hill is the best spot to enjoy Mandalika panorama from the highland. The hill is located between Serenting and Tanjung Aan beaches. Climbing to the hill is quite fun and burns calories.

Having a wide area, the hill has many choices of places and backgrounds to take pictures on it. Visitors can look through Tanjung Aan or Serenting beaches. All panoramas are beautiful. The most amazing point on the Merese hill is on the top. You should go through a winding path to go there. The most interesting activity, that you must do if you are on the Merese hill, is to watch sunrise or sunset. On the hill, you can also watch panoramas of Tanjung Aan and Batu Payung beaches. From a higher position, the beauty of the two beaches will be seen clearly. On the hill, there are many instagrammable spots that are a pity to miss.  Another fun activity that you can try on the Merese Hill is camping.

Merese hill is a fun and comfortable place every time, especially at night and in the morning. There is no special facility on the hill. If you want to eat or drink, you can come to a restaurant or café outside the area and the distance is not too far away. To go to the Merese hill which is located on Jalan Kuta Lombok, Pujut, Central Lombok, you may spend 2 hours from Mataram City or 40 minutes from international airport in Lombok by using motor vehicles.

08
June

Labengki Island is located in Labengki Island, Lasolo district, North Konawe regency, Southeast Sulawesi. The distance is around 70 kilometers from Kendari City. The island consists of some clusters of big and small atolls. 

From Kendari City, you can go directly to Kendari seaport. From the port, you can rent a boat to Labengki Island. The tariff to rent it depends on the agreement between you and the boat owner. The trip takes around 4 until 5 hours depending on weather.

Labengki Island is occupied by Bajo tribe. The island has beautiful natural panorama with white sand and clear sea water. Besides its beautiful land, Labengki also has beautiful undersea. In here, there are beautiful spots for diving. You can watch marine biota of Labengki which is still natural.

Surrounding waters of the island can be found various species of Kima or Ginat shell. Kima is known as the biggest kima in the world so that the area of Labengki Island becomes research, conservation and breeding of Kima.

In additional to diving, another activity which can be conducted on Labengki Island is fishing. Some kinds of fish, which can be caught, are grouper, barracuda, sailfish, yellow fin tuna, and red snapper. If you catch the fish, it can be grilled and becomes your dinner. 

05
June

Bukit Kelam

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Who thinks  that  Indonesia has a giant rock as high as 1002 meters above sea level.  Its name is Bukit Kelam which  is located in Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan.  Bukit Kelam is the largest  boulder in the world. What makes it interesting is that the hill is not from the ground, but it is from a large rock. It is named  dark because the rock is dark black.  The hill which is about 23 kilometers from the center of Sintang Regency can be reached about  30 to 40 minutes  until the valley of the hill.

Bukit Kelam is one of tourism destinations that must be visited, particularly  for natural lovers of  tourism and  rock climbing.  There are flora and fauna, unique natural scenery, and caves. Of course, the rock wall for  international scale climbing is found in Bukit Kelam.  One of the floras  only exists in Sintang Hill and it is not in the other hemisphere, namely the endemic plant,  nephentes clipeata (Kantung Semar). It is  reddish  color, this Kantung Semar  grows in crevices of steep cliffs on the Bukit Kelam rocks, at  600 to 800 meters high above sea level.  It is unique due to existing at the top part and it is  like a funnel, and at the bottom, it is round like a ball. Besides Kantung Semar, Bukit Kelam is also as a home for black orchids.

There is also a waterfall in Bukit Kelam.  The water in this giant rock area is a source of people life, a source of bottled water  and even a source of electric power generator used by the people of  Sintang. In addition, there are also caves for caving lovers.  The most popular caves  are the swallow cave and the bat cave.  To see the beauty wonder of Bukit Kelam Dark, you must climb to the top.  For those who are not used to climbing, it takes 3 to 4 hours to reach the top of the hill.  With a slope of  15 to 40 degrees, there is  an iron ladder to facilitate climbing.  Puncak Bukit Kelam is the best place to see the sunrise and sunset.  

03
June


Laiwangi-Wanggameti National Park is a flora and fauna protected region on Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara. It is located in the South of Sumba Island and has a distance around 100 kilometers from Waingapu. Administratively, the park is located on three districts, namely Tabundung, Paberiwai and Pinu Pahar. The park is representation of various types of forest on Sumba Island, including rare “elfin forest.” This park has a diversity of high-value species, especially those found at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level.Laiwangi-Wanggameti National Park is also the forest area of Wanggameti which is dominated by Omang trees or forest pine trees.

The combination of several types of ecosystems with steep hilly landscapes and deep valleys is an exotic natural landscape found in Laiwangi Wanggameti National Park. This exotic panorama can be enjoyed through jungle cruising and climbing tour packages. Some of the most ideal entrances or scenic points to enjoy the beauty of the exotic panorama of Laiwangi Wanggameti National Park can be passed through Nangga Village, Wanggameti Village, Katikuwai Plateau and Wanggameti Peak. In addition, there are also some special tourism objects such as Lake Laputih, Laputi waterfall, Waikanabu waterfall and Wanggameti waterfall. Lake Laputi and Laputi waterfall are located in Praingkareha village, Tabundung district.  This tourism destination is also well known and visited by many tourists.  Waikanabu waterfall is located in Waikanabu village, Tabundung district.

