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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top 13 Best Dive Spots in Indonesia

13 best dive sites in Indonesia is actually only a small part. Indonesia has a lot of the best diving spots scattered throughout the country. The thirteen dive locations are spread from Sabang to Raja Ampat Islands.

The dive sites, has the beauty and charm of each. So it will be difficult to judge which one is the most beautiful and attractive. But thirteen best diving locations in the country worth a try.

1. Sabang, Aceh

Sabang is the most western administrative region of Indonesia, located in the province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam. Has five islands, namely Pulau Weh, Rubiah Island, Island Klah, Seulako Island, and the island of Rondo. Region surrounded by Malacca Strait and the Indian Ocean have had more there are 20 dive sites with varied levels of difficulty.

The best dive sites in Sabang, among others, "The Canyon" (volcanic stone structure underwater to a depth of between 15-70 meters), "Batee Tokong", "Sophie Rickmers" (134-meter long wreck which sank in 1940), Flow Balee (spot with strong ocean currents and often changing), and Ideu Beach.

2. Kepulauan Seribu, Jakarta

Kepulauan Seribu is a cluster of islands (some 101 islands) located in north Jakarta. This region was designated as a National Marine Park by Ministerial Decree No. 162 / Kpts-II / 1995 and No. 6310 / Kpts-II / 2002.

3. Karimunjawa, Central Java

Karimunjawa are islands (some 27 islands) located in the Java Sea, including the district of Jepara, Central Java. Karimun Islands was designated a National Park since March 15, 2001.

Karimunjawa have at least 30 dives sites. Depths between 5-40 meters, with visibility between 5-25 meters and varying currents. Enchantment under the sea, among others, cover tightly coral reefs, various types of marine animals such as fish Napoleon, Hawksbill and Green turtles, and more than 200 species of ornamental fish.

4. Bali

Bali has various tourist destinations. Including having a favorite diving spots. Some of the best diving locations in Bali such as Nusa Penida (Penida Bay, Batu Abah, Manta Point, Batu Meling, Toyapakeh, Stone Barns, Crystal Bay, and Malibu Point); Amed (Amed Sea Cliffs, Gulf Lipah, Gili Hose); Tulamben (Shipwreck Liberty, Coral Garden, Batu Kelebit, Seraya Secrets, Kubu Reef); Sanur (Jeladi Willis, Sanur Bay, Penjor Reef); Menjangan Island (Secret Bay, Pemuteran, PJ), the East Coast of Bali (Amok Bay, Gili Biaha, Tepekong Gili, Gili Mimpang, Blue Lagoon).

5. Komodo Island, NTT

Komodo Island is located in the District of Komodo, West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara province. Islands of Komodo, Rinca, and Padar (as well as several smaller islands), defined as a National Park since 1980. It became one of the UNESCO world heritage site since 1991.

The best dive sites around the island of Komodo, among others, Red Beach, Batu Bolong, Tatawa Besar, Batu Tiga, Manta Point (location see manta). Besides manta, on the island of Komodo divers can see a variety of other fish species ranging clown fish, reef sharks, turtles, barracudas up. Also has a diversity of underwater topography ranging darireef flat to the wall. Currents strong enough so not recommended for novice divers.

6. Alor, NTT

Alor archipelago is located in the eastern part of Nusa Tenggara. The region has about 20 islands and several straits. Alor has more than 30 dive spots. Some of them are Half Moon Bay, Varuna's Point, Coconut Groove, Peter's Prize, Crocodile Rook, Never - Never Wall, Trip Top, No Man's Land, The Chatedral, etc. Biota which can be witnessed in Alor dive sites include reef sharks, turtles, Moray Eels, Rays, Napoleon, Dog-tooth tuna, and barracuda.

7. Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi

Wakatobi is located in the south of the island Sulwesi and consists of Wangi-wangi island, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. Wakatobi was set to be one of the National Park since 1996. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), set Wakatobi as World Biosphere Reserve.

