Showing posts with label traveling Indonesia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label traveling Indonesia. Show all posts

Diving trip to Green Stone and Kelagian Island Lampung

Diving trip to Green Stone and Kelagian Island Lampung
Diving trip to Green Stone and Kelagian Island Lampung

Is that a sea snake?

It was my second dive that day and together with my group as well as my diving buddy, we went down to Kelagian island, after enjoying our first dive in Green Stone area, near Tanjung Putus Lampung. We just had our photo session underwater when I saw that slithering move of sea snake. And boy, it was a big one! My buddy and I were looking at each other and we took the videos as well as the photos from safe distance. We were a bit afraid but we knew what we have to do when we saw sea snake and again, try to keep the safe distance.

the sea snake we encountered

And my friend, that's the last diving trip I had in Lampung before leaving to New Zealand.


It was a wonderful Saturday.

Diving trip to Green Stone and Kelagian Island Lampung

The sun was shining, although not too scorchingly hot. The wind was not that strong and we enjoyed the boat ride we took from Ketapang port heading to Green Stone. Ketapang port was packed with visitors. Looks like things are improving and tourism is starting to pick up the pace again. I was glad to see that people are wearing the masks all the time and safe distance is indeed maintain.

So we started the journey at 9 AM and we had our first dive at 11 A. It took around 1.5 hour ride to reach the first spot and we settled the equipments for a while. 

Diving trip to Green Stone and Kelagian Island Lampung

My first dive took around 74 minutes and what a dive! I really had so much time and feels like the ocean is smiling to me! We have great visibility, wonderful objects to enjoy, record and photo. 

great visibility indeed

We stopped by at Green Bay Resort, Tanjung Putus area for lunch. It was as beautiful as ever. We had Padangnese food but there, the owner, Ko Aling, who happens to be my diving buddy as well, welcomed us and offered us some seafood platters. Super yum indeed!

bon appetit

lunch break at Tanjung Putus Island

Then we headed to the second spot, Kelagian island, for the second dive. That's where we saw the snake.

On our way back home, we  finally enjoyed the famous sunset in Lampung Bay. It has been a wonderful day at Lampung and amazing diving trip as always. I can't wait to go back here again, although perhaps I will have to wait for quite some times. 

Thank you so much, Lampung

Stay fabulous, Lampung, and see you again soon.

WW: Enjoying sunrise at Pinggan Village, Kintamani, Bali

Enjoying sunrise at Pinggan Village, Kintamani, Bali

Love watching sunrise?

That makes the two of us then!

On my last trip to Bali, I managed to visit Kintamani, one of the mountainous and hilly parts of Bali, and spent a night there. We chased the sunrise at one of the famous spots in Kintamani called Pohon Cinta or the tree of love, located near Desa Pinggan or Pinggan Village. 

the view that morning

Here are some photos I took, together with some friends from Jakarta and Bali Local Guides. We took turn to take pictures one by one while enjoying the lovely sunrise and watching the village beautifully  engulfed by the mist.

I have to say I fell in love instantly and really hope I can go back here again. It is quite far from Nusa Dua, Bali, though. It took me around 4 hours drive to reach Kintamani. But for sure, it's worth it. And we woke up at 3.30, took the short drive to the spot, stopped for a while at the local mosque and continued the trip until we reached the place.

one misty morning

happy me :)

still misty morning indeed

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WW: Taman Laut Olele, Gorontalo, Indonesia

welcome to  Taman Laut Okulele, Gorontalo, Indonesia

Hi everyone.

More photos and stories from my recent trip to Gorontalo, northern part of Sulawesi island, Indonesia.

On my second day of diving trip here, we were visiting Olele at Bonebolanga area. This place is famous for its underwater garden, Olele. One of the unique underwater plants we can find here is the typical, one-of-a-kind soft coral sponge famously called Salvador Dali because it looks like Dali's famous painting. Besides, its pristine walls and soft corals are intact, providing comfy homes for various school of fish and underwater creatures. 

We drove from Amaris Hotel Gorontalo, our hotel, to Olele, for around 1 hour. The road was curvy yet beautiful as you can see the Bone river and the gulf of Tomini. 

Here are some photos I took in the area and tell me whether you enjoy it as much as I do.

The famous Salvador Dali sponge in Taman Olele. 
Beautiful sponge, don't you think?

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WW: The Beauty of Indonesia

Sunset captured from Bukit Randu Hotel, Lampung
sunset at Bandar Lampung, Indonesia

I know that August is almost coming to an end and I still want to celebrate this glorious month where we all celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day.

It has been my intention since I was young to go around Indonesia and witness its magnificent beauty from different provinces. 

Flying Garuda Indonesia to Ambon, Maluku
on my way to Ambon, Maluku

So many to enjoy indeed, starting from its amazing landscape and natural wonders, incredible food and beverages deriving from its abundant and indigenous sources, wonderful handy crafts and art works, heart-warming and friendly people, intricate designs and vividly colorful fabrics, and astonishing cultures. And that's not all as you will have lovely surprises as you travel around the country.

Tenun Buna NTT
Tenun Buna, hand made with love in East Nusa Tenggara

I know that the pandemic has restricted us from traveling around and exploring its divine beauty, but I take the liberty to take 'virtual tour' through my blog, external hard drives, social media platforms and more. 

