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Indonesia’s Tropical Fruits You Should Try

Indonesia is famous for its exotic natural beauty, such as mountains, oceans, beaches, lakes that are so wonderful. Not only that, while you visit Indonesia, you could also enjoy other things, namely Indonesia’s tropical fruits. Yes, this State is also rich in tropical fruits and you can taste it throughout the year. Among other Durians, […] The post Indonesia’s Tropical Fruits You Should Try appeared first on YoExplore...

Indonesia is famous for its exotic natural beauty, such as mountains, oceans, beaches, lakes that are so wonderful. Not only that, while you visit Indonesia, you could also enjoy other things, namely Indonesia’s tropical fruits. Yes, this State is also rich in tropical fruits and you can taste it throughout the year. Among other Durians, Mangosteen, Dragon Fruits, and many others.

Besides, during holidays, you must also keep your health and balanced nutritional intake. Therefore, visiting village ecotourism to taste Indonesia’s tropical fruits could be put into your holiday agenda. So, check further some of Indonesia’s tropical fruits that we choose for you:

Indonesia’s Tropical Fruits at Village Ecotourism

You could buy those fruits from traditional markets as well as malls in most regions in Indonesia. Also, it will be good if you could try to gain some information about an event or fruit festival is being held in a city that you are visited. However, the best experience is by visiting the village ecotourism where you could enjoy live-in harvesting fruits and meet farmers.

DURIAN | Indonesia’s Tropical Fruits

We choose durian as first Indonesia’s tropical fruits that we shall discuss in this article. Durian got the title as the King of Fruits because of its rich taste, and even tigers love it. However, not everyone can fall in love with it due to its aroma and distinctive taste.

Moreover, Indonesia has the most types of durian in the world. One of them is Durian Ajimah, originating from Bogor in West Java Province. It has characteristics of large and sparse thorns, grayish-green, light yellow color with a fibrous texture. Ajimah is also called Soekarno Durian because our State Founder, Mr. Soekarno liked it so much. Meanwhile, Durian Mimang is the second winner of the Southeast Asia Durian Contest, which has a sweet and soft taste. There is also Durian Petruk, with a strong aroma originating from Jepara in Central Java Province. It has smooth and thick flesh with small seeds. On the other hand, Durian Lay is a superior variety from Kalimantan and Sumatra Islands.

Durian Village Ecotourism

For durian lovers, there are some destinations that you could visit. The most viral and legendary is Ucok Durian Medan in North Sumatra Province. Do not miss to visit Ucok Durian when you visit Medan City. Also, there is also Durian Forest Village at Bandar Lampung City, Wan Abdul Rahman Forest Park.  Or when you visit Bogor City, you could go to Warso Farm. Not only durian, but the Farm also has many other tropical fruit collections.

In Java Island, you could visit Songgon Durian Village at Banyuwangi. Uniquely, the village has a variety of red or rainbow durian that is red, orange and yellow. Moreover, while visiting Bromo, you could also taste durian at Bhakti Alam Farm at Nongkojajar Village, Pasuruan District, in East Java Island. While in Bali Island, you could enjoy durian at Rama Shinta Farm at Buleleng District, Bali.

Read Also: Bali Snorkeling Spots – Best Places to Admire Underwater Life in Bali  

MANGOSTEEN | Indonesia’s Tropical Fruits

Second, Indonesia’s tropical fruit is Mangosteen. Mangosteen or the Queen of Fruits is a native tropical fruit of Indonesia, first discovered by Captain Cook in the Jakarta area in 1770. Mangosteen is now also found in many other Asian regions such as Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and others. Some regions that also cultivate it is America, Australia, Hawaii, India, and others. Its seeds, skins as well as fruits have high nutrition for our health.

Mangosteen Village Tourism

Bali Mangosteen could be the best choice, one of the best is Tabanan Mangosteen. You should visit Petang Tourism Village in Badung District, Bali, to enjoy it. Besides Bali, Banyuwangi could be the best option to enjoy Mangosteen. Mangosteen from Banyuwangi is popular for smoother skin with less sap.

 

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             Mangosteen at Ubud Market Bali | YOEXPLORE

DRAGON FRUITS | Indonesia’s Tropical Fruits

The third of Indonesia’s tropical fruits that we choose in this article is Dragon Fruits. It was first discovered in Mexico, Central America, which is similar to a forest cactus. The name dragon comes from the Ancient Chinese Communities because of its red color, which is believed to bring blessings. However, this fruit has four varieties, namely Red Dragon, Yellow Dragon, White Dragon, and Black Dragon. Generally, many on the market are red and white dragon fruits.