Wakatobi has up to 750 types of coral with 25 pieces of coral reef. Its depth varies up to the deepest reaches 1,044 meters, visibility is 15-80 meters, and friendly waves. There are about 40 of the best dive sites scattered in the area immediately adjacent to this Banda sea.

8. Derawan, East Kalimantan

Derawan is an archipelago in Berau, East Kalimantan. Consisting of 31 islands, with some pretty famous like Maratua Island, Derawan, Charitable, and Kakaban.

The Kakaban there atolls that make up the salt water lake and 4 types of jellyfish benign because it does not have the ability to sting. In addition there are around other dive spots to number 28 diving points.

9. Bunaken, North Sulawesi

Bunaken is located in the bay of Manado and including the territory of the city of Manado. The area is designated as a National Park Bunaken and Bunaken Marine Park. Bunaken Marine Park is worth mentioning as the most beautiful marine parks in the world because of the diversity of marine life ranging reefs, dugongs, dolphins, ancient fish choelacanth and various other types of ornamental fish. Bunaken marine park has a 20 point dive (dive spot) with varying depths of up to 1344 meters.

10. North Halmahera, North Maluku

North Halmahera is one of the districts in the province of North Maluku, Indonesia. Directly adjacent to the Pacific Ocean that has the beauty beneath the sea. Some experts regard it as the heart of the world's coral triangle. this dive region generally has a calm currents and good visibility making it suitable for novice divers. Some of the best dive spots in North Halmahera Island, among others Tagalaya, Dodola, Tobotobo, Bobale Island and Island Powale.

11. Ambon, Maluku

Ambon is an island in the Maluku Islands. As well as the capital of Maluku. Ambon has about 21 dive spots spread from Sial Cape region in the north to Malilana. Dive sites famous among others Hukurila Cave, Aquila Wreck, Laha, Lehari-Labuang, Muka Batu, and Pombo Island.

12. Banda, Maluku

The Banda Islands in Maluku islands, precisely in the Banda Sea. Consisting of 10 islands with Neira, Banda Besar and Pulau Island Volcano as the largest island. Defined as the National Water Conservation Banda Sea based on the Minister of Marine and Fishery No. Kep.69 / Men / 2009.

Banda Islands have some of the best dive sites such as sonegat, Keraka Island, Island Sjahrir, Lontar Island, Volcano, Stone Netherlands, Pulau Ai and Hatta Island.

13. Raja Ampat, Papua Parat

The archipelago has 610 islands. Four of which the largest is the island of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo. The area is recognized as one of the locations with the highest diversity of marine life. Raja Ampat is one of the most beautiful marine parks in Indonesia, even the world, and is part of Raja Ampat Islands Wildlife Refuge. Here identified 537 coral species (75% of the total species of coral reef in the world), more than a thousand species of reef fish and 700 species of molluscs.

The best dive sites in Raja Ampat, among others Mansuar Island, Chicken Reef (coral reef clusters with strong currents above but quiet inside), Mike's Point, Manta's Point (Island Arborek), Blue Magic, and more.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Best Place to See Edelweiss in Indonesia

It is white and fragrant scent. Symbolizes love, sincerity, and immortality. He stayed in the cool highlands.

The climbers familiar with it. Of climbers who just want to enjoy the fragrance and photographed until climber fool who pulled the roots for the sake of his lust.

Edelweiss are now increasingly rare. But in these high places, the perennial flowers are still beautiful silence - until the time when we continue to look after it.

1. Plawangan Sembalun

Plawangan Sembalun located in Mount Rinjani, West Nusa Tenggara. Last post before the summit, 2700 meters above sea level, one kilometer below the peak of Rinjani.

Plawangan a narrow path at the top of lembahan. From here we could see the lake Segara Anak from above. Edelweiss is located at the edges of the track. Carefully fall into the abyss.

2. Alun-alun Surya Kencana

Surya Kencana can be reached by walking about 3-5 hours from the entrance of Gunung Putri path. I've tried to track Cibodas when there. So not had time to set foot on the vast plains full of edelweiss that myth many sound hooves Prince Surya Kencana soldier - of course can only be heard by who has the sense of excess.

