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How To Deal With Sickness You Get After Travelling

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How To Deal With Sickness You Get After Travelling

Many travelers return from their trip with unwanted souvenir such as flu, cough, fever, cold, stomach bug, etc. They feel fin during the trip itself but when they are at home, they start feeling uneasy with their body. If you are also experiencing this, you are not alone. Wiping down your tray during flight, washing your hands before eating, and eating safe foods in safe diners, etc are part of precaution you can take to keep your health in check during travel. However, it is still possible for you to get sick after the travel instead. 

Deal with sickness after travel

There are various reasons why you get sick after the trip not during. It may be because you are already in contact with bacteria or viruses during the trip but the symptoms take time to appear. You end up getting sick when you are at home instead. Or, it can be because your body is suffered from jet lag, travel fatigue, stress, and the need to readjusting to your normal life. 

Time to adjust

What you can do to deal with sickness after travelling is give yourself time to readjust. Always practice good hygiene such as washing your hands with soap and water before eating or touching your face. Try to reduce your stress level by doing relaxing things such as having a good night’s sleep, take a nap, eat something good and healthy, and take proper rest in general. Your sickness will likely disappear in few days and you will get better. 

Know when to seek medical help

Deal with sickness after travel

However, it is also important to read the warning signs so you know when to seek for medical help if you get sick after travel. If you have fever after visiting a country with malaria, you have to see a doctor immediately. Even if the fever comes a week or two after your visit, you still have to see your doctor. Even if you took antimalarial medicine prior your visit, you still have potential to develop malaria. It mostly develops within 30 days. In fact, it can lie dormant for a year or even longer. 

Any skin problem? 

If your fever is followed by skin problems, it may be an indication of more serious illness. Skin problem that appear after a travel is not seen as sign of serious problems. However, it becomes serious when it is paired with fever. Skin problems you may experience after travel include boils, rashes, bug bites, or fungal infections. Always tell your doctor about any travel you did. Doctor may follow through with other questions such as food you ate during the trip, bug bites, your stay, and the duration of your travel. 

Diarrhoea 

Diarrhoea is also common sickness experienced by travelers during or after travel. You may experience it because your body still readjust to your usual diet after eating foreign foods during the trip. However, you need to see a doctor if you experience persistent diarrhea that last for two weeks or more. It is usually caused by parasite and it can put you in danger if you don’t get immediate treatment. 

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Komodo Island Photography Tips for Spectacular Shoot

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Camera Photography Tips for Spectacular Shoot in Komodo Island
Image credit: William Burrard-Lucas/ Source from: blog.burrard-lucas.com

When you plan to go to one of the remotest tropical island to meet one of the prehistoric animals that’s been roaming around since 900,000 years ago, you don’t want to go empty-handed. You will want to go with the best camera for wildlife photography. Not only that, you will also want to come prepared with supporting equipments and technique to get the best photos of the beasts. The Komodo Island is just like real-life Jurassic Park and getting awesome photos of its residence could be a a bit challenging. Especially when these 3m long gigantic lizard is ready to maul you for its lunch. Here are some tips for getting impressive photograph of the Komodo Dragons without losing a limb that that we have gathered from professional photographers across the internet. 

Mounting Camera on A Low Two Wheelers in Komodo Island

Mounting Camera on A Low Two Wheelers in Komodo Island
Image credit: William Burrard-Lucas/ Source from: blog.burrard-lucas.com

William Burrard-Lucas, a UK photographer founded a genius design of what he dubbed as “KomodoCam”. It consist of a camera mounted on top of two wheelers and a long monopod to push it around. Not only that this give him more room to work with when approaching the dragons, it also give him better angle for close-up dragon shoot. Just to remind you, every tourists should maintain safe distance from the Komodo Dragons. This opportunistic predator can move very quick and snatch you with their strong limbs in a matter of second. Billiard-Lucas noted that it’s not very safe to use the KomodoCam in Komodo-crowded area and you should wait until you find a solitary dragon in a nice clearing. The low positioning of the camera give it an eye-level view with the dragons which breathe life into the photos!

