24 November 2010

Derawan Island, East Kalimantan; Seeing Jump Turtle laying

Boat engine (kelotok) is the most inexpensive means that can be boarded by people who have “mediocre bag”. It is very rare boat that came to this Derawan Islands. Meanwhile, foreign tourists, who usually dropped from aircraft in Kalimarau Airport, Cape Redep Derawan directly to the island using a speed boat which had been moored at the port specific. By using a speed boat, to Derawan Island only takes two to three hours. While the boat motor, could be reached after seven hours.

By using a motor boat, visitors can while enjoying the fresh air. With the boat motor running slowly, also can enjoy the scenery and the flora and fauna that exist in the river region. When traveling for example, you can while watching the king prawns flying on the outskirts of the river that was about a mile to two miles it.

According to Mr Sofyan, a prominent environmental activist in Berau District, along the river when there was also fortunate to have long noses found in monkeys (bekantan). In Berau, according to the latest report, The Nature Conservancy, found new populations of orangutans, which was alleged to have been extinct.

Up on the Island Derawan already late in the afternoon. You should immediately find a fairly inexpensive lodging. There are many houses that prepared the population as a "home stay" which can be paid between 30-40 thousand dollars per night. Want even more expensive there, even cottages are available at the rate of U.S. dollar.

Just the next day you'll get a chance to see the beach. Derawan Island Water is very clear. Obviously if you sit on the edge of the bridge that leads to the sea, turtles seen milling, swimming around the bridge. There's even a romp. The sea is clear like a swimming pool that is transparent, providing fun in the eye that sees.

In this beach many diving enthusiasts, especially Japanese and Australian nationals visited this place. The islands are located in the Strait of Sulawesi, the incoming parts that are still close to the border with Malaysia that keep the beauty beneath the sea.

If you could dive or float on the surface beach clean by using a "snorkel" floating on top of coral reefs Derawan Island, you can certainly find a fairly tame turtles roam around you. In addition, if you dive in the sea a deeper, you will encounter barracuda fish, ornamental fish, and thousands of reef fish alongside the maze in deep water.

Dr. Carden Wallace of the museum's tropical Queensland, Australia has examined marine wealth Derawan Island and found more than 50 types of Arcropora (marine animal) in one coral reef. Not weird this place was known in foreign countries and quite popular among the professional and the amateur divers.

Turtles can be seen almost every night you go up onto land and lay eggs next to the cottage, or how far from the port where you land when visiting Derawan.

Derawan Island is better known abroad than his own country. Why not? Travel from Japan "Slapshot" from Tokyo or Nagoya, and then to Singapore and Sabah, direct to Balikpapan and then joined a small plane to Cape Redep, which exist in Berau.
Some foreign tourists are a special advantage for the hobby of diving, because this place is the best area for diving. "The island is a shelter turtle in the world," said Mr. Sergei, a retired French teacher who has several times come on holiday to the island Derawan. "I just dive and go accompany a turtle go to sea," said Sergei Ms.Dianne wife.

Dianne is a diving instructor, she teaches in a professional dive to the person or institution who wants to teach the basics of diving. These two men specifically Derawan Island vacation because not much is known and is not a bustling tourist targets. "We like it here, not many people," he said.

As a remote island and not much visited by tourists, the island state is still very comfortable. Some lodging is also preparing tools for amateur and professional divers. For the professional usually can rent the equipment supplied by Derawan Dive Resort with the rates can be negotiated.

If you are not satisfied with some of the island, you can also review the other islands such as: Island Charitable, Maratua, and Kakaban which has its own uniqueness. Charitable Island for example, has a population of blue manta rays (Manta Rays) that is unique, which can reach 3.5 meters in width. If you're lucky, may also find Pari Black with 6 meters wide. While Kakaban have uniqueness in the form of Prehistoric Lake, which is in the middle of the sea, the only one in Asia

09 November 2010

Banyumas; Enchantment Sensational Experience

Banyumas, of course familiar, Banyumas regency, Central Java (Central Java) has one Baturaden tourist attraction. The particular nature are felt from the forest, crystal clear river, until the campsite (camping ground). However, Banyumas not only has Baturaden.

In Sub Cilongok or about 15 km west of Purwokerto, also has a tourist attraction similar to Baturaden. Sensational charm, because the typical natural mountains can really be enjoyed by visitors. That waterfall and lake Cipendok Pucung.

If you want to visit the waterfall Cipendok, be prepared to bring an umbrella or raincoat, and clothes. Because if you enter the waterfall area Cipendok, you must have "rain". This is because Cipendok waterfall is a waterfall that has a height of almost 100 meters, so that water droplets wetting the surrounding area, although no rain.