3. Kalimati

Is here as always overshadowed by the large figure looming over there. It was very quiet, until sometimes heard several small earthquakes rumble from Semeru is still active. Occasional volcanic dust will greet us in the face.

KALIMATI is meaning dead river. It will only work if there is lava flowing from Semeru.

4. Tegal Alun

It's true that people often refer to as the Swiss van Java Garut. Edelweiss blooming with vast fertile fields as far as the eye can see.

Because here can not set up a tent, I suggest to go early in the morning before sunrise. Thank me later.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Underwater Volcano Mahangetang, North Sulawesi

Sulawesi region included in the meeting of tectonic plates. Geographical conditions thereby causing Sulawesi island has a wealth of remarkable biodiversity. Including biological wealth Sulawesi Sea. In Sulawesi water area, you will find many places that have stunning underwater scenery. A variety of marine life and coral reefs will be presenting the beauty and unforgettable experience for you.

The stunning scenery, you can usually encountered in shallow waters. Sulawesi waters indeed many have relatively shallow water area, since the region is also an area of Sulawesi island.

However, the scenery can also be found in the complex marine volcano in North Sulawesi waters. Around Sangihe, you can see some volcanoes under the sea. Of course, because of volcanic activity volcano some of the sea, underwater scenery will amaze you.

Volcanoes under the Sulawesi Sea

Waters in the North Sulawesi storing various unique. The surface of the surrounding area in the form of islands. Right in the area there is a meeting of two earth plates, the Australian Plate and the Eurasian Plate. Therefore, in the territorial waters also encountered some volcanoes that are below sea level.

Until the year 2010, recorded in Indonesian waters alone, there are five volcanoes under the sea. These mountains are Mount Hobal (Lembata Island waters, NTT), Emperor Of China mountain and Mount Niuwewerker (Banda seas), as well as Mount Mahangetang and Mount Submarin (North Sulawesi waters).

In 2010 found more an underwater volcano in North Sulawesi waters. The mountain was discovered accidentally by a study oceanography. Thereafter conducted further research on the existence and ecosystems around the volcano. Because it is located on the island of Kawio (Sangihe), the mountain is called Mount Kawio West.

Mount Kawio West is located in Sangihe Sea, where the depth of Sangihe Sea could reach 5,100 meters above sea level. Mount Kawio West itself has a height of about 3,200 meters, the peak being around 1,900 meters below sea level. Some sources even found Kawio Mountain West is a submarine volcano highest in the world.

From the research, around Mount Kawio West there is a rich marine ecosystem. Lots of solid coral reefs and healthy, and have attractive colors. Similarly, marine animals such as fish, shrimp, lobster, starfish, squid and so on. The animals are also growing healthily and have a variety of colors. Uniquely, the ecosystem can live and thrive in the ocean depths temperature up to 200 ° Celsius.

At an altitude of 2000 meters this mountain, there is a kind of chimneys that emit heat (hydrothermal) from the mountain. Around chimneys that even this summer there is also a similar ecosystem. Unfortunately, to enjoy an amazing view of this you must wear a high-tech submarine.

But do not worry, not less interesting sights you can enjoy the ecosystem around Mount Mahangetang.

Peak Banua Wuhu

Mount Mahangetang by local people also called Mount Banua Wuhu. The mountain is also the volcano is still active. The top of Mount Banua Wuhu is located at a depth of about 6-8 meters below sea level. At the peak of this mountain, you can see the underwater ecosystem that is very impressive.

Mount Banua Wuhu is located in the territorial waters Mahangetang Island, one of the islands in the cluster of Sangihe, North Sulawesi. Mountain peak is located at about 300 meters north-west of the island Mahangetang, precisely at 3 ° 08 'N and 125 ° 26' east longitude. Banua Wuhu mountain can be reached about 1 hour drive northwest of the city Tahuna, Sangihe, or about 5 hours drive northwest of the city of Manado.

