Jumat, 31 Desember 2010

Barito Hulu tip: Village Fall Topus (Treasuring Muller Mountain 10-end)

(c) Arief Destika/WWF-Indonesia

When our boat docked at the pier kelotok Tumbang Topus Lanting, we thought he saw the real side of life Dayak. Frankly it's a bit beyond the shadow of our previous.

Disekian village we passed, probably this village gave the most profound impression. On the left of this village there is a very clear Topus river, still red-green color, it was still cold, every ripple of the water stream refresh our bodies. Ecosystems are made by God is great, we look at ferns and orchids, which took refuge in the branches of large branches of trees, there was a story ulin who died surrounded by banyan trees, there is another tree that is dead but still serves as a residence other creeping plants. We took the kids to take photos. Their faces were so exotic they look so innocent and spotless.

The night wore on, Here and there appear poles Toras rest of the ceremony and DaLo Mandung gallant challenge looming sky. If the day yesterday, before the dark appears to be no sign of life, this night some people gathered at the place we were staying. In the village of Fall Topus there is no more a pure Punan. It was just a mixture between Punan and the Noon-Joyless, Bahau, Benuaq, and Ot Danum or Kahayan. Toras, Potogor, and Batang Pantar of which there are several in the village showed that in their death rituals tend to be as the Ot Danum or Siang Joyless. How they can identify themselves as descendants of Punan?

The answer to the above questions are in a pile of large stones by the local people called the Stone Awu-Balang. Ponut River Crossing, between the grove of trees, there are rocks scattered here and there. In one alcove is rocks seemed lying two skulls and human bones.

Once there, the story of mouth ot Siau Dayak still living in the forest forest menghndar of human life. However, if we ask them about Ot Siau or Red Legged Punan, they themselves say is never seen nor met. Residents believe that the Punan Red Legged do exist, with unique characteristics, namely red hands and feet like the feet of birds Siau. Feet and hands stained red with leaves saronang or jarenang. Their whole bodies were covered with a fungus that contain phosphorus so that it looks light in the darkness.

Rickshaw rhythm, drum and fife made legs and my arms can not be silent. We mengegerakkan our bodies in the strains of dance manasai. They did have a dance sequence that begins with sentulo / tantulo, deder, manasai and ends with karungut (berpantun). There are middle or sangkai Sumbung made of lemang for the arts, sangkai built for events in the form of excitement, never carried to the activities of death (nganjan & ngelele), if it is done can get jipen.

That night, blazing past what dibenaknya convey to the public. "Do not let our children and grandchildren do not know ulin again, lest one day we can not pig hunting and fishing again, who would say should not be cut down, we can cut down but be wise to its diameter," he said passionately.


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River topus really leave memories that mean for me. Moreover, when she felt a cold shower and felt a clear massage to massage our skin. Even the much more exotic again when I try to use tapih (jarit in terms of its Java) as a fabric used in the bath river Dayak women in general.

Fall Topus is the culmination of our 10 days we sailed the road and the river upstream of Central Kalimantan. Night skyline is the best time of our contemplation. Ditepian shrub insect chant our lay in a small cottage.

Faint faint strains of Elvis Presley titled Forest accompany a soundly sleeping in the dark of the village. But the peaceful ...

My heart is embedded in every inch of land in the jungle

My blood flows in every river that flows into the estuary

Enjoy the peace that is created

Feel the beauty of the green world

Blown my breath at every corner in the forest jungle

My body awake and protected by the cool shade trees

Joyless Kingdom - Central Kalimantan, April 27 - May 12, 2010
the end




At first, the territory into the territory of Central Kalimantan South Kalimantan Residency. then on the people's aspirations Central Kalimantan, on the basis of the Emergency Law No. 10 of 1957 which came into force on May 23, 1957 formed the Autonomous Province of Central Kalimantan.

The law was then ratified by Law no. 21 of 1958. which are also set the provincial capital of Central Kalimantan Palangkaraya named.

Inauguration of the first pole erection Palangkaraya city development undertaken by the First President Ir. Sukarno on July 17, 1957. Date May 23, 1957 was later determined to be the date of birth or date of establishment of the Central Kalimantan province.