Dragon fruits have been in Indonesia since 1977, as imported from Thailand. Only in 2000, Indonesia began to cultivate it.

Dragon Fruit Village Tourism

You could visit Sambirejo Village in Banyuwangi District, which is called Dragon Fruit Village. In Malang City, there is also Keboen Naga 0r Dragon Fruit Park at Bululwang District. And Yogyakarta also has Dragon Fruit Village Tour at Gadingsari Village, Bantul. Moreover, the closest to Jakarta, you could visit Warso Farm or Mekarsari Fruit Garden.

MARKISA | Indonesia’s Tropical Fruits

Markisa is a fourth of Indonesia’s tropical fruits that we choose. The best regions which produce  Markisa is South Sulawesi and North Sumatra. In Makassar City, Sout Sulawesi, you could visit Malino Tourist Area where you could experience harvesting markisa. While in Sumatra Island, you could visit Berastagi, one of the best agro-tourism destination in Indonesia. Berastagi is a favorite destination due to its cool and fresh temperature with mountainous nuances. Markisa itself has been processed as syrup, jam, dodol, ice, and juice.

SALAK (SNAKE FRUIT)

Salak or Snake Fruit is one of the native tropical fruits of Indonesia, Malaysia, or Thailand. Salak flourishes on Sumatra and Java Islands. However, currently, it spread throughout most of  Indonesia.

Salak Village Tourism

If you are in Jakarta, you could visit Condet area in Kramatjadi, East Jakarta, the one and only salak fruits conservation left among high concrete buildings in Great Jakarta. Managed by the Provincial Government of Great Jakarta, it has more than 3,000 trees that produce salak fruits productively every year.  YoExplore organizes Jakarta City Tour every week, whether for private as well as open trip. So, if you are interested in exploring Condet, you may contact YoExplore. Besides Jakarta, Yogyakarta also has its variety, called Salak Pondoh. You may visit Agro-tourism Bangunkerto in Sleman, Yogyakarta. In 1989, the local government developed it. A local guide shall accompany you during your visit to Bangunkerto, and you could try to harvest the fruit and taste it.

 

 

 

 

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Explore East Kalimantan Tourism: the New Capital of Indonesia

Our elected President, Mr. Djoko Widodo, or Jokowi, has just announced the transfer of our capital from Jakarta to the Province of East Kalimantan. According to the plan, this new capital shall between the border of two districts, District of Kutai Kertanegara and District of Penajam Paser Utara in the Province of East Kalimantan. However, […] The post Explore East Kalimantan Tourism: the New Capital of Indonesia appeared first on YoExplore...

Our elected President, Mr. Djoko Widodo, or Jokowi, has just announced the transfer of our capital from Jakarta to the Province of East Kalimantan. According to the plan, this new capital shall between the border of two districts, District of Kutai Kertanegara and District of Penajam Paser Utara in the Province of East Kalimantan.

However, the pros and cons of Indonesian citizens are still ongoing and become one of the hot topics in various social media.

The Transfer of Indonesian Capital

Historically, the idea of transferring the capital of Indonesia to the other region in Indonesia did not happen for the first time.  In 1946, the capital city of Indonesia moved to Yogyakarta. Two years later, the government transferred the capital city of Indonesia to Bukittinggi, West Sumatra. However, within one year only, the government decided to move it back to Jakarta. So, ever since 1949, Jakarta has become the capital city of Indonesia

Pioneers of Civilization in Indonesia

Kalimantan Island is one of the rich islands in Indonesia, abundant with natural resources, especially coal mining, petroleum, and others. Perhaps one of the reasons for the Government to choose East Kalimantan is because of its glory, which has been famous for centuries.

History mentions that East Kalimantan is a pioneer of civilization in Indonesia. Historical evidence, such as ones found in the karst region of Sangkulirang – Mangkahalit, records that humans had inhabited this Island since the Ice Age. Firstly, it was occupied by Old Malay/Proto Malay Tribes in 300 BC. Then, in 500 BC, the second migrant came from the Deutro Malay until the entry of the Austronesian Nation.

The Kutai Kingdom: the Glory of East Kalimantan

Around 5 AD, the Hindu Kingdom named Kutai was founded at Muara Kaman, East Kalimantan, by Kudungga, a dignity from Campa or Cambodian Kingdom.

