Daily Archives: September 16, 2009

Jaco Island ~ a slice of paradise in Timor Leste

By Dian Hasan | September 16, 2009

Jaco Island-TIMOR LESTE-tutualaJaco Island is an idyllic island in one of the world’s youngest nation (gained independence in 2002), Timor Leste. The country lies east of Bali, in the Lesser Sunda Islands. Formerly the last remaining Portuguese Colony in South East Asia, Timor Leste was known as East Timor when it was part of Indonesia (between 1979 – 2002).

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Scuba Diving around the Isle of Gods, Bali

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Bali provides opportunities for those who would like to learn scuba diving, even without theory and pool training, but also some of the best diving spots for the experienced scuba diver. In Sanur Beach you can even experience the sea life from the safety of your diving bubble with the Sea Walker. The only one in Bali – no diving experience needed.

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Taking the plunge ~ Bungy in Bali!

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When you want your adrenaline to come out and play.. real hard.. then taking the plunge the Bungy route awaits in Bali. After you’ve exhausted all your options of touring the magical island, surfed all its shores… well, I know it’s virtually impossible. As there’s never enough time when visiting Bali. But AJ Hackett, an international household name for extreme activities, founded by a Kiwi with a knack for adrenaline pumping has brought the excitement of Bungy Jumping to the Isle of Gods. Here’s a look at it.

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Sikuai, Pagang & Cibudak ~ Padang’s idyllic tropical isles

By Dian Hasan | September 15, 2009

Pagang Island-www.pbase.com-photo dnukman 2Among the international surf crowd, Padang, the provincial capital of West Sumatra in Indonesia is known as a jump-off point to get to every surfer’s dream destination: The Mentawai Islands. A smallish archipelago of about 70 islands, of which the 3 largest islands of Siberut, North Pagai (Pagai Utara) and South Pagai (Pagai Selatan) are renowned for having among the most consistent surf in the world.

It is the journey enroute to Mentawai, however, when one passes little isles scattered around Padang Bay, that often go unnoticed. These hidden jewels of West Sumatra are worthy of a stop-over to experience their natural beauty. Sikuai, Pagang and Cibudak Islands are just some of them.

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