Animal photography requires a great deal of time, patience, and some say luck…and this is where the debate starts. What part does luck play in photography?

We rounded up 50 examples of perfectly timed animal photos which seem like pure luck. Most of these shots are so incredible that if you blinked you would have missed it! But as a popular saying goes:

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

What about you? What part does luck play in your photography?

P.S: we’ve tried our best to credit each and every photographer, but just couldn’t track some of them. Please leave a comment if you know the missing authors.

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Berikut ini adalah list perusahaan idaman dari tahun ke tahun versi Majalah Warta Ekonomi. Sayang untuk tahun 2011 dan 2012 tidak di release lagi. Untuk tahun 2011 ada release dari Majalah Fortune, yaitu “Fortune Most Admired Companies.” Ane gabung di perusahaan yang dikasih bold, hehehe. Puji Tuhan….

Perusahaan Idaman 2005

  1. PT Astra International Tbk
  2. PT Pertamina (Persero)
  3. PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk
  4. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (Telkom)
  5. PT Caltex Pacific Indonesia
  6. PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk
  7. PT Indosat Tbk
  8. PT Bank Mandiri Tbk
  9. PT Telekomunikasi Seluler (Telkomsel)
  10. PT Bank Central Asia Tbk (BCA)
  11. Beyond Petroleoum Indonesia (BP Indonesia)
  12. PT Freeport Indonesia
  13. PT Schlumberger Indonesia
  14. Citibank Indonesia NA
  15. PT IBM Indonesia
  16. PT Microsoft Indonesia
  17. PT Nestle Indonesia
  18. Total E&P Indonesie
  19. PT Televisi Transformasi Indonesia (Trans TV)
  20. Unocal Indonesia

Perusahaan Idaman 2006

  1. PT Astra International Tbk
  2. PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk
  3. PT Bank Central Asia Tbk (BCA)
  4. PT Pertamina (Persero)
  5. PT Bank Mandiri Tbk
  6. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (Telkom)
  7. PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (d.h. PT Caltex Pacific Indonesia)
  8. PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel)
  9. Citibank Indonesia NA
  10. PT IBM Indonesia

Perusahaan Idaman 2007

  1. PT Astra International Tbk
  2. PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk
  3. PT Pertamina (Persero)
  4. PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel)
  5. PT Bank Mandiri Tbk
  6. PT Bank Central Asia Tbk (BCA)
  7. PT Freeport Indonesia
  8. Citibank Indonesia NA
  9. PT IBM Indonesia
  10. PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk
  11. Conoco Philips
  12. PT Telkom Indonesia Tbk (Telkom)
  13. PT Indosat Tbk
  14. PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk
  15. PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia
  16. PT Microsoft Indonesia
  17. PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia Tbk (BRI)
  18. Bank Indonesia
  19. PT Total E&P Indonesie
  20. PT Nestle Indonesia
  21. PT Bank Negara Indonesia Tbk (BNI)
  22. Beyond Petroleum Indonesia (BP Indonesia)
  23. PT Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia (RCTI)
  24. PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk
  25. PT Asuransi Allianz Utama

Perusahaan Idaman 2008

  1. PT Astra International Tbk
  2. PT Pertamina (Persero)
  3. Bank Central Asia Tbk (BCA)
  4. PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk
  5. PT Garuda Indonesia
  6. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (Telkom)
  7. PT Bank Mandiri Tbk
  8. PT Mustika Ratu
  9. PT IBM Indonesia
  10. PT Aneka Tambang Tbk
  11. PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk
  12. PT Freeport Indonesia
  13. PT Jasa Marga Tbk
  14. PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN)
  15. Citibank Indonesia NA

