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Bunaken is a legend and its come-back is even more tantalizing. Conservation is underway and caring divers would love to reminiscence the old times underwater. Fukui still leaves you awesome memories and worth the plunge. Derawan, a few nautical miles to the west, is a conservation area for marine life. It consists of small islands, namely Kakaban, Sangalaki, Maratua, and Derawan itself. Adventurers will not be disappointed when visiting Derawan marine conservation area. The meandering wooden boat through a picturesque river in Berau jungle, or a speeding boat slicing waves of Borneo Sea is an adrenalin-pumping access to Derawan. The underwater scenery there doubles the doze of the thrills of getting there. 

All photos taken by Cipto/www.indonesia.travel.

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Bunaken & Derawan Underwater Paradise
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A tridacna, mollusk colossus locally known as ‘kima’, visually appeals any diver in the water of rehabilitated Fukui, around Bunaken. Past ravaging practices of fishing in the ‘90s left the area somewhat wearisome. 

8 March 2011

A fascinating, mountainous and remarkable beautiful island, flores has a volcanic topography that has longed shaped its destiny. A chain of cones stretches the length of this verdant island, provoking a complicated relief of V-shaped valeys and knife-edge ridges-terrain that was near- impenatrable until recent years and that has separated the island into many distinct ethnic groups. Flores is Portuguese for "flowers", located in east of Sumbawa and Komodo and in west of Lembata and the Alor Archipelago. Flores is a home of the unique culture, nature beauties, traditional villages and more.

 

Flores has the most remarkable sight in Nusa Tenggara, the sublime multihued crater lakes of kalimutu, terrific beaches around Labuan Bajo and east of Maumere, and idyllic offshore islands with fine snorkelling. Flores’s sea has a rich and amazing underwater sea biotica. Divers claim that Komodo waters are one of the best diving sites in the world. It has fascinating underwater scenery.

 

Flores island is also the home to some of the most traditional ceremonies and rituals of both Catholic and Animalistic backgrounds. The breath taking ritual whip fighting dance of Manggari called Caci, the solemn Catholic Easter festival in Larantuka and Penti ceremony are some traditional ceremonies we can enjoy here. Traditional boxing bouts called "sagi" or "etu" still take place on a regular basis in Bajawa inviting all to witness this age old sport which is again based on their traditional belief of survival of the fittest! In addition, relics and artifacts are to be found throughout the length and breadth of Flores Island, like the prehistoric bronze boat from the Dongsong era, called Dobo or Baobatung in a village near Maumere, where it is carefully kept by the people as an ancestral heirloom.

 

And the most popular thing we can see in Flores is The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) which is an endangered species that can only be found in the Komodo National Park (KNP) in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). Because of the unique and rare nature of this animal, KNP was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.

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Pictures number 1-5 by Setiadi Darmawan.The rest of the pictures by Swisscontact WISATA Team - flores-komodo.com

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The Island of Flores
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Nga’dhu, a tall wooden trunk with carvings topped by a conical thatched-roof representing the first male ancestor, and Bhaga, a miniature traditional house representing the first female ancestor, are at the center of rituals.