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Chicago, the more modern and aesthetic city to discover!

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Chicago is located in the Midwest, along the Great Lakes shoreline. It is the third largest city and metropolitan area in the United States with a population of nearly 3 million and a metro population of around 10 million. Chicago is a huge, vibrant city and metropolitan area that spans over 10,874 km². It is well known for house and electronic dance music, blues, jazz, comedy, shopping, dining, sports, architecture, highly regarded colleges and universities, and major cultural attractions. With a wealth of iconic sites and neighborhoods to explore, there’s plenty to fill a month-long visit without ever seeing the end. Prepare to cover a lot of ground; Chicago’s meaning can only be found in motion, through its subway, historic elevated rail, and sky-high eyes. Here we are going to go to the city!

The Millenium Park

The Millenium Park

A public park in the city of Chicago, in the State of Illinois, in the United States. It is located in the western community area of ​​the Loop, the city’s business district. In this park there are often many free concerts, interesting art exhibition facilities, as well as many cafes and restaurants to visit. When you see this park, your eyes will go straight to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a curved building like a dome or a silver balloon reflecting the reflection of the sky. Here, concerts and festivals usually take place here. It’s not just about becoming a hangout or cafe and lots of interesting restaurants and art exhibits, at this fun park you will also find Lurie Garden, the Park Grill, an upper middle class dining destination, and a pedestrian bridge that can take you to the Art Institute of Chicago and Maggie Daley Park.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo is an American zoological park located in the Lincoln Park area of ​​Chicago, in the northeast of the state of Illinois. The zoo is located within Lincoln Park, the city’s largest public urban park. Some animals here include flamingos, zebras, and some types of monkeys. Of course, there are also savannah animals such as lions, giraffes and tigers. Besides that they often organize interesting events, there are also special programs that allow visitors to get interesting rewards.

The 606

The 606

The Bloomingdale Line was a 2.7 mile elevated railroad crossing east to west on the northwest side of Chicago. In 2015, the city of Chicago converted it to an elevated greenway called The Bloomingdale Trail, which is the backbone of a network of linear parks and trails called The 606. You can do many activities such as jogging, skateboarding, as well as cycling on this route which also connects several places such as parks and art exhibitions.

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The Reality of Visiting Komodo Island: Inside the Park

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Some firmly believe that the Komodo Island is the base of the Lost World and the Jurassic Park. Looking at its barren savannah lands dotted with dry bushes and high palm ‘lontar’ trees which is inhabited with giant scaly lizard that seems like just appears from the prehistoric era, this dragon-populated island do looks like a land from the primeval age. Aside from its mythical appearance however, how does visiting this remote island actually like? Is is just as fabled as it’s hyped? What should you expect from the resident dragons during your visit there? 

The Reality of Visiting Komodo Island: Inside the Park

The Komodo Island was Isolated from the World

Form millennia, Komodo dragons enjoy living in total isolation on their tiny islands. The outer world was completely unaware of their existence—not even Indonesian locals outside the Flores Island. They were first recorded by a Dutch scientist in 1910 during Dutch colonialism in Indonesia. These giant monitor lizard was the apex predator on their ecosystem; they have no natural predators which ensured their survival for so long. In their quarantined habitat and unbeatable position, they were largely overlooked by evolutions.

The Deceptive Behaviours of Komodo Dragons

The Deceptive Behaviours of Komodo Dragons

The dragons at Komodo Island are generally well-fed. Park rangers routinely feed them water buffalos, deers, and sometimes chicken and fishes for snack which keep their tummy happy. With full belly, these dragons usually appears docile and a bit lazy. They love to relax and sunbathe in the warmth of Flores’ sun or lounge around in the shade of rangers’ kitchen, looking almost docile and not dangerous at all. But don’t be fooled. They are packed with strong limbs, big claws and sharp teeth that can beat you at any second. These dragons are also fast runners—they can run up to 18 kilometres per hours!

Yes, They Do Attack Human 

The one million question. Yes, Komodo dragons do attack human occasionally. They do see us as potential yummy foods, but the attacks rarely based on hunger. Normally, Komodo dragons become aggressive and strike people when they feel threatened. Either you come too close to them or making them feel disturbed. That’s why you have to always walk with a ranger and keep your distance from the dragons. 

