Indonesian seas and jungles harbour a realm of species unique to the archipelago. There are even places on these islands where man has not yet put down his foot and embarked on a journey of discovery. We are always hearing about new species being discovered in these isolated areas. Recently, […]

Crawling Fish: Ambon, Maluku Islands

When I wrote ‘dining etiquette’ I wasn’t referring to fancy restaurants but more like when you are eating in general with the locals of whatever island you are travelling in and using your hands. Of course in the popular tourist islands of Bali and Lombok people usually eat with knives […]

Dining Etiquette

Now why doesn’t that surprise me!. After all, it’s almost on their back doorstep and of course damn cheaper to go to the paradise island than it is to travel in their own country — especially if you live in West Australia where it’s only a 3 and a half […]

Aussies Stream Back to Bali

There are literally hundreds of books on the market about people’s travels around the archipelago of Indonesia. Some are good and some even better than the norm. I was told about a book – Playing with Fire: Adventures in Indonesia — written by Nick Langston-Able which promised to be a […]

Book Review: Playing with Fire – Adventures in Indonesia

In an effort to boost tourism next year, when is set to be declared “Visit Indonesia Year“, the government should consider establishing a travel-pass system for overseas visitors, Indonesia’s Tourism Council says.

Travel-Pass System for Tourism Needed

Indonesia has so many islands it has not been able to count them all and is having a hard time finding names for them. From coral-fringed atolls to jungle-clad volcanoes thrusting up from the ocean, its chains of islands sprinkled along the equator make up the world’s biggest archipelago. Officially […]

Indonesia Counts its Islands

Indonesia has an opportunity to boost national development, especially in rural areas, through tourism. To boost the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia the government is extending the visa-on-arrival (VOA) facility to include the citizens of 11 more countries, in addition to the 52 countries already enjoying the privilege. […]

What Will Bring the Tourists to Indonesia?