Jumat, 25 September 2009

Garut Widiarta Defeats Marlon Gerber to Win the Rote Open 2009 Indonesian Surfing Championship Tour

19 September 2009, Nemberala, Rote Island:  In a very closely contested 30 minute final at scenic Bo’a Beach on the East Indonesian island of Rote, Garut Widiarta narrowly defeated Marlon Gerber to bring home 20 million Rupiah (USD 2,000)  and 3,500 points in the inaugural Rote Open 2009 presented by the Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship Tour.

“I feel a bit lucky to have been in this final and win against Marlon, especially because it’s on not an easy wave to surf on my backhand.  Marlon has been surfing insanely in every heat, so I’m actually surprised that I beat him” said Widiarta after the final. “All the guys were surfing so good, like Lee (Wilson), Dede (Suryana), Betet (Merta) and Marlon, so I was really fortunate to come out on top.”

“Winning this event here at Rote means a lot to me, because now I have a real shot at the ISC Championship. I’m honestly tired of being number two or three or four. I want that number one spot”, he added with a grin.

Marlon Gerber was good-natured about his loss, saying, “It was pretty hard out there, being up against Garut who is surfing so well and with the wind conditions what they were.  I know I just needed one more good wave, but I just couldn’t find it in time.”  Gerber had been blowing up in each heat, carving big turns and taking to the air at every opportunity, seemingly unstoppable until he met up with Widiarta in the final.

Widiarta had earlier send reigning 2008 ISC Champion Dede Suryana packing in Round 4 and then bested current number one ranked Lee Wilson in Semifinal One, while Gerber had gotten the better of Betet Marta, Tai Graham, and Made Awan on his run to the final.

The event had been blessed by solid surf each day of the three days of competition at the right-hand point break of Boa’s Beach, with conditions ranging from 6-foot glassy conditions on day one to 3-4 foot wind blow surf for the final.  Bo’a Beach is a very consistent wave that can be surfed on virtually every tide and seems to always have a surfable wave on offer, making it an ideal contest in addition being an excellent vantage point from which to view the surfing action. Hundreds of spectators thronged the beach each day of the competition to view these surfers compete.

The government of Rote Ndao in conjunction with event organizer PTR Communications and the Coca-Cola ISC Tour produced this four-day surfing event on the island of Rote in East Indonesia in an effort to promote tourism and provide a great venue to hold a six star prime ISC tour surfing competition.  The event was opened to international and Indonesian surfers with 90 surfers from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Switzerland, Uruguay and the USA competing in four divisions; Open Pro, Masters, Women’s, and Local.

Each day at the contest site the local government officials and event organizers treated the contestants and spectators to cultural programs including dancing, music, and speeches to show off their unique and interesting culture.

At the closing ceremony the governor of Rote Leonardus Hanning expressed his appreciation to all for producing such an excellent event, and committed to having PTR Communications and the Coca-Cola ISC Tour back next year and as long as he is in office (a five year term).


Coca-Cola ISC Tour CEO Tipi Jabrik was also very happy with the event, stating “The waves, the people, and the place here are very special and unique.  We’ve had a great competition and I’m looking forward to next year already. Many thanks to the government and to the local people for being such kind and generous hosts.”

Contest Results:

Open Pro

1.  Garut Widiarta (Indonesia)
2.  Marlon Gerber (Switzerland)
3.  Lee Wilson (Australia)
4.  Made Awan (Indonesia)


1.  Made Lapur (Indonesia)
2.  Wayan Widiarta (Indonesia)
3.  Made Lana (Indonesiai)
4.  Diego (Argentina)


1.  Herlani Theresia- (Indonesia)
2.  Stella Hermina (Indonesia)
3.  Jennifer Mikotha (Canada)
4.  Chika Kirin (Indonesia)


1.  Yermi
2.  Dani
3.  Bastian Mboro
4.  Mus Ely

The Rote Open 2009 is presented by the Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship Tour and sponsored by the government of Rote Ndao, PTR Communications, Garuda Indonesia, Merpati Airlines, Trans Nusa Airlines, and Heineken, and was sanctioned by the Coca-Cola ISC Tour.

Bukittinggi, The Most Relaxed Town in All Sumatra

Bukittinggi is one of the loveliest, friendliest, most relaxed town in all Sumatra. This town is situated more or less 930 meters above sea level.

Bukittinggi, formerly named Fort De Cock by the Dutch, has a cool climate and is surrounded by three volcanoes: Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi. In the outskirts of the town is the Ngarai Sianok canyon, a canyon separating Bukittinggi from Kota Gadang, 12 km away overland. Kota Gadang is renowned for its fine silver filigree and hand embroidery.

A center of attraction is the town's clock-tower, topped with a horn- shaped roof and referred to by the people as Jam Gadang. It overlooks the market square and the city's magnificent surroundings.

Also worth visiting is the Museum which is a Rumah Gadang, a traditional extended family house built in the 19th century. There are dance performances at the museum's open stage every Sunday and on public holidays. Night dance performances are at Sliguri. It is also worth seeing the bullfights at Padang Lawas (6 km south of Bukittinggi) every Tuesday at 5.00 p.m.

