Ta en tur ut i naturen med ett äventyr till Mentawai öarna. Var omgiven av tropiska regnskogar och fördjupa dig i lokalbefolkningens traditioner. Även om det fysiska avståndet mellan fastlandet och Mentawai inte är stort, är detta fortfarande en av de mest isolerade platserna i Indonesien, och var bara föremål för yttre influenser i början av 1900-talet. Långt från världen av köpcentra och nöjesparker är det här resenärer kommer för att få en riktigt off the beaten track äventyr.

Den avlägsna platsen för dessa öar innebär att Mentawai-folket har haft mycket liten kontakt med omvärlden. Skärgården tros ha brutits av från resten av Sumatra för cirka 500 000 år sedan och det är först sedan 1900-talet som påverkan utifrån började påverka lokalbefolkningen. Idag följer Mentawai fortfarande traditionella metoder och lever till stor del utanför landet. Lokalbefolkningen har en stark andlig relation till skogen med ett trossystem som betonar harmoni med skapelsen. Den andra stora attraktionen för besökare på dessa öar är surfing i världsklass. Med några av de bästa surfförhållandena i världen, monstervågor och svallvågor som finns kvar året runt, rankas detta av seriösa surfare som ett måste besöksmål.

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För att komma åt alla skönheter som erbjuds kan du hyra en båt som ägs av lokalbefolkningen. Du hittar båten längs stranden. Priset beror på din förhandlingsskicklighet.

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Oberoende resenärer måste kunna tala rimliga indonesiska för att förhandla med lokala guider i Sirebut. De måste också ordna sina egna resetillstånd med polisen. Förmodligen är det enklaste sättet att komma till Sirebut att gå med på en vandringstur. Dessa turer avgår normalt från Bukittinggi eller Padang och kommer att organisera transport till ön.

En färjetrafik över natten avgår från Padang. Det är bäst att regelbundet kontrollera tider med färjeoperatörer eftersom tidtabellerna kan ändras beroende på väderförhållandena. Vissa orter som är verksamma på öarna kommer att ordna flyg och flygplatshämtningar för dig.

When visiting Medan, capital city of North Sumatra, and you are looking for some real excitement, why not try Rafting down the rushing Asahan River.

Located at the center of Bandar Pulau subdistrict in the Asahan Regency, the Asahan River track is praised as one of the Best White Water Rafting spot in the World after the Zambesi River in Africa, and Colorado River in the US. Asahan, one the major rivers in North Sumatra province, has its source in the great Lake Toba and offers endless excitement for rafting enthusiasts especially professionals.

The outstandingly fast and continuous river is a 22-kilometer course that will definitely give you endless adrenaline rush as its water debit can at times reach up to 120 cubic meter per second. With an average depth of 5 meters, the rafting courses are classified from Grade 4 to 5 difficulty levels (in the scale of 1 to 6).

How to get there

The best way to get to Asahan River is by taking a rented car. From Medan's Kualanamu Airport, it will take around 4 hours to drive to Kisaran City and from there, just continue driving to Pulau Raja village, and after passing Bandar Pulau subdistrict, you will arrive at Tangga village — and start your rafting adventure. Total trip time is around 5-6 hours. Please note that different operators may offer different routes.

 

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River rafting is the most challenging and desirable activity at Asahan River, and you should have your rafting adventure pre-arranged from Medan. Bonafide adventure travel agencies here can do that for you. Kayaking, cycling and jungle trekking are sometimes included within the package. Depending on your length of stay, you may want to include a trip to Lake Toba.

Besides river rafting, you can also have a moment of joy contemplating and blending in under the cool breeze of the famous 250-meter high Sigura-gura Waterfall.

Asahan area has several magnificent waterfalls. The famous ones are Simanik-manik Waterfall, Simonang-monang, and Ponot.

Kampar is a long river that rushes down from the Bukit Barisan mountain range that forms the spine of the island of Sumatra along its west coast. The river then meanders through the Riau province, to finally pour out in the Malacca Straits, on the east coast of Sumatra. Along its long course the river divides itself into two large branches known as the Kampar Kanan (the right branch of Kampar) and Kampar Kiri (its left branch).

They then converge at Langgar in the district of Pelalawan at Kampar’s estuary. Here they are joined by many other rivers causing Kampar to funnel out into a wide river mouth. At each high tide, high waves from the sea flow in and meet the down stream current of the Kampar. Where the two opposing energies meet, and furthermore, caused by the funnel shape of the river, Kampar’s phenomenal tidal bores emerge, rushing deep inland reaching to over 60 km upriver.