The Kutai Kingdom is the oldest kingdom in the Archipelago. However, it reached its glory during the Dynasty of Mulawarman, Kudungga’s grandson. Later, he changed the kingdom name as Kutai Martadipura.

 Hundred of years underway, a new kingdom was born, named Kutai Kertanegara, which has a close relationship to the Majapahit Kingdom in Java Island. Then, the Kingdom of Kutai Kertanegara conquered the Kutai Martadipura in the Year of 1365. The King established a new kingdom called Kutai Kertanegara ing Martadipura.

During the 16th Century, the influence of Islam entered Indonesia, including East Kalimantan, which subsequently transformed the royal system into an empire. The golden period took place during the leadership of Sultan Muhammad Salahuddin in 1782 – 1850. Unfortunately, the glory of the empire ended when the VOC or Dutch Government expanded Indonesia, including East Kalimantan, in 1844. After gaining Indonesian Independence, the Province of East Kalimantan officially became an administrative territory through Law No. 25 of 1956. Today, the Province consists of 7 (seven) districts and 3 (three) cities.

Explore East Kalimantan: the Trade Center

East Kalimantan is mostly tropical rain forests. This area is famous as a wood warehouse and mining. This province has always played a strategic role in the civilization of Southeast Asia and beyond. The Mahakam River was the channel for India – China Trade to enter the Indonesia market in the past. History also notes that the Sultan of Makassar from the Sulawesi Island ever borrowed East Kalimantan as a trading place.

Explore East Kalimantan: the Wealth of Marine Tourism

Despite the pros and cons of the new capital location, it is interesting to know the East Kalimantan is one of the destinations in Indonesia where you may explore unique traveling experiences.

For travelers who love marine adventure, East Kalimantan can be a destination of choice. This province has marvelous marine tourism with some of it as follow:

Mahakam River

Firstly, we start to explore East Kalimantan tourism by explaining about Mahakam River. Mahakam River is the largest river in East Kalimantan.  Its lengths reach 920 Km and 149,000 km square area. Enjoying the afternoon with a panorama of sunset at Mahakam River can be the best choice during the holiday. If lucky, visitors could see Pesut Mahakam, a dolphin species whose habitat is only in the Mahakama River. Every weekend, you could join an open trip to explore Mahakam River using a tourist boat that shall cross the two majestic bridges that are ranging through the river.

Besides, visitors could visit a small island in the middle of the river called Kumala Island. At the Island,  visitors could see Lamin, a traditional house of Dayak Tribe. There are also Hindu Temple called Pasak Pulau Temple, a Sky Tower with a height of 75 meters, a cable car, a Pesut Mahakam Aquarium, and many others.

Derawan Islands

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Explore East Kalimantan: Derawan Islands

Secondly, to explore East Kalimantan Tourism, you should not miss visiting the Derawan Islands.  The Derawan Islands are undoubtedly beautiful. It is a group of 31 small islands located in Berau District.

The beaches and the wealth of marine life are the main attraction of these islands. In Taliyasan, for example, visitors could swim with whales along the 9-10 meters while Labuan Cermin is a lake that is famous for its water clarity. Moreover, there is Sangalaki Island, which is a habitat for green turtles and stingrays. Also, Kakaban Island is a favorite spot for swimming or snorkeling with jellyfish. Not to forget, Maratua Island with its diverse marine life. Maratua is often referred to as Indonesia’s Maldives.

 Read Also: Bali Snorkeling Spots – Best Places to Admire Underwater Life in Bali

Tanjung Jumlai Beach

Thirdly, you could explore East Kalimantan Tourism by visiting Tanjung Jumlai Beach. Tanjung Jumlai Beach is in the district of Penajam Paser Utara. The beach is usually a favorite choice for local people to organize a variety of activities. For example, music festivals, kite festivals, and other performances. Besides, visitors could rent a boat from local fishers to explore the coastal area. Or if you like fishing, you could bring the boat to the middle of the sea. Moreover, there are some water activities, such as a banana boat. And at the beach pier, you could see some activities of local fishers and farmers.

Sipakario Beach/Nipah-Nipah Beach

Fourthly, Sipakario Beach as the nearest destination to explore East Kalimantan from the new capital location. Sipakario Beach has a very strategic location since it is only about 8 km from the location of the new capital. Access to this beach is excellent. Moreover, there are many Instagramable spots for visitors.