From Jakarta International Airport to Minangkabau International Airport in Ketaping it will take about 2 hours, after you arrive you can use Taxi or Bus to Bukittinggi.

There are various Inns and Hotels in Bukittinggi, If you are looking for a star hotel, theres Novotel Coralia Bukittinggi with a grand view of the beautiful Anai valley, while Lima's Hotel, Hotel Asia and Hotel Denai are classified locally as 'superior hotels'.

  • Simpang Raya, Jl Muka Jam Gadang. This large, popular restaurant has good-quality Padang food plus a basic Indonesian menu with soup, rice or noodle dishes.
  • Under the Bridge Restaurant, Jl A Yani. This is a slightly up market travelers' restaurant serving steaks, pasta, pizza, apple pie and chocolate cake.

Moving Around
You can move around the city by Taxi, Bus or rent a car. Theres also a horse carriage or sado provide a colorful charming transportation to move around through the town.

Other Things to See or Do
  • Watching one of the landmarks of the city, the Bukittinggi Big Ben or known as Jam Gadang. Also.
  • Make nice trips in the environment like to the Harau nature reserve, the Pagaruyung Minangkabau palace and Lake Singkarak.
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Souvenir Tips
As a tourist center, Bukittinggi boasts a multitude of craft,souvenir, jewelry, and antique shops. Many craft village lie within an hour ride from Bukittinggi.



  • Lively Pasar Atas (Upper Market), just south of the clock tower, is lined with stalls and shops selling everyday goods and souvenirs. Nearby, Sumatera,
  • Jl Minangkabau 19, has a huge range of textiles from Sumba and Irian Jaya and king sticks from North Sumatra.

Travel tips
  • Though the horse carriage is far more expensive than the 'ojek', it is very popular with the locals, especially since it can carry whole families.
  • The tourist office is at Jl Syech Bantam 1 (Mon-Thurs 8am-2pm, Fri 8-11am, Sat 8am-12.30pm; tel 0752/22403), near the clock tower.
  • Tours: Many places offer one-day local tours to traditional villages, the Pagaruyung palace and the Harau Canyon.
Dining Guide
Good varieties of restaurants are situated on or close to the city. But, since youre in West Sumatra who is known with the spicy foods, we suggested you to try some Padang dishes like Rendang and Soto Padang. Here are some of restaurants around the city: Where to StayGetting There

A Memory of an old time in Semarang

Semarang is situated on Java's northern coast and is called the capital of Centarl Java, as it lies just about halfway between the extreme east and west coasts of the island. The environs around Semarang are perfect for day trips and side and side excursions.

The old records of this city date back to the 15th to the 18th century AD in where captivating ancient and colonial monuments still standing to present date. In the older part of the city, near the harbour, you can still find an interesting collection of buildings dating back to the Dutch Colonial era and the Dutch East Indies Company, such as GEREJA BLENDUK, is the eldest Christian Church in Central Java built by the Dutch community in 1753. It shows the Church architecture of the 18th century with its huge dome and a baroque organ inside the building. Nearby the Church, there are some buildings from the Dutch colonial time. STASIUN TAWANG, the main railways station with its "Old Time" architecture located also in this area. While LAWANG SEWU or usually called as Thousand Doors, situated in the downtown of Semarang is also a remarkable building from the "Old Dutch Time".

Beside an interesting collection of Dutch Colonial buildings, there's an also Chinese buildings remain in Semarang. In the west part of Semarang, a temple SAMPOKONG or locally known as Gedong Batu (Stone Building) was dedicated to Chinese Moslem Admiral Cheng Ho, his fleet arrived in the first time at 1406 AD. The other Chinese Buddhist temple is Tay Kak Sie at Lombok Street built in the year 1772.

Getting There

  • By Plane
    To and from Semarang is easily accessible by Air, the airport name is Ahmad Yani located in West Semarang around five km from the downtown.
    There are several airlines, such as Garuda and Merpati, connect with other cities of Indonesia such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Banjarmasin, etc.
  • By Train
    The main railway station is Tawang, in the old part of the town.
    The main train connection is between Semarang, Cirebon and Surabaya. There is also service to Solo.
  • By Bus
    The main Bus Terminal is in Terboyo, in the eastern part of the city. Several Bus companies serve the inter-city connections with many cities in Java, Bali and Sumatra. Direct information can be collected directly in the terminal.
  • By Boat
    The Semarang harbor is in Tanjung Mas. There are regular shipping lines for passengers sail to and from Semarang to other island, as Kalimantan. The main line is Pelni. Inquire also for occasional cargo boats, taking passengers in the harbor.

Where to Stay

This city has enough accommodation for its visitors, from budget hotels to the star-rated hotels. Some top hotels located in downtown and in any luxurious area. The facilities meet international demands with combination of traditional specialties.

