Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Karimunjawa - Beach Village Ecotourism

Tanjung Gelam - Karimunjawa

In addition to Seribu Island, Karimun Island is one island group located in the Java sea.Karimun is a district in Jepara regency, which is the only district in Central Java, separated by the sea. Of mainland Java, the nearest island is 45 miles northwest of the town of Jepara.Karimun is a cluster of small islands with a total area of 111 625 hectares of land and sea with a population of more than 8800 inhabitants. There are 22 islands in the group of Karimun. 

Of all the islands here, most residents live in five main islands of Karimun Jawa, Pulau Kemujan, Parang Island, Mosquito Island, and Island Genting. Karimun Islands affected by the sea breeze blowing throughout the year with an average temperature of 26-30 degrees Celsius. According to the legend that circulated in the local community, karimunjawa Kremun derived from a word in Javanese language means vague. Karimunjawa which was dimly visible from the mainland of Java since 1986 has been designated as a Marine Nature Reserve. 

Karimun Nature Reserve changed its status to the National Park karimunjawa in 1999. Most National Parks are then designated as a Conservation Area Natural Waters by the Decision of the Ministry of Forestry No.74/Kpts-II/2001. Karimun National Park is often used as a means of research on matters relating to maritime affairs, such as management of coastal areas and recreational activities, the ecology of tropical rain forest vegetation coastal areas, mangrove, coral reef ecology and diversity of marine biota. 

Coral reefs in Karimun National Park consists of several types of coral reef shore (fringing reef), coral reef barrier (barrier reef) and a few taka (patch reef). Wealth of marine biota consists of more than 90 species of hard corals and 242 species of fish. Two main types of protected reef biota is the root of Bahar (Antiphates spp.) And red coral (Tubipora musica). Other protected marine life is the head of the goat (Cassis cornuta), triton trumpet (Charonia tritonis), hollow nautilus (Nautilus pompillius), stone game (Turbo marmoratus), and six kinds of clams. 

In addition to coral reefs and mangrove forests, coastal areas Karimun Islands also enhanced with a vast expanse of seagrass beds. On land, forests also store wealth in the form of protected birds and mammals. There is a population of long-tailed deer and monkeys that inhabit these islands. Meanwhile, sea eagles and white chest which is a rare eagle species inhabit the island Geleang Bird and the island as habitat. Both islands are also inhabited by two species of protected sea turtles, hawksbill and green turtles. 

To support government efforts in preserving the ecosystem of the islands and to improve the economic standards of local residents, District karimunjawa has been developed as a tourist village with the concept of ecotourism. By relying on natural resources, karimunjawa invite all citizens to preserve the various layers of the existing potential. In addition, residents can also increase revenue by opening a home stay, selling souvenirs, open shop, or to provide various facilities for tourists who visit there. 

Karimunjawa Fishing Boat
Various recreational activities can be done during a holiday in Karimun Islands. The enchantment of underwater adventures provide a place for diving and snorkelling. Because in the Java Sea is relatively calm, a lot of points that can be used as a diving and snorkeling, among other beaches on the island of Menjangan Besar, Menjangan Small, Geleang, Bengkoang, Parang, Twins, Katang, Krakal Small, and the island of beetles. 

In addition, another sea of adventure activities is exploring the ocean and see the marine aquarium. For those who are afraid to dive, karimunjawa provide bottom boat made of opaque glass (glass bottom boat) are rented to visitors. The presence part of invisibility allows passengers to enjoy views of the beach without having to dive basis. Menjangan Besar Island seawater aquarium facilities. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of various species of ornamental fish in an aquarium is built similar to the real seabed. 

Rise to the ground, visitors can hike along the Mount Gendero (600m), the highest peak on the island of Karimun Karimun Islands and throughout. To see the wildlife adventure, visitors require special permission from the relevant parties to go to Bird Island and Island Geleang which is the natural habitat of sea eagles. 

As a tourist village, karimunjawa been supplemented by various support facilities are adequate.Visitors may go directly Craft Centre in the village of Al Badri Cikmas Legon and Labiki in chalky road, Karimun island to get the wooden craft that became the mainstay karimunjawa souvenir. In addition to handicrafts, wood, other souvenirs are offered generally in the form of industrial products such as household jerseys, hats, fish, salted fish, porridge, processed food made from seaweed, and coconut oil. 

Karimun Islands already has a very adequate accommodation facilities. Tourist facilities are generally in the form of cottage living (home stay) personal property, homestead, cottage floating, hotels spread across the island until karimunjawa, Menjangan Besar Island, Middle Island, and island Menyawakan. There are about 40 inns and home stay spread across the islands, and each accommodation has been equipped with a telephone. Inns tariffs ranged between IDR 40000.00 up to IDR 300.000,00 per night. 

