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The beauty of Bunaken island that is recognized by UNESCO

Bunaken Island is famous for Forest Park in the middle of the ocean or sea which had entered the National Park and has the highest biodiversity in the world oceans.

Bunaken Island is located in the north of Sulawesi, precisely in the Bay of Manado, and is included the territory of Indonesia. The extent of approximately 8.08 km2, but if totalized, Bunaken island has an area of ??approximately 75,265 hectares with five islands in it, among others: the island of  Manado Tua, Siladen Island, Mantehage Island, Naen Island and some islands from Mantehage island protected within the Bunaken National Park.

 

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Bunaken Island
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The island of Bunaken to Manado Tua Island Source :Own work Author : Btv70  GNU Free Documentation License
The island of Bunaken to Manado Tua Island
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Bunaken National Park is representative for Indonesian tropical water ecosystems consisting of mangrove ecosystems, sea grass beds, coral reefs, land and coastal ecosystems.

The name “Bunaken” is known far abroad as one of the best dive sites in the world. Indonesia as a country with many islands in the world has plenty of magnificent beaches and marine biodiversity. In the Bunaken Marine Park the visitors will see the various forms of marine life which are beautiful and colorful.

 

Bunaken marine park at North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Source :Wikipedia Author : Borgx Public Domain
Bunaken marine park at North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
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Bunaken Island lined up from the southeast to the northwest part of the island. In this region also exist Great Underwater Walls which are often called the Hanging Walls or giant rock walls that stand vertically and curved upward.

According to the records, there are about 91 species of fish and live in the Bunaken Marine Park, while coral reefs totaling 13 species domination by the majority of marine rocks.

There are 20 point dive for scuba diving that could be enjoyed by the visitors who want to get the sensation while swimming in the bottom of the sea with a variety of marine life around.

Other than that view of the ocean still can be seen not only through diving, but in a way by boarding semi submarine ships that can be found offshore Bunaken Island. This ships have walls of glass, so visitors can see the view of the sea.

Bunaken National Park was established in 1991 and on 2005 UNESCO made ??Bunaken becoming one of the world heritage and made the tourism in that area  more popular.

 

Bunaken Island sightseeing

 

Diving in Bunaken Marine Park 

 

 Location of Bunaken Island


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The uniqueness of Maluku islands – East Indonesia

The Maluku Islands stretch from the Island of Halmahera in the north to the south of the Far East. Maluku is a region which is blessed not only because of the wealth of beautiful natural but also the Maluku (Moluccas) had always been known with honest and courageous character people.

There are many customs, arts and culture of Maluku, which is not known by many people. One of the traditional events that has been made are “PUKUL SAPU LIDI”, (Beaten by Broom stick),  implemented by the King of Mamala in Ambon – Maluku, where the event is held in every 7 (seven) days after the Day of the Great Islamic “Eid”.

 

Beaten by broom sticksFOTO ANTARA/Jimmy Ayal/ed/09.
Beaten by broom sticks
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This ceremony includes the extreme events. In this ceremony, each participant will be whipping up the other participants alternately using sticks (Lidi) from palm tree, that has a length 1, 52 meters, on one condition that it should not be hit into the face or a vital part of the opponent.

The whole body of participants are bruised and bleed, but they do not look in pain. Whip injuries can even be cured quickly by using traditional ingredients made ??with coconut oil so it dries quickly and the wound healed.

 

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Playing beaten broom
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This event has been running since a few hundred years ago in this area, so that almost all the people around the island of Ambon and foreign travelers who know the tradition are definitely attend the event and watch this show.

 

Attractions of broom stick beaten

 

Besides the tradition of the broom, there is another tradition that is often called “BAMBO GILA” (Crazy Bamboo), which is known by the people of Maluku and other parts of the community where the tradition of BAMBOO GILA is known is derived from the Moluccas, but there are still many society from other areas that still dont not know about it.

 

Crazy Bamboo AttractionKompas.com By : Anom manik agung
Crazy Bamboo Attraction
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Prepared first a piece of bamboo with a length about 2.5 meters and diameter of 8 cm before the game starts,

After giving a spell on the bamboo, the handler then shouted “crazy, crazy, crazy.” Attraction crazy bamboo began. The dancers will move swiftly, following the movement of wild bamboo. In fact, the player’s body will be swayed even fell up, because wild movement of the crazy bamboo. They will make a series of movements, and linking their fingers to each other with agility of leg movements that is included walking, jumping and running following the sound of dynamic musics. Attraction crazy bamboo will end with the players which are fall unconscious in the show arena. The unique of this show, magical power of bamboo does not go away before being fed fires.

 

Crazy Bamboo AttractionFoto: ANTARA/ Fanny Octavianus
Crazy Bamboo Attraction
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Attractions of Crazy Bamboo

 

Maluku Islands

 

Location of Maluku Islands-East Indonesia


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Komodo Island Indonesia

Komodo Island is an island located in the Nusa Tenggara island, Eastern part of Indonesia. The island is known as the Komodo dragon habitat for native animals. This island is the Komodo National Park which managed by the Central Government. Komodo Island is located in the eastern of the island Sumbawa, which is the western end of East Nusa Tenggara Province, bordering the province of West Nusa Tenggara.
On this island, komodo animals live and breed well. In this island there are about 1,318 in number. There is also another island, such as the nearby island of  Rinca Island which a habitat for native animals of ancient komodo. Rinca island also became one of the of the island which belong to the Komodo National Park.

 

Rinca Island
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Why komodo island more famous? That is because the island of Komodo was the place where the first komodo discovered  by Dutch Lieutenant, Steyn van Hens Broek in the early 20th century, and later named by the name of that animal.

Besides the two large islands, there are two other islands are included in Komodo National Park, and became komodo habitat, that  are : 1. Gili Motang Island, with 68 populated komodo, and 2. Pulau Padar, populated 86 komodo.

 

Gili Motang Island
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Padar Island
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Every tourists who visit the island of Komodo would be taken to travel to Rinca Island. In this island tourists will be invited to explore the tracks along the 2 km-8 km to visit komodo habitat, as well as on the Komodo Island. Track length and duration of the trip depends on the choice of tourists.

In komodo native habitat, visitors must be accompanied by tour guides (rangers) who are trained to deal with komodo. Tourists are also highly discouraged out of the group.

If we look at a glance, we might think komodo are lazy animals. Komodo also prefer silent or walking slowly. In fact, they can run at speeds 16 miles-18 miles per hour when chasing prey. They also can swim up to 500 meters. Tail and fangs are the power of them. Komodo classified as vicious animals. They are very sensitive to the smell of blood, even smell the blood within 5 km and are also sensitive to sudden movement and noise. If they have the disorder, komodo can be agitated and aggressive.

When face the attack from komodo, the ranger will hit the ancient animal’s neck with branches sticks which he always carried. Try not to get hurt when tracking or walking around.

Planning determination of the Komodo National Park as the New Seven Wonders of Nature in mid-May 2012 will make Komodo Island will be known around the world and is expected to attract more local and foreign tourists.

 

Komodo Island
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Beach in Komodo Island
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Sunset in Komodo Island
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Komodo National Park
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Dragon Komodo
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