Moving Around

You can move around the city by becak (a three wheels vehicle) only in the north part of the city, mini-buses, buses and taxi.

Other Things to See or Do

While in Semarang, you can visit other interesting places, such as:

  • Simpang Lima, it is a square with many shops and cinemas around. In the evening a lot of people are here taking a walk or window-shopping. Early in the morning, people are jogging along the street.
  • Gombel, its a favorite place on the hill with its fresh air and picturesque landscape. In the evening, people like to be here to relax while enjoying the panoramic vista to the city and the harbor.
  • Puri Maerakaca, it is a well arranged park on the beach exhibiting traditional houses of every Central Java regencies. In these houses, specific crafts of each regency are displayed.

Dining Guide

There are a lot of restaurants in Semarang offering delicious food of Indonesian, Chinese, and European cuisine. One should find easily in Jl. Pemuda around Pasar Johar the best speciality market in Simpang Lima mall.

The area of Gang Lombok and Jl. Gadjah Mada are famous with its Chinese restaurants, in Jl. A. Yani there are tasteful Javanese restaurants.

Semarang is famous for its Lumpia (Chinese Spring Rolls ), Pia, Wingko Babat and Bandeng Presto (Tendered Fish).

Souvenir Tips

Souvenir and art objects are available in Semarang, mostly in the downtown areas and popular market places or shopping centres. Batik cloths and garments, handwoven fabrics, traditional and local jewellery, leather puppets, basketry and many.

Travel Tips

  • The weather is most pleasant between May to September and it is recommended that travelers choose this time of year to visit
  • Dress light and comfortable to wear
  • Don't forget to bring an umbrella or raincoat, in case of rain

Back to Basic in Baduy


Imagine a peaceful place, surrounded by verdant atmosphere. Sound of nature the rustle of the wind amidst the bamboo leaves, the chirping of the birds, the faint rush of the river. Baduy village, located in the hills of Kendeng mountain, about 75 kilometers southward from Rangkasbitung, West Java, is the perfect place to people who want to taste a bit of serenity seldom found in big cities. Those with a taste of adventure might find trekking to Baduy village both interesting and stimulating.

Getting There

  1. Rent a car. The car will stop at Ciboleger Village.
  2. From Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, take a train to Merak via Rangkasbitung. It will take about 1.5 hours. From Rangkasbitung, use a public transportation (called ELF by locals) to Ciboleger. The trip will take approximately 2.5 hours. The sight of The Farmer?s Family statues in Ciboleger will greet you, bidding you welcome. Follow the footpaths?on foot, enjoy the natural landscape around you. You'll then pass through Gajeboh Village. Here you can see Baduy women weaving clothes. Proceed by crossing Ciujung River, the widest river in Baduy area. The sight of the bridge made of bamboos tied to one another (no nails are involved!) might deter you from moving onward, but no need to fear! The bridge is strong despite of its crudeness. You'll then enter Cicakal Village. Here you can rest and spend the night. The journey on foot from Ciboleger to Cicakal will take about 2 hours.
  3. Alternatively, to enter Inner Baduy Village, you can use Koranji line then pass through Kroya Market. Every week, Baduy people visit this market to exchange their farming goods with whatever they need. From this place they'll move on to Cikapol Village.

Where to Stay

You can stay at traditional homes in Baduy, in Cicakal Village. The houses are built of woven bamboos with ijuk leaves. These houses might last for up to 25 years (in one condition: the roof should be changed once per 5 years). Baduy people don't believe in technology, so don't expect electrical goods here.

Moving Around

You'll be able to explore the lush forest and natural sceneries (for Baduy people never disrupt the nature). You?re welcome to take pictures as long as you haven't entered Baduy Dalam (Inner Baduy) area. People in Outer Baduy are more tolerant with signs of technology.

Dining Guide

There are no restaurants in Baduy, so please bring your own food. Sometimes you can ask the locals to share their meals with you.

Souvenir Tips

Traditional cloths (mostly blue) woven by Baduy women.

Other Things to See or Do

Traditional Baduy homes, Baduy women weaving cloth, Baduy people's activities (it's surprising to know that there are so many things to do without electricity!). Take pictures if you must in Outer Baduy Village, but never in Inner Baduy.

Travel Tips

  • Make sure that you're fit and strong for this journey. Two-hours walk doesn't seem to be that difficult, but bear in mind that you'll be passing through rugged terrain and a river.
  • Dress accordingly. Use clothes that will make it easier for you to move, preferably cotton. Bring spare clothes and towels. Use sneakers for comfort.
  • Bring your own snacks/food/drink, also medicines.
  • Bring a torchlight to move around at night. Baduy people use damar (oil lamp) which might not be convenient enough for you to use.
  • Bring an umbrella or a raincoat, in case of rain.
  • To make the journey easier and more enjoyable, you can try to use travel agents featuring Baduy. For instance, you can contact Trekmate, Mapala UI, Caldera, and other travel agents.
  • Respect the locals and their customs. For instance, never ever take whatever that does not belong to you in Inner Baduy. Ask your guide or locals for more information regarding what should and should not be done in this area.
  • Bring spare battery for your cellphone (if you must bring it) and camera.