Karimun Islands can be reached via the port of Tanjung Mas Semarang, and from Jepara Kartini through the port. From Tanjung Mas Semarang, Quick Motor Vessel (KMC), Kartini I, departs every Saturday, and 9:00 pm Monday, at 7:00. The same ship routes serving port-karimunjawa Jepara Kartini every Monday, at 10:00. Motor vessel serving the route Muria Muria-Karimun departs every Saturday and Wednesday, 9:00 o'clock. 

From the Karimun Islands, Kartini I go every Sunday, and Tuesday at 14:00, 9:00 o'clock. KMP Muria depart every Monday and Thursday at 09.00. For inter-island transportation, available facilities such as motor boats whose price depends on distance traveled or duration of usage.Karimun can also be accessed through the air by aircraft type Cassa 212 departing from Ahmad Yani Airport, Semarang toward Dewadaru airfield on the island of Karimun.

Karimunjawa - Beach Village Ecotourism

Tanjung Gelam - Karimunjawa

In addition to Seribu Island, Karimun Island is one island group located in the Java sea.Karimun is a district in Jepara regency, which is the only district in Central Java, separated by the sea. Of mainland Java, the nearest island is 45 miles northwest of the town of Jepara.Karimun is a cluster of small islands with a total area of 111 625 hectares of land and sea with a population of more than 8800 inhabitants. There are 22 islands in the group of Karimun. 

Of all the islands here, most residents live in five main islands of Karimun Jawa, Pulau Kemujan, Parang Island, Mosquito Island, and Island Genting. Karimun Islands affected by the sea breeze blowing throughout the year with an average temperature of 26-30 degrees Celsius. According to the legend that circulated in the local community, karimunjawa Kremun derived from a word in Javanese language means vague. Karimunjawa which was dimly visible from the mainland of Java since 1986 has been designated as a Marine Nature Reserve. 

Karimun Nature Reserve changed its status to the National Park karimunjawa in 1999. Most National Parks are then designated as a Conservation Area Natural Waters by the Decision of the Ministry of Forestry No.74/Kpts-II/2001. Karimun National Park is often used as a means of research on matters relating to maritime affairs, such as management of coastal areas and recreational activities, the ecology of tropical rain forest vegetation coastal areas, mangrove, coral reef ecology and diversity of marine biota. 

Coral reefs in Karimun National Park consists of several types of coral reef shore (fringing reef), coral reef barrier (barrier reef) and a few taka (patch reef). Wealth of marine biota consists of more than 90 species of hard corals and 242 species of fish. Two main types of protected reef biota is the root of Bahar (Antiphates spp.) And red coral (Tubipora musica). Other protected marine life is the head of the goat (Cassis cornuta), triton trumpet (Charonia tritonis), hollow nautilus (Nautilus pompillius), stone game (Turbo marmoratus), and six kinds of clams. 

In addition to coral reefs and mangrove forests, coastal areas Karimun Islands also enhanced with a vast expanse of seagrass beds. On land, forests also store wealth in the form of protected birds and mammals. There is a population of long-tailed deer and monkeys that inhabit these islands. Meanwhile, sea eagles and white chest which is a rare eagle species inhabit the island Geleang Bird and the island as habitat. Both islands are also inhabited by two species of protected sea turtles, hawksbill and green turtles. 

To support government efforts in preserving the ecosystem of the islands and to improve the economic standards of local residents, District karimunjawa has been developed as a tourist village with the concept of ecotourism. By relying on natural resources, karimunjawa invite all citizens to preserve the various layers of the existing potential. In addition, residents can also increase revenue by opening a home stay, selling souvenirs, open shop, or to provide various facilities for tourists who visit there. 

Karimunjawa Fishing Boat
Various recreational activities can be done during a holiday in Karimun Islands. The enchantment of underwater adventures provide a place for diving and snorkelling. Because in the Java Sea is relatively calm, a lot of points that can be used as a diving and snorkeling, among other beaches on the island of Menjangan Besar, Menjangan Small, Geleang, Bengkoang, Parang, Twins, Katang, Krakal Small, and the island of beetles. 

In addition, another sea of adventure activities is exploring the ocean and see the marine aquarium. For those who are afraid to dive, karimunjawa provide bottom boat made of opaque glass (glass bottom boat) are rented to visitors. The presence part of invisibility allows passengers to enjoy views of the beach without having to dive basis. Menjangan Besar Island seawater aquarium facilities. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of various species of ornamental fish in an aquarium is built similar to the real seabed. 