In its development, during the leadership of Governor Asmawi Agani, on July 2, 2002 in Jakarta, the division conducted the inauguration of new district in Central Kalimantan Province by the Minister of Home Affairs Hari Sabarno. Under Law no. 5 of 2002, Prop.Kalteng which originally consisted of 5 districts and 1 municipality divided into 13 districts and 1 city.

Tradition Ngayau

Ngayau is one masyarakay Dayak traditions in antiquity. This tradition is quite cruel and gruesome. In the past, has become a habit primitive tribes everywhere, that to maintain and expand the areas of power, they often conduct inter-tribal warfare. Dlam make war, there have been a habit of decapitating the enemy and bringing them to their village. Habits are often referred to as kayau, or ngayau.
Not all warriors are brave and capable of doing so. Only a few people who have more courage and willing to do ngayau. Therefore, those who dare to do kayau much contested by the women of the Dayak tribe Inland for being able to protect them with courage.
Other beliefs that drive these atrocities they will do well because of the belief that by decapitating the enemy, the enemy's spirit haunts and will not disturb them. Not all enemies be beheaded. Women and children should not be in kayau. They may only be enslaved.
Several ceremonies were they doing to calm the spirits of the enemy, by giving a number of offerings in a traditional ceremony called tiwah. Intended, for their spirit in Kayau can calmly stepped to the seventh sky and no revenge haunts.

Leaving Tradition Ngayau Agreement
Consciousness to live in a peaceful and secure situation as well as an agreement to share the area and live together in harmony, causing the holding Anoi Fall Peace Meeting in 1894.
Inland Dayak tribe officials agreed to no longer kill each other, decapitating one another, and enslave one another. Furthermore, traditional ceremonies that require a human head is replaced with the head of buffalo or other animals.

Kamis, 30 Desember 2010

Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo

The Island of Borneo -  Kalimantan (Sabah, Sarawak, , Brunei)

Sightseeing and Attractions in Kalimantan

Kalimantan, the largest part of Borneo offers almost everything, from wildlife and nature, including its fascinating marine life, beaches, sun and sea, to cultural attractions and festivities. However, at present Kalimantan tourism is less developed and the Indonesian part of Borneo is less accessible than Sabah or Brunei. Only few tour operators operate in this fascinating part of Indonesia.

Wildlife and Nature

Kalimantan's wild life and nature is unique. Kalimantan is still home to several large rainforests, where a unique flora and fauna can be found. Orang utans, proboscis monkeys, green turtles, and other endangered species are all native to Kalimantan.

Cultural Highlights

Kalimantan is home to many different ethnic groups. Longhouses can still be found along its many rivers. A visit to a traditional longhouse, a cultural festival or a trip to a traditional market are just some of the cultural highlights.

Hotels and Accommodation

There is plenty of hotels in the major business towns, catering primarily to business executives in the oil and gas, timber, or palm oil trade. Several upmarket hotels, which also offer a range of leisure facilities may be suitable for the business traveller and tourist alike.

Restaurants and Food

There is no shortage of restaurants in any town of Kalimantan, serving a selection of local Indonesian dishes or international cuisine. Food markets with their colourful stalls offering different local cuisine can be found in most towns.


There is nightlife in the major business towns, primarily catering for the business traveller and the expatriate.

Flights and Getting there

Kalimantan is primarily served by local Indonesian airlines. Each province has its own airport. Several low cost carriers also operate in Kalimantan. Taxis can be hired from the airport and hotels can also offer a pickup service.

Getting Around

Getting around is mainly by plane and boat. For short distances the choice of transport is the taxi. Car hire may be arranged.

Best time to travel

Best time to travel to Kalimantan is during the dry season, which is usually around April to October.


Visa regulations change frequently. Best to check with the Indonesian Embassy for the latest visa regulations. If visas are issued on arrival, visitors may be asked to provide evidence of sufficient funds and a valid return airline ticket. Work visa will only be issued prior to departure. Visa agents offer to arrange visas for business travellers. Tourist and travel information can also be obtained from the cultural section of the embassy or by contacting Indonesia Tourism in Jakarta directly.

