24 Agustus 2009

event: Arek2Jember tour dBromo





Sejak dua bulan yang lalu kita, beberapa panitia dari grup Arek2Jember merencanakan untuk membuat event.... even ini tujuannya adalah acara ngumpul2 seperti reunian lintas angkatan dan lintas sekolah...
Akhirnya, dipilihlah bromo sebagi tempat ngumpul2 kita dengan alasan Bromo terletak tepat ditengah antara Jember dan Surabaya.

Selama 2 bulan kita mengajak teman2 untuk turut serta. Teng, last minute kita mendapat 37 peserta dari berbagai angkatan. Mulai angkatan 1980 sampe 2000, komplit...heheheheh.

Hari H yang dari Surabaya berkumpul di McD bunderan satelit jam 20.00, setengah jam kemudian kita berangkat. Sedangkan yang dari Jember sudah berangkat dari jam 19.00. Sewaktu rombongan Surabaya nyampe Pasuruan, ternyata kloter Jember sudah nyampe di RM Bromo Asri - Probolinggo.
Daripada nunggu kelamaan, melalui perwakilan Jember saya persilahkan untuk makan malam dulu. Dan tepat jam 22.30 kloter Surabaya datang langsung serbuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.....

18 Agustus 2009

Uluwatu Cliff






Pura Uluwatu (temple of the stone head) or Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is located in the edge of stone cliff in southern part of Bali. This ancient temple is dedicated to the spirits of the sea. Built in the eleventh century during the era of Empu Kuturan, the temple became a classic expression of ancient Bali in a spectacular setting, high above the crashing waves.

Here you can witness an impressive picturesque view especially on the sunset time. The three courtyards are surrounded by hard weathered white coral. The guardian gate in the middle courtyard has similar appearance of East Javanese temple architecture.

11 Agustus 2009

Mount Agung






Mount Agung or Gunung Agung is a mountain in Bali. This stratovolcano is the highest point on the island. It dominates the surrounding area influencing the climate. The clouds come from the west and Agung takes their water so that the west is lush and green and the east dry and barren.

It is believe as a place of gods. It stands 3,142 meters from sea level. This occasionally active volcano, stands at 3,014 meters. Bali's most sacred temple, Besakih actually sits on its slope. The adventurous traveler can attempt to climb the volcano between July and October. Be sure to hire a guide, as the route is long, difficult and dangerous.

Gunung Agung last erupted in 1963-64 and is still active, with a large and very deep crater which occasionally belches smoke and ash. From a distance, the mountain appears to be perfectly conical, despite the existence of the large crater.

From the peak of the mountain, it is possible to see the peak of Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok, although both mountains are frequently covered in cloud.

7 Agustus 2009

Sianok Canyon








"Ngarai" (the Indonesia for canyon) Sianok lies at the outskirt of Bukittinggi. It is steep-canyon of about 100-150 meters high, very colorful and surrounded by a green valley with a winding river at its bottom. The beauty of this panoramic landscape is hard to describe as if no words can precisely express this geological wonder.

The ignimbtrite plato of Sianok Valley at Belakangbalok Village was produced by two periods of Maninjau volcanic eruptions.

The two eruption periods are separated by fluvio volcanic deposits, consisting of very qoarse sand and conglomerate.

The two periods pyroclatic deposits at containing pumice and locally several coal. These pyroclatic deposits were faulted and formed terrace morphology. The Sianok Valley is considered as an effect of the reactivation of basement fault throughting the ignimbrite deposits.

5 Agustus 2009

White Crater in Mount Patuha



Mt Patuha is located southwest of Bandung, Kawah Putih is a lake on this mountains is sometimes pale turquoise, or as it's name says 'white'. The direction is drive to Ciwidey.

Kawah Putih can easy be reached by car all the way to the rim and then it is a 100 metre walk to the lake it self. It is a very nice colorful lake. Far to the south of Bandung, the hill becomes greener. The fresh air flows through the bamboo trees marching along the way. Kawah Putih, The White Crater, is waiting for who want to contemplate there.

Two craters adorn the summit of Patuha Volcano. The dry crater of Kawah Patuha lies 600 meters northwest of Kawah Putih, a crater lake with approximately 8 meters of water depth. Kawah Putih Crater Lake represents a relatively stable volcanic system, with no records of magmatic or phreatic activity since A.D. 1600.

Surrounded by the tea plantation, Kawah Putih is a very prospectors tourist's destination in West Java - Indonesia. Located at about 30 km to the south of Bandung, Kawah putih is relatively easy to be reached. But, driving by your own car is recommended, it's convenience because along the way, you can stop by to just take a rest, or buy strawberry, which can be easily found in this area. Fresh and considerably

At the top of Mt. Patuha is a relatively Young crater, and on its southeastern, lower flank is another, picturesque crater lake called Kawah Putih (White Crater).

Besides the enchantment of natural panorama, the crater has a separate uniqueness that is the color of the crater is always fluctuate, sometimes the color is green apple when the sun heat. But often the color is white with a thick mist above surface of the crater. Kawah Putih is also dominated with a white stones that’s why this crater called white crater. About 5 km from the crater there are support facilities such as Punceling hot spring and track jogging.