Lens to Bring

Lens to Bring by Fergus Kennedy
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Wide lens is basically a staple for landscape photography and you’ll definitely need it to capture the mesmerising beauty of Padar, Pink Beach, and many more. Zoom lens will be your best friend for capturing the dragons. A commercial photographer Fergus Kennedy relied on Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM zoom lens during his trip to Komodo Island. The 100-400mm lens to create close shoot of the dragon from a safe distance. 

Image Stabilisation

It’s important to bring a camera with good image stabilisation for wildlife photography. Especially when you are hunting for shoots in shady forest like the one in Komodo Island. In areas with less sunlight, you gonna need low shutter speed settings—but image can be pretty shaky. This is where camera with built in image stabiliser come into help.

Arrange the Komodo Island Trip in the Morning

Like most reptiles, these dragons love to sunbathe in the morning to absorb all the warmth of the sun. Being cold-blooded monster (literally), they need sun light to warm up their body. However, they need to retreat back to the shade once the sun gets too hot later in the day to avoid overheat. That’s why it’s best to prioritise your Komodo Island trip early in the morning when the dragons are out in the open. Many tourists complain that they cannot find the dragons or that most of them lounge lazily in the shade of ranger’s kitchen (not aesthetic for taking pictures), but the truth is that’s just how reptile works.  

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Get Creative with Angles

Get Creative with Angles
Image source from: canon-europe.com

Just like photographing wild lions and big cats in the savannah, you have to be extra brave and awfully careful. You might need to lie flat in your belly on the ground to get the perfect low angle shot. This will give you a chance to captivate the true size of the dragon in your photograph, but it would also put you in an easy position to be the dragon’s snack. Be careful and always have a ranger by your side. Another tips: try to tell a story of the Komodo dragon to avoid boring photograph. Explore the forest of Komodo Island deeper to find the dragons hanging in the wild; climbing a bark of a tree, passing a water pool, or surrounded by leaves. 

If you are unlucky enough to meet Komodo dragons in the forests and have to settle with those pack of dragons that placidly lounge around the ranger station, get creative. Instead of trying to take impressive individual shoot, try to capture close interactions between the dragons. Put your focus in their head and bodies and try to not show much of the stale background.

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Bad Travel Habits to Quit Instead of Develop

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The more you travel, the more habits you develop. Some of them might benefits for you and some other might just cause you more problems. Hence, it is always nice to try understanding yourself and your tendency when it comes to travel habits. Even though they are not life-threatening, removing some of your bad travel habits might do you wonder for the next trips are going to experience int he future.

Bad Travel Habits to Quit Instead of Develop

Quite these bad travel habits

There are many travel habits travelers develop over the time such as they way they pack their things, how they eat during the trip, how they interact with the locals, what transport they tend to choose during the trip, and many more. Some bad travel habits might not affect your well-being significantly but some can. Here are few bad travel habits you can quit instead of developing them:

Insist on walking instead of taking cabs to save money. This doesn’t sound like bad habit because it is good to save some money during the trip, right? However, it is bad habit if you sacrifice your feet. If you refuse to splurge a little bit on cab when being out all day during the trip to the point your feet swollen and hurt then you need to stop this habit. You can wander around the places withing walking distance but choose alternative such as taking a bus or cab for destination out of walking distance.

Travelling abroad without learning basic vocabulary of the language of your destination. This might not be a fatal bad habit. However, learning new language, at least the basic words of the local language will cause difference. The locals will appreciate your effort and you will feel welcomed. Also, the words you have learned might be useful during emergency so you can communicate better. You can at least learns basic words for thank yous, hellos, helps, or sorry.

Waiting to pack until the night before you travel. This can cause huge problems because what if your flight is early in the morning and you sleep in? You might get to the airport late and being left behind. You will have to reschedule your trip, buy new tickets, and your moods for travel are ruined. Hence, it is always recommended to pack early so you have time to truly list what you have to bring. You won’t also feel rushed when it is time to go for the trip.

Not learning the exchange rate prior the trip. Travelling abroad needs more preparation included knowing the exchange rate of your destination. If you keep forgetting this matter, you will keep wondering whether or not you are paying a fair price. If you tend to forget this, download a currency exchange apps in your phone so you can check them anytime.

