When traveling to Situbondo district, you will find a tourism village of Kampung Blekok. Kampung Blekok is one of the conservation-based nature tourism areas. The location is in Pesisir hamlet, Klatakan village, Kendit district, Situbondo regency, East Java.This tourism area, since 2017, through the Situbondo Regent's Regulation on Biodiversity Conservation, has been designated as a mangrove area inhabited by ardidae water birds or called blekok birds by the local community. Another advantage of this tourist village is the landscape with beautiful mountain and sea views to see at sunset.
The tourist village of Kampung Blekok has an area of 6.3 hectares. It is estimated that the number of mangrove stands in Blekok Village is 12,600 trees. There are 10 types of mangrove trees, namely Soneratia Alba, Rhizophora Mucronata, Rhizophora Stylosa, Rhizophora Apiculata, Avicennia Alba, Avicennia Marina, Acanthus Ilicifoius, excoecaria Agallocha, and Hibiscus Tiliaceus.Meanwhile, there are 11 species of water birds found in Blekok Village, namely Red Herons, Great Egrets, Small Egrets, Buffalo Egrets, Ash Night Herons, Blekok Rice Fields, Sea Kokokan, Rice Kareo, Pengala Elephants, Beach Trinil and Javanese Perk. Out of the 11 bird species, 3 species are included in the protected category, namely the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Buffalo Egret (Bubulcus ibis), and Gajahan Pengala (Numenius phaeopus).
Traveling to Blekok Village, you can see various types of birds. To see these various types of birds, come to Kampung Blekok at 05.00 am local time, when the birds go looking for food.You can also watch the birds at 17.00 in the afternoon when they return to their cage in the mangrove forest. Through wooden bridges and viewing towers, you can watch white birds fly and perch in the mangrove forest along the coast.In addition to seeing hundreds of water birds through wooden bridges, you can also participate in planting mangroves or exploring mangrove forests by using boats belonging to local residents. You can also walk in the small alleys and see the activities of the surrounding community who mostly work as fishermen and craftsmen for souvenirs made of wood and shells.The handicrafts are sent almost all over Indonesia, especially Bali and Lombok. You can also buy various handicrafts from the local community as your souvenirs.
The North Maluku Region has a lof of beautiful views. One of them is the island of Dodola, which is located in the west of the island of Morotai, North Maluku. This tourism spot is an incredibly beautiful area. Dodola Island is an uninhabited island. However, anyone who visits it will be amazed to see.
Dodola Island consists of Big and Small Dodola Islands. Both islands are only connected when the sea is low tide and there is a sand bridge. So, it looks like a hidden bridge. The beauty of the two islands is not much different. The beach sand is very white and fine. Dodola Island also has 13 diving spots with charming underwater views. That's why, this area is also called a paradise for divers. In addition to diving, you can also do snorkeling here, in the sea which is very clear like glass. Other activities that you can also do here are swimming and fishing. Beautiful coral reefs, various types of fish also add to the beauty of this place.
For visitors who travel to Dodola Island, there is no entry fee. Tourists who come to this island mostly choose to spend the night in tents that they bring themselves because the manager of Dodola Island has not provided tent rental services. For tourists who do not stay in tents, the local government has prepared cottages with affordable lodging costs. The food in Morotai is dominated by seafood dishes. Therefore, for seafood lovers, this place is heaven for them.
If you want to enjoy a very beautiful view in a place that is not too crowded with visitors, Dodola Island can be your choice. To access the island of Dodola, you will take a long journey. After arriving in Ternate, you are required to take another plane to Morotai Island or you can also use a boat with a travel time of 10-12 hours. From Morotai, you can continue your journey to Dodola Island by taking a speedboat or a boat owned by local fishermen.
There is an interesting tourism attraction namely Sigerincing Waterfall you have to visit if you travel to Jambi. The location is in Tuo Village, Merangin Regency, Jambi Province. From the downtown of Jambi, Sigerincing waterfall can be reached about 7 hours by motor vehicles. The waterfall is 70 meters high and it also offers a beautifully natural atmosphere. If you are lucky, you can also see the rainbow phenomenon on the waterfall.
To enter the Sigerincing Waterfall tourism destination, you have to pay Rp15,000 per person. From the parking lot location, you must walk for about 15 minutes, through the gravel road, going down the stairs to get to the location. Along the way, you will see views of plants belonging to the local residents, such as coffee, cinnamon, rubber and many others. Segerincing Waterfall has a shower width of 6 meters. When you arrive at the location of the waterfall, all of your tiredness will disappear looking at the amazing beauty and green of the waterfall. Sigerincing waterfall has a river flow below it, with clear water and a depth of about a half meter that can be used for swimming or playing water.