Rabu, 29 Desember 2010

Swiss Museum Show Dayak Borneo

Kapanlagi.com - Lugano Cultural Museum (Museo delle Culture of Lugano), Switzerland, plans to hold an international exhibition of Borneo Dayak culture to various countries in Continental Europe and America. "Head of the Cultural Museum Director Prof. Dr. Francesco Campione Lugano and Central Kalimantan governor Teras Narang A has agreed to cooperate with the performance, when the Governor held a meeting in Lugano on 27 May," said Staff Committee for Museum Exhibitions Lugano, Junita Arneld, when contacted in the city of Lugano, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
Was carried out following the successful performance of the Government of the City of Lugano museum was organized exhibition titled Patong, Great Figures Carved by the People of Borneo, since 23 May acclaimed widely in Europe.
Traveling exhibition is planned to hold the Museum Balanga Central Kalimantan, once held a similar exhibition in the country of origin on the island of Borneo Dayak culture, in addition to planned performances in Europe and America.
"We hope the exhibition will not only benefit the international community but also the Dayak of Kalimantan to make them more aware of and understand the culture of his ancestors," he said.
While the results of discussions with the Director of the Museum Governor of Central Kalimantan, Lugano, said Junita, reached a conclusion that the exhibition Patong is a reflection of past, current and cultural environment in harmony alongside the people of Borneo.
Junita argues, the first exhibition of Dayak culture that was held in Lugano now getting very good response from the public is not only Switzerland, but also the European public in general.
The exhibition was held in a very appropriate time ie before the summer, when people are busy touring in Europe.
"We also got a request more details about this exhibition from the Museum of the Netherlands and from Oxford University in London in order to study the catalog that we issue," said the former staff at the French Embassy in Indonesia.
Public enthusiasm arises from Lugano Museum exhibition that was held capable of giving a broader picture of the Dayak culture and daily life, through the historic objects was revealed that dozens of years.
A total of 39 objects displayed are the objects of culture and daily life of the Dayak people of Borneo for more than 80 years of just sitting in warehouses as a silent witness, without any explanation of the origins and history that accompanies it.
Historical objects collected by the Swiss painter Serge Brignoni since the 1920's until finally granted to the Museum of Lugano in 1985. While the collector himself had died in 2002. (* / RSD)

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George Soros: save Indonesia's peatlands, rainforests

December 09, 2010

Speaking at a high-level event on the sidelines of climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, financier and philanthropist George Soros made an impassioned call to protect Indonesia's peatlands, the destruction and degradation of which are the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions across the Southeast Asian nation.

Soros told the forum—hosted by Avoided Deforestation Partners— he is ready to invest in rehabilitation of drained peatlands in Indonesia. He urged the private sector to do the same, noting that peatlands, and rainforests, represent a ripe opportunity slow climate change.

Soros said conserving forests and peatlands would require a major shift away from business-as-usual in Indonesia.

"[Indonesian President] Yudhoyono has to overcome resistance from the business community, the bureaucracy, and communities that benefit from illegal logging," he said. "It's really a matter of public administration."

Soros highlighted the "Mega Rice Project", a scheme that deforested a million hectares of peat forest in Central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo, as an example of the kind of projects that can no longer be part of Indonesia's development strategy. The project failed to produce any rice, but it did line the pockets of well-connected loggers.

Soros' awareness of the importance of peatlands was apparently sparked by a recent trip to an area deforested for the rice project. Wetlands International, a group that works to protect wetlands worldwide, served as his guide.

Marcel Silvius of Wetlands International welcomed the financier's remarks.

“It is very encouraging that in addition to public funding now also major private sector players are showing their concern about the issue and are doing their bit to address these huge sources of emissions," Silvius said in a statement. "In the absence of compliance markets private sector initiatives are needed to trigger voluntary market mechanisms that can provide a fair price for emission reductions and carbon sequestration. This can create a new business sector in which local communities can play an important role as custodians of the world’s peatlands, forests and biodiversity.”

Wetlands International estimates annual carbon dioxide emissions from peatland degradation in Indonesia at nearly a billion tons per year. Emissions result from drainage of peatlands and associated fires. Peatlands are often targeted for oil palm and wood-pulp plantations because the land is generally cheaper and less subject to competing land claims. Under the Indonesia-Norway agreement signed in May, Indonesia will implement a moratorium on the granting of new concessions on peatlands starting in January, although existing undeveloped peatlands concessions may still be converted for palm oil, timber, and paper pulp production.

