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PICTURES: Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, Makassar , Ujung Pandang, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park, is located just about 1.5 hours drive from Makassar. Known as the butterfly kingdom, the mascot of the national park is butterfly.

The national park first explored by Wallace in the midst of 19th Century. And afterwards there were other researchers visited it. The national park consists of karst, river, and forest.  The main attraction is the river, waterfall, lake , cave and butterfly observation.  Wallace describes his visit to Bantimurung : “During my four days’ stay at the falls, I was so fortunate as to obtain six good specimens. As this beautiful creature flies, the long white tails flicker like streamers, and when settled on the beach it carries them raised upwards, as if to preserve them from injury. It is scarce even here, as I did not see more than a dozen specimens in all, and had to follow many of them up and down the river’s bank repeatedly before I succeeded in their capture. When the sun shone hottest, about noon, the moist beach of the pool below the upper fall presented a beautiful sight, being dotted with groups of gay butterflies—orange, yellow, white, blue, and green—which on being disturbed rose into the air by hundreds, forming clouds of variegated colours.”

Now the butterflies are not as many as when Wallace visit, however we can still see various kinds of butterflies here. There are about 250 species of butterflies inhabit the forest. The path to explore Bantimurung already good, suitable for family. 

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Waterfall which is located about 10 minutes walk from the parking area.


The lake located about 20 minutes walk. Along the way you will meet some species of butterflies.


The path along the river where visitors can enjoy easy exploration from waterfall to the lake.


The karst cave can be explored with local guide.

Accessing Dieng Plateau from Surabaya

Well, you may have been to Yogyakarta, the second most popular destination in Indonesia after Bali. But you might never been to this beautiful plateau in Central Java, while it is just located about 3 hours from Yogyakarta or 2 hours from Borobudur Temple. I will inform you how to reach this plateau and enjoy its beauty if you are from Surabaya.

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– By train from Surabaya to Yogyakarta. And then afterwards take shuttle from Yogyakarta to Wonosobo. If you want to be managed from Yogyakarta, you can inform local tour operator to pick up at Yogyakarta.
– By car. If you are on budget and want to do this tour, there is shuttle from Surabaya to Wonosobo which is only DR 190,000 and it departs at 17.00 from Surabaya, this includes as well pick up from your place in Surabaya. And then from Wonosobo to Dieng Plateau you can book tours from local operator or else, take public bus to Dieng Plateau. In my opinion, you can take bus and stay in Dieng and then in the morning depart for golden sunrise at Sikunir Hill or off course climbing Mount Prau.

Option to stay in Wonosobo:
-If you love to explore and walk yourself you can stay at Dieng Plateau, there are some homestays there with good clean room with hot water.
-If you do not like the cold weather, especially on July August, you can stay in the city which takes about only 40 minutes to Dieng Plateau and you can depart in the morning for sunrise tour in Dieng Plateau area.
-If you want quiet mountain area, you can stay at Kledung area, at Dieng Kledung Pass Hotel. It has an amazing view of Mt Sindoro and Mt Sumbing and it takes only about 70 minutes to Dieng Plateau. It is a nice place to stay when local farmers grow tobacco on the slope of Mt Sindoro and Mt Sumbing. You can also explore some hidden view such as Embung Kledung and Posong View Point. If you love hiking, from here you can climb Mt Sindoro and Mt Sumbing, two of the highest mountains in Java.

Best time to visit;
During July-August , on dry season, as the sky is clear, sunrise is almost good everyday and you can see the area of Dieng Plateau covered by frozen dew, very beautiful.

PICTURES: Green Bay or Teluk Hijau, Meru Betiri National Park, Banyuwangi, Indonesia

Green Bay is located secluded in Meru Betiri National Park. It can be accessed by trekking or by boat from Rajegwesi Beach. Boat from Rajegwesi is about 30 minutes while by trekking about 45 minutes from  Damai Bay.  If the wave is rough, recommended to trek instead of boating. 


Wooden boat taking visitors from Rajegwesi Beach to Green Bay. The Green Bay has white sand and greenish blue color of water.


As it is located in the Hindian Ocean, often the wave is very rough, creating powerful sound hitting the rocks.

View Point to Watch Sunrise at Mount Bromo

We have received some frequently asked question by our clients regarding the view point for expecting sunrise at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. There are some reasons that usually travelers want to get good view for their documentary and memories, and also considering other aspects such as children-friendly, senior citizen-friendly, less-crowded place.

MOUNT PENANJAKAN VIEW POINT: 2770 M
This view point is the most famous spot, and well developed. It is also the highest point that offers nice vista of the sunrise and view of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Because of this nature, this spot is most wanted and can be very crowded for sunrise. On low season, you just need to walk about 10 minutes to the view point. However on the peak and high season, as there are more than hundreds on 4WD parking along the road, that you would need to walk longer, can be about 30 minutes and even more. You will meet motorbike taxi drivers offering for a ride to the view point, the walk can be chaotic.
Mount Penanjakan is about 45-60 minutes drive from Cemoro Lawang (ProboLinggo) or Tosari (Pasuruan) by 4WD or usually called Jeep. About 2.5-3 Hours drive by 4WD from Tumpang (Malang).

KINGKONG HILL VIEW POINT
This view point is not so far from Mt Penanjakan, only about 15 minutes drive. This view point offers similar view as Mount Penanjakan, in some month, you the sunrise hides behind a hill. However the view of Mount Bromo Tengger Semru is just as stunning as from Mount Penanjakan View Point. It takes only about 5-10 minutes walk.

LOVE HILL
Love Hill is located nearby Kingkong View Point, similar height with Kingkong and the view is similar as well. This can be alternative to see sunrise if the other two above are crowded.

