01 Jan 2013 - 30 Nov 2013
Indonesia World Underwater Photo Contest (IWUPC) is the biggest and the most prestigious underwater photo contest in the world held by The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia.
IWUPC is the first photo contest that take place in the whole country (Nation Wide) from January to November 2013.
Selamat Datang! Welcome to Indonesia!
Indonesia offers every visitor a special piece of tourist heaven, be it a kind, helpful local, an authentic Indonesia hotel, the great sunsets and surf, or even the hot food that makes you want to grab a cold one! Whilst tourist favourites such as Bali are always great to visit, much of Indonesia remains unexplored and untouched by tourism and provides the intrepid traveller with many highlights. Come to Indonesia and explore this fascinating destination!
Indonesia is a superb part of the world to explore with its semi-active volcanoes, jungles and deserted beaches.
Bali offers a slice of paradise: gorgeous scenery, sarong-clad women and breathtaking sunsets. Try catching some surf, or the raving nightlife (visitors, be warned that possessing illegal drugs in Indonesia could cost you your life!) or just settle for a quiet night out on a beautiful beach. On Bali, explore Ubud's wealth of traditional arts, or peaceful Lombok, where life certainly moves at a slower pace. Don't miss the bustling city of Jakarta, which clearly shows Indonesia's cosmopolitan, modern face. Whilst Aceh makes an interesting getaway with its beaches, lakes, plantations, forests and historical monuments. It lies to the northern tip of Sumatra and has a rich and enduring legacy as the Gateway to South East Asia.
Other places worth a visit are Komodo Island's 'living dinosaurs' and the entrancing 'sea gardens' of Suwalesi where divers are a fast growing breed of visitors. Borobudur's architectural treasures, which include three miles of Buddhist relief carvings are also very interesting. Adventure-seekers should head for Kalimantan's remote jungle interior or explore Sumatra, with its teeming wildlife and wealth of tribal groups. You can also use our Indonesia map to find a place to stay based on its location.
Many potential travellers are worried about safety in Indonesia even though most parts of Indonesia are safe, especially for tourists. There are a few problems in some parts of Indonesia, but that's only a few places among thousands you could visit. It's unfair to judge the whole Indonesia by those few places only.
Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world after China, India and the United States. It is also the largest Muslim state and although the islands are home to more numerous ethnic groups, most Indonesians are of mixed Malay origins and practice Islam. The islands are inhabited by many tribes with diverse culture and languages, although there is a national language spoken throughout the country, namely Bahasa Indonesia. It is thus appropriate, that the state philosophy is Pancasila, or the Five Principles. This year marks Indonesia's auspicious fiftieth anniversary of independence.
This rich tapestry of history and culture, kingdoms, conquests, trade and colonialism has resulted in a mix of Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and indigenous tribal culture, colourful festivals and ceremonies that make every season come alive. The political and civil situation, however, remains fragile - please check with your embassy before travelling. Despite all of this, rest assured that the people here will warm your hearts and the country itself will somehow strike that chord that will make you want to stay a bit longer than you first planned to!
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The Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge in Labuanbajo is part of a series of eco lodges in Borneo, Bali and other places, which are managed by the INDRADEF Foundation. The lodges place special emphasis on environmental protection.[more info]
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Bayview Gardens Hotel is the only boutique hotel in Labuan Bajo with a spectacular view over the harbour of Labuan Bajo and the fisherman villages with the Komodo National Park Islands in the background. Set on a slope of a hill at 160 meters above sea level, it offers perfect red sunsets in the rainy season. The lush green vegetation in the resort makes the guests feel like they are staying in a botanical garden. The view from every room is spectacular.[more info]
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Toraja Heritage is now the highest hotel category in Toraja. It was once managed by an international hotel chain under the name of Novotel Toraja. Toraja traditional architecture is well adopted in Toraja Heritage's construction.[more info]
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Toraja Misiliana Hotel or locally called as Hotel Misiliana is the only pioneer international standard hotel left in Toraja. The hotel started with just 5 rooms in 1980 and has grown to 101 rooms today. It was the late Bapak Tangkesalu who first realized the need of travellers for a better hotel standard in Toraja.[more info]
Welcome to exciting Indonesia!
Each of our websites in Indonesia are locally owned and operated. We are committed to sustainable tourism and passionate to show you what travelling in Indonesia is all about![more]