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Menjangan Island: Brief Guide of What to Do and See There

Menjangan Island is situated just off the northwestern tip of Bali. This small island is also located in the Bali Barat National Park, a protected marine reserve. Surrounded by acres of wonderful coral reef garden where a wide diverse of eco biology shelters there, this island has become popular especially among the divers and snorkelers. The island’s south side is a famous place for tourists and local people alike to dive for coral reef exploration. With Bali Barat National Park surrounding, the 12 dive sites are always protected.

The popularity of this tourist destination has made Menjangan Island a paradise for tourists with so many Menjangan Island resort areas built. For the divers and snorkelers, there are no dangerous currents this area to contend with, so it’s relatively safe to dive and snorkel any time of the year. And aside from the high diversity of beautiful coral species and tropical fish, you can also observe the different kinds of shorebirds and sea birds that frequent the small island.  Plus, you can also spot the Hawkesbill Turtle that frequents the area.

The name ‘Menjangan’ itself means ‘deer’ in English. That is why this small island is also often referred to as Deer Island. The reason is that the island also happens to provide a shelter to the Barking Deer, which is also known as Muntjac.

To reach the island, hire a motorboard from Labuhan Lalang or Pemuteran. Labuhan Lalang is located at the main road towards Singaraja, accessible by minibus from both Singaraja and Gilimanuk. You can also travel by private car from Singaraja to Labuhan Lalang or Pemutaran. If you travel by minibus, the travel time may be double at least, considering the waiting times and stops on the way. Needless to say, when you go to Bali Island next time, be sure to visit Menjangan Island for all the attractions it offers, including Menjangan Island diving!

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Tanjung Puting National Park: Embark on Your Tropical Adventure

Tanjung Puting National Park was initially a wildlife preserve before gaining its park status along with an international reputation. Now, this national park has become Kalimantan’s most popular tourist destination. Accessible via direct flights from Jakarta and Surabaya, it seems like there’s no reason not to visit Tanjung Puting, especially considering the wonder and adventure you can enjoy and experience from one of natural wonders in Indonesian archipelago.

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Sign up for the tour. With many options to choose from, pick one which Tanjung Puting tour price will adjust to your budget. The Park itself is best viewed from a two-leveled live-abroad boat called klotok which travels up Sekonyer River to Camp Leakey. Lounge on the deck during the day to observe the lush tropical jungle with binocular or watch for the colorful kingfisher that flashes quickly. In the evening, spot the sight of proboscis monkeys seeking for protection amidst the treetops. During your tour, take the opportunity to sleep outside as the boat is tied up on the river, enjoying the hum of the rainforest to lull you.Tanjung Puting National Park

Orangutans, however, are still the best known animals in this national park. Here, you can find this endangered ape roaming freely. There are also Malaysian sun bears, clouded leopards, civers, barking deer, sambar deer, mouse deer, and banteng live there. In addition to that, Tanjung Puting also hosts more than 230 species of birds, including the famous bird lakes—the seasonal rookeries for half a dozen threatened species of waterbirds. The Park also has dozens of frogs and snakes, two species of crocodiles, and numerous endangered species including a fish known as the Arwana.

The trip is also a great introduction to the rainforest, especially the trip with a klotok, which will easily make the most memorable experience to have on Kalimantan Island. Fortunately, some klotok now are already outfitted with freshwater tanks, which definitely will let you enjoy your Tanjung Puting tour.

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Kelimutu National Park: A Brief Guide to Visiting Nusa Tenggara’s Must-Visit Place

Kelimutu National Park is a must-visit tourist destination when you travel to Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Here, you can find the famous Mount Kelimutu, the main tourist attraction, where the three volcanic lakes are naturally carved at the top. The mineral lakes will change color following the change of light, which makes it really popular. From time to time, the lakes change their color completely—there’s a table of what color they were for every year going back 20 years in the national park.

Even so, the Mount Kelimutu lakes are not the only attraction the Park offers to its visitors to see. There is an official feeding ground you can find on the way down the volcano where you can go to feed the wild monkeys. Even so, you have to be really careful since those monkeys are sneaky buggers—after all, there’s always a risk of getting scratches or bites when you’re interacting with wild animals! And to get you unwind; visit the hot springs near the entrance of the Park. For a picnic, go to the waterfall.

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You don’t need to worry too much about accommodation since it’s plentiful. Your hotel may arrange transport for you too in the public cars. However, you’ll have to pay the price of a full route although you’ll get on only in Kelimutu. Hence, to reach Kelimutu, it will be cheaper to flag a bus or car in Kelimutu once you’re ready, although this also comes with some downsides too—it might take a longer time and only a little to no guarantee that the car would arrive on time.

Getting around Kelimutu, you can use ojek or rent a motorbike. The cars that are licensed to carry the public transport passengers are those with yellow-colored plates and will let you on anywhere you stop them. Alternatively, you can hike down to Ende from Kelimutu on foot, which isn’t so difficult considering how the hike goes down and the light forest. Plan carefully and make many memorable moments during your Kelimutu tour!

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Getting around the Famous and Amazing Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park is identified as a global conservation priority area by both the Conservation International and WWF. Located between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa of Indonesian archipelago, this natural wonder includes 3 major islands: Padar, Rinca, and Komodo, in addition to numerous smaller islands. Not only does the national park become the home to the famous Komodo Dragon, it also offers refuges for many notable terrestrial species. In addition to that, there’s also one of the richest marine environments in the Park.

To get in the Park, you can sign up for any Komodo National Park tours. You’ll reach the Komodo Island by ferry from the cities of Sape which drops off passengers once or twice each week. The islands have no port, so you’ll be unloaded onto small vessels that will take you to the only village on the island. Even so, do ensure to check beforehand since not all departures offer this service. Near Sape, you can go to Bima for flight to Denpasar, Bali. Note that the ferries from Sape may be suspended due to bad weather indefinitely as well.

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Without a doubt, the amazing Komodo Dragons make the main reason to travel to the Park. Even so, there are still so many natural attractions you can visit once you’re there. With its amazing marine environment, snorkeling and diving surely are a must-do activity when you’re there. The diversity of the Park’s dive sites is nearly unparalleled with gentle, warm reefs where hunderds of species of corals and fish live, along with the massive pelagics such as sharks and manta rays.

One important thing you have to bear in mind is not to do any tour without the presence of local guides. It’s for your own safety, for the Komodo Dragons are dangerous. Plus, remember that it’s not safe to drink any tap water. Purchase soft drinks and water instead. And if you plan to go trekking, be sure to bring a large bottle of water to enjoy your Komodo Island tour!