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You Cannot Stay at Komodo Island

You Cannot Stay at Komodo Island

There are few bungalows in Komodo Island run by the national park. However, these villas are usually designated for special guests or reserved for film crews. As for now, you cannot spend a night in Komodo Island. Most tourists usually stay in Labuan Bajo, nearby resorts, or embark on liveaboard trip. Sailing trip with liveaboard is the most popular thing right now—travelers love to experience living and sleeping on Indonesian-style phinisi boat for an exciting island-hopping trip in Flores. 

It’s A Conservatory Wild Park, Not A Zoo

There are about 4,000 dragons living in Komodo Island, but you might just stumble upon a few of them during the trip. That’s perfectly normal. In fact, you should expect nothing as the island has no pre-designated viewing areas. It’s the wilderness and the wild animals will behave as they do in the wild. They come and go through the forest, sometimes guarding their nest deep inside the island where no one pass by.

Are you ready to visit the mighty dragons in this isolated island? 

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Alternatives From Canceling Your Trip

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Alternatives From Canceling Your Trip

Many have canceled their travel plan due to the rapid spread of covid-19 this year. It has already half a year through 2020 and the case is still climbing. In some countries, the restrictions have been ease up and so travelling is reactivated. However, it seems that leisure travel is still not the best option to do. Even if you can, you still have to take some considerations before going. Travel bans have affected tourism industry so you may start considering some alternatives if you also have to cancel your trip. 

Alternatives to consider for travelling in 2020

One of the very first issue when travelers have to cancel their travel plan is the money they have spent. If it is possible for refund, you can go for it. Every travel agency, hotel, and airline may provide different refund options for vacationers and travelers. While it is okay to go for a refund, be prepared to get only what you can bargain for. Try to have comprehensive understanding about the cancellation policies so you know what to expect. 

You might have canceled your previous travel plan

That doesn’t mean you cannot make a new plan. Instead of mopping around because you cannot go to your travel destination abroad, you can go local. Keep in mind that the majority of popular destinations are still relatively empty now even with the travel bans lifted. There are also some new policies and guidelines made which may leave you disappointed if you insist to go. 

Consider going local

Alternatives From Canceling Your Trip

Therefore, you may consider to go local for your new travel plan this time. You may have not explored interesting places in your own hometown. If your local authority have lifted travel ban, you can have a domestic trip and go create interesting adventure in your own hometown. It still needs to be done with some precautions such as avoid places with crowd, practice social distancing, and practice good hygiene anywhere and anytime. 

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Try the virtual tour

You may also consider to go virtual as an alternative. During our hard times now, technology plays a major role in accommodating our needs. It makes remote work and study possible during the global pandemic. It also provides new experience for a tour and vacation. Virtual tour is not something new because virtual reality or VR has been used in tourism industry. However, there is significant increase of popularity since the pandemic. You can explore interesting places around the world from your own couch or bed. 

Why you should try the virtual tour

Virtual tourism may not be able to truly replace the vacation itself. However, it is sufficient during pandemic since travelling has many limits. Virtual tour offer 360 degree video completed with amazing audio. Thus, you can see and hear the place you visit virtually. Pandemic aside, virtual tourism has been introduced to encouraged for responsible tourism due to issues caused by over-tourism. The situation will get better soon and we have to stay positive. You can start making your dream trip now since you have much time anyway. It can be a source of your entertainment as well.

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A Day in Kubu Boga Wreck Diving Bali

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Bali is one of the dream destinations for many ocean explorers given to its crystal clear water, rich and healthy corals, and lively fishes from all kinds and species. The Island of Gods is a paradise filled with abundance of nature and adventures—both on and below the land. One of the adventures you should try is wreck diving. Unlike any other wreck diving in the other part of the world, wreck diving in Bali is pretty unique. They are generally sit in shallow bed, only 3 to 20 meters below the surface. They are very accessible from the shore and even doable for beginners. One of the wreck that you should try is the Boga wreck diving in Kubu Bali. Among three wrecks in Bali, the Kubu Boga is the only one that was intentionally sunken and it promises great marine exploration!

A Day in Kubu Boga Wreck Diving Bali

Before it ended up in the ocean floor, the 1952 Holland-built ship has been living long enough serving as Indonesian Government Patrol Vessel for the Department of Sea Communication. The Boga ship was sunk in 2012 in attempt to create an artificial reef and promote marine growth. As corals, sponges, and gorgonian fans reclaim the ship, more fishes come to live in this wreck.  