To get to Laiwangi Wanggameti National Park, you can go by plane which takes around 1 hour from Kupang to Waingapu. Arriving at Waingapu to Watumbaka-Maujawa-Melolo-Kanagar, you have to continue by land transportation for 2 hours to the location. This trip is rather tiring, but you will feel unbelievable adventure while enjoying the beauty of Laiwangi Wanggameti National Park. So, set your time to get amazing adventure in East Nusa Tenggara.

01
June

Sangiang is a small island in the Strait of Sunda, namely between Java and Sumatra island. Administratively, this island belongs to the area of Serang regency, Banten province. Sangiang Island offers many beautiful marine tourism objects. The island with around 720 hectares wide has some beaches with amazing under sea ecosystem. Thereby no wonder, the island has a nickname  ‘Seven Wonders of Banten’.

If you go to Sangiang Island, you can access the trip from Jakarta to Cilegon City where you can continue to Anyer. The trip takes around 3 hours by car through toll road. Then, the trip is still continued by using crossing boat service to Sangiang Island from Manuk beach in Anyer. The trip takes around 1 hour from Manuk beach to go to Sangiang Island. Arriving on this island, you will feel fresh air because Sangiang Island is shady and greenish.   It has also white sand and clear sea water.  

With clean and white sand, you can do various activities at the beach of Sangiang, such as sport water and relaxation. If you are interested in scuba diving, snorkeling, sun bathing, fishing, going around by boat and sightseeing the beauty of coral reefs, you can visit Raden gulf, Legon Waru, and South Sea which is in Sangiang Island.

Besides enjoying marine tour, you can also enjoy historical tour on Sangiang Island. You can come to area surrounding Indonesian Navy post. Over there, you can witness the remains of heritage of the Second World War, such as canon and defense fortress of Japanese soldiers from allies’ attack. The local people say that in the colonial period, this island was a place to store Indonesian wealth  to be transported by ships to the country of the colonialist.

27
May

Yogyakarta

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Yogyakarta is the capital city of Special Region of Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Yogyakarta city where Sultan Hamengkubuwana and Grand Duke Paku Alam live is one of the biggest cities in Indonesia. The city used to be the capital city of Indonesia in 1946. The name of Yogyakarta was taken from two words, namely Ayogya or Ayodhya which means peacefulness. The city is also known as a student city because 20% of its population is students and there are 137 colleges.

The location of Yogyakarta city is very strategic because it is located at the main ways, namely Southern Cross Road which connects Yogyakarta, Bandung, Surakarta, Surabaya, and other cities in the South of Java and also Yogyakarta – Semarang road which connects Yogyakarta, Magelang, Semarang, and other cities in middle cross road of Java Island. Thereby, the transportation in Yogyakarta is quite adequate to make mobility among the cities easier. Yogyakarta City is located at the valley of three rivers, namely Winongo river, Code River which splits the city to be two parts, and also Gajahwong river. The city is rarely hid with huge floods because it has good drainage which was built by the Dutch colonial government and also the addition of drainage which was provided by the provincial government of Yogyakarta.

One of the districts in Yogyakarta, namely Kotagede was once the center of the Sultanate of Mataram from 1575 until 1640. The palaces that still function well are Ngayogyakarta palace and Puro Paku Alaman as part of Mataram sultanate. Yogyakarta also became place of the establishment of the biggest Islamic organization, Muhammadiyah which was established by K.H. Ahmad Dahlan  at Kauman, Ngupasan, Gondomanan, Yogyakarta in 1912. Until now, Central Board of Muhammadiyah is still in Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is a city with full of history which is still managed well. The city is still rich with Javanese culture and tradition. Therefore, many domestic and foreign tourists are interested to visit this city.

29
May

There are a lot of Indonesian traditions which are conducted after Idul Fitri. One of them is Ngubek Lewi tradition. Ngubek Leuwi is a fishing activity carried out by the community together in the Cipasarangan river, Garut Regency, West Java. The tradition is an expression of gratitude of the people of Cikelet over some goodness given by the God, particularly health after performing fasting for one month in holy Ramadan. They complete their happiness with their relatives at Lebaran day.   The tradition is also held to improve awareness toward river flow area that supports their life.

The Ngubek Leuwi tradition is usually held 2 days after Idul Fitri.  Before the tradition is held, a few weeks earlier, dozens of quintals of catfish, goldfish, tilapia and Tawes are put into the Cipasarangan river  with average weight of 4 to 6 ounces per  fish. Those fishes will be contested by the residents. When the Ngubek Leuwi tradition is held, previously, the residents hold  'kawin cai', which means   to take water from springs such as in the Dukuh villages and Ciroyom by using Lodong or bamboo about one meter long.  Then, the  water is poured together on the bridge that is deliberately built. During the Ngubek Leuwi ritual, the local people  go down directly into the Leuwi or deep river to do Ngubek or in the local language means fishing with their hands.

The tradition which has been done since 2010 is now includes in the Cipasarangan Festival agenda. This festival is an annual activity that is routinely carried out by presenting cultural arts performances as well as various local wisdoms which grow and develop in the Cikelet region. Besides  Ngubek Leuwi tradition, there are  various traditional arts such as Pencak Silat (martial arts)  and traditional music, such as festivals of terbang (rebana) gembrung or terbang sejakat.

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