Perusahaan Idaman 2009

  1. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (Telkom)
  2. PT Astra International Tbk.
  3. PT Pertamina (Persero)
  4. PT Bank Mandiri Tbk
  5. PT Bank Central Asia Tbk (BCA)
  6. PT Garuda Indonesia
  7. PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk.
  8. PT Medco Energi International Tbk.
  9. PT Indosat Tbk
  10. PT Adira Dinamika Multi Finance Tbk.
  11. PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia Tbk (BRI)
  12. PT Freeport Indonesia
  13. PT Bakrie & Brothers
  14. PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk
  15. PT Bank Negara Indonesia Tbk (BNI)

Perusahaan Idaman 2010

  1. PT Pertamina (Persero)
  2. PT Astra International Tbk
  3. PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (Telkom)
  4. PT Bank Central Asia Tbk (BCA)
  5. PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk
  6. PT Garuda Indonesia
  7. PT Indosat Tbk
  8. PT Bank Mandiri Tbk.
  9. Chevron IndoAsia Business Unit
  10. PT Medco Energi International Tbk.
  11. PT Freeport Indonesia
  12. Bakrie & Brothers Tbk.
  13. PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel)
  14. PT Kalbe Farma Tbk
  15. PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk
  16. PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing – PT Yamaha Motor Kencana Indonesia
  17. PT IBM Indonesia
  18. PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia Tbk (BRI)
  19. PT Microsoft Indonesia
  20. PT Adira Dinamika Multi Finance Tbk

Adapun 7 alasan utama responden memilih perusahaan (2010) tersebut adalah:

    • [1] Memiliki standar gaji yang lebih tinggi dibandingkan perusahaan lain
    • [2] Memberi tunjangan dan fasilitas yang lebih baik dibandingkan perusahaan lain
    • [3] Merupakan perusahaan besar dan maju
    • [4] Perusahaan terkenal
    • [5] Perusahaan terbaik di bidangnya
    • [6] Perusahaan yang memiliki manajemen yang bagus
    • [7] Perusahaan bertaraf internasional

Responden perusahaan idaman, kebanyakan berjenis kelamin laki-laki (52,6%), dengan rata-rata usia 29 tahun. Rentang usia terbanyak pada usia 26-30 tahun (48,6%), dengan pendidikan minimum S1 (94,9%). Responden bekerja pada bidang asuransi, perbankan, sekuritas, pembiayaan, property, telekomunikasi, farmasi, transportasi, consumer goods, non consumer goods, tambang, dan migas.

Dari ke 20 perusahaan idaman 2010 tersebut, ada perusahaan idaman yang masuk kategori “Special Mention”, yakni:

  1. PT Telkom Tbk sebagai Most Gracious Company
  2. PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk sebagai Most Improving Company
  3. PT Pertamina  (Persero) sebagai Most Generous Company

Perusahaan Idaman Tahun 2011

Tanggal 25 Januari 2012, Majalah Fortune Indonesia, yang diterbitkan oleh Kompas Gramedia memilih 20 perusahaan terbaik melalui Fortune Most Admired Companies 2011.  Dalam anugerah Fortune Most Admired Companies 2011 itu terpilih 20 perusahaan terbaik di Nusantara. Urutan sesuai abjad para peraih penghargaan itu adalah sebagai berikut:
  • Adaro Energy
  • Aneka Tambang
  • Astra International
  • Bank Central Asia
  • Bank Mandiri
  • Bank Rakyat Indonesia
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Gudang Garam
  • HM Sampoerna
  • Holcim Indonesia
  • Indofood Sukses Makmur
  • Indosat
  • Kalbe Farma
  • Lippo Karawaci
  • Medco Energi International
  • Mitra Adiperkasa
  • Telekomunikasi Indonesia
  • Unilever Indonesia
  • United Tractors
  • XL Axiata

Perusahaan Idaman Tahun 2015 (Warta Ekonomi)

  • PT AGUNG PODOMORO LAND Tbk
  • PT ASTRA INTERNATIONAL Tbk
  • PT BANK CENTRAL ASIA Tbk
  • PT BANK MANDIRI (Persero) Tbk
  • PT GARUDA INDONESIA (Persero) Tbk
  • PT INDOFOOD SUKSES MAKMUR Tbk
  • PT KALBE FARMA Tbk
  • PT PERTAMINA (Persero)
  • PT TOYOTA MOTOR MANUFACTURING INDONESIA
  • PT UNILEVER INDONESIA Tbk