Selasa, 28 Desember 2010

Come and Experience the Unique Culture and Wildlife of Central Kalimantan with Kalimantan Tour Destinations


Kalimantan Tour Destinations (KTD) unique cruise boats take you along meandering jungle lined rivers, passing islands with orang utans visible in the trees and the briliant splashes of kites, hornbills and kingfishers overhead. Furtner upstream visit villages and meet the inhabitants dependent on the jungle and the river for their livelihoods.

KTD is working with local communities to bring Ecotourism to this part of Central Kalimantan as a way of protecting the environment and creating alternative livelihoods.

This is raw Borneo, where the rivers remain the main highways through this vast and mostly empty province.
Our Jungle River Cruises are the first and only in Central Kalimantan, and provide a unique way to live on board and explore the Borneo Jungle and riverside villages inaccessible by road in relaxed comfort.

We can offer you a range of tours from one day to Weekend Breaks to journeys into the heart of Borneo jungles. Palangka Raya the provincial city, provides the start for explorations north and south along the winding river systems.
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Columbia Encyclopedia: Borneo

Borneo (bôr'nēō'), island (1990 pop. 9,102,906), c.287,000 sq mi (743,330 sq km), largest of the Malay Archipelago and third largest island in the world, SW of the Philippines and N of Java. Indonesian Borneo (called Kalimantan by the Indonesians) covers over 70% of the total area, and the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak and the sultanate of Brunei stretch across the north coast.

Land and People

The island largely consists of dense jungle and mountains, reaching its highest point at Mt. Kinabalu (13,455 ft/4,101 m) in Sabah. Much of the terrain is virtually impassable, and large areas are unexplored. Many of the rivers are navigable to small craft, however, and provide access into the interior. The largest rivers are the Kapuas in the west and the Barito in the south. The coastal area is generally swampy and fringed with mangrove forests. Banjarmasin, Pontianak, Balikpapan, Tarakan, Kuching, Bandar Seri Begawan, and Sandakan are leading ports. The climate is tropical, i.e., hot and humid; annual rainfall averages more than 100 in. (254 cm), and there is a prolonged monsoon (generally from November to May). The fauna is roughly similar to that of Sumatra and includes the elephant, deer, orangutan, gibbon, Malay bear, and crocodile, and many varieties of snakes. Rhinoceroses, once numerous, have been extensively hunted and are now almost extinct.

The island is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the world. The two major ethnic groups are the Dyaks and the coastal Malays. Kalimantan was also a center for Chinese settlement and has a number of immigrants resettled during the second half of the 20th cent. from overcrowded areas of Indonesia, particularly Madura.


Kalimantan contains Indonesia's greatest expanse of tropical rain forests, including valuable stands of camphor, sandalwood, and ironwood, and many palms. The thick jungle and myriad insects tend to discourage large-scale agriculture, but rice, sago, tobacco, millet, coconuts, pepper, sweet potatoes, sugarcane, coffee, and rubber are grown. In 1983, over 13,000 sq mi (20,917 sq km) of rain forest were destroyed by fire, causing enormous damage to the ecosystem, and immigration from other, heavily populated parts of Indonesia, combined with illegal logging, has resulted in increasing deforestation, threatening the orangutan, the pygmy elephant, and other species. Kalimantan contains some of Indonesia's most productive oil fields (discovered in 1888). Coal has been mined there for more than a century, and gold since earliest times. In 1995 one of the richest gold deposits in the world was discovered in NE Kalimantan. Other mineral resources include industrial diamonds, bauxite, and extensive reserves of low-grade iron ore, which are, however, little exploited.


Borneo was visited by the Portuguese in 1521, and shortly thereafter by the Spanish, who established trade relations with the island. The Dutch arrived in the early 1600s, and the English c.1665. Dutch influence was established on the west coast in the early 1800s and was gradually extended to the south and east. The British adventurer James Brooke took the north edge of the island in the 1840s, and what is now Sabah was declared a British protectorate in 1882, Sarawak and Brunei in 1888. The final boundaries were defined in 1905. In World War II the island was held by the Japanese from 1942 to 1945. Dutch Borneo became part of the republic of Indonesia in 1950. The union of Sabah and Sarawak with Malaya in the Federation of Malaysia in 1963 was resented by Indonesians. Indonesian guerrilla raids against both areas, begun in 1964, continued sporadically until Aug., 1966. The sultanate of Brunei became fully independent in 1984. The resettlement of non-Dyak Indonesians in Kalimantan has led to recurrent violence against the settlers by Dyaks.