Rise to the ground, visitors can hike along the Mount Gendero (600m), the highest peak on the island of Karimun Karimun Islands and throughout. To see the wildlife adventure, visitors require special permission from the relevant parties to go to Bird Island and Island Geleang which is the natural habitat of sea eagles. 

As a tourist village, karimunjawa been supplemented by various support facilities are adequate.Visitors may go directly Craft Centre in the village of Al Badri Cikmas Legon and Labiki in chalky road, Karimun island to get the wooden craft that became the mainstay karimunjawa souvenir. In addition to handicrafts, wood, other souvenirs are offered generally in the form of industrial products such as household jerseys, hats, fish, salted fish, porridge, processed food made from seaweed, and coconut oil. 

Karimun Islands already has a very adequate accommodation facilities. Tourist facilities are generally in the form of cottage living (home stay) personal property, homestead, cottage floating, hotels spread across the island until karimunjawa, Menjangan Besar Island, Middle Island, and island Menyawakan. There are about 40 inns and home stay spread across the islands, and each accommodation has been equipped with a telephone. Inns tariffs ranged between USD 40000.00 up to Rp 300.000,00 per night. 

Karimun Islands can be reached via the port of Tanjung Mas Semarang, and from Jepara Kartini through the port. From Tanjung Mas Semarang, Quick Motor Vessel (KMC), Kartini I, departs every Saturday, and 9:00 pm Monday, at 7:00. The same ship routes serving port-karimunjawa Jepara Kartini every Monday, at 10:00. Motor vessel serving the route Muria Muria-Karimun departs every Saturday and Wednesday, 9:00 o'clock. 

From the Karimun Islands, Kartini I go every Sunday, and Tuesday at 14:00, 9:00 o'clock. KMP Muria depart every Monday and Thursday at 09.00. For inter-island transportation, available facilities such as motor boats whose price depends on distance traveled or duration of usage.Karimun can also be accessed through the air by aircraft type Cassa 212 departing from Ahmad Yani Airport, Semarang toward Dewadaru airfield on the island of Karimun.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Balangan,Beautiful Beaches in Rock Basin

Sun bathe on the beach in Bali? No doubt in your mind immediately pictured the beach of Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Sanur or Nusa Dua. The beaches are very popular with travelers who visited Bali. Even if true there are many other beaches that are not less beautiful and interesting. Call it one of them is Balangan Beach, an exotic beach premises are comfortable and quiet atmosphere for not crowded by tourists.
Want to go? Easy! From Kuta, is headed southward into the region namely Uluwatu. Just follow the road that leads Tourism objects Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK). Once in front of the pedestal region, continue until you find the intersection where the road left into the Bali Cliff, straight road towards Uluwatu, and a right onto Beach Balangan. Just follow that road. Once stuck, about five miles from the intersection, you've arrived at the beach destination.
To reach the shore, you had to go down that path a bit steep. Relax, because after that you will find white sandy stretch of beach with a beautiful clean. And, when you got there, it could be just you and a few Western tourists who were enjoying the beauty of it. There are no merchants acung, masseuse, or other traders who interfere.

Balangan Beach is hidden. He is limited by about seven meters high cliff that sank into the part due to eroding tide. In the west, this beach is bordered by cliffs higher. It looks green Tebihng arena rock overgrown by trees. In the middle basin of eastern cliffs and the cliffs west coast is Balangan unfold.

In it, there's no kind of café that looks sparkling in Kuta, Legian or Seminyak. There, just six simple cafes that lined the palm trees along the shore. Café-café that serves as an inn with a rate of about IDR 75 thousand to IDR 100 thousand per night.

Because it is situated adjacent to the Dreamland beach, at ebb tide, you can walk along the beach toward the region. Really exciting. But be careful with sharp rocks embedded in several locations.



Light at the Top of Mt Nglanggeran

Mount Nglanggeran offers the sensation of climbing the mountain-studded evening light. With a mileage of approximately two hours of climbing, climbed the highest peak tourist can the ancient volcano. Not only natural beauty, unforgettable memories actually located on the menus with friendliness of local people.


Perhaps only in the ancient volcanoes in the Village Nglanggeran, District peck, Gunung Kidul, DI Yogyakarta, the climbers are really "spoiled". Having exhausted the boulder up the type of breccia, tourists can relax while enjoying serving breakfast, lunch, or dinner from the local people.


As long as they have a message before going up the mountain, the resident is ready to deliver food orders up to an altitude of 700 meters above sea level. Prices of different food menu is quite astonishing because of cheapness. Rames Rice delivered with sweat streaming down it is only Rp 3,000 per pack.


