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Indonesia, the last frontier for Adventure Travel ~ Extreme Kayaking in Kuantan River, West Sumatra

By Dian Hasan | September 19, 2009

Move over Amazon & Costa Rica, Indonesia is the new adventure travel destination. Rugged and unspoiled, awaiting the world’s adrenaline junkies seeking Extreme Adventure! Hurry, before the cat’s out of the bag!

Kayaking through the wilderness. Kuantan River, West Sumatra. Photo: Playak

Kayaking through the wilderness. Kuantan River, West Sumatra. Photo: Playak

It’s a mixed blessing for Indonesia that’s attempting seriously to develop itself into a formidable travel destination in the region, as tourism is a long-term development that requires deep long-term strategy of attaining the right balance between Profit, People, and Planet. Ensuring enough basic infrastructure investment and deep-pocket tourism promotional dollars spurned by the Government, would attract private investors to develop the facilities, while benefiting the local economy and not endangering the environment that tourism touches. For now though, let Indonesia shine through her greatest gift to the modern traveler: the planet’s ultimate adventure destination. And that may not be an overstatement. We’ll look at how others – mostly adventure travelers – are enjoying Indonesia, her intoxicating natural beauty, her oft impenetrable wilderness, and the indelible culture of her warm-hearted people. Here’s a look at Extreme Kayaking in Kuantan River, West Sumatra, as appeared in Playak.

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Indonesia, the last frontier for Adventure Travel ~ Extreme Kayaking in Klawing River, East Java

By Dian Hasan | September 19, 2009

Move over Amazon & Costa Rica, Indonesia is the new adventure travel destination. Rugged and unspoiled, awaiting the world’s adrenaline junkies seeking Extreme Adventure! Hurry, before the cat’s out of the bag!

Klawing River, Purbalingga, East Java. One of Indonesia's many extreme kayaking destinations.

Klawing River, Purbalingga, East Java. One of Indonesia's many extreme kayaking destinations.

It’s a mixed blessing for Indonesia that’s attempting seriously to develop itself into a formidable travel destination in the region, as tourism is a long-term development that requires deep long-term strategy of attaining the right balance between Profit, People, and Planet. Ensuring enough basic infrastructure investment and deep-pocket tourism promotional dollars spurned by the Government, would attract private investors to develop the facilities, while benefiting the local economy and not endangering the environment that tourism touches. For now though, let Indonesia shine through her greatest gift to the modern traveler: the planet’s ultimate adventure destination. And that may not be an overstatement. We’ll look at how others – mostly adventure travelers – are enjoying Indonesia, her intoxicating natural beauty, her oft impenetrable wilderness, and the indelible culture of her warm-hearted people. Here’s a look at Extreme Kayaking in Klawing River in Purbalingga, East Java, as appeared in Playak.

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Indonesia, the last frontier for Adventure Travel ~ Extreme Kayaking in Banyak Islands, Sumatra

By Dian Hasan | September 19, 2009

Move over Amazon & Costa Rica, Indonesia is the new adventure travel destination. Rugged and unspoiled, awaiting the world’s adrenaline junkies seeking Extreme Adventure! Hurry, before the cat’s out of the bag!

It’s a mixed blessing for Indonesia that’s attempting seriously to develop itself into a formidable travel destination in the region, as tourism is a long-term development that requires deep long-term strategy of attaining the right balance between Profit, People, and Planet. Ensuring enough basic infrastructure investment and deep-pocket tourism promotional dollars spurned by the Government, would attract private investors to develop the facilities, while benefiting the local economy and not endangering the environment that tourism touches. For now though, let Indonesia shine through her greatest gift to the modern traveler: the planet’s ultimate adventure destination. And that may not be an overstatement. We’ll look at how others – mostly adventure travelers – are enjoying Indonesia, her intoxicating natural beauty, her oft impenetrable wilderness, and the indelible culture of her warm-hearted people. Here’s a look at Extreme Kayaking in Pulau Banyak (Banyak Islands), Sumatra, as appeared in Playak.

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Sikuai Island Resort ~ a tropical gem enroute to Mentawai

By Dian Hasan | September 15, 2009

Sikuai Island Resort. Photo: flickr member mrlemonjelly

Sikuai Island Resort. Photo: flickr member mrlemonjelly

Off the coast of Padang, the provincial capital of West Sumatra, lies a gorgeous little tropical isle that deserves better appreciation. Popular mostly with local Padang city-dwellers for weekends or day-trips, it is on weekdays that Sikuai is best experienced. Void of people, just you and a tropical virgin isle all to yourself. Sikuai Island Resort.

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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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Indonesia’s Vivacious Volcanoes ~ a hiker’s paradise

Mt Merapi-Silhouette of farmers against volcanic Mt Merapi in Central Java-www.d.umn.edu

Silhouette of farmers against Merapi Volcano in Central Java. Photo: http://www.d.umn.edu

Indonesia forms part of the Ring of Fire – a chain-linked range of volcanic mountains that encircles the Pacific Rim. And Indonesia is home to the largest number of volcanoes in the world. At any given time, there’s at least one volcano that is active. No surprises there.

Not only are volcanoes an integral part of the landscape, giving Indonesia its fertile soil, but they are deeply entrenched into the fabric of the society, touching everything from belief, customs, traditions, architecture and folkore. While Indonesians revere volcanoes for their might, foreigners will find them as a nature-lover’s paradise.

Here’s a look at some of her most famous “Fire Mountains” (as Indonesians refer to them in Indonesian “Gunung Api”) as reported by trails.com.

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