Semayang Lake

Fifthly, to explore East Kalimantan, you could enjoy Semayang Lake. Semayang Lake is the largest lake in the Kutai Kertanegara district, covering an area of 13,000 Ha. In this lake, we could see the freshwater dolphins, Pesut Mahakam. Besides, visitors could experience how to catch fishes traditionally with local fishers.

Explore East Kalimantan: Richness of Culture

Not only marine tourism but when you explore East Kalimantan, you could also learn its exciting history and richness of its culture. Among others, you could visit Mulawarman Museum or visit a village of Dayak Tribe. Besides, it also has Kutai National Park, which has a thousand collections of tropical floras, Borneo birds, primate orangutan, and many others.

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Bali as the Blueprint for Future Tourism in Indonesia

The government of Indonesia has a strategic plan to increase the number of tourists visiting its territory to 20 million by 2020. Building on the success of Bali, this ambitious goal will inject investment across ten designated undeveloped natural hotspots, putting the infrastructure needed in place to support the next phase of development. The ‘10 […] The post Bali as the Blueprint for Future Tourism in Indonesia appeared first on YoExplore...

The government of Indonesia has a strategic plan to increase the number of tourists visiting its territory to 20 million by 2020. Building on the success of Bali, this ambitious goal will inject investment across ten designated undeveloped natural hotspots, putting the infrastructure needed in place to support the next phase of development.

The ‘10 New Bali’s’ will showcase some of Indonesia’s most beautiful areas – each targeted for their potential and scope – to become outstanding tourism attractions.

With the right type of development and infrastructure to facilitate this development, more locations will be put on the map and made accessible to tourists as the next new ‘places to be’ in Indonesia.

Investment in such a scale from the government gives confidence and assurance to individual investors whom we work on behalf, making Indonesia a convenient place for investment.

 

10 New Bali

Tourism figures for 2018 stood at 15.8 million, a 13 percent increase on the previous year. With an investment plan now in place, the government looks set to reach or even exceed its target market.

The knock-on effect of continued growth, will, in turn, create thousands of new jobs across industries, increasing the national GDP and raising the standards of living and opportunities to its local population.

The stunning archipelago that is might have once been known for exporting exotic spices, as well as natural resources such as oil and gas, copper, tin, precious metals such as gold, and plywood, rubber, and textiles. But one of its main assets, by far, is its unique, unspoiled physical geography.

It has been a long time coming that this land peppered by its unique mix of signature volcanos, fertile forests, mountain ranges, unique flora, and fauna. Also, it has a rich cultural diversity shown in its plethora of indigenous architectural styles seen across the territory. No wonder if it gets the recognition it deserves in terms of quality development, tourism.

Something for Everyone

Heard in the utterance of different languages of its citizens, Indonesia lives up to its motto, which is “Unity in Diversity.” A large part of its potential and success is how the government actively promotes a sense of binding inter-cultural cooperation between its citizens and permits religious freedom. By officially recognizing six religions—Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism—people peacefully coexist, weaving their unique elements into the rich fabric of everyday life.

It is land of stories that have traversed the test of time—from ancient kingdoms and dynasties—to its more recent history of modern European colonial traders such as the Portuguese, the Spanish, and the Dutch.  Yet, the most important story is the next one to be written.

With assets best outlined in its places and people, it is a no-brainer as to whether the tourism model of Bali can be replicated elsewhere in the territory.

While Bali sets the bar high as a tourism model to work toward, it also serves as a blueprint from which the government and private investors can derive lessons from what works and what issues may arrive when developing and opening areas for tourism development.

With this road-map available, the next wave of tourism in Indonesia looks set to be one that is sustainable for many years to come.

The 10 New Tourism Hubs

The hotspots listed below are destinations designated as the”10 New Bali’s” for their potential and scope to become outstanding tourism attractions. Each place selected has distinct special features that, with the right type of development, have the potential to be the next “places to be” in Indonesia. Targeted investment by the government, provides a bridge of opportunity for individual investors whom we work on behalf of.

 

1. Lombok Mandalika

A specially designed tourism economic zone, stretching from the south coast of Lombok along the coastline towards popular surf spot “Grupuk Village,” part of the Central Lombok Recency [administrative centers] of West Nusa Tenggara province.  With excellent proximity to an international airport and home to a world-class Moto GP track circuit with construction close to completion on the island of Lombok.

 

2. Borobudur

Borobudur is a Buddhist temple complex of renowned importance, comparable to the world-famous temples of Bagan in Myanmar and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Housing some 2,672 painted reliefs and 504 Buddha statues, it promises to put Indonesia on the circuit of cultural world heritage tourism.

