National Park
in Indonesia

Bukit Barisan National Park

Consist of the southern end of the Bukit Barisan Mountains. It is along narrow reserve covering all forest types rising from the sea at Belimbing to the peak of Gunung Palung (1,964 asl). The park range meets the Indian Ocean and forms two huge bays, Semangka and Lampung that create along and incredibly dramatic coastline. The Southern Peninsula can be visited by boat from Kalianda or Kota Agung to Belimbing or b charter flight from Jakarta. The reserve is rather underrated and would certainly reveal many of the montane birds if properly surveyed. The current list of 121 species is probably less than half complete and birdwatchers should be encouraged top fill out the rest of the list, which could prove very interesting. Back to the top

Krakatau and Ujungkulon National Park

The legendary Krakatau lies in Sunda Straits 50 km from the West Java coast and 40 km from Sumatra. When Krakatau erupted in 1883, it one of the world’s greates and most catastrophic eruptions, the effects were recorded  far beyond Sunda Straits  and it achieved instant and lasting infamy. Rising from its mother’s ashes, Anak Krakatau emerged from underwater in 1928 and has been steadily festering and building in height ever since. History and science combine to make a fascinating story at Anak Krakatau and the island group is protected as part of the Ujung Kulon National Park.

Lies in Southwestern tip of Java, Ujung Kulon National Park is the country’s premier wildlife reserves where the last fifty or so Javan Rhinoceros survive. UNESCO reflected its importance in its designation in 1992 as a world heritage site. Linked to the rhinos survival is Ujung Kulon’s other claim to fame : within its boundaries lies the volcano Krakatau, whose dramatic eruption in 1883 is well documented. Back to the top

Mt.Gede Pangrango  & Halimun National Park

Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park is one of the most visited by Indonesia tourist in Java. Among many points of interest  excited in the park, Bodogol Conservation Education  Center offers wide variety of high quality of point of interest; from  the Endemic Javan Gibbon or Javan Hawk Eagle, Canopy walkway to simply miggle with local interpreter’s guidance for reliable conservation education programs.  With the assistance of ALAMI Foundation, Conservation International and National Park Authority, the park sets the conservation education program in Bododgol area. It is one of its kind, a pioneer  for tourism with high curiosity on nature. Besides trekking to the mountain top, a twenty five meters above the ground canopy walk way has become one of the best attractions in the park.

“The land under the rainbow”, Gunung Halimun National Park  was established by the Ministry of Forestry on February26th, 1992, covering about 40.000 Ha of excellent tropical rain forest. The traditional community “Kasepuhan” living around the park posses  a number of traditional ceremonies at the various time of the year, such as the biggest event  in the harvesting of paddy once a year ”Seren Taun”. The local community around the Gunung Halimun National Park from up until now developed a community based program that has been developed in a number of villages with the assistance of local NGO and Gunung Halimun National Park office.
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Mount Merapi

Living the shadows of  active volcanoes can be  a dangerous game at the best of times, especially when one of them is called Fire Mountain or in Indonesia called Gunung Merapi. Located in Central Java, on a clear day Gunung Merapi can be seen in all its glory. Merapi is the most volatile of the island’s volcanic tribe, and tops the dangerous list: closing months of 1973 were marked by a series  of minor lava flows and the ensuing (and more damaging) lahar streams of water, mud and ash. To keep the volcano quiet, the Javanese regularly bring him offerings, on the anniversary of the sultan’s coronation. 

One of the most impressive monuments to Mahayana Buddhism in the world is Borobudur Temple.  It is also one of the World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. As a classical stupa , it is both meru  (mountain)  inhabited by the gods, and a replica of three divisions of the Mahayana Buddhist universe: khamadhatu, the lower sphere of everyday world, rupadhatu, the middle sphere of form, spiritually  superior to the world of the flesh; and arupadhatu. the higher sphere  of the total abstraction and detachment from the world.

Once a year, on a Waisak Day (the celebration of the Lord Buddha’s birth and death), the temple relives some of its past splendor as thousand of saffron-robbed Buddhist priest perform a grand processional by the light of the full moon, offering flowers, incense and prayers. 