The source of the waterfall comes from the Siau River which is the upper course of Mt. Masurai, which makes the waterfall have very clear water. You can clearly see some types of fish swimming. Because the nature is so beautiful. In this tourism attraction, you can also take selfies and photos. Unfortunately, at this tourism spot, there is no restaurant available. Therefore, if you travel here, you are recommended to bring your own food and beverages.
Bogor is known as the City of Rain. Although it doesn't rain every day, it has an impact on tourism, where there are a lot of water tourisms in the form of waterfalls here. One of them is Curug Love which belongs to Bogor Regency, West Java. The name, Curug Love arises because of its heart-like shape. However, local people are more familiar with this place by the name of Curug Catang or Curug Leuwi Cateng. If usually the waterfall is in a mountain or forest, this attraction is surrounded by plantations and beautiful green rice fields. This waterfall tourism attraction is exactly located in Bantar Karet Village, Nanggung District. It is approximately 38 kilometers from Bogor City and can be reached within 2 hours by motor vehicles.
The best time to visit Curug Love is in the morning. When the light of the sun is still warm and it reflects on the beauty of the water, the color of the water looks more unique. Curug Love is not too high, only about five meters high. Two streams of clear water flow quite fast and immediately fill the pool below. The color of the water is so blue even though it comes from a clear waterfall above it.
The pond and river are shallow, only about one meter with a steady flow of water. The water will look very blue in the dry season, when the sun is shining. In the rainy season, the water discharge is higher, and the water appears turquoise. On the right and left side, there are winding rocks flanking with natural scratches due to abrasion. It’s like a rock wall in the Grand Canyon with a river flowing in the middle.
Activities can be done when you are in the waterfall area, of course, not far from playing in the water. Tourists can swim as long as they feel satisfied in Curug Love. Its shallow pond and calm currents make it safe for tourists to enter. They can freely swim close to the waterfall. Another exciting thing that tourists can enjoy is rafting with an inner tube. Unfortunately, this place does not provide rental buoys from inner tubes. So, tourists have to bring their own inner tube buoys to play. Because the river is not too wide, it is better if the buoy used is not too big. Being in a beautiful place, tourists are recommended to bring their own camera. Thye can capture beautiful moments by taking pictures. There are many beautiful photo spots and stunning natural backgrounds, especially if you take pictures in the winding river area, and the photos are taken from a height.
Soto, sroto, sauto or coto are soupy dishes made from meat broth and vegetables. This food is easy to find in various regions in Indonesia with their own distinctive taste. If you go to Karo district, North Sumatra, you can enjoy a unique soto called trites. It is unique because this soup is made from grass which is taken from an undigested cow's stomach. Even though it is from a cow's stomach, this grass is still fresh and suitable for processing. But it is not the grass that will be eaten but the juice from the grass. To make it, the grass will be squeezed and then filtered with cheesecloth, so that the fibers in the grass are not included. Then, the juice will be boiled for up to 3 hours to produce a savory broth.
To get rid of the fishy smell, soto trites uses various spices. One of the main ingredients in making trites is cingkam wood or often also known as gadog tree and cikala acid (kecombrang flower). It also uses andaliman and rimbang, then other spices such as chili, ginger, turmeric, candlenut and lemongrass.Broth from the grass is then cooked with offal, ox bones (buffalo or goat), gravel, tripe and various spices. Karo people also add milk to trites, so that it tastes savory and makes the broth thick.When presented, trites does not look very attractive. The color of the broth is slightly brown. However, if you try it once, you will be addicted because of its delicious taste and good nutritional content. Trites contains tannins which are effective in healing ulcers and smoothing the digestive system.
In Karo community, trites used to be only served for certain people because not everyone was able to cook it as the basic ingredients were difficult to get and expensive. To cook trites, at least one has to slaughter a cow.Therefore, it is not surprising that trites is said to be the food of the kings. Ordinary people only have the opportunity to taste trites at certain times, for example when the annual work party (after planting season) takes place. This annual work party or 'Merdang merdem' was once commonly held in each village.
Kabasaran dance is a traditional dance of the Minahasa community. The word "Kabasaran" comes from the word "Wasal", meaning a rooster. The dancers are called "Kawasalan", which means dancing by imitating the movements of two fighting roosters. The word "Kawasalan" was later changed to "Kabasaran" which is a combination of the two words "Kawasal ni Sarian". "Kawasal" means accompanying and following the dance movements, while "Sarian" is a war leader who leads the traditional Minahasa warrior dance. The development of the Manado-Malay language then changed the letter "W" to "B" so that the word changed to "Kabasaran".