At a depth of 6 meters, you will see the coral reefs that emit air bubbles. The bubbles are the gas that comes out of the belly of Mount Banua Wuhu. At this depth, the temperature of sea water would be slightly warmer, around 37 ° -38 ° Celsius. Although the reef is very interesting, it is recommended that you do not hold reefs bubbles. Because the bubble temperature dropped dramatically when in contact with sea water, but it was very hot when they are in the reef cavities. It is recommended that you be careful, lest you become blistered hands.

Dive deeper, at a depth of about 10 to 20 meters you will find an amazing marine ecosystem. Coral reef lined meeting and look healthy, with various species of fish and other animals passing by and play on the sidelines of the reef. This ecosystem is similar to the existing ecosystem around Mount Kawio West, where the coral reefs and marine life are very interesting with a variety of colors. It is recommended that you wear diving gear because the location is quite deep.

Mahangetang mountain ecosystems has also been well-known to foreign countries, as one of the submarine volcano with the most beautiful ecosystems in the world after the Caribbean Islands.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Baron Beach, Alternative Destination for Vacation

Baron Beach existence proves that Yogyakarta not only famous because of Parangtritis Beach. Baron Beach located in Gunungkidul Regency has turned the attention to travelers from the dominance of Parangtritis Beach and Indrayanti Beach.

Gunungkidul Regency in Province of Yogyakarta is rich in coastal tourist destinations. In addition Baron Beach, Gunungkidul still have a number of other coastal attractions are popular, such as Indrayanti Beach, Sundak, Krakal, Kukup, and many more.

Private parties in this area is quite keen to see the great potential of Gunungkidul in maritime sector. Starting from the panoramic beaches, crystal sea water, to sand streches as a magical power that made Baron Beach area favored by many connoisseurs of the trip. The beach lined up parallel to Krakal and Sundak is ready to pamper tourists with the comparative advantage.

Baron Beach is located in the village of Kemadang, District of Tanjungsari, located about 20 kilometers from the city of Wonosari (capital city of Gunungkidul Regeny). As with any other beach resort in Gunung Kidul, Baron Beach offers the charm of the beauty of the sea surrounded by green hills. The waves were not so big like a number of tourists who have a hobby of surfing or diving.

To get to the beach of Baron, the route that must be taken is not complicated. This time, the path to the Baron Beach is paved smooth and fitted with a direction that ensures visitors will not get lost even come from any direction.

But there is one thing to watch out for, the contours of the land to the location of the beach is not so flat, but up and down, winding, and not so wide. You are using private vehicles, especially the first time you went to the Baron, it is recommended that extra caution. If not, the street is very likely to cause accidents, especially for those who have not mastered the terrain.

Baron Beach address: Kemadang Village, District of Tanjungsari, Gunung Kidul regency, Yogyakarta
Location map: click here
GPS Coordinates: -8.1289445,110.5486619

The Meeting Spot of Seawater and Freshwater

Baron Beach looks so beautiful. Location of Jogja beach this one is flanked by two green hills making it look more like a bay. On the right of the beach, there are rivers that meet directly with seawater. Meeting of sea water and fresh water itself is the main attraction for visitors.

That said, by visiting the location of the meeting of freshwater and seawater in this Baron, two people of different status or class can be united. Regardless of whether or not such myths, Baron Beach which is located approximately 60 kilometers from the city center is indeed save a tremendous attraction that makes visitors feel at home to spend the holidays there.

Interesting thing at Baron Beach

Compared to other beaches in Yogyakarta, Baron Beach is a beach the most beautiful and natural. In Baron Beach area, tourists are free to play on the sand beach for not crossed the line that has been determined.

The reason is, there are a number of locations are fairly prone to big waves so dangerous, especially for those who are not adept at swimming. Keep in mind, this Baron Beach is part of the southern coastal region is famous for its big waves. Thus, tourists are advised to be more careful.

In addition to swimming and playing on the edge of the sea, enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery while eating culinary dishes in the stalls and restaurants not far from the beach are activities that are no less enjoyable. Culinary menu is dominated by seafood available.

The best route to the Beach of Baron

From the city of Yogyakarta, you can use a private vehicle or public transportation department, make sure you get this route Yogyakarta - Wonosari. Arriving in Wonosari, choose public transport straight to Baron Beach.


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