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Leaving misty Mount Bromo behind and descending into the Probolinggo Regency, one will find a spectacular sight secluded within the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park: this is the enchanting Madakaripura Waterfall.

Believed to be the final meditation place of military Commander-in-Chief, Gajah Mada, of the great Javanese kingdom of Majapahit in East Java, the towering waterfall is fondly dubbed the eternal waterfall, since its waters never cease to pour down an endless rain of blessings on those fortunate enough to walk underneath it. Flowing from the staggering heights of 200 meters, this magnificent waterfall is also dubbed as the tallest waterfall in Java and the second tallest waterfall in Indonesia after Sigura-gura Waterfall near Lake Toba, North Sumatra.

Surrounded by outstandingly high walls, the Fall flows down into an almost mystical natural chamber. Inside the 200 meters “chamber”, the reflected sunlight shining through onto the wet green moss on the rocky wall accompanied by the ever rumbling sounds of water creates a spectacle unlikely found elsewhere. Decorated with huge boulders, endlessly falling water, and sparkling moss, one only needs to gaze up to the distant sky and immerse oneself in the spellbinding beauty of nature. While the fascinating scene can be captured on camera, the true sensation of being in one of the most outstanding places on earth can only be felt by being there.

Photo by Andi Abdul Muhaimin/www.indonesia.travel 

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The Spellbinding Beauty of Madakaripura Fall

Lies hidden not too far from Mount Bromo at the end of a deep valley in the foothills of the Tengger mountain range, this spectacular waterfall is about three hours’ drive from the capital of East Java, Surabaya.

Michael Sjukrie is a founder and also an owner of diving course, Ody Dive, located in Menteng, Jakarta. Sjukrie, who started to experience diving since he was 10 years old, is now working as a diving instructor and an underwater photographer. As an experienced and skillful diver and underwater photographer, diving with Sjukrie will be a worthy experience.

The following are some photographs he is pleased to share with the readers of Indonesia.travel. He invites us to witness his experience at the end of July 2012 in meeting whaleshark (Rhincodon typus) in Kwatisore, Taman Nasional Teluk Cendrawasih—Cendrawasih Bay National Park. This world’s largest fish can weigh up to 21 tonnes and can grow to 14 meters in length or even more. Meanwhile, the life span of this whaleshark can reach up to 150 years old. This whaleshark is known as migratory animals. The report shows that whaleshark is also spotted in South Africa, India, Philippines, and Australia. In Australia, divers have to wait until summer to be able to meet the whaleshark.

In Cendrawasih Bay National Park, the whaleshark can be seen almost in all seasons during a year; thus it becomes a unique phenomenon. The national park has become a home or a playground for the whaleshark which likes to feed on anchovies (small fishes) given by fishermen. In Indonesia, this gigantic fish can also be spotted in underwater of Sabang and Madura. 

All photos by Michael Sjukrie.

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The Whaleshark in Cendrawasih Bay National Park

A number of whalesharks are interested in anchovies trapped in the fishermen’s floating platforms, called bagan in Kwatisore, Cendrawasih Bay National Park. The biggest whaleshark ever found in the national park weighs of about 15 tonnes and is 14 meters length. The whaleshark is categorized as an endangered animal based on International Union for the Conservation of Nature dan Resources.