HERITAGE SITE in Palembang

1. Kuto Besak Fortress

An interesting fact about this museum is that it took 17 years to build it, started in 1780 and inaugurated to use it in Monda 21st Februari 1797. The idea of f this fortress development was Mahmud Badaruddin Sultanate I (1724 - 1758).
It has 288,75m length, 183, 75 m width, 9.99 m height and 1.99 m thick. Each corner provide entrance, the Northwest side entrance is different with three others. The same 3 entrances represent the characteristic of Kuto Besak Fortress. The main entrance, Lawang Kuto allowed visitors to look out to Musi River. While the entrance in the back door called Lawang Buritan.
This fortress has become Palembangnese proud since its the biggest and the only fortress made-up from stone wall and strongly related as the witness of their successes fought against European enemy.

2. Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Museum

This museum was the former Kuto Lama Fortress where the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Jayo Wikramo and Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I (1724 - 1758) stated their Keraton (palace).
In 1821, this palace attacked by the Dutch Colony and in October 17th, 1823 demolished under Dutch Commissaries requirement, I.L Van Seven House as the revenge to Sultanate who burnt Aur rive Loji. The museum rebuilt in 1825 and become Dutch government secretariat and resident.

In 1942 - 1945 during Japanese expansion, this building ruled by Japanese armies and handed over to Palembangnese after the independence proclaimed in 1945. In 1949, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Museum renovated and punctuated the function as Sriwijaya II Toritorium and used as central rezimen of Sriwijaya IV. Based on the research conducted by National Archeological team in 1988, the Kuto Lama brick foundation found under the scalded wooden-block.

3. Water Tower Office

This building was founded in 1982 and previously used Syuco office during Japanese era in 1942-1945 and then used as city hall untuil 1956. This building provided water treatment supplies for public office. In 1963 Water Tower Office changed into Palembang Government Central Office.

4. Ampera Bridge

Built above Musi River which has 1.777 m length, 22 m width and 11.50 m height funded from war confiscation of Japanese Government by Soekarno instruction, Indonesia President started in April 1962 and finished 1964.
Previously named Musi Bridge then changed to Ampera Bridge since it operated on New Era period. AMPERA word stands for Amanat Penderitaan Rakyat (Message of Folks Tribulation).
Before 1970, the center part of Ampera Bridge could be lift up and passed by big ship with 44.50 m height on maximum. Now days, for maintenance reason ship isnt allowed to cross over.

5. Limas Traditional House

Built along the river banks, facing away from the water so daily household activities can be done in privacy. These very ornate wooden houses are raised on stills, and usually 15-20 meters in width and from 30-60 meters, from Colums; door and window frames to ventilation panels are intricately carved.
Getting There
Domestic flight fly daily to Palembang
Garuda Indonesia Airlines served flight from Osaka, Tokyo, Jeddah, Riyadh, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Singapore and Perth as well as major cities in Indonesia to Palembang
Air conditioned buses from Java and Sumatera also available
Moving around in Palembang, public transportation such as mini bus, buses, small transport called angkutan kota/city trans
Becak or pedicab is an optional and best to explore the town

Where to Stay
Star Hotel
Novotel Palembang Hotel & Residence
PALEMBANG - Jln. R. Soekamto 8A, Palembang
+62-711-369777 / +62-711-379777
Sandjaya ****: Jln A. Rivai No.6193 Palembang Telp. (0711) 350634-3113693
Swarna Dwipa ***: Jl. Tasik No.2 PalembangTelp. (0711) 313322-362992
King's ***: Jl. Kol. Atmo Nomor 623 Plg Telp. (0711) 363633-362323
Lembang ***: Jl. Kol. Atmo No. 623 Plg Telp. (0711) 363333
Princess ***: Jl. Letkol Iskandar Komplek Ilir Barat Permai Palembang Telp. (0711)313137-312801
Lee Paradise **: Jl. Kapt. A. Rivai No.257 Telp. (0711) 356707
Arjuna **: Jl. Kapt. A. Rivai No.219 Telp. 356719-358505
Wisata **: Jl. Letkol Iskandar No.105 Telp. 434889
Puri Indah *: Jl. Merdeka No. 38-40 Plg Telp. (0711) 355785

Budget Hotel
Sehati: Jl. Dr. Wahidin 1 Palembang Telp. 351537
Sintera: Jl. May. Ruslan No.667 Palembang Telp. (0711)354618-354619
Crossandra: Jl. Dwikora I No.1711 Telp. (0711) 313667
Kenanga Inn: Jl. Bukit Kecil No.76 Palembang Telp. (0711) 358166
Wisma Olga: Jl. Sumatera 1-7 Telp. (0711) 311265
Sriwijaya: Jl. Letkol Iskandar No.31 Palembang Telp. (0711) 354193
Surya I: Jl. Sukarjo Seb-Ulu 1 Palembang Telp. (0711) 512657
Timbul Jaya: Jl. Letkol Iskandar No.15 Palembang Telp. (0711) 350177
Pondok Indah: Jl. Kol. H. Burlian Km.9 Palembang Telp. (0711) 414369
Darma Agung: Jl. Kol. H. Burlian km.7 Telp. 410558-411964
Cendana: Jl. Jend. Sudirman No.22 Km.3 Telp. 410558-411964
Ganesha: Jl. Karet No.6/10 Telp. 357333
Permata: Jl. Jend. Sudirman No.292-793Telp. 369250-369251