Where does Kubu Wreck Diving Bali Located? 

Nestled in the northern-east coast of Bali, the Kubu village is just a short drive up from Tulamben, a well known dive village in this area. Once you reach the village, you have to sail on a dive boat for about 50 meters off the shores to reach the Boga wreck diving Bali site. The 53 meters long wreck lies at 18 meters to 36 meters below. 

What to See in Kubu Boga Wreck 

What to See in Kubu Boga Wreck

There are a lot of things the Boga wreck offers for divers! The wreck itself is a major attraction. As it was sunk in just 8 years ago, many parts of the wreck is still intact. It even have a VW car, a motorbike, and other objects placed inside the wreck to boost the point of interests. You can also see the iconic steering wheel (not original) at the deck! Don’t forget to take a picture at this impressive spot!

Fishes and other marine life has also start colonising the wreck. In just five minutes exploring this wreck diving Bali site, you might bump into group of barracuda, batfish, and trevally. During the day the wreck is busy with swarming fishes; you can spot lion fish, octopus, and moray eels. Look closer to the coral bommies and the seafloor around the wreck, and you will find various species of nudibranchs, octopus, lobsters, and other fascinating micro life. 

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What do You Need to Dive the Wreck? 

What do You Need to Dive the Wreck?

Given to the depth of the wreck, you will need at least Advanced Open Water certification to explore the site. Currents are usually light, but sometime stronger currents do come so it might be better to bring a reef hook. Water temperature are warm, so a regular 3mm dive suite would be enough. And just like any other wreck dive, you will need some wreck dive equipments. Prepare a torch or light, a comfort grip gloves to protect you against rusted metal cuts, a dive helmet (ideally), a deep sea bungee mounts, finger spool for emergency exit searches, and a reliable cutting tools. 

Are you ready for diving the Kubu wreck in Bali?  

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Live Webcams To Have A tour Around National Parks Virtually

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The current situation with lockdown and stay-at home orders make us miss the great outdoors. In some places the orders have been lifted gradually. If you still cannot go outside, you don’t have to worry about missing the great outdoors because you can still enjoy it without travelling. You can watch live webcams from your couch or bed while staying safe and help flatten the curve. While planning for your dream trip for the future when things get back to normal, you can watch various live webcams to spend your day.

Virtual tour around national parks

Being stuck at home doesn’t have to make you feel miserable or lonely. You can get various entertainment while relying on your internet connection. Instead of endangering yourself and others by travelling carelessly, you can instead enjoy virtual tour of national parks from the safety of your home. Here are several of them.

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Virtual tour around Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park offers webcam you can access to have virtual our around the place. The camera is positioned at the foot of the lake, giving you a great view. For some people, the virtual tour gives them healing vibe with how serene the lake is and how amazing the views are in glacier. 

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

Virtual tour around Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park also offer virtual tour through their webcam. One of the most iconic thing to see is the geyser erupt. You can check out their live stream which features predictions of when the eruption will go off next. The predictions are not always up-to-date but it is still interesting to check them out. Not to mention that the views showed through the webcam is truly stunning and amazing. 

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

Virtual tour around Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park is also interesting place to enjoy virtual tour. The came will show the upper part of the Yosemite Falls in real time through live stream. The stream is shot from the 2,245 foot falls. Summer is the best time to see this place because it is the peak flow. The view will be in a maximum level of amazement. 

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The North Atlantic Coastline, Acadia National Park

Virtual tour around The North Atlantic Coastline, Acadia National Park

The North Atlantic Coastline, Acadia National Park is where you can pretend like you are on Maine’s rocky coastline. The camera is also solar powered. It is positioned next to the ocean hence offers the best views of the water. During sunrise and sunset, you will get to see the best views. 

Zion Canyon, Zion National Park

Virtual tour around Zion Canyon

Zion Canyon, Zion National Park also often offer have broadcasting of sunrise and sunset at the national park. The cams are positioned at the bottom of the canyon to let the viewers see the shadow of the canyon walls perfectly. They are beautiful yet rare so it is often the highlight. 

There are also other type of virtual vacations you can try while staying at home. Many of them now are paired with meditative audio tour to help viewers get the best virtual tour experience. There are many places you can explore through virtual tour so you can check them out anytime. 