The Kabasaran dance movement is quite energetic and it symbolizes the spirit of a war soldier. The dance movement is led by a performance leader called ‘Tombolu’. In general, the basic structure of the Kabasaran dance consists of nine sword moves (santi) or nine spear moves (wengkouw). The dancers dance while carrying swords inherited from generation to generation. This dance generally consists of three acts. The first movement is "Cakalele", which comes from the word "Saka" meaning to fight, and "Lele" which means to chase and jump. This second round is called "Kumoyak", coming from the word "Koyak" which means, swinging a sharp sword to calm oneself from anger when fighting. The last movement is "Lalaya'an". In this part, the dancers dance freely and happily. Now, this dance is not only danced by adult men, but also performed by women and children.
Kabasaran dance is accompanied by the sound of drums or small gongs and other percussion instruments, such as gongs. The costumes used are in red shirts and pants; the dancers also use Minahasa woven cloth called, Kokerah, Pasolongan, Tinonton, and Patola. In addition to using cloth, dancers also wear a Kabasaran hat. The original Kabasaran hat is made of a headband cloth decorated with the feathers of rooster, Taong bird and Cendrawasih bird. There are also canoes or Tiwoho flower stalk decorations. Other ornaments include “Lei-lei” or necklaces, “Wongkur”, calf covers, “Rerenge'en” or bells, which are made of brass and tied to a part of the body that is easy and active to move, usually below the knee or on the ankles.
Cassavapeel is rarely used. It is immediately thrown away for animal feed. But it is different from the people of Sumedang in West Java. They process cassava peel to be a special dish, called ‘Kadedemes’ or well-known as stir-fried cassava peel which is often eaten as side dishes mixed with rice. According to the Sundanese traditional language dictionary written by Raden Satjadibrata, Kadedemes means “feeling affection for things which are not usually used by other people”.
Kadedemes is made from cassava peel, shallots, garlic, red chilies, green chilies, cooking oil, sugar, salt, and flavoring. The cassava peel is first cleaned and boiled until it is softer. The well-done cassava peel is sliced thinly. Then, it is sautéed with various spices. If you like spicy food, you can also add some pepper to taste. Kadedemes is better eaten warm with hot rice. When eaten, the cassava peel texture is certainly not as hard as the original one. But, it is also tasty and delicious.
Even though it is made from unused cassava peel, Kadedemes is very rich in protein that is useful for the body, such as a source of nutrition, and a source of carbohydrates which contain high levels of vitamin B, vitamin C, tannin and starch. For those who are interested in enjoying this dish, you can find Kadedemes in many restaurants in the Sumedang area with relatively affordable prices, about Rp. 5,000 to Rp. 10,000 per serving with rice.
Mountain peak tourism parks are trending in Samarinda, the capital of East Kalimantan. One of which is Mount Lonceng Tourism. The new tourism destination is located at Mount Lonceng on Jalan Dwikora RT 17 Mangkupalas, Samarinda Seberang. The area of Mount Lonceng Tourism is about 4.5 hectares. It’s not a complicated access to this tourism location. From the main road to Mount Lonceng, tour is about 500 meters. The parking area is quite large, you can pay a parking fee per vehicle of three thousand rupiah. Entering the tourism area is charged five thousand rupiah per person.
Besides having a beautiful view, Mount Lonceng has historical value. During the colonial period, this mountain was used as a place for indigenous fighters to spy on immigrants, either enemies or the arrival of merchant ships entering Samarinda via the Mahakam River. On top of this mountain is placed a very large bell. The bell will ring as a signal. This big bell is what makes the local people call it the Lonceng or Bell mountain. Mount Lonceng Tourism has been open to the public since February 2020. Before becoming a tourism spot, Mount Lonceng was a stretch of land with various types of plants and where various telecommunication transmitters and television stations were built. Previously, there were two local youths, who wanted to turn this mountain area into an agricultural area but they were unsuccessful. Then, both of them saw the potential of the mountain to become an interesting area to see natural charm with the background of Samarinda City and the Mahakam River. Finally, they made the Mount Lonceng area as a tourism spot via Instagramable
To add to the attraction for taking selfies at Mount Lonceng, 5 facilities have been built in the shape of a boat, giant hands, giant bird's nest, swings, heart-shaped symbols, and giant arrows. On weekends, 1,000-1,500 visitors come to visit. Even though it is crowded with tourists, during the pandemic, health protocols are still applied. Visitors who enter the Lonceng Mountain Tourism area must wear masks. In addition to being crowded in the morning until noon, Mount Lonceng tourism is also crowded in the afternoon and evening. Because at night, tourists can see the sparkling lights and the beauty of Samarinda City.