 

3. Lake Toba (North Sumatra)

The largest lake in Indonesia, known as a “caldera” (the collapsed mouth of a super-volcano), is set in an area of immense tranquility with ample opportunity for the continued expansion of its shores. Activities will include boating watersports, and it also acts as a base from which to tour surrounding attractions, such as adjacent pine forests, waterfalls, and museums, where you can learn about the local ways of life.

 

4. Tanjung Lesung (Banten)

Located on the western tip of Java, just 160 KM from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, this upcoming beach destination has a host of holiday accommodation. Here you can jet-ski, surf, snorkel, or travel to see the famous Krakatoa Volcano, a short boat ride away.

 

5. The Thousand Islands (Jakarta)

A stone’s throw away from Jakarta, this scattering of 110 small islands stretches out some 45 kilometers into the Java Sea. Eleven of the Islands are already developed into resorts, with others privately owned or designated as national park areas. Among the 11 populated islands, you will find a population of 20,000 and an imprint of the past, in the historic remnants left behind from Dutch colonial fortresses to a center dedicated to the study of seaweed. A perfect mix of marine activity and heritage tourism.

 

6. Tanjung Kelayang Beach (Bangka Belitung Islands)

This unique beach location may be a charming location for further enterprise due to its mesmerizing rock formations litter. Not only that, but it is also coupled with its crystalline waters, undeveloped coastline, and landmark white lighthouse.

 

7. Mount Bromo (East Java)

Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire – an area covering 40,000 km of the Pacific basin where earthquakes and volcano eruptions frequently occur – Mount Bromo is a natural wonder and a wilderness perfect for adventure seekers. Already offering hiking tours, visitors can choose to scale the volcano as a group or independently. It is a potential epicenter of exquisite once in a lifetime adventure travel.

 

8. Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara)

This fishing village is stationed on the western side of Flores Island—

Land of Flowers—with a local population eager to engage with visitors, offering boat trips, tours of the local school, as well as providing ample opportunities for visitors to experience what life is like in a small scale rural Indonesian setting.

 

9. Wakatobi (South Sulawesi)

Understated luxury is what Wakatobi, a self-styled exclusive dive site resort, is all about.

5* amenities, set in a beachy oasis of colorful coral reefs, there is ample room for executive style development in this location.

 

10. Morotai Island (North Maluku)

This northmost part of Indonesia’s archipelago, once known as the “Spice Islands,”— is popular with those interested in diving or the fishing it offers in the periphery of its marine parks. An island of panoramic views and a seemingly endless 16 km white shale beach. Morotai sits among the type of untapped raw beauty that is begging to be developed with sensitivity and creative thought. ,

Reference:

 https://invest-islands.com/ten-new-bali-project/

 

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Family Educational Trips in Indonesia: Learning Batik and Weaving Clothes

We are very proud that Indonesia gained trust from the United Nations (UN) members as the Leader of the UN Security Council from the representative state of Asia Pacific Region. For the fourth time, Indonesia has been elected as a member of the Council for the Period 2018 – 2019. And, for the first time, […] The post Family Educational Trips in Indonesia: Learning Batik and Weaving Clothes appeared first on YoExplore...

We are very proud that Indonesia gained trust from the United Nations (UN) members as the Leader of the UN Security Council from the representative state of Asia Pacific Region. For the fourth time, Indonesia has been elected as a member of the Council for the Period 2018 – 2019. And, for the first time, on 7 May 2019, Indonesia acted as the Leader for the UN Security Council.

Historically, the UN members chose Indonesia as one of the non-permanent UN members for the first time in 1973. Indonesia’s status as a non-permanent member of the UN continued for the second time for the period of 1995/1996. Its UN non-permanent member also stayed for the third time for the period of 2007/2008.

 

 

Family Educational Trips in Indonesia

International Diplomacy of Batik during the UN Security Council Meeting, on 7th May 2019 (Courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of RI, https://news.detik.com/foto-news/d-4540627/unik-potret-peserta-sidang-dewan-keamanan-pbb-kompak-berbatik)

International Diplomacy of Batik

Apart from the complicated agenda of the UN members discussing the world peace issue, something exciting we could see is the outfits of the participant. Half of them wore batik and weaving clothes from Indonesia. We could see various motifs and colors of batik from the photographs shared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in social media and media.  So, the choice of batik and weaving clothes as the dress code on 7th May reflects how batik has been successfully won the heart of the world through its soft international diplomacy. Moreover, batik is already famous over the world, and UNESCO has bestowed it as one of the world’s cultural heritage.