Moving Around
Moving around in Palembang, public transportation such as mini bus, buses, small transport called angkutan kota/city trans
Becak or pedicab is an optional and best to explore the town
Ojeg: rented bike drived by the owner
Getek: traditional boat is one of the main transportation in Musi River

Dining Guide
Find the authentic local food here.
Pempek Palembang
Ask somebody to name the well-known dishes from Palembang, they will mentioned Pempek Palembang in their top-list. Yes, Pempek Palembang. Once you visit Palembang then you have to give it a try.
Pempek made from fish, sago flour and served with acid sour soup. There are several variant of Pempek; Pempek Lenjer, Kapal Selam (egg), Pempek Kulit (fish), Pempek Adaan and Pempek Lenggang (mixed Lenjer with egg), Pempek Keriting, Pempek Panggang
Store to visit:
Pempek Dempo at Jl. Dempo Dalam
Pempek Noni: Jl. Kolonel Haji Burlian
Pempek Pak Raden
Kerupuk Palembang
One of the famous snack from Palembang, this kerupuk or chips made from mixed flour with certain fish, Tenggiri fish, Gabus fish and Belida fish.
Store to visit:
Kerupuk 601 and Taxi 333 at Jl. Dempo Luar
Martabak Har
Made from fried egg, flour skin and mixed with certain spices. Martabak Har usually served with juicy soup made from potatoes, water and spices. Best place to have this martabak is Martabak Haji Abdul Rosak at Jl. Jendral Sudirman
Lempok Duren
Made from Durian and sugar, available in Durian season only
Local soup made from fishball, shrimp paste/essen, rice noodle and mushroom, juicy tuber

Souvenir Tips
Kain Songket (Songket Cloth) at Sentra Kerajinan Songket
Wooden carve at Jalan Jenderal Sudirman

Other Things to See or Do
Hutan Wisata Punti Kayu
Bukit Siguntang
Sentra Kerajinan Kayu Ukir
Sentra Kerajinan Songket
Pulau Kemaro

Travel Tips
The Annual Bidar Race is well worth including in your plans if you visit Palembang around Independence Day, August 17th. The Annual Bidar Race takes place at River Musi. The 24 meters long boat and 75 cm wide, powered by 50 oarsmen.
Sriwijaya Festival every July perform cultural attractions and ornamental boat race

Other Travel Essential

Tourist Office
Dinas Pariwisata & Kebudayaan Kota Palembang
Jl. Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, No. 2
Phone: 0711 " 358450 - Fax: 0711 " 352573

Airline Services

Garuda Indonesia
Jl. Kapten A Rivai No.35
Phone: (0711) 3122204/790
Fax: (0711) 352224

Mandala Airlines
Bandara Sultan Machmud Badarudin II
Phone: (0711) 411778 ext. 100
Fax: (0711 411840

Tour and Travel Agent

Carmeta Ampuh
Dempo Luar 29 " 30 Palembang,
Phone: (0711)352529, Fax: (0711) 312589

Sri Varia Wisata
Jl. Letkol Iskandar 16 A, Palembang,
Phone: (0711) 372034, Fax: (0711) 313708

Wisata Indah (Wisin)
Jl. Veteran No. 173 C, Palembang,
Phone: (0711) 351811, Fax: (0711) 355580

Pt. Mitra Suryawisatama
Jl. Rajawali No. 491, Palembang,
Phone: (0711) 321875, Fax: (0711) 353365

Internet CafI.Net
Jl.Kolonel Atmo 425
Phone : (+62.711) 373068

Senin, 14 September 2009

East Kalimantan

As a major producer of oil and timber; East Kalimantan is at present the most industrially advanced province of the island and the second largest province in Indonesia. It is also the home of the original inhabitants of Kalimantan, the Orang Gunung or Mountain People. The tribes are collectivelly called Dayak, although this name is not embraced by many tribes-people themselves, who prefer to be known by sepa¬rate tribal names such as Iban, Punan and Banuaq. Local tribes traditionally live in the communal longhouses called Lamin or Umaq Daru. They are built on wooden piles, sometimes 3 metres high as protection against wild animals and flooding. The Punan people are nomadic hunter-gatherers, and only use the longhouse at the height of the rainy season. Steeped in tradition, the interior of the longhouse is typically divided into separate family quarters with communal areas connecting each of the families. It is in the communal areas that village meetings are held and ceremonies performed, thereby reinforcing the strong tribal bonds in the face of rapidly advancing 20th century’s technology.