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Senin, 27 Desember 2010

special news kalimantan: Nirvana Marine Derawan

By Emery Taufik Gobel

A tropical paradise located in one of the island province of East Kalimantan, Berau precisely and in the Strait of Sulawesi, not far from the border with Malaysia. Derawan Island into a maritime tourist destinations attractive choice for you who likes the beach with soft white sand and clear water shining. Moreover, added bonus benign encounter turtles that swam happily while we do the dive.
Sometimes when sitting on the edge of a wooden bridge that leads to the sea, we can see the green turtles and fro on the surface of clear water. Occasionally even the turtles that seem to roam around the cottage is located on the coast of the island. At nightfall, several turtles climbed ashore and lay eggs there.
Alloy sea and moss colors produce stunning shades of blue and green, and a small forest in the middle, make this island so beautiful natural scenery presents a pity to miss for granted. What remains, deep memories.

Dr. Carden Wallace of the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Australia has examined marine wealth Derawan Island and found more than 50 types of Arcropora (marine animal) in one coral reef. No one seems if Derawan island famous as the third highest in the world as an international dive destination
This island is relatively less well known especially in the country because of its own struggle to achieve it takes quite complicated. You must go first to Balikpapan from Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta or Denpasar, to go to this island. Approximately two hours travel time of flight from Jakarta to Balikpapan.
From Balikpapan, you still have to fly to Cape Redeb for one hour with a small plane that served by KAL Star, Deraya or DAS. In addition, Cape Redeb can also be reached by sea, with boarded the ship from Samarinda Tarakan to Tanjung Redeb or proceed with the lease motorboat to the island Derawan with long travel approximately 2 hours.

Many foreigners who just got off the plane at the airport Kalimarau, Cape Redeb Derawan rushed to the island by motorboat which was moored at a specific port.
Another alternative could also through land route from Balikpapan to Tanjung Batu and from there crossed over to the island Derawan. It's just that this is not a good choice because of travel crossing itself takes up to a dozen hours with a relatively unpleasant terrain.
Even so, you know, just a lot of foreign tourists who already knew more about the existence of this exotic island. A number of Japanese tourists through travel from Tokyo who were there "shoot straight" go to Singapore or to Sabah and then continue the trip to Aberdeen, then to Cape Redeb using small aircraft.
They utilize their time during the Derawan with diving, down the underwater beauty of the island which indeed is the best location for diving. Moreover, with the condition of the remote islands and "virgin" increasingly add charm anyone to enjoy it as long as possible.

Never mind all the way, only within a distance of 50 meters from the beach, we already can see the beautiful coral reefs and colorful fish back and forth. The water is very clear. You can rent a snorkel for Rp 30 thousand per day. If you want to dive deeper, we can find fish that are more "exotic" such as grouper, red fish, fish kurisi, fish, barracuda, sea cucumbers, and oysters. On a rock at a depth of ten meters, there is a reef known as "Blue Trigger Wall" because of the reef with a length of 18 meters there is a lot of trigger fish (red-toothed trigger fishes).
Island Derawan provide accommodations facilities (cottages), rental of diving equipment as well as restaurants. There is also a cheap lodging-inn fare that is managed by local people. The range of prices ranging from Rp 45 thousand to USD 100 thousand / night.
Still not satisfied?
You can also review the other islands around Derawan. For example: Charitable Island, Maratua, and Kakaban which has its own uniqueness. Pari Fish Blue (Manta Rays) that had reached 3.5 meters wide with a population on the island of Charitable. In fact can also be found-if lucky enough, black stingray with wide "wingspan" 6 meters. While Kakaban have uniqueness in the form of a prehistoric lake in the middle of the sea, the only one in Asia.

berita khusus kalimantan : Nirwana Bahari Derawan

Nirwana Bahari Derawan

Oleh Amril Taufik Gobel

Sebuah nirwana tropis berada di salah satu pulau wilayah Provinsi Kalimantan Timur, tepatnya Kabupaten Berau dan di Selat Sulawesi, tak jauh dari perbatasan Malaysia. Pulau Derawan menjadi sebuah destinasi wisata bahari pilihan menawan buat Anda yang menyukai pantai dengan hamparan pasir putih lembut berkilat serta air jernih. Apalagi ditambah bonus menjumpai penyu-penyu jinak yang berenang-renang riang saat kita melakukan penyelaman.