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Fool-Proof Plan to Bring Kids to Komodo Diving Trip

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It’s hard to go alone without your kids when you are having a diving holiday in beautiful destination like the Komodo National Park. It’s almost a crime. You will be thinking at how the kids would get excited to see Komodo’s sparkling blue water, to be amazed at Pink beach, getting their eyes googled up to meet majestic animals like Komodo Dragons, Manta Rays, and big bats, and many things else. The question is, can you really bring the kids to a diving trip at Komodo? Can they do the dive as well and how can you keep them safe and comfortable?

Fool-Proof Plan to Bring Kids to Komodo Diving Trip

Is your kids old enough for diving in Komodo?

Anyone can bring kids from seven months old baby to 10 year old kiddo to the Komodo diving trip, but not all of them can dive with you. If you want to share the beauty of Komodo’s marine life with the kids, they should be able to dive. If your kids are eight years old or older, they can learn with bubblemaker program and join you for the dive.

Bring a babysitter for younger kids who can’t dive

Maybe you don’t bring the kids for the dive. They perhaps are more interested in trekking the deserted island or pretending to be pirates in the sailing trip itself. If the kids are not interested or too young to dive, you might consider bringing a babysitter with you. Especially when both you and your partner are divers. This can be a professional nanny or a family member who are willing to babysit. This way, you can enjoy diving in Komodo in the fullest while kids are having a supervised fun as well.

Book a family friendly liveaboard in Komodo

Book a family friendly liveaboard in Komodo

One thing to be considered when having a dive trip in Komodo is the liveaboard. You can go super budget and book shared trip where everyone sleep on the deck, or you can go a bit extra. There are some family-friendly liveaboard in Komodo that promises comforts for children. A family-friendly boat is usually more spacious and run in high safety standards. Some have cabins with queen size bed and a bunkbed designed for families. Dive trip is easier when you are in the right liveaboard to keep your kids as comfy as possible.

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Check if they have scuba gears for smaller people

Check if they have scuba gears for smaller people

If your kids dive, you’ll want to make sure that the diving liveaboard has wetsuits, BCD, and other equipment that will fit the kids. If not, it’s time to prepare it by your own. You can either buy it or rent it from other dive centres.

See other activities in Komodo than diving

Remember why you would think that Komodo is a good idea for the kids? Yeah, take them to all the wonders of Komodo. Choose a Komodo diving trip that has equal balance to the land excursion. Spend some time after—or before—the dives or on dive-day-off to trek the breathtaking Padar Island, wander off in Gili Lawa, meeting the ancient Komodo Dragons, or the pretty Pink Beach. They will talk it for days!

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Traveling to Germany is a simple way to capture your vacation!

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Germany is a country in Western Europe whose landscape consists of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and beaches on the North Sea. Its history dates back over 2,000 years. With a vibrant arts and nightlife scene, its capital Berlin includes the Brandenburg Gate and many WWII-related sites. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer bars, including the Hofbräuhaus which dates from the 16th century. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, is home to the European Central Bank. Here we are going to introduce you to some cities in Germany that can inspire you to visit them!

Berlin Wall

Traveling to Germany is a simple way to capture your vacation!

The Berlin Wall, “wall of shame” for West Germans and officially called by the East German government “anti-fascist protection wall”, was erected in the middle of Berlin on the night of August 12 to 13, 1961. N Remember that the concrete structure of this wall structure was partially demolished, but its fragments remain a hallmark of the city. There is the Berlin Wall which provides 14 sections of routes for cyclists and pedestrians.

Oktoberfest

Traveling to Germany is a simple way to capture your vacation!

The Oktoberfest is a popular festival known in French-speaking countries as the beer festival, taking place in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest festival held in Munich, Germany. Every year, it is not without conviction, more than 6 million visitors are interested and come to this festival. Although its name is Oktoberfest, the right festival starts at the end of September and lasts until the first week of October. For those who don’t know, this festival is considered an important part of Bavarian culture dating back to 1810. If you are lucky to arrive in Munich at the end of September, you can taste the traditional beer from this country, such as Knodel, Wurstl, Schweinebraten and Hendl and many other German beers which can be enjoyed without paying a fortune.

Lindau

Traveling to Germany is a simple way to capture your vacation!