Guardian statues are normally placed in front of longhouses to protect them against evil’s spirits who bring disease and bad fortune. The more remote and traditional tribes-people have pierced earlobes, which over the year have become stretched by the weight of heavy gold or brass rings, and beautifully elaborate tattoos. Traveling along the extensive Mahakam river system is a fascinating adventure. Ri¬ver boats slide unobtrusively through heavily silt-laden waters, wild orchids drip off trees. Proboscis monkeys signal your arrival to the crocodiles and legendary hornbills. A 5,000 acre Orchid Reservation close to the village of Kersik Luwai cultivates 27 different species of orchild including the very rare “Cologenia pandura” the Black Orchid.

Tourist Office:

Jl. Kusuma Bangsa Balaikota Samarinda 75123 Phone (0541) 741669, 731447 Fax. (0541) 736866

Getting there:

Balikpapan is the gateway to East Kalimantan, Garuda Indonesia Airlines fly from Kuala Lumpur to Balikpapan via Jakarta. Balikpapan can be reach by flight directly from Jakarta, Manado and Surabaya as well as from Tarakan.

Tourism Events=]

Erau Festival, Tenggarong Mahakam River, East Kalimantan. Catch a rare glimpse of Dayak and their culture during the Erau festival. The event is held on Sept’ 08 to celebrate Tenggarong, Founding as the capital city of an ancient kingdom several centuries ago.

Places of Interest


Samarinda is a capital of East Kalimantan province known for its fine sarong. The Garden of Mulawarman University has the education forest with 62.4 ha arboretum, about 12 km north of Samarinda. A number of modest but comfortable hotels availablein Samarinda.


Balikpapan, the center of Kalimantan’s oil industry, is also the gateway to East Kalimantan with air and sea connections to Jakarta and other major points in Indonesia. Balikpapan has a major number of good hotels, including one of the international standard, as well as recreation facilities. It has the second-busiest airport in the nation after Jakarta.

Tanah Merah Indah-Lempake=]

Tanah Merah Indah-Lempake. This is recreational park called Tanah Merah Indah-Lempake ith a water fall, located 16 km from downtown Samarinda. It can be reached by car or public transportation.


Tenggarong, up to Mahakam river from Samarinda, is the capital of Kutai regency and was once the seat of the Kutai sultanate. The Sultan’s palace at the riverside is now a museum where the old royal paraphernalia are kept, as well as an excellent collection of antique Chinese ceramics. Dayak statues can be admired in the yard. A curious thing about the royal paraphernalia is that they display a strong resamblance with Java’s court traditions. Every 24th of September, the former palace becomes a stage of dance and music performances given to celebrate the town’s anniversary.


Berau. Found here are the remains of a king called the Keraton Gunung Tambur and The Keraton Sambaling.

Tanjung Isuy=]

Tanjung Isuy. This litle settlement around Lake Jempang, in the lake-studded East Kalimantan hinterland, has a traditional Da¬yak longhouse which has been turned into lodges for visitors. The grave of a Benuaq Dayak chief lies aside the hamlets’s only only road. Visitors are usually given a traditional Dayak Benuaq welcome. The trip over Tanjung Isuy over the Mahakam River is along but interesting one past floating village and forest scenery. See the magic dance of the “belian” a Dayak tribe‘s doctor. Dressed in skirt of leaves, cures his patients at night by performing the rites prescribed by ancestors to the frenzied accompaniment of gongs and drums. Many Benuaq Dayaks still prefer the old cures to the modern ones at the government public health centers which are nearby.

Derawan and  Sangalaki Islands=]

'Derawan and  Sangalaki Islands 3 hours by long boat from Tanjung Redep in the north, you can reach Derawan Island. There are many rare animals such as the green turtle, the scarlet turtle, star fruit turtle and sea cow. Derawan and Sangalaki islands hold an amazing marine environment, including fabulous coral formations, canary crabs, green turtles and pearls.

Muara Ancalong=]

Muara Ancalong-Muara Wahau Dances at the Kenyah Dayak are often performed here for visitors at a traditional longhouse.


Banten, once a powerful maritime capital rivaling the vast Javanese Mataram empire, is today a fishing village with an illustrious past. The Capital City of Banten Province is Serang. Old Banten is one of the well know historical objects, only 10 km from the town of Serang. In this site, we can find a lot of remains of Islamic Banten Kingdom which was founded between 16 and 18 century. This is the coastal area where the Dutch formerly landed to trade. Banten has few relics to show of its past grandeur, however, there are the ruins of powerful Moslem kingdoms such as the pala¬ces of Surosowan and Kaibon, the grand mosque of Mesjid Agung Banten (1599) and a Dutch fortress and an old Chinese temple. Old Banten is the city which was the capital of the Republic of Indonesia.

