Essential Indonesia Maps

Bali residents and visitors alike are fortunate to have available locally an excellent and ever-growing selection of atlases, folded maps and wall maps of Bali and Indonesia. Produced by various publishers, most are high quality, feature color printing, and indicate major tourist sights and services and topographic features in realistic relief. Although there are a […]

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Mt. Rinjani: Trek Adventure Par Excellence

Famed for its great beauty and eerie isolation – surely one of the most magnificent volcanoes of the Indonesian archipelago – Mount Rinjani towers over every corner of the Lombok, the first in Indonesia’s exotic southeastern island chain. With its fertile alluvial plains, evergreen rainforests and picturesque, finely crafted rice terraces sloping down to the […]

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JED: Village Eco-tourism in Bali

In a developing country like Indonesia, one might think a booming tourist trade on one of its prettiest islands could only be good. There are certainly some benefits. But mass tourism on Bali also creates some serious problems. One problem is economic. Mass tourism on Bali has largely been planned and implemented by the Indonesian […]

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Weh Island: Indonesia’s Outer Limits

When the islanders saw the water suck way out to sea on Boxing Day of 2004, most of the 25,000 inhabitants of Pulau Weh ran for the hills. When the big wave hit moments later, only 12 people died. This is an astounding number considering that over 100,000 lost their lives in Banda Aceh just […]

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Tangkoko Nature Reserve

The world’s most peculiarly shaped island, Sulawesi resembles anything from an open-jawed crocodile to a spastic letter “K.” Four long, narrow peninsulas separated by three great gulfs are joined in the island’s mountainous heart. Ranging from 1,800 to 3,000 meters in height, volcanoes stretch from north to south and offer unspoiled, pollution-free, breath-catching tropical scenery. […]

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Makassar: Crossroads of Eastern Indonesia

Those travelers who want to experience a more adventurous side of the archipelago than just Java and Bali should consider Makassar, one of Indonesia’s most colorful, fascinating and totally unpretentious cities. For openers, Makassar has been the largest and busiest mercantile and communications center in all of eastern Indonesia for over 500 years. Formerly known […]

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Sailing Adventures to the Eastern Islands

If the world’s oil wells were to dry up tomorrow, goods and people would still continue to move around the watery nation of Indonesia, a country which sits astride two oceans and boasts the largest – and last – fleet of wooden oceangoing sailing vessels in the world, an estimated 30,000 strong. Within the archipelago’s […]

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Tenggarong: Doorstep to the Mahakam

Capital of the Kutai Regency, 45 km and three hours upstream from Samarinda, or just one hour by road. Passing sawmills and stilted villages along the way, the Mahakam River is broad and sluggish at this point. The people of this small, neat and thriving river town are quite tourist-friendly. Tenggarong is far cheaper and […]

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Riau: Cradle of Malay Civilization

Under-appreciated Riau makes for a superb side trip on your way back from a visa run to Singapore. If you have an extra day at your disposal, you can even visit Bintan in the morning and return by evening. Check out Singapore- Tg. Pinang schedules: www.penguin.com.sg/ferryschedule.htm. The Riau Islands lie in a vast expanse of […]

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Ambon: The Original Spice Island

The first discovered and most famous of all the Indonesian islands, today the islands of Maluku are amongst Indonesia’s most unexplored and least developed. These were the original “Spice Islands” of Dutch colonial history that spurred Columbus to cross the Atlantic and discover America. Fought over by Spanish, Portuguese, British and Dutch merchant fleets for […]

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