SERUNI VIEW POINT.
It is about 2,300 M, not as high as Mount Penanjakan. The View is stunning, in some months the sunrise is also blocked by hill. Yet, this view point is like seeing sunrise mount Bromo closer. When Mount Bromo is active and the caldera closes for visitors, we recommend you to stay in Cemoro lawang/Probolinggo area, that you can go to this view point by walking from your hotel in Cemoro Lawang, about 1 hour drive. This spot usually i still safe for viewing Mt Bromo which is usually closed within radius 2 km when it is active.
To get to the view point you must walk about 30 minutes in a little steep path. Some locals offers horse ride here.
If you stay in Cemoro Lawang area, you will need to walk about 1 hour to 1.5 hours to the view point.
This view point is less crowded.

MENTIGEN VIEW POINT
This view point is located very close to Lava View Lodge Bromo, you can walk for few minutes from Lava View Lodge. Mentigen is not so high and usually always quiet. You can see the sunrise almost on every season as it is unblocked by hill.

PICTURES: Posong View Point, Temanggung , Central Iava, Indonesia

Posong is a view point located nearby the border of Wonosobo and Temanggung Regency. It is geographically located on the slope of Mount Sindoro, one of active volcanoes in Java. It is easily accessed from the main road and no trekking needed. It is a good option to stop by if you are on the way from Yogyakarta to Dieng Plateau. From the view point you will see, tobacco farm which can be seen during May to August. And you can also see other peaks nearby, such as Mount Sumbing, the neighbor of Mt Sindoro and also other far away peaks such as Mt Merbabu and Mount Merapi.


Mount Sumbing with tobacco farm.

 


Mount Merbabu seen from Posong View Point 


Mount Sindoro seen from Posong View Point

PICTURES : Mount Prau Hiking, Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia

Despite it is just 3 hours hike to the peak, the view from the summit is mesmerizing. It is best hiked on June-September, the dry season when it is clear, sunny and you can catch a glimpse of the shimmering sunrise. On one of the peaks you can enjoy the daisy garden. The prominent view is Mount Sindoro and Mount Sumbing creating beautiful curves far away sometimes hidden behind thin mist creating whitish blue drawing of the mountains. Other peaks you can see here are: Mount Slamet, Mount Merapi-Merbabu. You can either choosing to camp on its peak or just depart late evening from Yogyakarta or Wonosobo or Magelang or Borobudur to Mount Prau. 

Beringin or Weeping Fig or Banyan Tree

This tree is native to South East Asia including Indonesia and Malaysia. The tree features hanging roots which is so easy on the eye and creating unique impression. Scientifically known as Ficus benjamina Linn, in Indonesia it is known as beringin and in English is known as weeping fig. 

The air roots covers the real tree and closer to the real tree usually the diameter if the air roots are bigger.  The air root absorbed oxygen, while if the root touches the soil it can absorb water.  There are some case that the tree becomes invasive. In Indonesia, this tree is believed to be sacred. 

Weeping Fig can function as micro climate creator. The canopy is big size ad it is an evergreen tree, that mild the temperature.  And no wonder that the tree is planted at parking area, city square, and also cemetery. 

Weeping Fig  is a species with high ecological value. Its characteristic as Epiphyte, semi-epiphyte and independent tree enable the tree to live very long., and in some areas can live until hundreds years.  

Economically, the ficus tree is not so tough that it can not be used for housings or furniture. But when the tree lives, it is very useful environmentally, as it is the habitat of birds, some reptiles, insects, and mammals. The fruits which can be found the whole year can be the diet of the animals. And the air root can be functioned as playground for primates. 

If you want to visit the Giant Banyan tree in Bali, please inform us: Getaway Tours: Indonesia Tour operator.

 

Hot Water Spring in Bali Island, Indonesia

Bali Island has some natural hot spring to rejuvenate and relax and retreat.

1.Toya Bungkah Natural Hot Spring
This hot spring is well managed by private sectors. There are two places where you can enjoy the spring,Batur Natural Hotspring and Toya Devasya. The water is clear and contains of sulfur. The entrance fees includes: towel, soap, locker and welcome drink. Located at the edge of the famous Batur Lake, the panorama is very relaxing. A stop by to this spring is a good option after hiking Mount Batur or maybe after visiting Trunyan Cemetery. 

2.Angseri Hotspring
This hotspring is located not far from the world heritage site, Jatiluwih Rice Terrace. The water contains of healing sulfur and it has some private pool for family or couple. There are two pools for bathing. The pool in the further end has waterfall, very nice for couple taking picture. 

3.Banjar Hotspring
Located not far from Lovina beach, this is an old hot spring. It has three beautiful pool with dragon engraved stone tap, known as jaladwara. There is a river located nearby the spring. It was first developed by Japanese in the Japanese occupation period. 

  • 4.Penatahan Hotspring
  • Penatahan hotspring or locally known as Yeh Panes Hotspring, Located in Tabanan, the spring is located nearby rice field. The spring itself located at Yeh Panas Temple.  
  1. 5.Belulang Hotspring
  2. Belulang Hotspring is located in Tabanan. To reach the spring, visitor must walk about 200 meters from the parking area. The source of the spring is located in Beji Temple Area, where the worshiper of the temple bath to purify themselves. 
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  4. 6.Yeh Sanih Hotspring
  5. This hotspring is very unique that it is located very close to the sea, yet it is 100% fresh water. Balinese believe that if young couple bathing here, they will be together forever. The water is used for Hindu Ritual, and the source of the water is located nearby frangipani tree where Visnu is worshiped.  
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