Make needed preparation beforehand so you have everything you need then enjoy every experience during the trip. Try not to develop a habit of overbooking or over-scheduling because sometimes you don’t have time to visit all places.

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The Most Instagrammable Places in The Misool Papua

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Misool Papua

Are you looking for a tropical paradise? This Raja Ampat Island is on the bucket list of almost every traveler in the world. If there’s only one Island you visit at Raja Ampat in West Papua, Misool Papua should be. Misool is a tropical hideaway beaming with the natural beauty emanating on each Island’s best sight. It is home to substantial marine biodiversity with colorful coral reefs. The Island is full of the most amazing places and insane views. No matter where and when you go, you’ll want to have your camera out and ready to snap a fantastic picture. Pretty much everything in the Misool is super Instagrammable, but these five places are where you’ll get the very best Misool Instagram feed.

Malol Waterfall

Malol waterfall is located in Gamta Village, West Misool District. The waterfall provides cool and refreshing water. The waterfall has five stages, and the water comes down beautifully. Around the waterfall, some green and big trees grow abundantly. Visit Malol Waterfall for a relaxing time, which would be perfect for unwinding during your trip!

Namlol Beach in Misool Papua

Endless views on Namlol Beach is what one needs whenever they visit Misool Papua! And this spot is so instagrammable. Doesn’t it? Admit it; this is what tropical paradise looks like! Located in Misool Island, Namlol beach is one of the best beaches in Misool, making sure you enjoy a well-earned trip without spending a lot. At the same time, the crystal-clear water and the white sands add beauty to the beach. Apart from clicking dreamy photos, get cozy with the beach blankets, read a book, and laze around the coast. Trust me; you won’t regret it during the trip!

Lenmakana Jelly Fishes Lake

In Misool Island, there is Lenmakana Jelly Fishes Lake.  The Jellyfish Lake is one of only three places in the world where you can swim with these creatures. This lake is a home of beautiful jellyfishes, and it becomes one of the best tourist attractions here. Those jellyfishes don’t sting, so that you can swim with them. Remember to carry an underwater camera, because the jellyfishes also become a suitable object for photography!

Misool Papua

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Visit Love Lagoon in Misool Papua

Magnificent is the right word to describe Love Lagoon. Lush trees and big karst surround the Love Lagoon.  Did you know that Love Pool becomes part of Misool’s best nature attractions? It is also one of the best tourist destinations in Raja Ampat. The lagoon has a unique shape, but it also offers the pure color of the water. The crystal clear water combines into an unspoiled beauty of nature. Big karst and lush trees also become an exciting background for photography!

Keramat Cave

Keramat Cave, which means the sacred cave of Misool Island. You will see the turquoise-colored ocean water included with the stalactites and stalagmites from the mouth of the cave.

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Planning for Enjoyable and Educational Trip

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Planning for Enjoyable and Educational Trip

A trip that is enjoyable and educational can be more meaningful. Hence, it is more than just splurging on luxury hotels or mainstream destinations. There is value and meaning you want to get from the trip where you and the other participants experience. You can plan an enjoyable, educational trip for your kids. It doesn’t have to be a long-term travel. You can just take few days visiting nearby destinations. The most important thing is how to plan it and execute it.

How to plan for enjoyable and educational trip

Your kids are in the state of highly curious about anything in the world. You can use this as opportunity to help them grow. Educational trip can be planed without spending too much money. You don’t have to book luxury hotels either.

Always plan ahead – A trip with kids can cause so much hassle if you do it without proper plan. Hence, it is always better to plan ahead of time. This way, you have time to make preparation and make sure that everything will go smoothly as well as enjoyable for everyone. Plan where you are going to stay, what transport to take, how long the trip will take, and so on. Also, share responsibilities between your kids so they can learn how to be responsible even during the trip.

Planning for Enjoyable and Educational Trip

Discuss together – If it is possible, ask your kids to discuss together where they want to go. As for now, travelling abroad is still not possible because it is too risky with how global pandemic still on going. Hence, you can provide options for local trip. See if your kids have wonderful ideas. Encourage them to speak up and listen to them attentively. When they recommend a place, ask them the reason.