Tourist Office:

Jl. Ayib Usman No.1, Kaligandu, Serang 42151 Phone. (0254) 219836 Fax. (0254) 200220 Website : http//
Jl. Raya Air Kuta No.2 Bali, Phone (0361) 766184 http ://

Getting there:
Soekarno Hatta International Airport is the main access from aboard to Banten. It also can be reach by car or motorbike through a route of Jakarta - Serang.

Tourism Events
Debus, a combination of traditional martial art performance and body invulnerability Gembrug - the opening act with drum percussion and Beluk Strident hysterical sound when it began to reach heavy level of performance and Pencak - single or pairs of traditional martial art performance.

Places of Interest

Baduy Traditional Society

Baduy Traditional Society. In the area of 5,101 hectares consisting or two parts : inner and outer Baduy tribes. Live in harmony with nature, avoid modern life. It is located at Lebak Regency.

Keraton Surosowan

Keraton Surosowan (The Palace of Surosowan) was built during the reign of Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin (1525-1552). Most of buildings were partly totally damaged. What remains is only the wall of the fortress ciecling the ruin of the monument. According to the old maps it is known that in the past the complexes of the palace were surrounded by a ditch as a guard. It was said, that in the past small ship was able to sail along the ditch or along the canal to the open sea.

Tasikardi at Margasana village, Kramatwatu district is a part of arceological complex of Old Banten. Its width is approximatelly 5 hectares and in the cebter of the lake there is a square formed “islands”. During the period of the Kingdom of Banten, Tasikardi used irigate the recifields and as a water treatment system in Surosowan Palace.

Speelwijk Fortress

Speelwijk Fortress is located at kampung Pamarican, around at Banten Gulf. In the past it was used as the fortress of the Sultanate of Banten, before the Deutch pene¬trated to and accupied Banten.

Ujung Kulon National Park

Ujung Kulon National Park. One of World Natural conservation as UNESCO declared. Observe the natural tropical forest, found the rare single horn rhino. The grazing area of buffaloes peacock and specific animals completed by beautiful islands around. There is a bus each day from Labuan to Taman Jaya which is on the edge of the Ujung Kulon national park. There simple cabins can be hired and a ranger can then take you on a walk into the park. It takes about six hours to reach a camping site. Food is not readily available so take some with you from Matahari in Labuan. Boats from and of the west.

Taman Jaya where the wood carving community, located nearby Ujung Kulon National Park.

Pulau Dua/Pulau Burung

Pulau Dua/Pulau Burung (Birds Island) is a natural bird conservation area for bird watching, located about 3 miles from the northern of Karangantu harbor. It can be reached by motorized pats or sail boats in 15 minutes. From April to August the island is visited by thousand of bird coming from the continent of Africa, Asia and Australia to lay and hatch their eggs. Soon after the young birds become mature, they will return to their original places. At least 50 kinds of birds and generally those are fishering birds that only to fly far distance such as herons, ducks, teals, fowis and other be able to lay 2-4 eggs, and stayed together in Pulau Dua of 8 hectares land.

The Tower of Bojong

The Tower of Bojong. Built in 1885 the Dutch, it is 75, 7 meter in height and it is an eighteen-story house light in Anyer Kidul. This area is an historical place. It is very well known for its 1000 km Daendles Post Road from Anyer to Panarukan (East Java) in 1811.

Karang Bolong Beach

Karang Bolong Beach is located 50 km from Serang town or 140 km from Jakarta, on Karang Bolong Street. Karang Bolong beach is the beach recreation area where there is a big rock with its hole in the center, facing the open sea.

The Hot Spring

The Hot Spring of Batu Kuwung. Its heat reaches 70-80 Fahrenheit degree. The hot water is iodized but it doesn’t contain any sulphur.

Mount Krakatau

Mount Krakatau is located at Sunda Strait. This volcano is very well known all over the world because its eruption in 1883 shocked the world and had caused a big disaster. The eruption of Krakatau was so powerful and its sound was heard in Australia and Colombo. The new volcano began emerged to surface in 1928. In 1951 geologists recorded that the height of Anak Gunung Krakatau was just above 72 m dpl, but right now it’s already reached a height of more than 200 m.

Rangkasbitung in Lebak Regency is a center of souvenirs made of Opal (Batu kali maya) and Onyx.

Bumi Jaya in Serang Regency produce various kind of export quality potteries.

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Golf Courses

Golf Courses. 11 golf course and 1 dri¬ving range all around Banten. The luxurious facilities, including 18 holes and first class accommodation.

Pulau Umang

Pulau Umang, white sandy beach over looking the crystal clear sea water, located 183 km about 4 hours driving by car and 5 min by boat from Jakarta, there is a resort and spa facilities to relax and living in nature with magnificient view of Krakatau and the Ujung Kulon National Park.

Mesjid Agung Banten

Mesjid Agung Banten This complex consists of a mosque monu¬ment having grave yards along its left and right sides, the monument of Tiyamah, a tower, and grave yard located in the north side.