Traveling to Magelang, Central Java is not only about Borobudur Temple. Not far from Borobudur Temple, there is a tourist village of Karangrejo that you should visit.This tourist village is not only beautiful with a variety of tourist activities, Karangrejo is also one of the villages that has managed to obtain Sustainable Tourism Village certification from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy in early March 2021. The location of this tourist village is in Borobudur subdistrict, Magelang, Central Java.
Karangrejo Village through the Village Economic Center (Balkondes) and Tourism Awareness Community (Pokdarwis) offers a variety of attractive tourist activities. This 174-hectare village has several tourist attractions. There are Punthuk Setumbu, Chicken Church or Bukit Rhema. There is also Karangrejo Orchard and Barede Hill.Besides tourist spots, this village also offers tour packages around the village, including to these tourist spots. If you want to visit these tourist spots, you can take the "Dolan Desa Karangrejo" tour package offered by the village-owned enterprises, the Village Economic Center and Tourism Awareness Community. Some of the packages available include Short, Medium, Long, Sunrise and Comparative Study packages. For the Short package, the price is IDR 250,000 per pax. The facilities include two visits to the selected tourist attractions, transportation around the tourist village as well as food and drink. Medium package, the price is IDR 350,000 per pax. The facilities are two visits to the selected tourist attractions, visits to the village micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM) products, transportation around the village as well as food and drink. Long package, the price is IDR 450,000 per pax.The facilities are three visits to tourist destinations, visit to micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM) or educational practices, transportation around tourist villages as well as two-times food and drink. Sunrise Package, the price is IDR 350,000 per pax, minimum of four pax, including sunrise facilities at Punthuk Setumbu, breakfast, visit to the village micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM) and transportation around the tourist village.The last one is Comparative Study Package, the price is IDR 250,000 per pax, a minimum of 20 pax. The facilities include two sources from the village-owned enterprises and Tourism Awareness Community, two sightseeing tours, food and drink as well as transportation around the tourist village.
You can also enjoy the beauty of Karangrejo by traveling around in a Volkswagen (VW) car. The price is IDR 175,000 per pax. The tour duration is 4 to 4.5 hours. You can also get around by jeep, andong or horse carriage and ontel bicycle. Karangrejo village has water tourism too. You can also choose a rafting tour, which stimulates adrenaline.You will be invited to go down the river for about 12.5 kilometers in 3.5 to 4 hours. This tourist village also offers outbound tour package at a price of IDR 100,000 per pax. It includes welcome drink and snack, a place for outbound, sound, outbound trainer, outbound equipment and lunch. The outbound duration is 4 to 4.5 hours. That was Indonesian Wonder.
Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara offers many beautiful and amazing beach tourism destinations. One of them is Tanjung Aan Beach. You will feel different things when you take a walk on this beach because of the texture of the sand which is not common compared with most other beaches where the beach sand is usually small and fine grains. But on Tanjung Aan beach, the grains of sand are in large round shapes like pepper, so that the local people call it pepper beach or flour beach. The beach is surrounded by several hills. You can easily reach the hill to see beautiful beach views from a height.Around this beach, you will see several wooden umbrellas with knitted straw as the roof which is one of the attractions of Tanjung Aan Beach where you can lie down under the umbrella while enjoying young coconuts that are sold on this beach. On this beach there is also a restaurant that provides a variety of cuisines from local and other regions.
Tanjung Aan Beach is located about 75 kilometers from Mataram City. If you are from Mataram City, you can use a private motor vehicle, which takes approximately 1.5 hours. You can also rent a motorbike or car from Mataram City to reach this beach, because if you use public transportation, it’s only wasting time and is quite inconvenient.
Besides lying down and relaxing under a thatched umbrella while enjoying the beauty of the beach, visitors can also swim and surf, because the waves at Tanjung Aan Beach are not too big so it is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing. The right time to surf is in the afternoon, because at that time the sea level will start to rise, making Tanjung Aan Beach the right place for surfing.
If you want to spend the night at Tanjung Aan Beach, you can stay at a Rotel (hotel house) or inn belonging to the local residents. With the Rotel, visitors can stay with the house owner and eat together, so that intimacy is formed between visitors and local residents. Each Rotel has a different price, depending on the facilities offered by the homeowner.