Keep to the budget – It is possible to have enjoyable, educational budget trip with your kids. You can keep the cost down. However, make sure that the safety is priority. Instead of booking a luxury hotels, you can choose cozy house near your destination. This way, you can have everyone in one place as well so you can monitor everyone better.

Prepare activities everyone can join – Discuss with your kids what kind of activities they want to have. If they don’t have any ideas, you can propose your own and see if they are going to love it or not. Make sure that you choose activities that are fun, educational, and engaging. It is best to combine outdoor and indoor activities. For example, set outdoor activities for morning and afternoon. Then, have reading activity or watch inspiring movie after dinner.

Leave some free time – Even if you set the schedule with various activities to be done in group, you have to leave some free time where your kids can do anything their own way. You don’t have to do everything together for 24 hours. Give freedom for everyone to do what they want so they can enjoy and experience many things on their own too.

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Planning a Komodo Island Tours from Bali – Everything You Need to Know

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Komodo Island Tours from Bali

Planning a Komodo Island tours from Bali can be quite complicated, with heaps of liveaboards, various scuba dive options and day trips to choose from as well as figuring out what to eat and where to stay. There are very few people on the earth who don’t have any longing to see the breathtaking Komodo Island. Thousands of tiny islands, clear water and tranquil have made this island one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia. If you are travelling to Indonesia, then spending three or more days in Komodo should be on your bucket list. Here’s everything you need to know to help you plan your perfect Komodo tours.

Getting a Komodo Island tours from Bali?

Komodo Island is located in the Nusa Tenggara Island, Indonesia. The island is known as a habitat for the famous Komodo Dragons. Besides, the island is especially perfect for drivers and those seeking a fun adventure. As the islands are fairly remote, most travelers who venture there stop by Bali first, before continuing the trip.

Komodo Island tours from Bali by air

The easiest way to reach the Komodo Island tours from Bali is definitely by taking a flight. You can take one of the domestic flights from Wings Air or Garuda Indonesia from Bali, Ngurah Rai International Airport to Komodo Airport at Labuan Bajo. There are usually about five flights daily to Komodo Island. You can check them out by online, and choose the one that suits your Komodo itinerary then purchase the ticket. Actually, it is also possible to take a ferry from Bali to Komodo Island, but it takes 36 hours to reach there.

Where to stay?

Are you planning an epic adventure? Then why not treat yourself to a few extra days soaking up the atmosphere at a stunning liveaboard? There are many tours operating here, one of the best recommendation services around the island is Hello Flores. Taking a Hello Flores Liveaboard is the best option to get around and relish every beauty that lies in between Komodo and Flores. Enjoy in the state of cabins, rooms and spacious sundecks while you are immersed in breathtaking beauty with comfort and style.

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The best local food in Komodo

A trip to Komodo won’t be perfect until you also indulge in the local cuisine on the island. As you explore the Komodo island make sure you also dedicate time to taste the delicious local food found in the area. Below are some of the top local foods that are a must try!

Ubi Nuabosi – Ubi Nuabosi is a sweet potato, this food is usually served with dried salted fish by local people.

Jawada – Jawada is a traditional sweet snack with a golden-brown color in triangle shape

Catemak Jagung – Catemak Jagung is one of the most popular deserts in all of East Nusa Tenggara.

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How to Stay Safe When Traveling in Pandemic

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How to Stay Safe When Traveling in Pandemic

Almost every sector of life has been heavily affected since the corona virus broke out and became a pandemic, including the tourism industry. How could it not be, the government’s call to stay home has brought tourism to a complete halt. After months of being at home, boredom and boredom are definitely felt by the community. The desire to take a vacation is certainly very passionate. Here are a few tips for those of you who want to go on vacation during a pandemic. There are several things to consider as the Covid-19 pandemic is not yet completely over, especially regarding health protocols.