Keraton Kaibon 

Keraton Kaibon  (The Palace of Kaibon) It is located at the village of Kroya on the bank of the road of Old Banten, approximately 7 km from the town of Serang or 1 km from Surosowan Palace. The name Kaibon was derived from the word Kai-i¬buan namely Ratu Asiah, taking over his son’s position, Sultan Rafiudin who was just 5 months old to lead the reign.

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Surfing at Cimaja Beach, Palabuhanratu-West Java

The Palabuhanratu area, a favorite weekend surfing destination for expatriates and a growing number of Indonesian surfers based in Jakarta, is the most crowded of West Java's surfing grounds due to sheer ease of accessibility. Most of the surf pounded beaches in the Palabuhanratu resort area-also called Samudra Beach are just that: pure beach

pound, featuring vicious riptides and big walls of water with nowhere to go. Most surfers skip this non-directional stuff and head a few kilometers due west to the sleepy fishing and rice-growing village known as Cimaja, or Cimaja Beach.

The Cimaja break, a right that rises off a rocky reef, is reached by walking about 300 meters from the main road through beachfront sawah (rice paddies). This spot is consistently surf able because it has a solid and angular rock bottom perfectly attuned to south and southwest swells rising out of the Indian Ocean. Its rights peel off in front of a cobble-stone and boulder strewn beach that clatters like a series of giant castanets every time a wave set rolls in.

Here down below are some information for surfing at Cimaja.

Spot information for surfing at Cimaja (

  • Type of break: pointbreak
  • Type of wave: occasionally barreling wave
  • Direction: right hand
  • Bottom: rock
  • Average lenght of ride: 100-200 meter lenght
  • Suitable for: intermediate level

    Detailed information:
  • Crowd level: normal crowd
  • Best tide: mid
  • Ideal board size: 6'2-6'4 Thruster
  • Ideal wind direction: east

    Wavesize & wetsuit:
  • Spring - Summer - Autumn - Winter
    Good: 4' - 6' - Overhead: 6'- 8' - Ok : 2'- 4' - Ok : 2'- 4'
    Boardshorts - Boardshorts - Boardshorts - Boardshorts

Getting There

Cimaja village and its surrounds are easily reached from Jakarta in about two and a half hours by car, just taking the highway south to Bogor, then towards Sukabumi and Palabuhanratu . Once in Cimaja fishing village, it's a hike through the rice paddies, and a cautious hop across the cobblestone beach.

Where to Stay

After turning left at the intersection onto Jl Siliwangi to go into town, there are some inexpensive losmen on the right-hand side, such as Laut Kidul and Karang Naya. Most hotels in Palabuhanratu charge more on the weekends and holidays.

Moving Around

Heading west for a few hundred yards, across the river, you can check out the lefts at Karang Papak, which can be working when Cimaja is a mess. Generally the temptation doesn't pay off however.

Dining Guide

Restaurants are abundant down here and the seafood is very decent. Any hawkers in Palabuhanratu , as nearby the beach, don't forget try fish balls

Other Things to See or Do

  • Taking a rest with sunset and enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay.
  • Learn how to surf.
  • Visit Nyai Roro Kiduls room at Samudra Beach Hotel, Room 308.
  • Wanna go for a beauty outing? About 9 km. West of Palabuhanratu theres a hotsprings and volcanic area called Cipanas (Hot River).

Souvenir Tips

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In any shop of a star-qualified hotel you may find some of your preference like sea-related products, such as items made of seashells, corals, t-shirts, etc. There are also street vendors selling this souvenir too along the sea shores.

Travel Tips

  • For swimmers, beware of strong currents all along this stretch of coastline.
  • Always be wary of tide conditions and how they affect the lineup. There's a large and exposed rock that is both conveniently and precariously located in front of the take-off point.
  • Like much of Java's rugged south coast this is prime sea urchin and rock-dance country at low tides. Beach rocks here are also very smoothing, slippery and (unfortunately) sometimes covered by sharp, skin-tearing barnacles. Proceed out and back in with caution to avoid being chopped up in the shore pound.
  • There is no rail or air service to Palabuhanratu, so if you are budget conscious and cant afford private car services your safari will have to opt for travel on buses or minibuses that regularly commute from Jakarta to Palabuhanratu via either Bogor or Sukabumi.
  • If youre a beginner, theres a surfing lessons at Cimaja. They would be happy to teach you with experienced surfers in the water to keep you out of harm's way. Ask the staff at your lodging for more details.
  • There are some surf shops & board repairing facilities in the Cimaja area, but these are limited. You will get leg ropes & wax, but not "fin keys" or "ding repair kits", sunscreens are all imported, so most shops can not now afford to carry them, so bring sufficient for you holiday.
  • Dont forget to bring a small first aid kit.
  • The on shore wind normally starts about 11 am. & drops of most afternoons 4 p.m. So both morning & afternoon surfing sessions are possible.
  • The dry season is the main surfing season & is approximately from April through to October while the wet season is from November through to March, while the surf is less reliable, there are still waves to be had.
  • The colour of "green" is said to be the very colour of the Javanese Spirit-queen. To the traditional and local custom this colour is forbidden to wear.