Family Educational Trips in Indonesia

So, travelers who would like to have Family Educational Trips in Indonesia, you could choose the theme of batik and weaving clothes. Through this article, we would like to discuss some regions that you could visit for your Family Educational Trips in Indonesia. Check more below:

In Indonesia, batik is the choice of all people, whether from ordinary people to nobles as well as politicians.

Moreover, batik is the best option when you are confused about what to wear for an event. And you could wear batik for a wedding party, office event, school celebration, and many others. Besides, it is available in some types of fabrics with a price range from cheap one up to the luxury one. You could find it in traditional markets, malls, boutiques, and galleries. Furthermore, it is rich in motifs and colors with pictures of animals plantations, or even abstracts.

History of Batik

According to historical records, batik was found for the first time during the Era of Majapahit Kingdom. Then, it continued to the Mataram Kingdom, especially at Pekalongan or Mojokerto Districts. However, batik developed rapidly during the Eighth and Ninth Century to the west part of Java Island, among others Cirebon, Kebumen, Tegal, and others. While, in the east part of Java Island, batik is very famous during the Era of Surakarta Kingdom (Solo) and the Yogyakarta Kingdom.

Initially, it was produced as written batik using natural colors. However, during its development, the printing batik began into production since the 1920-s with the entry of chemicals from China. Furthermore, the motif and color of batik are also influenced by Peranakan Ethnic (Chinese Ethnic). Besides, batik not only can be found in Java Island, but it is also available in Sumatra Island, Bali Island, Kalimantan Island, or Papua Island with their charming characteristics.

Family Educational Trips in Indonesia: Visit Pekalongan and Yogyakarta

So, for travelers who would like to have Family Educational Trips in Indonesia, you could choose to visit Pekalongan and Yogyakarta and some other destinations to learn about batik and weaving clothes.

Family Educational Trips in Indonesia

            International Batik Center, Pekalongan

Edu-tourism: Batik Pekalongan

Pekalongan is one of batik city that you could visit. Firstly, we could visit the Batik Museum, which was established on 12 July 2006. Occupied an old building with Old Dutch architecture, it has around hundreds collection of batik, from ancient one up to the modern design. Besides, you could see also the selection of tools and machines for batik and weaving. Moreover, the Museum facilitates visitors for batik workshops as well as research.

Secondly, we could go to the International Batik Center (IBC) and Setono Batik Wholesale Center. At IBC, you could hunt batik clothes at an affordable price. While at Setono, you could purchase various stuff with batik motifs, such as table runner or batik curtains. Thirdly, there are Batik Village Kauman and Wiradesa. You could join the batik class and learn from the locals.  Lastly, don’t miss to visit Oey Soe Tjoen Batik, the legend of Batik Pekalongan. What very unique is a picture of the batik could be different in colors in the morning and afternoon. And, to produce such batik, they need years. No wonder the price is high. However, it is a favorite of many collectors from over the world.

In addition to Family Educational Trips in Indonesia, you could continue your trip to Malang or Banyuwangi. Therefore, you could combine your holiday with Bromo Sunrise Tour or Ijen Blue Fire.

Tour of Batik Yogyakarta

Unlike Pekalongan or other regions, Yogyakarta also has its characteristics of batik. For our Family Educational Trips in Indonesia to learn batik in Yogyakarta, we could firstly visit the Batik Museum. So, Yogyakarta also has its own Batik Museum, which facilitates batik class for its visitors. Secondly, you could join the batik workshop at Batik Village Giriloyo Imogiri. This village is very famous among travelers, especially for learning batik. Thirdly, Yogyakarta has Sanggar Berani Usaha at Sleman District. This spot is very suitable for entrepreneurs who want to start a batik business. Therefore, the locals at Sanggar Berani Usaha create batik class from the basic level up to advance level. Fourthly, we learn how to paint batik from local painters at Batik Seno Gallery, the biggest one in Yogyakarta.

After having Family Educational Trips in Indonesia with batik class, you could explore Yogyakarta more. Among others by joining Andong Tour at Borobudur Temple or watching Ramayana Ballet in the evening at Prambanan Temple. And, YoExplore has designed a unique outbound trip for family and company by combining rafting adventure and batik workshop.