Accompanied by the youth of the youth from the village of Bukit Putra Mandiri Nglanggeran, Compass has ever climbed Mount Nglanggeran active 70 million years ago was in mid-July, both at night. If you want to witness the beauty of Mount Nglanggeran peak, climbing the night was to be the only option.



Located 22 kilometers from the town of traveltime Wonosari, Nglanggeran Mountain region, composed of old volcanic material. Once-active volcano is estimated at 70 million years ago.


Niche
Different from other mountain climbing, we do not need to bring tents. On the mountain the whole body in the form of hard rock have a lot of common rock alcove used as a place to rest while climbing. Rock niche is even able to protect from the fast wind or rain.


Nglanggeran mountain climbing route has several alternatives with different levels of difficulty.Our party tried to track the level of difficulty is at middle. Utilizing the help of youth clubs as a young man climbing guide is the best choice for beginners because this mountain climbers have enough in the canyon and the valley.


Up the rocks with a slope of 45 degrees along the 500 meters, we began to meet with first sloping rock named Background Gede. In the Background Gede, we enjoy the sunset scenery.From the rock where we sat, Mount Merapi, looks elegant in a blanket of orange light at dusk.


As the presence of darkness, we began to rely on flashlights light illumination. The hardest part is when we are at once suspenseful encounter with a gap between two mountain rocks more than 100 meters tall. Narrow gap which was passed fit only one person was known by the nickname of the Japanese Goa.


We must creep slowly between two gaps in this rock. If no assistance in the form of scratches starfish foot on the rock wall, we could not penetrate the gap. Starfish, according to our guide, Triyanto (28) and Suhardiman (33), is made by the Japanese. Japan pursued by Allied troops in World War II, chose to hide among the rock niche Nglanggeran Ancient Volcano.




28 springs
Mount Nglanggeran indeed suitable as a hiding place for having more than 28 eyes water. Right next to the Cave of Japan, there is a spring that never dried all time. Residents believe the source of water seepage was coming from the mystical lake called Telaga Wungu. It is said that only a clean-hearted person who can see the lake's existence.


The highest peak of the Ancient Volcano Nglanggeran we soon encountered after walking for about two hours. Summit of Mount Gede earned the name, form of slabs of rock covering half a hectare. At the top we enjoyed the treat that was the highest light sprinkles. Once satisfied to enjoy the stars fell, we watched the moon from the east.


Not only a sprinkling of natural light. Twinkling lights of the city of Yogyakarta, Klaten and Surakarta also reveal her beauty. The canyon surrounding the Mount Gede was said to be the former crater of an ancient volcano. Away from the hustle and bustle, we were only able to hear the roar of the wind, the sound of crickets, and occasional broken limb due to movement of the animal mongoose.


Name Nglanggeran, according Triyanto, derived from the word meaningful Plangaran every evil behavior must be caught. Nglanggeran mountain is composed of many large slabs of rock by the local people called because its shape resembles Mount Wayang puppet characters.


According to local belief, the mountain is guarded and the clown-servants Ongkowijoyo Ki Semar, Gareng, Petruk and Bagong. No wonder, some people still mengeramatkan volcano. On New Year's Eve or the Friday Kliwon Java, some people prefer meditation on mountain tops. In this Nglanggeran Mountain residents have also found a similar statue of Ken Dedes.


After enjoying the sunrise, visitors were treated to the natural green of the mountains. Mount Nglanggeran also be home to a variety of rare flora and fauna, ranging from deer, monkeys, until the wild sandalwood.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Mount Merapi





Merapi is the name of a volcano in the province of Central Java and Yogyakarta, Indonesia which is still very active today. Since year in 1548, this mountain has erupted 68 times as much. It is located quite close to the city of Yogyakarta and there are still villages in the slope to a height of 1700 m. For the people at the venue, Merapi brings material blessing of sand, whereas for local governments, Mount Merapi, a tourist attraction for tourists. Merapi is now included in the National Park area of Mount Merapi.

Mount Merapi is the youngest volcano in the collection at the selatanPulau Java. The mountain is located in a subduction zone, where the Indo-Australiaterus moves down the Eurasian Plate.The eruption in the area lasted from 400,000 years ago, and up to 10,000 years ago type of eruption is effusive. After that, the eruptions become explosive, with lava flows that cause thick lava domes.