Selain “Top 10 Most Admired Companies 2015”, terdapat perusahaan–perusahaan yang menonjol dan dikagumi dan dipillih oleh karyawan di masing-masing kategori, perusahaan-perusahaan tersebut adalah:

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Bagi yang sedang mencari pekerjaan, sudah mengincar salah satu perusahaan diatas kan? Hehehe..


Menurut QS Top Universities, maka peringkatnya:

  1. University of Indonesia (score 67.80, peringkat ke-50 di Asia)
  2. Universitas Gadjah Mada  (score 54.50, peringkat ke-80 di Asia)
  3. Airlangga University   (score 52.10, peringkat ke-86 di Asia)
  4. Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB),  (score 47.80, peringkat ke-98 di Asia)
  5. Padjadjaran University,  (score 41.10, peringkat ke-128 di Asia)
  6. Bogor Agricultural University (IPB),  (score 40.14, peringkat ke-134 di Asia)
  7. Diponegoro University,  (score 35.20, peringkat ke-152 di Asia)
  8. Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS),  (score 30.30, peringkat ke-190 di Asia)
  9. Pelita Harapan University, (score 24.70,  peringkat ke-201+ di Asia)
  10. Brawijaya University,  (score 24.50, peringkat ke-201+ di Asia)
 
Menurut 4ICU, maka peringkatnya:
  1. Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB),  peringkat ke-16 di Asia
  2. University of Indonesia,  peringkat ke-28 di Asia
  3. Gadjah Mada University,  peringkat ke-45 di Asia
  4. Gunadarma University, NA
  5. Indonesia University of Education (UPI),  NA
  6. Diponegoro University,  NA
  7. Universitas Sebelas Maret,  NA
  8. Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS),  NA
  9. Airlangga University,  NA
  10. Bogor Agricultural  Institute (IPB), NA
 
Menurut Webometrics,  maka peringkatnya:
  1. Universitas Gadjah Mada, peringkat ke-249 dunia
  2. Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB),  peringkat ke-277 dunia
  3. University of Indonesia,  peringkat ke-365 dunia
  4. Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS),  peringkat ke-898 dunia
  5. Bogor Agricultural  Institute (IPB),  peringkat ke-1024 dunia
  6. Indonesia University of Education (UPI),  peringkat ke-1031 dunia
  7. Universitas Sebelas Maret,  peringkat ke-1186 dunia
  8. Gunadarma University,  peringkat ke-1237 dunia
  9. Diponegoro University,  peringkat ke-1310 dunia
  10. Sriwijaya University,  peringkat ke-1323 dunia
 
Metode dan pendekatan yang dilakukan oleh lembaga survey luar negeri diatas masing-masing berbeda sehingga menghasilkan pemeringkatan yang berbeda dan kadang tdiak sesuai dengan kenyataan. Penulis sendiri mempunyai peringkat tersendiri untuk Universitas/Institut terbaik di Indonesia. Untuk menjadi perhatian, peringkat universitas tidak sama dengan peringkat fakultas.

10 Universitas Terbaik di Indonesia Tahun 2012 versi Penulis
 
  1. University of Indonesia (UI)
  2. Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)
  3. Gadjah Mada University (UGM)
  4. Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS)
  5. Bogor Agricultural  Institute (IPB)
  6. Airlangga University (UNAIR)
  7. Padjadjaran University (UNPAD)
  8. Diponegoro University (UNDIP)
  9. Pelita Harapan University (UPH)
  10. Brawijaya University (UB)

Welcome and visit Indonesia now! There are so many beautiful places to visit in Indonesia, in addition, Indonesia is the best place to spend your holiday. Here is the list of 20 beautiful places in Indonesia that might interest you.