Prambanan Temple was completed about 900 AD. It was deserted within a hundred years, and collapsed about 1600. Preparations for the restoration of the central Siva temple began in 1911; work started 19 years later, and was completed in 1953. The Brahma temple was completed in 1978, and the Vishnu temple in 1990. Reconstruction is still carried out on minors buildings. The temple is divided into the highest courtyard, second court temple and beyond the the central court yard, at a lower level, teher were once 224 minor shrines or temples, almost all of which are still in ruins. Prambanan’s beauty and variety demand more than one visit.    Back to the top

Baluran National Park

Situated to the North of Banyuwangi on Java’s north eastern tip Baluran National Park covers an area of twenty five thousand hectares. Reserved since colonial times it was declared national park in 1980. What is unique about this park is the climate; this is the driest place in Java. Baluran is a small, easily accessible area and one of the prettiest parks in Indonesia. The extinct Baluran volcano with its exploded to is surrounded by a large savanna and woodland country not unlike an East African plain with tall acacia trees over the short and long grass area. A unique feature of the park is its variety of habitats over short distances. The area’s most conspicuous large mammals are the water buffalo and the banteng. Hunting pressure and disturbances have kept animal population somewhat below optimal densities even since the park became protected in 1936. Back to the top

Alas Purwo National Park

Alas Purwo National Park, located on the Blambangan Peninsula, south of Banyuwangi is a 30 km by 15 km conservation and tourism area. The park has a rich collection of flora and fauna, which provide opportunity of seeing these floras and faunas in their natural habitat. Tourism potential within this national park are include man-nade feeding as wide as about 100 ha in Sadengan; beautiful and long sandy beach, which is important for hatchery habitat for various sea turtle; and also the waves. Plengkung beach, which is located in Purwo Peninsula is known to be the second best in the world’s after Hawaii. Back to the top

Bali Barat National Park

Located in Western Bali, Bali Barat National Park consists of mud flats, mangroves, coastal forest, savannah, monsoon and riverine forest of the park, which provide an excellent variety of habitats for  bird species. The park is home to the last  wild population of Bali starlings. The last of the starlings, a greatly endangered species, live in small groups of two or three in the Acacia scrap of the north coast of the Prapat  Agung cape, Bali’s northwester most promontory. This cape is cut off from the rest of the reserve by the main Singaraja-Gilimanuk road, as well as by the settlements and forestry plantations in land of Teluk Terima. The park is the best known to tourists for the world class coral reef off in Manjangan Islands (for seas birds) in the bay near Gilimanuk but center mainly on Menjangan Island. The good drop-offs on Menjangan’s south side are only surpassed by the particularly fine reefs in its northern shores. Back to the top

Kelimutu National Park

Kelimutu National Park is located on Flores and comprises an area of 5,000 ha. The park consist of three crater lakes, each with a different color. The park consist  of the three crater lakes, each with a different color. The lakes lie at an altitude about 1,600 meter above sea level, within a disturbed and mostly secondary forest. This mountain is one of the better known beauty spots created by volcanic action along the Indonesian  of the pacific “Ring of Fire” Two of crater lakes, Ata Polo and Ata Muri, are only separated by a narrow mountain wall. The water of Ata Polo has greenish color whereas Ata Muri is turquoise The third Ata Mbupu lies a little north and is almost black. The color of the lakes is not constant and is probably caused by variations in the lakes mineral contents.   Back to the top

Wakatobi National Park

“WaKa ToBi” National Park Off the southeastern tip of Sulawesi lies one of undiscovered jewels of Indonesian diving, the Tukang Besi islands. Named for the ironsmiths on the southernmost island of Binongko, this remote archipelago had Jaques Cousteau and members of the Calypso raving during their visit in the mid 1980’s. Rising deep out of the Banda sea , these islands boasts all three of the major coral reef formation atolls, fringing reefs, and a single barrier reef of the island  of Wangi. Back to the top

Nature, Culture,
Adventure in
Betung Kerihun
National Park

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Komodo Dragon

Jogya & Borobudur

Orangutan

Borneo and Dayak

Toraja Land

Traditional Festival

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