Rute climb
Mount Merapi is the most popular climbing obyek. Band climb the most common and is close to the northern side dariSèlo, a district in Boyolali regency, Central Java, which lies between Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu. Climbing through the Cello average take five hours to the summit.
Popular bands are in functions, Pakem district, Sleman regency, Yogyakarta on the southern side. This band is terjal and takes 6-7 hours to the summit. The other alternative bands are in the north west side, starting from Sawangan, Magelang regency, Central Java and the south side, from the pure-bred, Sub ACCIDENT, Klaten Regency, Central Java. Geological history


Merapi is the youngest volcanoes in southern Java. It is located on kelinciran zone, where the Indo-Australian plate is sliding beneath the Eurasian Plate. It is one of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia. Stratigrafi analysis reveals that eruptions in the Merapi area began about 400,000 years ago, and until about 10,000 years ago, eruptions were typically effusive, lava emitted was basaltic lava. Since then, eruptions have become more explosive, with viscous andesitic lavas often generating lava domes. Dome collapse has often generated pyroclastic flows and larger explosions, which resulted in eruption columns, eventually causing collapse of the column above.
Typically, small eruptions occur every two or three years, and the greater will occur every 10-15 years or more. Significant eruptions, often causing many deaths, have occurred in the years 1006, 1786, 1822, 1872 (the most violent eruption in recent history), and 1930 - when 13 villages were destroyed and 1400 people killed by pyroclastic flows.
A very large eruption occurred in 1006 resulted in the island of Java is covered with ash.Volcanism is believed to lead to the collapse of civilization, Hindu kingdom of Mataram, was filled by Muslims to be leaders of the island of Java.
Mount Merapi continues hold particular significance for the Javanese: it is one of four places where officials from the royal palaces of Yogyakarta and Solo make annual offerings to entertain the spirits of ancient Javanese.
Small eruptions occur every 2-3 years, and a larger approximately 10-15 years. Merapi eruptions such a big impact in the years 1006, 1786, 1822, 1872, and 1930. Large eruption in 1006 made all over the center island Jawadiselubungi ashes. It is estimated, the eruption caused the ancient Mataram kingdom had to move to East Java. The explosion in tahun1930 destroying 13 villages and killed 1400 people.





The eruption in November 1994 causing clouds blowing heat down to reach some villages and claimed dozens of human lives. July 19, 1998 eruption is big enough but it leads to the top so it does not take casualties. Note the last eruption of this mountain was in the year 2001-2003 in the form of high activity are ongoing.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Beautiful Beach Widara Payung






Beautiful Beach Widara Payung is a wide beach with a tourist attraction throughout the beach area totaled 500 acres located in the Village District Widarapayung Binangun or located ± 35 km east of the town of Cilacap. Condition is very sloping beach with palm tree lined beaches making it cool. While the area is designated as Tourism Pantai Indah Widarapayung is about 30 ha (1000 mx 300 m).



Existing facilities at Indah Beach Widarapayung: paved roads, shelters (shelter), Sentry Pandang, Swimming Pool, Parking, Public Eating, and Regional Arts. This object offers a panorama of beautiful beaches, traditional ceremonies and art area, a relatively regular sea waves and is suitable for sports Surfing. You can also try Rise Horse combing the beach sand.



In shura done Ritual Ceremony of Traditional Indigenous Land Alms for larungan offerings to the sea, accompanied by the local arts and Traditional Clothes. Alms Earth ceremony is one embodiment of expressions of gratitude made by communities around the Village Widarapayung to be awarded blessings, salvation in a day - day by Gusti kang Maha Agung.



Accessibility: 
To reach Pantai Indah Widarapayung very easy to use public transport buses majoring in Cilacap - Gombong or personal vehicle because it is located in the South Cross Road - South. From the east: past the border Kebumen (Beach Father) - Cilacap (Jetis Coast) with a bridge across the Kali Bodo - westward - toward the location on the left side of the road.From the west: from the city of Cilacap - Adipala - eastwards to Kec. Binangun - to reach the location on the right path.

Gedong Songo Temple




Gedong Songo temple is the name of a complex of buildings of cultural heritage of Hindu temple located in the Village Temple, District Bandungan, Semarang regency, Central Java, Indonesia precisely in the slopes of Mount Ungaran. In this temple complex there are nine temples.This temple was discovered by the Raffles in 1804 and is a relic from the era of Hindu culture Syailendra Wangsa-9th century (927 years BC).


This temple has a resemblance to the Dieng temple complex in Wonosobo. This temple is situated at an altitude of about 1200 m above sea level so the air temperature is quite cold here (ranging from 19-27 ° C)Location of nine temples scattered on the slopes of Mount Ungaran has beautiful natural scenery. In the surrounding area there are also neatly arranged pine forests and springs that contain sulfur.