This nature enchantment can be felt since the visitor in journey to the location entrance by through crop forest of Eucalyptus and nature forest with miscellaneous of species tropical rain forest which is can offers you a truly incredible vacation.

1 Agustus 2009

Baluran Savannah National Park






Java’s Little Bit Of Africa. Baluran is the easiest place on Java to see an impressive variety of plant species and animals. Its wildlife features monitor lizards, wild dogs and pigs, squirrels, fruit bats, giant woodpeckers, crab-eating monkeys and leaf monkeys in the upland forests. Groups of 30 or more barking deer are common.

This park is a forest preservation area that extends about 25.000 ha on the north coast of East Java. The location is in Sumberwaru village, Banyuwangi district, Situbondo (on the east border of Java Island).

You can enjoy the panorama of savannah and mount Baluran (inactive volcano) in the center of area that becomes habitat of many exotic animals such as wild pigs, deer, peacocks, wild chicken, some species of monkeys and also bulls as the protected animals in the area.

You can enjoy the amazing scenery of the forest and do the safari activities in the wild life and feel the magic of the forest. This park is so unique because 15 km from the main entrance, you can find a beautiful white beach called Bama Beach, here in the habiat of coral reef, fish and mangrove.

This park is a forest preservation area that extends about 25.000 ha on the north coast of East Java. The location is in Sumberwaru village, Banyuwangi district, Situbondo (on the east border of Java Island). You can enjoy the panorama of savannah and mount Baluran (inactive volcano) in the center of area that becomes habitat of many exotic animals such as wild pigs, deer, peacocks, wild chicken, some species of monkeys and also bulls as the protected animals in the area.

You can enjoy the amazing scenery of the forest and do the safari activities in the wild life and feel the magic of the forest. This park is so unique because 15 km from the main entrance, you can find a beautiful white beach called Bama Beach, here in the habiat of coral reef, fish and mangrove.

You also can observe hundreds species of birds such as hornbills, peacocks and bulbuls. If you like to observe the tropical forest vegetation, the park is a heaven for many species of trees, plants and flowers such as pecan nut trees, Maja, Gadung, Java tamarind trees and mount Widara.

There are several activities that you can do in this park such as: - Safari Forest - forest adventure - Diving and snorkeling - Mountain hiking and mount climbing - Hill walking - Beach adventure to watch the fishermen's daily activities and seed seekers - Canoeing, rowing or boating until you the Fresh Water Gulf, Sejile Gulf and Bilik Beach.

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Conducting some scientific researching (with prior permission).
Facillities
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If you prefer to safari to Baluran National Park, there are some cottage designed in Madurese style and operated by Environmental Education Center. There is also a main lodge that will serve you European and Indonesia cuisine.
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Villas and lodges, you can rent them with your group members (about 20 persons capacity) and the also provide a praying room and a canteen.
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There are two guesthouses by the beach, but you should have prior reservation.
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Baluran Information Centre and a small museum that has several preserved animals by the main entrance operated by The Forestry Conservation Region Office.
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The visitor can do many activities, such as; Diving, Swimming, boating, snorkeling
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Playground
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A beautiful camping area that is located in Sumberwaru village (outside of the forest preservation area)
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Watching Towers that are usually used by rangers to watch or to observe the animals' behaviors and the region surrounding (you can bring a pair of binoculars or telescope to have a better look at the beautiful panorama)

Try to consider the wide ranges of this area, you will be better visit Baluran by your car or rent a car from Denpasar or Surabaya. You can also rent a car at Pasir Putih tourist resort or Situbondo. There is also motorbike public transportation called “ojek” in the main entrance that will take you to Bama Beach (with Negotiated cost)

The Route
o If you take a car, it takes 5 hours from Surabaya and 4 hours from Denpasar, Bali.
o For tourists who stay in Pasir Putih, it takes 1.5 hours and only 1 hours from Situbondo.

Gua Jepang (Japan Cave)
In Baluran National Park, you can see a historical place called “Gua Jepang” (Japan Cave). Gua Jepang is one of historical witness that in this place (Baluran National Park) was happened battle between Indonesia army against Japanese army. Because unequal power, there are a lot of Indonesia army who died in that battle, so this place also called Batangan. Gua Jepang has wide about 12 km that contains in 2 chambers. The north chamber was used to save the weapon, while the south chamber was used as a fissure to see an enemy.

Bekol Savannah
Beside Gua Jepang, in the Baluran National Park, you also can see Bekol savannah. It's about 12 km from the entrance Baluran National park. You will see a flock of deer, bulls, etc, in the morning and in the afternoon (when the sun goes down) to do their activity. You also can see their activity and behavior of those animals from the height.

Bama Beach
Bama beach is located in the east of Baluran National Park. You can see the original beach and the fantastic panorama in here. Beside that you can see the mangrove forest, Bama source and Mantingan source. One of special moment here is that you can see monkey with the long tail (Macaca fascicularis) that fishing crabs with their long tail. If you like go on food, you can pass the truck and you can see the beautiful panorama of Bama Beach on the height. Just with 15,000 Rupiahs per person you can spend the night in Bama Beach to enjoy the beautiful panorama at night here.