INDONESIA NATIONAL PARKS
Indonesia national parks, marine parks and nature reserves are emerging as viable attractions in their own right. This is good news for all as it means that animal and plant species are being safeguarded against extinction in millions of hectares of protected rain forest assigned for wild flora and fauna conservation and management.
The following nature reserves and marine parks are among the most important and accessible in Indonesia. When visiting any of Indonesia natural sanctuaries, please respect the countryside and take your litter home with you. For divers and snorkelers, do not kill coral to take home as souvenirs. Be prepared if you plan to go on the Indonesia Adventure Tours.Ujung Kulon National Conservation Park - West Java
Located on the southwestern tip of Java Indonesia
, this is the Indonesia premier wildlife reserve where the last fifty or so Java rhinoceros survive. The animals are not surprisingly, elusive but proof of their existence is often visible. Even without a rare view of this very endangered species, the parks offers spectacular sights. The most popular part of the reserve is Peucang Island, where visitors do not have to venture far from the guest house to see the parks residents at close quarters.
Ujung Kulon is around 6 hours travel by chartered boat from Labuan in West Java Indonesia.Gunung Leuser National Park - North Sumatra
Located in North Sumatra, Indonesia, this extensive park is most famous for its Bohorok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, where captive orang utans are brought and later rehabilitated back into their natural habitat. Orang Utans are not the only endangered species living under the protection of the park. Others include tigers, jungle cats, gibbons, leaf monkeys, deer, otters, and hornbills.Bunaken Manado Tua
It is the North Sulawesi underwater paradise. Magnificent coral gardens and incredible marine life that are a must for diving and snorkeling.Way Kambas National Park - Lampung
Located in Lampung in the South of Sumatra, Indonesia. This parks offers some unforgettable experiences and is the only training center for elephants in Indonesia.Penanjung Pengandaran
Just south of Bandung in West Java, Indonesia. This is a relatively small reserve but well worth the visit for great beaches, coral gardens, caves and spectacular nature walks plus a wide variety of birds.Bali Barat National Park
Lies on the western Bali. This is the last home of Rothschilds starling. Terima Bay and Menjangan Island have spectacular reefs and drop offs.Komodo National Park
Consisting of more than the land the most famous resident of this national park has to be the Komodo Dragon, called ora by the locals. These are however almost two hundred different species of wild life including wild boar, buffalo, monkeys, flying foxes, deer, and yellow plume cockatoos.Pulau Dua Nature Reserve
Called Bird Island in English, this is a must for bird lovers. Lies within 15 minutes by boat from Karangantu harbour near the bay of Banten, Indonesia. Between April and August thousands of birds flies from Africa, Asia and Australia landing on the island to lay and hatch their eggs.Pulau Rambut
This is another island bird sanctuary and is only 15 kilometers west of Jakarta, Indonesia. Actually two islets serving as a nursery for sea birds during the breeding season of March to July. Pulau Rambut has permanent population of herons, storks and cormorants.Baluran National Park
Situated north of Banyuwangi in East Java, Indonesia. It is on Java north eastern tip, this parks covers an area of 25,000 hectares.Tanjung Puting - South Kalimantan
It is not an easy travel to the jungles of South Kalimantan, Indonesia but definitely worth the trouble. The boat trip along the Kumai and Sekunir rivers takes visitors through swamp forest full of life, especially birds and proboscis monkeys.
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