Lindau is a city in Bavaria, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Lindau. The city lies on the edge of Obersee, the “high lake” of Lake Constance, on its eastern coast, where the borders of Germany, Austria and Switzerland meet. When traveling to Germany, be sure to visit the historic town of Lindau, located not far from the meeting point of the border between Switzerland, Austria and Germany, east of Lake Constance. The city, which has around 3,000 inhabitants, is linked by rail and a bridge to the mainland. Coming here won’t make you regret it, especially if you are an admirer of architectural tourism. The town is full of classic medieval buildings, such as theaters, casinos and churches, which can be visited at your leisure, not to mention the boat trips on Lake Constance, which you can enjoy as a couple or as a family.

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Why Padar Island is Perfect for A Post-Pandemic Gateway

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Why Padar Island is Perfect for A Post-Pandemic Gateway

Since the pandemic outbreak, everyone of us has refrained from travelling and isolate ourselves in the safety of our houses. The situation constantly changes in a lot of countries. However, many countries have reported good news regarding the coronavirus. One by one, countries are reducing their restrictions, opening borders, and ensuring safe travels for visitors. This certainly is a good news for people who has been yearning for some outdoor adventures. The Komodo National Park in Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia is one of those far-flung destinations that have begin preparing to welcome travelers. And here we think that Padar Island—one of the most beautiful island in the national park—is just a perfect destination for travelling post-covid situation!

No One Lives in Padar Island

When you come to Padar Island, you don’t have to worry about getting infected from the locals or the otherwise, infecting the locals. Because no one inhabit this little island. Padar is completely devoid from human population. The only creatures that live in the island is grassland vegetation, some deer, and ocean creatures. You just need to be mindful with other member of the group that go with you in the tour.

The Superb Views are Definitely Healing

Why Padar Island is Perfect for A Post-Pandemic Gateway

Padar gets its fame from its otherworldly panoramic view from the top of the hills. For people who has been living their past four months confined between walls, such view would be immensely rewarding. Just imagine; before your eyes lie three crescent coasts, stunning grasslands, endless blue sea, and a jagged volcano that seems like straight from the Jurassic era.

Social Distancing Comes Naturally in Padar Island

Now, social distancing become the most important strategy—along with mandatory mask and strict hygiene—during the pandemic. In Padar Island, however, social distancing come naturally. Travelers need to hike to get to the viewpoint on the top hill and there’s no way you can stay very close to each other during a hike. Padar’s rocky terrain make it even easier for people to stay naturally apart.

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Why Padar Island is Perfect for A Post-Pandemic Gateway

As result of the devoid of human settlement, Padar Island has almost zero communal spaces and facilities. Aside of few poles on the wooden trekking ladder, there’s nothing you can touch in the Island. That limits surfaces where coronavirus droplets can land and survive—and infecting other people. It’s barrenness is its greatest advantage; Padar might the lowest infection risks among any other destination.

Travelers Are Limited in Padar Island

Since the outbreak, the Tourism Authority Agency of Labuan Bajo Flores (BOPLBF) has been developing a system that allow them to monitor visitor’s volume in the national park. This allows them to control the amount of visitors on all islands within the park to avoid over-crowding. Rest assured that Padar won’t be jam-packed with travelers and the like during your hike.

The Komodo National Park is reopening their gate very soon. Prepare all the thing you need to ensure your eligibility to visit this far-flung wonderland!

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Vietnam and its tourist attractions

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Vietnam and its tourist attractions

If we try to remember Vietnamese history, we might find that France had a relationship with this beautiful country, yeah Vietnam has become as a protectorate country by France. The history of the Vietnamese people is a dense and eventful history, marked by foreign occupations and successive wars of resistance. We can leave our story behind, we’re going to talk about Vietnam today. Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia on the South China Sea. It is known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to Ho Chi Minh, the emblematic leader of the nation in the communist era, with a huge marble mausoleum. How many favorable tourist destinations are there in Vietnam? we will describe them for you all as the suggestion list to visit in Vietnam!

Hoan Kiem Lake

Vietnam and its tourist attractions

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has many attractions for tourists who want to travel. Hanoi also has a lot of history from the country of Vietnam. One of Hanoi’s most famous tourist attractions is Hoan Kiem Lake. This lake is located in the center of Hanoi city, a sports and natural learning center for the surrounding community. Hoan Kiem has the meaning of “returned sword” borrowed from the legend of the King of Law. Whoever had a magic sword given by the gods!