These tidal bores are known locally as “Bono”, which rush in with loud roaring sound at a speed of 40 km an hour. The surf on the river can rise as high as 4 to 6 meters, at times creating barrels, the darling of surfers.

Best site to surf by the village of Teluk Meranti, although there are other spots like Tanjung Sebayang, Tanjung Pungai, and Pulau Muda, all in the district of Pelalawan. Although quite used to the phenomenon, local inhabitants are mostly scared when the Bono appears, which they believe are spirits of the Seven Ghosts. Many boats have sunk in this river when caught in the bore.

 

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To get to Teluk Meranti one must travel through Pekanbaru, capital of the province of Riau.  As a busy business airport, Pekanbaru is served from most major cities in Indonesia, most often from Jakarta, Medan and Batam.

Internationally, Pekanbaru is served from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by Air Asia. It takes some 4-7 hours by car from Pekanbaru north to Teluk Meranti. There are car rental companies in Pekanbaru.

The ride from Pekanbaru to Pangkalan Kerinci lasts 1.5 hours, then from here to Teluk Meranti takes another 4 hours. Alternatively you can take a speedboat from Pangkalan Kerinci to Pulau Muda or Teluk Meranti, which takes around 4.5 hours.

Whereas, when you travel from or through Singapore, the journey to Teluk Meranti is by sea through a rather arduous route. From Singapore’s Ferry Terminal take a boat to Sekupang in Batam, then connect with a ferry to Tanjung Batu, in the Karimun islands, where you can find ferries to take you to Teluk Meranti.

 

West Sumatra is iconic for its amazing natural wonders, its looming mountains, deep canyons, green rice fields, interspersed with large houses whose roofs are shaped like buffalo horns; it maintains its lasting traditions and recently it is loved for its yummy food, in particular its award-winning Rendang. But aside from these, the province has only now revealed its new secret destination which is fast gaining popularity: The Mandeh Islands, in the south west of the province facing the Indian Ocean, located not too far from its capital city: Padang.

Now popularly dubbed the Raja Ampat of West Sumatra, the Mandeh archipelago is nestled in the Carocok Tarusan Bay and counts a number of islands, among which are the Tarajun, Setan Kecil, Sironjong Besar and Sironjong Kecil, Pulau Merak and the Cubadak Island. Among these only one has a tourist resort called the Cubadak Paradiso, owned and managed by an Italian entrepreneur.

Covering an area of 70 hectares of underwater beauty, the islands are fringed with 389 hectares of mangrove forests and white beaches. Its undulating landscape of luxuriant hills and pristine bay area is studded with small islands, a perfect photogenic post card panorama! Only one hour’s drive from the city of Padang, the beaches of Mandeh slope to calm blue seas luring all to just jump in and swim in its cool waters.

Today, tourists go to Mandeh to snorkel, scuba dive, go camping, do skydiving, banana boating and go fishing.

Make your way to the top of Mandeh Hill, and be prepared to be mesmerized by even more breathtaking views of the Carocok Tarusan Bay and its environment. Exotic tropical plants of Coconut Palms, Hibiscus and Jackfruit Trees fringe the white sandy beaches. Mandeh stretches over seven villages, encompassing three sub-districts known locally as Nagari, with a population of almost 10,000 people. Take time to explore this scenic underwater wonderland, with vivid colored sea life.

 

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Upong arrival at the Minangkabau International Airport in Padang, you can choose either land transportation or take the sea route. Taxis or rented cars can be found at the airport that can take you straight to Carocok Painan Beach area within 2-3 hours. Remember to check the meter. Or agree on the price before you board the taxi. Mandeh is located at Koto Sembilan Tarusan, some 56 kilometer south from Padang.

There is also public transport, but this will require you to take several different kinds in a single trip to Mandeh. First take a mini bus to Pasar Raya Padang, then hop on a Travel van towards Pasar Tarusan and finally ride the Bentor or Becak Motor to Carocok Terusan Harbour to take a boat to Mandeh Islands.

If you prefer sea transport, you can choose to ride fast boats from Teluk Bayur or Bungus. The Bintang Mandeh tourist boat is another choice departing from Muara Padang Harbor.

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If you travel in a group, it will be more convenient to rent a minibus or van to take you around the Mandeh region. To hop around the smaller islands, you need to find a trusted boatman and experienced guide, who can also show you where are the best diving spots.