Curug Cipendok become the main attraction, because of its natural environment are truly natural. The silence is still deeply felt, because not many travelers who come to enjoy the natural beauty Karangtengah Village, District Cilongok.

Between Curug Cipendok with the car park about 500 meters remaining. But do not worry, travel 500 meters from the entrance road to the waterfall is not going to make bored. On the contrary, the trip brought a visitor into nature that are still beautiful. With the road up and down, tourists who come will be greeted with the sounds of insects typical tropical forest.

After walking about 15-20 minutes, prior to Curug Cipendok roar will sound like heavy rain. That sounds a waterfall coming down from a height of nearly 100 meter. The cool air coupled with water droplets create a peaceful atmosphere and fresh. If it was already daylight, the sun shines make the results reflected a thin rainbow water droplets that fall.

Towards Curug Cipendok is not too difficult. However, there has been no official public transportation to get there, so that when tourists visit the place it should be by private vehicle or rental. Natural attractions, located about 10 km west ofPurwokerto, or about 5 km from Ajibarang, Banyumas.

From the highway Cilongok to the location is 8 km with the condition rose and winding road, but the asphalt was smooth. Cipendok waterfall nearby, there are also tour the lake is absolutely stunning Lake Pucung. Local lake surrounded by pine woods and resin, so it is suitable for camping ground.

This lake will be one of the mainstay Banyumas to siphon tourist. Pucung Lake Complex occupies an area of three hectares (ha), with an area of about one hectare lake. Tourist attraction in Banyumas may not have much to know, because it will be opened officially become a tourist destination on August 8, 2005.

This tourist attraction is the lake with enough water in the surrounding clear and surrounded by natural forest. In addition, visitors can also hear the sounds of rare birds such as the Javanese eagle circling above the lake. Moreover, for the lucky visitors can see a kind of endemic species of monkey that is grayed out, rek-rek.
Attractions included in the road was widened Unity Forest Pemangkuan (KPH) East Banyuma the start addressed by a variety of facilities, due to officially become a tourist destination.

KPH East Banyumas has equipped with parking, rest areas, and bathrooms. In fact, Perhutani have given the names of rare trees that live there. Another goal is not designed for students, in addition to enjoying the outdoors, they also can recognize the rare plants that live in that place.

Around the lake there is also Pucung airy place that can be used for camping ground. The place is intentionally created, reserved for young children who like to adventure with in the wild. It has established Lake Pucung Banyumas the typical tourist nature of the mountains. With increasing tourist attraction, the tourists who come to the mendambah Banyumas alternative list of tourist destinations.

So, if you've been to just go to Baturaden Banyumas, will lose. The reason is, there are still other alternative places are no less asrinya. To be sure, tourists who come to this place will feel peace, because it is far from the urban bustle.

05 November 2010

Sumenep, East Java; Visit The Kraton Potre Koneng

Sumenep Palace (Keraton Sumenep) in East Java known as "Potre Koneng" (Princess Yellow). This name arises because in the former palace Sumenep ever lived a palace consort, Queen Ayu Tirto Negoro, who has a clean yellow skin that comes from China. To honor the queen, palace roof Sumenep given a bright yellow color.

Buildings Palace Sumenep established in the second half of the 18th century at the instigation of King Sumenep, namely Penembahan Sumolo or Tumenggung Arya Nata Kusuma. This royal palace architected by a Chinese, named Liaw Piau Ngo. Through hands Ngo Liaw Piau is born a unique palace building, which blends architectural styles of Europe, China, and Java.

By visiting this palace, tourists can see first hand the results Javanese culture, Europe, and China which form the building Sumenep Palace. At the palace buildings Sumenep, visitors can see the nuances of Javanese palace with pillars and ornaments are European-style curves and a series of roof that resembles a Chinese temple.

In general, the composition of the palace building is no with other palace in Java, for example, shared a large pavilion, enough to receive guests, resting room king, and the location of the bathhouse for the empress and the king's daughters.

Before entering the palace, visitors will be greeted by the gate with the name "Labang mesem". In the Indonesian language "labang" means the door, and "mesem" is a smile. This gate symbolizes the hospitality of the palace of the guests who visit.

On the right side of the palace, there is a "Koneng Office", ie the king Sumenep workspace, which now functioned as a museum. This room contains a collection of housewares palace. Outside the palace, tourists can also visit the Mosque Jamik Sumenep whose age is not much different from the ages Keraton Sumenep. Sumenep Palace is located in downtown (near the square) Sumenep, Madura, East Java.

To reach the city Sumenep tourists have crossed the northern coast of Java through the Port of Tanjung Perak, Surabaya toward Port Kamal, Bangkalan, Madura by utilizing the ferry service. Travel time is approximately half an hour and costs around Rp. 2,000.