1. Maluk Beach – Sumbawa – NTB 

 Along the west coast to the southern island of Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara Province (NTB), it was amusing, because the scenery on the coast of West Sumbawa Regency is still beautiful.One of the beaches began to be known at this time is Maluk Beach. This beach is so beautiful and enchanting anyone eager to swim and sunbathe when the weather was sunny, the sun radiates its rays and the waves roll in, one after another to the coastline

2. Mount Rinjani, West Nusa Tenggara 

Rinjani has Panaroma that could be considered the best among the mountains in Indonesia.Each year (June-August) are frequently visited by lovers of nature ranging from local residents, until the student nature lovers. Temperatures average around 20 ° C; the lowest 12 ° C. Strong winds are common at peak in August.
3. Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara 
Komodo National Park (TN. Komodo) is an area consisting of several islands with sea water. The islands are a wildlife habitat dragons (Varanus komodoensis) is an ancient reptile remains in the earth. Unique natural conditions, there is an extensive savanna lontarnya tree (Borassus flabellifer).
4. Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua

Raja Ampat Islands is an archipelago located in the western province of Papua New Guinea in the West, precisely at the head of birds of Papua. This archipelago is a divers destination-divers who are interested in the beauty of underwater scenery.

5. Ijen, East Java 

Ijen volcano is one tourist attraction in Indonesia. Ijen is a famous tourist attraction, which has been recognized by domestic and foreign tourists for its beautiful nature and charming.
6. Carstensz Peak & Jayawijaya, Papua
Indonesia should take pride in the uniqueness and richness of nature and tradition masayarakatnya. This time, Carstenz Pyramid or what could be called a glorious peak, also in Papua. Carstensz Peak is the highest peak in Australia and Oceania.
7. Mount Anak Krakatau, Sunda Strait 
Krakatau is a volcanic archipelago that are still active and located in the Sunda
Strait between Java and Sumatra islands. This name was ever pinned on a volcanic peak in there that because of the eruption on 26-27 August 1883, then vanished. The explosion is very powerful and the resulting tsunami killed an estimated 36 000 inhabitants.
8. Mount Bromo, East Java 

Mount Bromo volcano is still active and most famous as a tourist attraction in East Java. As a tourism area, Mount Bromo become attractive because of its status as a still active volcano.

9. Kelimutu Lake, NTT

Kelimutu is a volcano located on the island of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia.Exact location of this mountain in the Village District Kelimutu strikes, Ende. This mountain has three crater lakes on top.
The lake is Lake known as the Three Colours to have three different colors, namely red, blue and white. Even so, the colors are always changing with the passage of time.

10. Bunaken Marine Park, North Sulawesi 
Bunaken marine park has a 20 point dive (dive spot) with varying depths up to 1344 meters. Of the 20 diving points, 12 points among them diving around Bunaken Island. Twelve point dive is the most frequently visited by divers and lovers of the beauty of the underwater scenery.
11. Lake Toba, North Sumatra 
Lake Toba is a volcanic lake with a length of 100 kilometers and 30 kilometers wide (the largest volcanic lake in the world). In the middle of this lake there is a volcanic island called Samosir Island.
Lake Toba has long been an important tourist destination in addition to Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra and Nias, attracting domestic and foreign tourists.
12. Baluran, East Java 

African Baluran is Indonesia, the National Park is a specific representation of dry forest ecosystems on the island of Java, the type of vegetation consists of savannah, mangrove forest, monsoon forest, beach forest, lower montane forest, swamp forest and evergreen forests throughout the year. Approximately 40 percent of savanna vegetation types dominate Baluran National Park.