Terkadang saat duduk di ujung jembatan kayu yang mengarah ke laut, kita dapat menyaksikan penyu-penyu hijau itu hilir mudik di permukaan air yang bening. Sesekali bahkan penyu-penyu tersebut nampak berkeliaran di sekitar cottage yang berada di pesisir pulau. Saat malam tiba, beberapa penyu naik ke darat dan bertelur di sana.

Paduan warna laut dan lumut yang memukau menghasilkan gradasi warna biru dan hijau, serta hutan kecil di tengahnya, membuat pulau ini menyajikan pemandangan alam begitu indah yang sayang untuk dilewatkan begitu saja. Yang tersisa, kenangan mendalam.

Dr. Carden Wallace dari Museum Tropis Queensland, Australia pernah meneliti kekayaan laut Pulau Derawan dan menjumpai lebih dari 50 jenis Arcropora (hewan laut) dalam satu terumbu karang. Tak salah kiranya jika Pulau Derawan terkenal sebagai urutan ketiga teratas di dunia sebagai tempat tujuan menyelam bertaraf internasional

Pulau ini memang relatif kurang begitu dikenal khususnya di dalam negeri karena untuk mencapainya butuh perjuangan tersendiri yang cukup berliku. Anda mesti menuju ke Balikpapan dulu dari Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta atau Denpasar, untuk menuju pulau ini. Kurang lebih dua jam waktu tempuh penerbangan dari Jakarta ke Balikpapan.

Dari Balikpapan, Anda masih harus terbang menuju Tanjung Redeb selama satu jam dengan menaiki pesawat kecil yang dilayani oleh KAL Star, Deraya atau DAS. Selain itu, Tanjung Redeb juga bisa dicapai melalui laut, dengan menaiki kapal dari Samarinda atau Tarakan ke Tanjung Redeb dilanjutkan dengan menyewa motorboat menuju pulau Derawan dengan lama perjalanan kurang lebih 2 jam.

Banyak wisatawan manca negara yang baru turun dari pesawat di bandara Kalimarau, Tanjung Redeb langsung berangkat ke pulau Derawan dengan motorboat yang sudah ditambatkan di sebuah pelabuhan khusus.

Alternatif lain bisa juga melalui perjalanan darat dari Balikpapan ke Tanjung Batu lalu dari sana menyeberang ke Pulau Derawan. Hanya saja ini bukan pilihan yang bagus karena perjalanan penyeberangan itu sendiri memakan waktu hingga belasan jam dengan medan yang relatif tidak menyenangkan.

Meskipun begitu, tahukah Anda, justru banyak wisatawan asing yang sudah tahu lebih banyak soal keberadaan pulau eksotis ini. Sejumlah wisatawan Jepang dari Tokyo melalui travel yang ada di sana “tembak langsung” berangkat ke Singapura atau ke Sabah kemudian melanjutkan perjalanan ke Balikpapan, lalu ke Tanjung Redeb menggunakan pesawat kecil.

Mereka memanfaatkan waktu mereka selama di Derawan dengan menyelam, menyusuri keindahan bawah laut di pulau tersebut yang memang merupakan lokasi terbaik untuk olahraga selam. Apalagi dengan kondisi pulau yang terpencil dan “masih perawan” kian menambah pesona siapapun juga untuk menikmatinya selama mungkin.

Tak usah jauh-jauh, hanya dalam jarak 50 meter dari bibir pantai, kita sudah dapat menyaksikan terumbu karang yang indah dan ikan-ikan beraneka warna hilir mudik. Airnya sangat bening. Anda pun bisa menyewa snorkel seharga Rp 30 ribu per hari. Bila ingin menyelam lebih dalam, kita dapat menemukan ikan-ikan yang lebih “eksotis” seperti kerapu, ikan merah, ikan kurisi, ikan barracuda, teripang, dan kerang. Pada batu karang di kedalaman sepuluh meter, terdapat karang yang dikenal sebagai "Blue Trigger Wall" karena pada karang dengan panjang 18 meter tersebut banyak terdapat ikan trigger (red-toothed trigger fishes).

