Unnoticed But Amazing Escapes in Indonesia
Khiri Travel has introduced five new tours in Indonesia. These include multi-day explorations of the Komodo archipelago of Flores by sailing ship; searching for the elusive and tiny tarsier of Tangkoko in Sulawesi; exploring some new island destinations off the coast of Lombok; hiking for a good cause in northern Bali; and a discovery tour of historic Surabaya in East Java.
“Our aim is to the show the hidden, quiet or often over-looked authentic experiences of this amazing country,” says Herman Hoven, Khiri Travel Country Manager for Indonesia
From family names to its Catholic religion, Flores has a unique character. It is also the jumping off point to explore the Komodo archipelago. “Cruising on the deep blue waters of the sea of Flores on a wooden ship evokes the times of maritime discovery,” says Gonzalo Gil Lavedra, former Khiri Travel Branch Manager for Bali. Gonzalo adds, “Pair it with the excitement of seeing stone age Komodo dragons at close range and meeting welcoming people makes for an incredible mix and it’s just a short flight from Bali.”
In the old quarter of Java’s second largest city, Surabaya, your client’s can discover the European colonial influence with famous buildings designed by Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage. Historic Surabaya exhibits architecture from over three hundred years of Dutch inhabitants. The highlight is the Kampung Arab neighborhood with its maze-like streets where the scent of aromatic cloves and coffee permeates the air. “The old town of Surabaya is a gem. It’s just that no one has noticed it yet,” says Gonzalo.
One of the most diverse destinations in Indonesia, the island of Sulawesi includes the coastal rain forest of Tangkoko where the elusive and tiny tarsier lives. With oversized eyes and lizard like feet that cling to tree trunks, this shy little fellow is an endangered species. Surrounded by rich flora and fauna, your clients will also meet black crested macaques and the Sulawesi dwarf cuscus. “Adventurous travelers looking to get off the beaten path and anyone who loves wildlife, shouldn’t miss Tangkoko,” adds Gonzalo.
Lombok & Bali
Khiri has introduced a sailing exploration of southwest Lombok. The trip includes a scenic ride along the coast of Sekotong and a fresh fish BBQ lunch on a deserted beach. In the afternoon there is snorkeling in the abundant marine life surrounding the offshore island of Gili Layar. “Forget the famous and somewhat over-developed Gilis (islands) off the north coast of Lombok – or rather, imagine them like they were 30 years ago. That’s what you’ll experience when you head to southwest Lombok to explore some picture perfect islands,” says Herman. Lombok also offers has a brand new international airport close to this destination in Lombok.
Bali: Enjoy some hiking near some underprivileged villages of northeast Bali where rain is scarce and making a livelihood from subsistence agriculture is difficult. Some of the earnings from our tour go to support the building of special village water basins that promote sustainability through improving the productivity of their gardens. Helping to develop livelihood projects such as weaving and hammock making as well as cultivating cashew nuts also allows the local farmers of this area to earn extra income. This remote corner of Bali is remote, but offers an alternative destination for beautiful Balinese scenery while helping local people improves their standard of living.
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