 

Beautiful underwater gardens featuring fascinating coral reefs decorated with various shapes, sizes, and colors of many sea creatures, that is the view that awaits snorkelers and divers under the crystal clear waters of Abang Island, south of Batam in the province of the Riau Archipelago. Abang Island is surrounded by many other small islands, most of which are conservation areas for coral reefs, while the main island of Abang only measures around 10 square km.

With relatively shallow waters (around 15-18 meters deep), this fascinating underwater wonder is a perfect spot for both diving and snorkeling. Its beauty is often compared to that of the waters around Komodo Island National ParkBunaken and Raja Ampat, since COREMAP (Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Programs) itself has also designated the area as site for a special underwater coral reef observation center.

Above the surface, the landscape of Abang Island is still pristine with hills dominated by granite rocks. Most of the shores are still decorated with beautiful mangrove forests. The most fascinating feature of the waters of Abang Island is the existence of a rare species of coral known as Blue Coral which only lives in clear waters with excellent water quality. Among some of the fish species that find shelter under its calm waves are selar, lencing, red snapper, red sand fish, blow fish, pinang, and many others.

Over the years, the people of Abang Island have constantly been taught awareness of the importance to preserve the coral reefs both as tourism assets as well as their significance for the global environment. In turn, they can also benefit from tourism activities next to their daily activity as fishermen or traders. This has ultimately led to the well maintained beauty of Abang Island.

 

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Abang Island is located south from Batam or about 50 km from Muka-Kuning, Batam Island. To reach the island, it takes approximately 1.5 hours drive from Batam to the Barelang Bridge. From there, the journey continues by boat along the River Burdus until you reach Abang Island which is about 12 km away using motorized boats, which the locals call Bot Pompong.

Situated some 150 nautical miles northeast of Batam Island as well as from neighboring country Singapore, Anambas Islands in the Riau Islands Province is a pristine tropical paradise in the southern part of the South China Sea. Anambas and even further up north, the Natuna Islands, form the most northern border of Indonesia.

Among the many islands in Anambas archipelago, Bawah stands out as a favorite dive destination as well as an exclusive luxurious getaway that offers the perfect serenity away from the hustle and bustle of modern city life.

Teeming with colorful fish and other unique sea animals as well as pristine coral reefs, Bawah Island was voted First among Asia's top five tropical island paradises selected by CNN.com, surpassing popular Koh Cang (in Thailand), Langkawi (Malaysia), Halong Bay (Vietnam), and Similan Islands (Thailand). For its outstanding beauty, the island was even dubbed the Maldives of Anambas.

Bawah itself is part of a cluster of 5 islands with Bawah as the largest and the 4 islets named Sanggah, Murbah, Lidi and Elang. These five islands form an oval blue lagoon. At low tide the islands connect seemingly quite borderless, as the white sand and reefs together link to create a land bridge separating the lagoon from the open South China Sea. The lagoon offers the perfect snorkeling experience with fantastic underwater splendor. The lagoon floor is also flat white sand, decorated with reefs of various colors and size and schools of fish that are clearly visible even from the surface.

A luxurious exclusive resort called Bawah Private Island, is slated to open on the island in mid2017, Ensuring conveniences and complete experience for tourists. A playground of over 300 hectares, 3 crystal blue lagoons, 13 powder white beaches, lush jungle canopy for trekking and more importantly a philosophy of environmental and conservation policies. Bawah Private Island is a project of love to integrate people with nature and will set the benchmark for future destinations around the region.

Taking the route that "less means more", Bawah Private Island will only accept a maximum of 70 guests at any one time. With 35 Safari Tented Villas the accommodation gives you the privacy of your own space but also invites you to enjoy nature that surrounds Bawah Island. From 3 Garden Villas that embrace you in green flora, to 21 Beach Villas overlooking the lagoons and 11 Water Villas that catch unbelievable sunrise and sunset.

How to Get There:

If you wish to visit these islands, you must be sure to have plenty of time at your disposal since they lie quite far out in the South China Sea and away from most of the other Indonesian islands. To reach Anambas by air you must fly to Tanjung Pinang, capital of the Riau Islands province, located on the island of BintanGaruda Indonesia and Lion Air operate daily flights to Tanjung Pinang from Jakarta and other main cities. From Tanjung Pinang, Xpress Air serves flights to Matak Airport on Matak Island, which is the main airport of the Anambas Islands. The flights are twice a week, Operating Mondays and Saturdays. From Matak airport you still need to take a boat to Tarempa, which is the capital of the Anambas Islands Regency. From the main harbor at Tarempa, you can rent a speedboat to take you to Bawah Island.