Pulau Derawan menyediakan fasilitas-fasilitas tempat penginapan (cottage), penyewaan peralatan menyelam dan juga restoran. Ada pula penginapan-penginapan bertarif murah yang dikelola oleh warga sekitar. Kisaran harganya mulai dari Rp 45 ribu sampai Rp 100 ribu/malam.

Masih belum puas?

Anda dapat meninjau juga pulau lainnya yang berada di sekitar Derawan. Misalnya: Pulau Sangalaki, Maratua, dan Pulau Kakaban yang mempunyai keunikan tersendiri. Ikan Pari Biru (Manta Rays) yang memiliki lebar mencapai 3,5 meter berpopulasi di Pulau Sangalaki. Malah bisa pula ditemui—jika cukup beruntung—ikan pari hitam dengan lebar “bentang sayap” 6 meter . Sedangkan Pulau Kakaban mempunyai keunikan yaitu berupa danau prasejarah yang ada di tengah laut, satu-satunya di Asia.


Museum Swiss Tampilkan Dayak Borneo Keliling Benua Eropa dan Amerika

Kapanlagi.com - Museum Kebudayaan Lugano (Museo delle Culture of Lugano), Swiss, berencana menggelar pameran internasional kebudayaan Dayak Borneo ke berbagai negara di Benua Eropa dan Amerika. "Kepala Direktur Museum Budaya Lugano Prof Dr Francesco Campione dan Gubernur Kalimantan Tengah A Teras Narang telah sepakat menjalin kerja sama pergelaran bersama itu, saat Gubernur melakukan pertemuan di Lugano pada 27 Mei lalu," kata Staf Panitia Pameran Museum Lugano, Junita Arneld, saat dihubungi di Kota Lugano, Swiss, Rabu.
Pergelaran itu dilaksanakan menyusul sukses museum milik Pemerintah Kota Lugano itu menyelenggarakan Pameran bertajuk Patong, Great Figures Carved by the People of Borneo, sejak 23 Mei lalu yang mendapat sambutan luas di Eropa.
Pameran keliling itu direncanakan menggandeng Museum Balanga Kalimantan Tengah, sekaligus menggelar pameran serupa di tanah asal budaya Dayak di Pulau Kalimantan, selain rencana pergelaran di Eropa dan Amerika.
"Kami harap, pameran itu nanti tidak hanya bermanfaat bagi masyarakat internasional tapi juga masyarakat Dayak Kalimantan agar mereka lebih mengetahui dan memahami budaya leluhurnya," katanya.
Sementara hasil diskusi Gubernur Kalteng dengan Direktur Museum Lugano, ujar Junita, mencapai suatu kesimpulan bahwa Pameran Patong merupakan sebuah cerminan dari masa lalu, saat budaya dan lingkungan masyarakat Kalimantan bersanding secara harmoni.
Junita mengemukakan, pameran pertama budaya Dayak yang digelar di Lugano saat ini mendapat respon sangat baik bukan hanya dari publik Swiss, tapi juga publik Eropa pada umumnya.
Pameran itu digelar dalam waktu yang sangat tepat yakni menjelang musim panas, saat orang ramai berwisata di Eropa.
"Kami juga mendapat permintaan keterangan lebih detail soal pameran ini dari Museum Belanda dan dari Universitas Oxford London guna mempelajari katalog yang kami terbitkan," ucap mantan staf di Kedubes Perancis di Indonesia itu.
Antusiasme publik itu muncul karena pameran yang digelar Museum Lugano mampu memberikan gambaran yang lebih luas tentang budaya dan keseharian masyarakat Dayak, melalui benda-benda bersejarah yang puluhan tahun tak terungkap.
Sebanyak 39 objek yang ditampilkan merupakan benda-benda kebudayaan dan kehidupan sehari-hari masyarakat Dayak Borneo yang selama lebih dari 80 tahun hanya teronggok di gudang penyimpanan sebagai saksi bisu, tanpa penjelasan tentang asal-usul dan sejarah yang menyertainya.
Benda sejarah itu dikoleksi oleh pelukis Swiss Serge Brignoni sejak tahun 1920-an hingga akhirnya dihibahkan ke pihak Museum Lugano pada tahun 1985. Sedangkan sang kolektor sendiri telah meninggal pada tahun 2002. (*/rsd)