Ensuring your health and comfort

When planning a vacation during the new normal, make sure your body is healthy. Don’t force yourself, when you are not healthy, the risk of getting corona infection will be even greater. Therefore, before you leave, you should first have a check-up. If necessary, perform a quick test or a swab independently.

Online booking

Some tourist attractions, especially in the world’s major cities, no longer use counter ticket sales to avoid crowds. Ticket purchases and reservations are only served online on the official website of the tourist destination concerned. However, some hotels also offer online check-in to avoid physical contact.

Use a mask

Outside the house, always wear a mask. Even if you are in good health, it does not mean that you are free of the corona virus. You may become a carrier with symptom-free status. Masks are helpful in reducing the risk of transmission of Covid-19. Use a cloth mask, as medical masks are for health care workers only.

Bring your own food

We recommend that you bring your own food when you travel outside the house. There is no guarantee that food from outside is hygienic and free of harmful microbial contamination. Based on scientific studies, the corona virus can survive in inanimate objects for hours. Always remember to wash your hands before eating.

Prepare the hygiene kit

Having entered the era of the new normal, hygiene kits are the main weapon that must be carried anywhere on a trip. Hygiene kits include hand sanitizers, disinfectant spray, wet wipes, dry wipes, liquid soap and spare masks. Don’t be lazy and always clean your hands and the materials used with the hygiene kits regularly.

Social distancing

Not all regions are ready to implement the New Standards Protocol. Therefore, choose a vacation destination that is ready for the new policy. Also, always keep your distance and avoid crowds when you are there.

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Komodo Island Sailing Tour: Exploring the Pink Beach

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Komodo Island Sailing Tour

Komodo Island is one of the most stunning trip destinations that is located in the Nusa Tenggara Islands.  The natural landscape of the island is stunningly beautiful and you shouldn’t take it for granted. The pleasant tropical climate makes Komodo Island the perfect place to sail. On a Komodo Island Sailing Tour, you can discover the various beautiful islands, have plenty of chances to enjoy snorkeling or diving and enjoy the most beautiful beaches on the planet! The sparkling blue waters, so clear beaches in the Komodo Islands are the best romantic spots, not only for honeymooners but also for every couple who’s looking for a calming and relaxing trip. One in particular that became favorite beaches among the tourists is Pink Beach. In this article, I would like to give you some information about Pink Beach.

Komodo Island Sailing Tour to the romantic Pink Beach

Pink Beach is located at the western end of the island of Flores, Nusa Tenggara region of Indonesia. The beach is one of the most popular destinations on Komodo Island. As the name of the beach, the beach has pink sand. It is quite a unique, mesmerizing and true definition of paradise beach.

How to Get There?

This beach is one of the best places to see during your Komodo Island Sailing Tour! The best route to reach Komodo Island is definitely through Bali. From Bali, you need to fly to Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the Komodo Island with the local airplane by small jet or turboprop planes. The perfect way to explore this island by taking a Komodo cruise. The perfect way to explore this island by taking a Komodo cruise. The cruise will take you to the most romantic pink beach on the earth, spend a couple of hours snorkeling, diving, swimming, or relaxing in the sun before moving on again!

Komodo Island Sailing Tour

Why is the beach pink?

In fact, there are seven pink beaches on the world. Similar to other pink beach on the planet, the beach gets its unique pink color from microscopic organisms known as Foraminifera. Foraminifera produces a red pigment of the coral reefs. Then the sand gets a beautiful pink from a million pieces of the coral reefs and shells combined with the white sand.

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The Reality of Visiting Komodo Island: Inside the Park

Komodo Island Sailing Tour, what are the best things to do?

If you like the blue ocean, swimming, nature, and snorkeling, you should definitely consider adding the pink beach to your trip. With its turquoise seas, pink sand, the incredibly natural coral reef, and pristine water, this place is perfect for a spot of photography lovers! Not only that, you can also spend time snorkeling and diving. the pristine color from sea water and the various coral reefs should not be missed. The pristine color from sea water and the various coral reefs should not be missed. Being on a stunning beach is a perfect place for relaxation. 