One fine evening at Puncak Mas, Lampung

It has been quite entertaining and is considered satisfactory until we can actually go out again and travel without fear. How I long for that time.

Morning view of mountains across Jogjakarta and Central Java I saw on my first flight from Jogjakarta - Jakarta

Here are some photos I took along the way and some of them might have been published here, while others are not. 

The beauty of wayang and wooden craft, Solo, Central Java

I just realized that I was lucky enough to explore some parts of the country and I really hope I can travel more at later stage. Indonesia is huge and beautiful and for that, it will take sometimes to actually explore most part of it. 

wonderful sunset at Ambon Bay, Ambon, Maluku

My hubby and I, together with the kids, simply can't wait to plan and do the road trip again. Well, We did have the plan before but it all shattered thanks to COVID-19.

So now, let's enjoy the beauty of Indonesia.

Sunrise at Punthuk Setumbu, Central Java, with Borobodur Temple afar

Climbing up Mount Krakatau, holding the national flag

the famous Krakatau or Krakatoa Mountain

one fine day at Bunaken Islan, North Sulawesi

La Rascasse or the Lion Fish at Bunaken, North Sulawesi

On my way to Pahawang Island, Lampung

greeneries along the road in Bergen, South Lampung

Morning stroll at Purwakarta, West Java

Please fee free to check out the video I have shared in my YouTube channel about Indonesia as well. 

I prepared this one for the celebration of Indonesia's 76th Independence Day. Please take a look.

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WW: Amazing Seafood at Bahari Restaurant, Makassar, South Sulawesi

Amazing Seafood at Bahari Restaurant, Makassar, South Sulawesi
Amazing Seafood at Bahari Restaurant, Makassar, South Sulawesi

Visiting Makassar, South Sulawesi, will not be complete without trying its famous food. Besides Coto Makassar, Konro, Palu butung, and  Pisang Ijo,  Makassar is also famous for its wide variety of fresh seafood. 

Amazing Seafood at Bahari Restaurant, Makassar, South Sulawesi
Complete menus on the table!

The last time I visited Makassar, it was for a long transit so I didn't really get a chance to enjoy this wonderful city. Yet, when I came back here last May, I only had 3 short days as it was already packed with meetings. But then again, I was lucky that we had the chance to enjoy whatever we can enjoy in our super tight schedule. 

Amazing Seafood at Bahari Restaurant, Makassar, South Sulawesi
Chili crabs, anyone?

I managed to try Coto Makassar twice, in 2 restaurants which are famous for this hot, beef soup packed with wonderful spices. But what strikes me most os our dinner at Bahari Restaurant, where we enjoyed a wide variety of seafood menus at its best! 

Amazing Seafood at Bahari Restaurant, Makassar, South Sulawesi
All the sambals or chili sauce you need for the seafood

Let's take a look at these photos. As you can see, there are so many amazing food... starting from grilled Baronang fish to tamarind-marinated squids (it is very good indeed surprisingly), to chilly crabs and grouper fish spicy soup. 

Amazing Seafood at Bahari Restaurant, Makassar, South Sulawesi
Grilled Baronang... fresh, with a hint of lemon drops!

Not to mention otak - otak or steamed/grilled fish cake (one of my fave!) and more!

Amazing Seafood at Bahari Restaurant, Makassar, South Sulawesi
Otak - otak... one of my fave..

Those are some of the seafood I managed to try and I know I will be back with Coto Makassar as well. So, how do you like them? Tasty, right! 

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WW: A Glimpse of Makassar, South Sulawesi

Pantai Losari, Makassar, South Sulawesi
A Glimpse of Makassar, South Sulawesi

I was traveling to Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, some times ago. 

It was a brief visit, only for 3 days, but I managed to have a glimpse of beautiful Makassar and enjoyed some lovely food and beverages as well as its amazingly colorful hand-woven tenun.

various colored of Lagossi embroideries

colorful tenun, made of silk, and uniquely made in South Sulawesi

I stayed in the Rinra hotel, which is strategically located near Losari Beach, the iconic beach in this city. 

The view from my balcony, the infinity pool at the Rinra

I love this hotel, truly a local pride and super comfy as well. Not to mention its very strategic location as well as the friendliness of the staff. I did enjoy the lovely sunrise, delicious breakfast and the landmarks in the surrounding areas.

Before I share more, let's take a look at what I have captured during my short visit to Makassar. I sincerely hope I can go back here soon to explore more of its breathtaking beauty. 

Let's start with its amazing sunrise, which I conveniently enjoy from my balcony.

The hotel has mini chapel as well.

The food in Makassar is indeed delicious. I tasted the incredible Coto Makassar, the beef soup, as well as fresh seafood in various forms! Happy tummy and happy me!

grilled Baronang fish, grilled shrimps, grouper spicy soup, spicy crabs, and more 

And here are the surrounding areas that I managed to enjoy while strolling around in the morning, walking from the hotel. I stopped at Losari Beach and the Bugis pavilion.

Tenun sutra Makassar.. the hand woven silk saroong from Makassar. So lovely!

So, that's a glimpse of Makassar, South Sulawesi. I hope you like to see the photos and tell me what you like the most.

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