Gunung Lumut Masuk Kawasan Heart Of Borneo

      Kapanlagi.com - Wilayah hutan lindung (HL) Gunung Lumut di Kecamatan Gunung Purei, Kabupaten Barito Utara (Barut), Kalimantan Tengah, dijadikan sebagai kawasan konservasi program Heart Of Borneo (HoB) seluas 25.802 hektar.Bupati Barut Ir H Achmad Yuliansyah di Muara Teweh, Minggu, mengatakan, HoB merupakan inisiatif tentang konservasi dan pembangunan berkelanjutan (Conservation and Sustainable Development) di kawasan jantung Borneo pada wilayah perbatasan Indonesia- Malaysia serta mencakup sebagian wilayah Brunai Darussalam. HL Gunung Lumut merupakan kawasan hutan yang dikeramatkan (sakral) oleh suku Dayak Hindu Kaharingan Kalteng, Kalimantan Timur dan Kalimantan Selatan itu, akan menjadi salah satu kawasan konservasi di pulau Kalimantan yang difasilitasi organisasi konservasi alam tersebut. "Guna mendukung program HoB itu Pemkab Barut telah membentuk kelompok kerja (Pokja) dan melakukan sosialisasi," katanya. Program HoB ini bertujuan membentuk kerangka kerja (frame work) regional yang diperlukan untuk mencegah pemanfaatan sumber daya alam yang bernilai tinggi dari sisi ekonomi, namun tidak ramah lingkungan dan sosial. Di samping itu program tersebut merupakan alat bagi kerjasama regional yang menyediakan pembagian tanggung jawab yang seimbang. Konsep kerja Pokja Kabupaten Barut ini di antaranya melakukan kegiatan penentuan batas, identifikasi, survei, kajian sinkronisasi kawasan HL Gunung Lumut yang masuk dalam wilayah HoB. Kawasan hutan lindung yang kaya akan flora dan fauna ini diusulkan Pemkab setempat menjadi taman nasional dan sebelumnya juga telah diteliti oleh Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI) guna dijadikan warisan alam dunia (world natural heritage). "Dalam melaksanakan program ini pemerintah akan bekerjasama dengan Yayasan WWF Indonesia," jelasnya. Di samping itu pihaknya dalam waktu dekat melakukan penyusunan Raperda pengelolaan kawasan HL yang berketinggian antara 230 meter dpl hingga 1.020 mter dpl menuju taman nasional. Untuk mendukung HL Gunung Lumut menjadi taman nasional itu Pemkab Barut mengusulkan kepada Menteri Kehutanan untuk pelepasan bekas areal blok rencana kerja tahunan (KRT) perusahaan HPH PT Indexim Utama Corporation di sekitar lereng Gunung Lumut sebagai zona transisi. Menurutnya kawasan bekas blok RKT perusahaan yang akan dilepas nanti seluas 4.000 hektar, wilayah itu sebagian masih hutan perawan sedangkan kayu yang sudah ditebang akan ditanam kembali oleh pihak perusahaan. Areal yang akan dilepas nanti sebagai pencadangan kawasan yang diperlukan untuk menjadi taman nasional seluas 30.000 hektar. Di samping itu tim teknis terpadu melakukan pengukuran tata batas atau pemetaan kawasan dengan mengacu peta rencana tata ruang wilayah (RTRW) Kabupaten Barut. "Dalam Raperda itu nanti kita akan memasukan dua gunung yaitu Gunung Panyanteau dan Peyuyan untuk menjadi kawasan pelestarian," ujar dia. Hutan lindung Gunung Lumut itu memiliki potensi hutan relatif masih cukup baik terdiri hutan primer, hutan sekunder dengan kekayaan flora dan fauna endemik bernilai khas Kalimantan. Selain itu memiliki ekosistem hutan hujan dataran pegunungan rendah sampai tinggi. Asli, alami, khas dan unik serta daerah perlindungan tata air bagian hulu dari sungai-sungai utama di pulau Kalimantan. "Peranannya bersifat regional, nasional bahkan internasional dalam hal dampak lingkungan dengan potensi mega biodiversity, sosial dan budaya masyarakat setempat," kata Achmad Yuliansyah. (*/boo)

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