My Son Sanctuary

Vietnam and its tourist attractions

It is a set of Cham temples whose spiritual roots link it to Hinduism. The My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a good example of the ancient civilization of Champa. Located in the southern part of Vietnam, this place is a combination of political centers and royal lands. Where there are 70 site structures for Hindu goddesses. The site had been ravaged by war, but in 1898 it was again renovated by France. For you who are interested in Asian history especially Indochina, so this place is estimated for you!

Along Bay

Vietnam and its tourist attractions

Along Bay is the main tourist attraction in Vietnam. This tourist place is famous all over the world. The one where is located in northern Vietnam, near the Chinese border. You could say that Along Bay is one of the natural wonders of the world and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

It is known for its turquoise waters and its thousands of imposing limestone islands covered with tropical forests. Cruises in junk and kayak excursions allow you to navigate between the islands famous for their shape, in particular the islets of the Dog of Stone and the Teapot. The area is suitable for scuba diving, climbing and hiking, especially in the mountainous national park of Cát Bà.

Phon Na-Ke Bang

Vietnam and its tourist attractions

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is not only an ordinary national park, it is also part of the UNESCO world heritage located in the province of Quang Binh, in north-central Vietnam. If you love nature, adventure, hiking, exploring caves and meeting friendly locals, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is a destination not to be missed. The largest cave in the world awaits you!

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The Dark Past Behind the Glory of Manta Point in Nusa Penida

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For a memorable underwater experience, diving with manta ray is something that almost every diver dreams about. To be in the tranquil scenery where a gigantic Manta Ray passing gracefully, gently flaps its wing-like fins, conjuring images of underwater ballet. Bali’s sister island, the laid-back Nusa Penida is one of the best place to swim with these gentle giants. The Manta Point in Nusa Penida is a heaven and safe zone for these protected fish. 

The Dark Past Behind the Glory of Manta Point in Nusa Penida

Dangers Beyond the Safety of Manta Point Nusa Penida 

Manta Ray was not always this lucky. Just about 6 years ago, they were hunted everywhere in Indonesian water, mainly in the southern part of the country where the lands are mostly barren and the people depend on the sea. Manta ray was common in the dinner table of Solok and many other coastal villages of eastern Indonesia—who enjoyed the winged fish as their traditional foods. Fisherman used hunt the manta ray as one single manta would give them three million rupiahs (USD $212). The fishing increased ever since Chinese markets begun to show interest on manta’s gills as alternative medicine even though no study has ever prove it. A single gill would be sold around 150.000 rupiah per kilogram, and that’s enough to push the manta fishing, pushing it beyond customary limits. Fishermans would prioritise Manta Ray over other fishes and as a result, the animal was quickly facing an extinction. 

Manta Protections 

Indonesia started to impose ban on manta ray fishing as the population was rapidly decreasing. Female manta rays can only give birth to one or two pups every two to five years while the the fisherman could catch hundreds every year. If this continue, soon there will be no manta ray around in Indonesia water. Meanwhile, the diving tourism industry were showing a growing interest in manta ray as one of the most-seek animal by divers. The Manta Point in Nusa Penida was one of the leading region in Indonesia to locally protect Manta Ray. Tour operators and fisherman were given education about the Manta and it results on more sighting of this majestic animals. In 2014, the government finally impose Manta Ray bans and set up daily patrols on Manta-dense regions to ensure that there’s no more manta hunts. 

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Hunting Manta at Manta Point Nusa Penida

The Dark Past Behind the Glory of Manta Point in Nusa Penida

Today, Indonesia become the world’s largest manta ray sanctuary as the country pledges to protect all manta rays within its 6 million kilometres of its exclusive economic zone. The decisions was influenced by a study that estimate that living manta ray, as ecotourism objects, could contribute at least 12 billion rupiahs over its life time. To compare, a single manta ray would be sold around three to six million rupiahs. A living manta a worth at least 400,000 more when let alive in conservation. From economical viewpoint, that’s an easy decision. The Manta Point at Nusa Penida alone house more than 600 manta ray individuals on its water. It serves as a critical habitat for this “Vulnerable to Extinction” animal and is planning to continue to do so. Today, divers and all marine enthusiast could enjoy watching manta ray as they thrive on a better life. Hunting manta in Manta Point Nusa Penida today is a totally fun and friendly activity—no manta is left harmed.