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Exploring Raja Ampat’s Magic

Day 1 Landed at sunrise at a tiny airport in forest drenched Sorong with a rusted roof on the one carousel baggage claim area filled with porters. Took an ojek ride past markets and trash-free streets and Papuan women’s slow … Continue reading

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Logistics for Raja Ampat on a Budget

Here are some details about trip costs & logistics: Fee for tourist tag to enter Raja Ampat is Rp1,000,000 (for KITAS holders as well as foreigners), and a large part of that money goes to conservation efforts in Raja Ampat, … Continue reading

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Shorts: Traveling in Lake Toba

Riding the ferry alone to Tuk Tuk from Parapat in Sumatra, an older man with slightly rheumy eyes and a long, left thumb nail smoking a hand rolled cigarette yells to me in Indonesian from where he sits with his … Continue reading

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Lombok

When we arrived in Padang Bai at 11pm on Thursday to catch the Lombok ferry, the line was already long. While waiting, we met the members of a long-distance, Indonesian bike team of twenty or so men wearing matching red … Continue reading

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Camping and Snorkeling Trip to Menjangan

To get to Menjangan, you have to drive north to Labuhan Lalang and take a 30min boat ride to the island. I organized with Nono, our amazing guide, to meet him there and do an overnight on the island, which … Continue reading

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In Bali, Ancestors Walk the Earth

Ibu Ayu always greeted me with a smile. No matter how tired, her petite frame sometimes sagged under the weight of life, she would smile and ask how I was, delighting in conversations that mixed my little Indonesian and her … Continue reading

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Komodo (5/28-29/12)

Komodo Flying from Bali to Flores is breathtaking— the ocean bursts with islands and phenomena like Mt. Rinjani on Lombok (the second highest volcanic crater in Indonesia, its brim filled with lakes). We arrive at one small terminal with a … Continue reading

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