13. Dreamland Beach, Bali 

Or better known as Dreamland Dreamland Beach is one of the most beautiful beach in Bali than Kuta beach. The beach is located not far from the Uluwatu on the island is very famous for its beauty. The beauty and cleanliness of the beach adds interest visitors, not only from domestic but also foreign tourists.
14. Seven Lakes Mountain, Jambi
Kerinci be proud of the existence of the Seven Lakes Mountain which is the highest lake in Southeast Asia. And also there are several other small lakes with a unique natural beauty. Lake grouse with pristine nature gives a different touch.
15. Green Canyon, West Java 
Green Canyon save a tremendous charm. The combination of rivers, green valleys, protected forest, and various stalactite-stalagmite. Beauty wrapped in silence, like a hidden paradise.Green Canyon were developed in 1989.
16. Lake Sentani, Papua 
Sentani Lake below the slopes of Mount Cycloops which extends between Jayapura and Jayapura regency, Papua. Sentani Lake Landscape with a group of islands in the middle is the prettiest one in Indonesia.
17. Goa Gong, East Java
Goa Gong claimed to be the most beautiful caves in Southeast Asia. Inside this cave you can see various kinds of rock ridge (stalactite / stalagmite) are very interesting and the occurrence of a natural process.
18. Bantimurung Karst Mountains, South Sulawesi
Bantimurung National Park has the most beautiful natural scenery. Because in this park, there are sources of water that never dry. So that various types of plants can survive in the long dry season.
19. Belitung Island, Bangka Belitung 

Island beautiful, unique scenery and white sand beaches decorated with original granite stones which artistic and crystal-clear sea water, surrounded by hundreds of small islands.

20. Derawan Island, East Kalimantan 

In the surrounding waters have marine park and is renowned as a tourist submarine (diving) with a depth of about five meters. On a rock at a depth of ten meters, there is now known as “Trigger Blue Wall”.


1. Takabonerate Island, South Sulawesi

Takabonerate
 
Takabonerate lies southwest of Selayar island and is the third largest coral atoll in the world (the largest is Kwajalein in the Marshall islands and the second largest Suvadiva in the Maldives). Spread over 2,220 square kilometer (21 small islands) in the Flores Sea, there are coral reef and seagrass ecosystems. The atoll offers some very good wall diving. Visibility is normally around 30 meter. The atoll rises sharply from the side of a submerged ridge 2,000 meter below the surface. It is said to have been a huge volcano, that has since subsided, leaving a wide ring of coral. The area is an Indonesian National Marine Park and as such there should be no fishing.

There seems to be some areas with damage from dynamite fishing though. It is not clear how extensive they are. Diving is normaly done in the untouched areas. Topographic area is very unique and interesting, where atol group consisting of islands and coral reef a broad and sunken, forming the islands with a rather large amount. Among the islands reef, there is a narrow strait, the passage in and pitched. While on the coral reef surface, there are many ponds in the small and surrounded by coral reefs. At the lowest ebb, with a clearly visible and the dry land with water that formed a small swimming-pool. Visit best season: April until June or October until December each year.

 

2. Parai Beach, Kota Sungailiat, Bangka

Parai Beach
 
This beach is one of Bangka Island’s prides. The beach is located in Sungailiat district. The visitors can find various forms of boulders in this beach, which add its beauty. This beach is very ideal for having swimming, sun bathing and relaxing. Parai Tenggiri beach has the complete facilities in Bangka Island. There are luxurious hotels and water sport facilities. The Visitors will enjoy this beach with the local fishermen who always spend their days by looking for fishes in the sea. The calmness and fresh sea wind will greet the visitor when they arrive there. This make you feel comfortable to stay here.
 

3. Dodola Island, North Maluku

Dodola Island
 
Dodola Island is surrounded by the wide of white sand that connect Dodola Besar Island and Dodola Kecil Island. The nature panorama around and the clear water are suitable for swimming and diving. There are also other islands that can visit by the tourists. Dodola beach is about 5 miles from Daruba, the capital of South Morotai districts.
 