With a total area of less than 1 hectare, Lengkuas is located within the Sijuk sub-district, Belitung Regency. While it may be small in size nevertheless it offers a wide range of splendors. This humble little island offers idyllic landscape, lush palm trees and staggering boulders that are great fun to climb on or swim beneath. Lengkuas Island is blessed with a pristine beach, turquoise blue waters and distinct huge granite boulders, the icon of Belitung beaches, located north of Tanjung Binga Village in Belitung. Adding to the splendor is the existence of a hundred years’ old Lighthouse which offers complete fascinating views of the island and its surroundings.

One can reach these unique, giant granite clusters by walking across the shallow waters that are no deeper than 1.2 meters. The water is so transparent that the bottom of the sea is clearly visible. Below the surface, the waters around the island are filled with colorful fish of various kinds, pristine coral reefs, a large number of starfish and more of the fascinating granite boulders. The moderately calm and shallow water makes it a perfect place for swimming and snorkeling, while on the beach the fresh breeze will truly indulge those who lay down on the soft white sands.

The pride of Lengkuas Island, however, is the iconic old lighthouse. Built by the Dutch in 1882, it still maintains its main function today in guiding ships sailing through and out of the island of Belitung. Approximately 50 meters in height, it is as tall as a 12-storey building. While the lighthouse itself is an exceptional feature, the spectacle it offers from the top is truly spellbinding. Here one can get a complete 360 degree view of the fascinating Island and all the wonders that surround it, including the crystal clear waters and other spreading tiny islands.

 

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To reach Lengkuas Island you can rent a boat available at several beaches in Belitung such as at Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Binga, or Tanjung Tinggi. From Tanjung Kelayang the boat trip will take approximately 20 minutes, while from Tanjung Binga or Tanjung Tinggi it will take about 30-45 minutes.

Along the way you’ll be presented with fascinating sceneries of several small islands off the coast of Belitung. As boats have a capacity of up to 10 persons, it is wise to share the boat with others to reduce costs.

Med en total yta på mindre än 1 hektar ligger Lengkuas inom subdistriktet Sijuk, Belitung Regency. Även om det kan vara litet i storlek ändå erbjuder det ett brett utbud av prakt. Denna ödmjuka lilla ö erbjuder idylliskt landskap, frodiga palmer och svindlande stenblock som är jättekul att klättra på eller simma under. Lengkuas Island är välsignad med en orörd strand, turkosblått vatten och distinkta stora granitblock, ikonen för Belitung stränder, som ligger norr om Tanjung Binga Village i Belitung. Till prakten finns en hundra år gammal fyr som erbjuder en komplett fascinerande utsikt över ön och dess omgivningar.

Man kan nå dessa unika, gigantiska granitkluster genom att gå över det grunda vattnet som inte är djupare än 1,2 meter. Vattnet är så genomskinligt att havets botten är tydligt synlig. Under ytan är vattnen runt ön fyllda med färgglada fiskar av olika slag, orörda korallrev, ett stort antal sjöstjärnor och mer av de fascinerande granitblocken. Det måttligt lugna och grunda vattnet gör det till en perfekt plats för simning och snorkling, medan den friska brisen på stranden verkligen kommer att skämma bort dem som lägger sig på den mjuka vita sanden.

Lengkuas-öns stolthet är dock den ikoniska gamla fyren. Byggd av holländarna 1882, behåller den fortfarande sin huvudfunktion idag i att leda fartyg som seglar genom och ut ur ön Belitung. Den är cirka 50 meter hög och lika hög som en 12-våningsbyggnad. Medan fyren själv är en exceptionell funktion, är skådespelet det erbjuder från toppen verkligen trollbindande. Här kan man få en komplett 360 graders utsikt över den fascinerande ön och alla underverk som omger den, inklusive det kristallklara vattnet och andra spridande små öar.

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För att nå Ön Lengkuas kan du hyra en båt på flera stränder i Belitung, till exempel vid Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Binga eller Tanjung Tinggi. Från Tanjung Kelayang tar båtturen cirka 20 minuter, och från Tanjung Binga eller Tanjung Tinggi tar det cirka 30-45 minuter.