Read Also: 5 Adventures Trip in Yogyakarta

Jakarta: Textil Museum

For you who have not had time to visit any regions outside Jakarta, so you could still have Family Educational Trips in Indonesia at Textile Museum Jakarta. The Textile Museum Jakarta is a cultural-reserved site which has been established since 1975. It has thousands of batik collection. One which is unique is hand-written batik with Arab Caligraphy. Moreover, you could learn batik as well as natural coloring class at Pewarna Alam Park. The park located in the backyard of the Museum.

Besides, for hunting batik for your collection or souvenirs, you could visit Alun-Alun Indonesia, Thamrin City, or Sarinah.

 

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Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package | Bali

Lembongan, yoexplore.co.id — Located around 11 km off the southeast of Bali Island, the small yet beautiful Lembongan Island has become one of the favorite destinations for holiday gateway, especially for underwater adventure diving, snorkeling, and other water sport activities. Therefore, Travelers like to book Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package, one of the most favorite activities in […] The post Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package | Bali appeared first on YoExplore...

Lembongan, yoexplore.co.id — Located around 11 km off the southeast of Bali Island, the small yet beautiful Lembongan Island has become one of the favorite destinations for holiday gateway, especially for underwater adventure diving, snorkeling, and other water sport activities. Therefore, Travelers like to book Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package, one of the most favorite activities in Lembongan for a family trip or even honeymoon. You shall gain an unforgettable underwater adventure with beautiful natural panorama, coral reefs, colorful fishes, beautiful coral reefs, and fantastic manta rays.

Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

Lembongan Island, taken by Hagemannandrea/Flickr

Lembongan Island: A Small Paradise at East Bali

Lembongan is only 8 km square in size but surrounded by beautiful beaches. Along with Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, those three islands are in Klungkung District, East Bali. Badung Strait separates those three small islands.

 

The development of Nusa Penida and Lembongan has started since the Year 2000. However, this island cluster is getting more popular within the last five years. Moreover, in 2017, the Government has completed the development of 140 meter-bridge. Famous as Yellow Bridge or Love Bridge, it connects Lembongan to Nusa Penida and Ceningan.

If you are interested in having experience in Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package, you do not need to worry about how to reach the Island. The trip from Bali to Nusa Penida is only about 30-45 minutes by speed boat. And there are many fast speed boats operated every day from Bali Island to Nusa Penida. You could choose to depart from Sanur Beach Harbour or Pemelisan Port in Denpasar. Besides, we suggest you choose one of the best speed boats, called Sunfish Boat. The boats have a capacity of 60 up to 115 passengers and fully equipped with safety equipment. Moreover, the jetty in the port shall save you to avoid being wet when reaching the boat.

Best Spots of Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

For one day, Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package, we choose three of the best spots. They are Manta Bay, Crystal Bay, and Mangrove Bay. Enjoy the adventure to three diving spots on a one day tour.

 

Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

   Manta Ray at Lembongan Island, by Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten/Flickr

MANTA BAY | Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

Manta Bay is the first spot you should visit during Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package. Manta Bay at Lembongan Island is a shallow bay around 10-meter depths, which is surrounded by limestone cliffs. The unique is you could meet and swim with manta rays.  Moreover, the ocean water is so clear that you could see the manta from the water surface. You shall not only swim with one manta ray, but several even dozens of them could accompany you.

Once you jump, you shall meet face to face with a manta ray. With a-giant body appearance, manta rays are not dangerous that like to play with snorkelers. Even though their body size is scary, manta rays are gentle species.

CRYSTAL BAY | Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

Another beautiful spot of Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package in Crystal Bay where you could see beautiful and colorful corals and fishes. Along the way to Crystal Bay, you could enjoy the panorama of palm trees. Besides, Crystal Bay is one of the favorite spots with sparkling water as clear as crystal and white-grey sand, as well as it has calm water and weaves conditions. Besides snorkeling, you could spend time for relaxation and sun-bathing activities during the visit to Crystal Bay.

What unique in Crystal Bay snorkeling is you will be lucky to meet up with the giant-oceanic sunfish or mola-mola, particularly between July and September. Sunfish or mola-mola has a giant size of more than 4 meters in length and reach 2000 kg in weight. Besides mola-mola, you could meet other marine species such as eagle rays, white sharks, leopard sharks, scorpionfishes, and octopus.

MANGROVE BAY – Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package

Mangrove Forest and Mangrove Point are also perfect and spectacular. Mangrove Forest located at Jungut Village and Mangrove Point in the northern part of the Village. Lembongan Island Snorkeling Package shall make you amaze with the experienced snorkeling like in a giant aquarium. Moreover, many colorful fishes shall accompany you. There are also a hundred types of beautiful corals inside the ocean. Besides snorkeling at Mangrove Point, you could also take a tour to the Mangrove Forest by using a traditional wooden boat or kayaking. You shall learn about the vital role of the mangrove forest, especially concerning preserving coral reefs and some marine species.