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Reducing Waste While Travelling

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Reducing Waste While Travelling

Joining an eco-friendly travel project is not the only way you can do to help protect the environment. You can also do many things to contribute to environment protection. Travelling is supposed to be a fun activity you do. However, it does not mean you can just do it your own way regardless of the impact to the environment. It is important to practice responsible travel so you can have fun while protecting the environment from more damage. One of the ways is to reduce your waste while travelling.

How to help reducing waste while travelling

You may have practiced how to reduce waste at home so you have better and healthier living space. It does not mean you should stop once you take a step outside of your home. Travelling is the opportunity for you to practice what you have learned to reduce waste. Here are some of them:

One of the many things that is damaging for the environment is single-use items especially those made from plastics such as straws, bottle, utensils, and many more. It takes centuries to break down plastic materials. Not to mention that int he process, it releases toxic chemicals that can endanger animals and other living species on earth. Hence, you can start by bringing reusable items such as reusable water bottle or container instead of buying bottled water from the store.

Get into bars when it comes to packing toiletries for your trip. You see, skincare products and such can put environment in danger through their micro particles or beads. Thus, it is recommended to bring products that are less dangerous for the environment. You can also bring products with natural ingredients so they won’t harm the environment.

Instead of renting a car to explore the place you travel to, you can opt for more eco-friendly alternatives such as walking, cycling, or taking public transportation. Carbon emission is not something to be taken lightly. It is getting worse day by day and you do not have to be the one to make it worse. You can contribute to reduce it instead by taking eco-friendly alternatives for your transport during your trip. Walking, cycling, or taking buses and subways won’t make your trip any less exciting. In fact, you may find more interesting things throughout your journey.

Find zero waste dining alternatives during your trip. You need to think local to do so. You can visit farmer’s market where you can get fresh produce. You can also to the local home-brewed beans to enjoy heart-warming, authentic coffee. If it is possible, you can also visit a farm-to-table restaurant to enjoy home-grown foods.

Use less paper for your trip. Some documents may not be replaced with digital data. However, you do not have to print everything. For example, you can just save your itinerary in your smartphone. You can also look up for maps from your phone instead of printing it into paper. Today, e-tickets are also quite common for many travel destinations.

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Asmat Papua, Exotic Art and Culture Destination

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Asmat Papua

The Asmat Papua Tribe is the most well known tribe in West Papua. They have inhabited the swampy mangrove forests along the south coast of Papua for thousands of years. There are two groups of Asmat, those groups living in coastal areas and those living in the hinterland. The two groups are different in dialect, way of living, ritual ceremonies and social structure. The asmat tribe were once well known as fierce warriors in the past. Local people believe that the death of a tribe fellow, even from illness was cause by an enemy. One way of avenged to it by taking the enemy’s head, that is now diminished in the modern world.

The Otherworldly Art

However, through their gruesome aspect of their culture, they have also created some of the finest wood sculptures around the world. Among the world’s famous primitive arts, Asmat’s wood-carved masterpieces are most coveted by art collectors around the world. For the Asmat Tribe, their woodcarving is intimately link together with the spirit world. Many of this tribe’s original wood art is symbolic of warfare, headhunting, and of the veneration of warriors or ancestors. For many generations the Asmat have engrossed with the need to appease their ancestral spirits and so they created their shields, canoes, sculpted figures, and drums with exotic and intricate art. Many of these arts are masterpieces that are still being display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

In this era, wood carving continues to flourish as a tradition among the fellows of the tribe. They also recognize wood as a source of life. The statues made by them are typically commemorative of certain individuals who have passed on, although they are not direct representations of them. You can get an amazing experience by joining the art festival in Asmat Papua. This tribe celebrates its art tradition every year together with a cultural festival. They gather all the villages for the art exhibition. They enthusiastically show off their skills on weaving, traditional dances, boating, and musical performances.

Visiting the Asmat Papua?

The Regency of Asmat is a habitat of crocodiles, freshwater dolphins, gray nurse sharks, among others. To see the magical trove of culture here, you need to have to charter a yacht. These days there are a number of liveaboards offering visits to this place, like “Hello Papua”.  Visiting this regency during your Papua cruise is also a great opportunity to engage yourself with the famous Asmat Tribe.

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