Längs vägen kommer du att presenteras med fascinerande scenerier på flera små öar utanför Belitungs kust. Eftersom båtar har en kapacitet på upp till 10 personer är det klokt att dela båten med andra för att minska kostnaderna.

If you love underwater treasures, traveling to Pahawang Island would be the right move for you. This island is often said to be a paradise for snorkelers because of the beauty of its underwater biota. Located in the South Lampung district of Lampung province on the great island of Sumatra, Pahawang Island is divided into two areas, Pahawang Besar (Big Pahawang) and Pahawang Kecil (Small Pahawang).

One of the most popular activities to do on this island is snorkeling. All snorkelers would be fascinated by the colorful corals and sea life beneath the crystal clear waters of the island. There is also one snorkeling spot that is also the breeding site for clownfish, popularized by the cartoon Finding Nemo. There is also a spot where you can find corals that were transplanted by the locals.

Aside from the two Pahawang Islands, there are many other islands surrounding the area. Most activities are located in Pahawang Besar while Pahawang Kecil is comprised of small cottages and an alluring beach. Some say that Pahawang Kecil is rented by a French couple, who provide visitors with cute little cottages to stay in. There are many agents offering one-day trips to Pahawang Island for Rp150,000-250,000. If you plan to spend the night, the trip would cost around Rp450,000.

 

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In Pahawang Besar, you could travel around the island on foot or by a motorcycle. According to the locals, it takes around 30 minutes by motorcycle to travel around the island. Meanwhile in Pahawang Kecil, your feet are the best transportation mode to explore around the island.

 

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From Jakarta, you can get to Pahawang Island via Merak Harbor. From there, you can take a ferry to Bakauheni Harbor in Lampung Province. You can travel to the port leading to Pahawang Island using a rented car or public transportation.

Another way to get to Pahawang Island from Jakarta is by taking a flight to Lampung city. Then, you can follow the instructions below for those traveling from Bandar Lampung.

From Bandar Lampung, you can head to the beach in Klara sub-district located in Pesawaran district. This beach is the site where travelers intending to go to Pahawang Island should go. The journey from the beach to Pahawang Island takes around 90 minutes using a regular ferry.

Om du älskar undervattensskatter skulle resa till Pahawang Island vara rätt drag för dig. Denna ö sägs ofta vara ett paradis för snorklare på grund av skönheten i dess undervattensbiota. Pahawang Island ligger i stadsdelen South Lampung i lampungprovinsen på den stora ön Sumatra och är indelad i två områden, Pahawang Besar (Big Pahawang) och Pahawang Kecil (Small Pahawang).

En av de mest populära aktiviteterna att göra på denna ö är snorkling. Alla snorklare skulle fascineras av de färgglada korallerna och havslivet under öns kristallklara vatten. Det finns också en snorklingsplats som också är uppfödningsplatsen för clownfisk, populariserad av den tecknade Finding Nemo. Det finns också en plats där du kan hitta koraller som transplanterades av lokalbefolkningen.

Bortsett från de två Pahawangöarna finns det många andra öar som omger området. De flesta aktiviteterna ligger i Pahawang Besar, medan Pahawang Kecil består av små stugor och en lockande strand. Vissa säger att Pahawang Kecil hyrs av ett franskt par, som ger besökare söta små stugor att bo i. Det finns många agenter som erbjuder endagsturer till Pahawang Island för Rp150,000-250,000. Om du planerar att övernatta skulle resan kosta runt Rp450 000.

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I Pahawang Besar kan du resa runt ön till fots eller med en motorcykel. Enligt lokalbefolkningen tar det cirka 30 minuter med motorcykel att resa runt ön. Under tiden i Pahawang Kecil är dina fötter det bästa transportläget att utforska runt ön.

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Från Jakarta kan du ta dig till ön Pahawang via Meraks hamn. Därifrån kan du ta en färja till Bakauheni Hamn i Lampung-provinsen. Du kan resa till hamnen som leder till ön Pahawang med en hyrd bil eller kollektivtrafik.

Ett annat sätt att ta sig till Pahawang Island från Jakarta är att ta ett flyg till Lampung city. Sedan kan du följa instruktionerna nedan för dem som reser från Bandar Lampung.

Från Bandar Lampung kan du bege dig till stranden i deldistriktet Klara i stadsdelen Pesawaran. Denna strand är den plats dit resenärer som tänker åka till Pahawang Island bör gå. Resan från stranden till ön Pahawang tar cirka 90 minuter med en vanlig färja.

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