4. Green Canyon Indonesia,Ciamis Pangandaran, West Java

Green Canyon
 
If United States has Grand Canyon, Indonesia has Green Canyon, one of tourism object in West Java which is located in the Village District Kertayasa Cijulang, Ciamis Regency ± 31 km from Pangandaran. Well, green canyon is only a pun of the name of the Grand Canyon in Colorado, United States. This attraction is the river flowing through Cijulang cave with stunning stalactite and stalagmite, flanked by two hills with rocks and trees provide a unique and challenging natural attraction. The color of the river water that greenness was the reason of this place to be acknowledged as Green Canyon. The name of The Green Canyon itself was popularized by a french tourist in 1993, but local citizen called it cukang taneuh or The Land Bridge in Indonesian language because of the existence of a long and wide bridge that connected between the Kertayasa Village and the Batukaras Village.

The beautiful scenery of the Green Canyon Cave waiting after descending from the boat. You could enjoy the side of the cave with seeing stalactite and the stalagmite that still dropping water. The water continually fall in this area so it’s called as eternal rain area. You can swimming to feel refreshing water in the cave and don’t forget to use the buoy.

To reach this location visitors must follow the Cijulang river using a boat that available at Pier Ciseureuh, either outboard boat or canoe paddles. The scenery will be more beautiful when witnessing the Palatar Waterfall in the Green Canyon Cave. Swimming in a refreshing water while enjoying high hills and seeing stalactite and the stalagmite will be an unforgotten moment.If you intended to visit this place better to come in the dry season because the river’s color is green in this season, Whereas in the rain season, during the high rainfall, the river water will be brown.

5. Bintan Island, Riau

Bintan Beach
 
The northern tip of the island, Bintan Resorts (Lagoi), 45 minutes from Singapore by ferry, full of expensive resorts and manicured lawns. As it has very little in common with the rest of the island, the resorts are covered in the Bintan Resorts article. Separated from the resorts by checkpoints and armed guards, the rest of the island is “real” border town Indonesia, home to electronics factories, fishing villages and local style resorts (beach and adventure type) along the East Coast Bintan.

The colorful town of Bintan, Tanjung Pinang, 1.5 hours away from Singapore by ferry, used to be a local destination for prostitution and gambling (just like neighboring Batam), but after a clamp-down by the local authorities it is regaining its rightful reputation as one of Indonesia’s most historical cities, with its ancient vibrant market partly located on stilts in the sea. Bintan has excellent beaches, although the water tends to be murky due to its proximity to Singapore, shipping lanes, and Batam’s industries. Bintan Resorts is best known for golf, while Trikora is a cheaper option for sea sports. You can also go island-hopping from the main ports. From Tanjung Pinang, going to a nearby island would only be about S$5-10.

6. Lake Toba, North Sumatera.

Samosir Island in Lake Toba
 
Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world and is in Sumatra, Indonesia. Samosir island within the lake is the island within the island of Sumatra. Lake Toba is an immense volcanic lake covering an area of 1707 sq km (1,000 sq km bigger than Singapore) with an island in the center. Formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption some 70,000 years ago, it is probably the largest resurgent caldera on Earth. Some studies say it might have been associated with causing previous ice age/climate change and the largest human population bottleneck ever. Genetic estimates suggests that there where only a few thousand individuals that survived the catastrophe. The island in the middle – Pulau Samosir – was joined to the caldera wall by a narrow isthmus, which was cut through to enable boats to pass; a road bridge crosses the cutting. Samosir island is the cultural centre of Batak tribe who are mostly Christians in the modern days.

Kick back and relax after the frenetic atmosphere of Indonesia. Swim in the volcanically warmed waters of the lake or arrange an overnight ‘party’ boat out on the lake if you can get enough volunteers together. A beautiful place to do nothing at all. Plenty of second hand book shops to stock up on reading material. Traditional Batak Dance in Restaurant Bagus Bay every Wednesday and Saturday from 8.15PM onwards. After the dance, sit back and enjoy the folk songs done by a group of men.

7. Umang Island, Banten

Umang Island
 
Another paradise island in Indonesia, Umang Island, situated in Banten province, is a small island perfect for your tropical getaway. Especially when you’ve done some business in Jakarta, since Umang Island is only 4 to 5 hours away from the bustling city.