Would you like to explore other snorkeling spots in Bali? Check our article here.

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Bali Snorkeling Spots : Best Places to Admire Underwater Life in Bali

YOEXPLORE- Family trips, When talking about Bali, what word pop up in your mind? You might think about beautiful nature, friendly people, or a unique culture? Have you ever think about the underwater life to be explored on the Bali coast? Bali has many beautiful beaches and marine life worth to explore. There is some […] The post Bali Snorkeling Spots : Best Places to Admire Underwater Life in Bali appeared first on YoExplore...

YOEXPLORE- Family trips, When talking about Bali, what word pop up in your mind? You might think about beautiful nature, friendly people, or a unique culture? Have you ever think about the underwater life to be explored on the Bali coast? Bali has many beautiful beaches and marine life worth to explore.

There is some information about Bali’s snorkeling spot for you to explore: from the south sea to beautiful Menjangan Island in North West Bali and Blue Lagoon in the east, each of them has its unique feature waiting for you to explore them.

Nusa Dua: Bali Snorkeling Spots

Nusa Dua is famous because of the complex of luxurious hotels and resorts. This place also has some of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. Besides many hotels complex, there are many water sports operators in the area that offer you a wide range of activities that you can try. From those activities, snorkeling is one of the experiences that attract many people to come. You can also enjoy the underwater life in Pantai Geger, in the south of the famous St. Regist Hotel and the Mulia resort.

Menjangan Island

One of the best Bali snorkeling spots is Menjangan Island. Located in the northwest of Bali, this snorkeling spot is near the uninhabited island, where the locals see the Javanese deers or known as Menjangan in the local language. Thus this place gets the name as Menjangan Island. The reefs of Menjangan island surround this small island so that you can see the underwater life from all directions of the island. There are many beautiful creatures that you will see, such as batfish, cardinalfish, yellowtail, angelfish, scorpionfish, and many more.

The most famous spot is Pos 2. It is renowned because of its diversity of corals and fish. You might also see the dolphin in this area, where the dolphin might follow your boat and creating squeaking sound around your ship.

Read also: Meru Betiri National Park, Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia

Padang Bai

Bali snorkeling spots

Fishes in Padang Bai Blue Lagoon

In the east, you will find some Bali snorkeling spots located in  Padang Bai. Padang Bai is famous because of the harbor that connects Bali and Lombok. Besides the port, It is also famous for its two spots of snorkeling: Tanjung Jepun and Blue Lagoon. The two places are not far away from the port. Tanjung Jepun and Blue lagoon have clear water and powerful current. Because of the calm water, this place is suitable for the family trip as it is quite safe for children and beginner snorkelers.

The underwater life is also quite varied — many fishes such as clownfish, moray ells, cowfishes, and many more. To get the experience in this place, you can see the package in Yoexplore.co.id.

Tulamben

Tulamben is a very famous snorkeling site in Bali, thanks to the US Liberty shipwreck. The military cargo ship was torpedoed by Japan submarine during WW II and beached on the coast of Tulamben. During the eruption of Mount Agung in 1963, the shipwreck slipped to the sea and became a place of the corals and become a habitat for many fishes and other sea creatures. Although the shipwreck slipped into 30 meters below the sea level, some of its high points are reaching up to 7 meters below the sea surface. Thanks to the clear water, those high points become a beautiful place to see during snorkeling and become one of the best Bali snorkeling spots.

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is one of the three small islands located in southeast Bali. From this small island, you will be able to see the majestic Mount Agung in the mainland of Bali, beautiful beaches, cliff viewpoints,  and stunning sunset.  The clean and calm water of Lembongan is also a perfect place to play watersports. Lembongan also has a good deal of underwater life that will leave you stunning. There are many sea creatures that you can observe while snorkeling in Lembongan snorkeling spots.

Mangrove spot is a lovely place to snorkel in Lembongan. You will be surprised by the creatures you meet in this place. According to the survey conducted by marine biologists, there are up to 250 species of sea creatures inhabit this snorkeling spot! No wonder that this place becomes one of the best Bali snorkeling spots because of its rich biodiversity.

So have you visited those places yet?  Please share your experience in the comment section below. If not, you can start to plan your snorkeling holiday from now to visit those places. Happy snorkeling!

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