This port is located at the western end of Madura island, while the location of the Palace Sumenep located at the east end of the island which is about 90 km from Port Kamal. Or you can also ride from Surabaya longest bridge directly to Madura. The trip from the Port to the city Sumenep Kamal can be reached by bus or minibus with a long trip about 3 hours.

Tourists visiting the palace Sumenep can obtain additional information about the history and development of the palace of the palace managers who act as guides. If you need to stay, around the museum there is a hotel lodging.

02 November 2010

Cave Sunyaragi, Cirebon; Observing the Past History

Tamansari Sunyaragi Cave Castle is one example of the ancestral culture of Indonesia. Likewise, the sophistication of its architecture is not lost with the creation of the people of today. Unfortunately, it had faded portrait of admiration because there is no serious treatment. Is this the mirrors of our nation personality?

Construction and composition of building this site is a water park. Of the existing remnants, visible results of cultural sophistication and uniqueness of human beings in its day. And it should be, it can still be seen up to now if there is no interference and periodic maintenance.

Sunyaragi Park comes from the word "Sunya" which means quiet and "leaven" which means the body or bodies. This park is in power Kasepuhan Palace. Although their functions vary according to the will of the ruler of his day, largely Sunyaragi Park is the park where the princes palace and palace soldiers imprisoned for improving science kanuragan.

Sunyaragi Park consists of 12 sections: (1) jinem ward, where the sultan to give advice and see the soldiers practice, (2) bodyguard cave, a gathering place for the guards of the sultan; (3) complex Mande Kemasan (partly destroyed), (4) cave Pandekemasang , where a sharp weapon, (5) Simanyang cave, where the checkpoint, (6) Langse cave, a place to relax; (7) peteng cave, where Nyepi for immune; (8) Arga stagnant cave, where the important palace; ( 9) Padang Ati cave, where meditated; (10) cave permanence, lasting place of meditation for the position; (11) Lava caves, bat a special place; (12) cave Pawon, kitchen food storage.

Observing Sunyaragi, we could see history in accordance with its time series. From the research data, showing the uniqueness of its construction, each period there is always a change in shape according to personal taste and needs of the ruling sultan. It is also concerned with the function of this place. Eventually, Castle Cave Sunyaragi doubles. Not only used as Pesanggrahan only, but also for the political activities of resistance.

Symbol of resistance can be seen in the reign of Sultan Matangaji Tajul Arifin, this place used as a place to manufacture weapons and military training center if the kingdom. That is why, in the reign of Sultan Adiwijaya in 1852, Castle Cave Sunyaragi undergoing renovations, having previously destroyed by the Dutch.

To repair it, the Emperor of China commissioned the architect. That said, the architect was held captive and killed for the secret cave Sunyaragi not leak into the hands of the Dutch. Khong and Sam Pho Chay Jin Tia is also often linked with the legend Sunyaragi. Moreover, this complex also keep proof of any sites that were given peg "Tombs of China". Nearby there is an old banyan tree has hundreds of years. Because of his parents, a few stalks need to be propped up with concrete poles and iron.

Cave Castle Restoration Sunyaragi ever undertaken by the Dutch colonial government in 1937-1938. Implementation was left to an officer of the Cultural Department of Semarang. His name, Krisjman. He only strengthen the construction of the original by adding poles or brick pillar reinforcement, especially on the roof of the arch. But sometimes it also eliminates its original form, if the whole building is considered dangerous. As shown in Cave Guards and right-left wing of the building and Mande Jinem shard.

Final restoration done Protection and Development Directorate of History and Antiquities, Directorate General of Culture, who restored the Castle as a whole from 1976 to 1984. Since it no longer exists a serious maintenance activities at this complex.

When traced, the water park complex was born through a very long process. This place several times revamp and repair. According to the book Purwaka Carabuna Nagari work Aryan Prince Carbon, Sunyaragi Cave Castle was built in 1703 AD by Prince Kararangen. Prince Kararangen is another name of Aryan Prince Carbon.

But according to Caruban Kandha and some notes from Kasepuhan Palace, Water Castle was built because Pesanggrahan "Nur Sapta Giri Rengga" changed into the burial place of kings Cirebon, now known as the Astana Gunung Jati. Mainly associated with the expansion of Kraton Pakungwati (Cirebon), which occurred in 1529 AD, with the construction of walls around the palace, Siti inggil and others. For data comparison, Siti inggil built with marked candra sengkala "Fortress Tinataan Bata" which refers to the number in 1529 AD

At Castle Cave there is a garden candrasengkala Sunyaragi called "Park Bujengin Obahing Earth" which refers to the number in 1529. In both places there are also similarities, that there are gate "Temple Bentar" the same great shape and one priority. Explained, Prince Kararangen only build complex Arga Jumut Cave and Mande Packaging only.