The five-hectare private island is maintained by a single management, Umang Island Resort and Spa, which offers the same comfort as a star-rated hotel with relaxing ambiance. The location is also very strategic for nature trekkers as it’s near the UNESCO heritage site Ujung Kulon National Park.

Umang Island is also well-protected from the West Java sea storms as there’s Tanjung Lesung beach to the north and Panaitan Island to the west. So whenever you feel like lazying around a white sandy beach overlooking the crystal sea water, you should try Umang Island, where the beauty of nature may give you peace and tranquility.

8. Raja Ampat Island

Raja Ampat Island
 
The Raja Ampat Island in Papua is group spreads out over a huge area and consists of over 610 islands. The four largest islands are Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. The name of Raja Ampat based on the legend. This area had begun with 6 eggs that found by King Waikew in Waigeo Island. But from the 6 eggs, just 5 eggs had crack. The last was become an egg stone till now on.

From the fifth eggs that had cracked, the 4 eggs was become men who become King of four big islands that is Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. While the one egg became a woman, had wash away and stranded in Biak Island. That woman was born a child named Gura Besi that known as the historical man of Raja Ampat, because of his heroic story.

The Raja Ampat islands are a truly natural phenomenon with enormous biological diversity. The amazing marine landscape means that underwater photography should be on the top your list during your stay. However with Raja Ampat’s natural conditions, high endemic level of land, sea biodiversity, coastal ecology, and local culture & tradition the islands offer more than just amazing landscapes to photograph.

You may also consider:

* Wreck diving
* Sailing
* Kayaking
* Exploring the islands by boat
* Visiting the Red Bird of Paradise
* Enjoying the Karst islands around Wayag Island
* Exploring the bat caves (literally, not the Dark Knight variety)
* Make your own wood sculpture guided by an Asmat artisan
* Fishing using traditional Papuan techniques
* Trekking to discover waterfalls
* Feeding couscous
* Snorkeling
* Watching The Sea Ghost

Even though Raja Ampat islands have only few visitors, there are already hotels and homestays on Saonek, Mansuar, and Yenwaupnor islands.

9. Bunaken, Manado, North Sulawesi

Bunaken Island
 
Bunaken is one of Indonesia’s most famous diving and snorkeling areas and it draws visitors from all over the world. In addition to banana-shaped Bunaken Island itself, the 890 km2 of marine national park includes the neighboring islands of Manado Tua (a distinctive cone-shaped extinct volcano), Siladen (which will be described later), Montehagen, Nain, and Nain Kecil.

The thing to do in Bunaken is dive, dive and dive! However, the steep walls and occasionally strong, rapidly changing currents mean that many sites cater more to the intermediate/advanced diver. There are beginner-friendly sites too and all dive shops can arrange introduction dives and Open Water Dive courses.

All dive shops in the park are affiliated with resorts.Snorkeling is fantastic in front of many of the resorts around the island, with an incredible amount of marine life inhabiting the shallows. Remember not to snorkel without fins as the currents can sometimes be strong and change quickly even when they are not. Pick a reference point on the island and do not stray too far unless you are a very confident swimmer. If you love diving very much then come and visit Bunaken island.

10. Siladen, South Sulawesi

Siladen Coral Reef
 
As part of Bunaken National Park, Siladen is indeed the little paradise island that everyone has ever dreamed of.Siladen is a small island to the northeast of Bunaken, it offers deep coral covered walls and great marine life. With its long white sandy beaches fringed by coconut trees, coral reefs and bottomless walls just a few meters from the shore, its small fishing village of approximately 300 inhabitants and its few bungalows, Siladen, secluded and off-the-beaten-track, is the perfect place for sea and nature lovers. Walking around the whole island takes about one hour.

If you are already bored to visit Bali and want to go to somewhere else to vacation, you can try to visit one of these beautiful places in Indonesia. Hope you like it.

 
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