Holidays in Anyer Indonesia

Aston Anyer Beach Hotel

Just a bit more than 120 km West of Jakarta we can find Anyer, sometimes also spelled as Anjer. This port is located in Baner which is former West Java in Indonesia. Before it was completely destroyed by tsunami after the eruption of Mount Krakatoa (have seen also Krakatau spelling) in 1883, it used to be a major port in the Dutch colonial era. The Dutch Government then built there the Cikoneng Lighthouse to commemorate the locals killed during the volcano eruption. The lighthouse was the beginning of the Great Post Road going 1,000 km up to the Eastern tip of Java and now the monument is still the main landmark.

Nowadays, Anyer becomes one of the top destinations to visit in Indonesia for holidays. There’s beautiful tropical fish around the island which makes it a perfect place for snorkeling or even scuba diving. And as a bonus, the deep blue sea around is very warm which adds to the pleasant underwater experience.

Tripadvisor states that the best hotel in town is Aston Anyer Beach Hotel (it’s been on the number 1 hotel position in Anyer for longer). So before you start planning your Anyer holidays, check out the best room to stay. It’s always lovely to enjoy excellent location with great private beach view where you can watch stunning sunsets to finish your busy days, right? The hotel guests can also take a swim in the clean pool or just play with kids there.

 

Aston Anyer Beach Hotel

 

And what else to do on holidays in Anyer Indonesia except snorkeling? You can always rent a water scooter or an ATV vehicle, have fun on a banana boat or relax on a slower parasailing trip. Want to chill out more avoiding aquatic sports? Then get a beach massage, play volleyball or football on the white sand or simply sunbathe taking a break.

If you are a nature lover, you can go on a trip to the Ujung Kulon National Park not that far from town. It is a protected tropical rainforest where Javan Rhinoceros and other wildlife live. Fingers crossed so you can see some!

I also suggest to check out the local souvenirs, such as ceramics, batiks, silverware, bone carvings, shell ornaments, different baskets or even beach wear.

Beach resorts in Anyer are springing up like mushrooms after the rain – from Karang Bolong in the Nort to Merak in the South. And that’s a good sign. It means that the beach town has a lot to offer to tourists and they recognize its value. Anyer is a popular beach destination also for the Jakartan families and divers.

While there, I recommend also other islands worth visiting around Anyer, such as Krakatua to observe unique volcanic landscape, or Pulau Sangeang ( Sanghyang) with untouched lush jungle and beautiful coral reefs.

Three of New Zealand’s Greatest Treasures

Tongariro National Park

Natives to New Zealand like to refer to it as ‘Godzone’ or ‘God’s own country’, and those who have the chance to visit will quickly come to understand why. An aesthetic wonderland of soaring mountains capped by snow, rugged coastlines, and primeval forests, penguins, whales, and seals fill the waters around it, whilst exotic birds and animals live amongst its wild places. It is a land unlike any other, defined by an ethereal, enchanting majesty.

Beloved of filmmakers and photographers alike, it offers some truly stunning sites to explore for those who choose to visit. If you’d like to number amongst them, start planning your trip with a company like Round the World Experts today, and add these three breath-taking locations to your itinerary…

1. The Waikato River

The Waikato River is famed around the world for its captivating beauty. Its aqua waters appear unreal to the naked eye, like a stunning landscape heavily edited for appeal, yet its vivid hue is genuine, and its still depths offer a colourful study in the power and majesty of Mother Nature. Choose to hike along its sides until you reach the ethereal Huka Falls, or else don your brave pants and take a leap of faith on the end of a bungee line.

2. Tongariro National Park

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was famed for its breath-taking aesthetic, and that’s why Tongariro has become a beacon for fans of the movies. The real-life location of Mordor, its rugged red landscape looks closer to a film set constructed to resemble Mars than any place on Earth. To appreciate it in all of its glory, lace up your walking boots and take a gruelling 19 kilometre hike through its centre.

Tongariro National Park

3. The Coromandel

The Coromandel is lauded across the world for its wild beauty, and this strangely shaped peninsula will make you feel as though you’ve been transported back to the age of the dinosaurs. Legend holds that this is the site where the first humans landed in New Zealand over 1,000 years ago, and that they were so enamoured of its loveliness that they chose to stay forever. With long swathes of uninhabited land along its ridged back, it is best appreciated from a rental car, so be sure to hire one for yourself and your family, and spend a little time cruising its breath-taking coastal roads.

What will you choose to see when you visit New Zealand?

How to Book a Cruise on a Budget

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Most of us have dreamed of sailing away into the horizon. When the rain is dripping down the window of your office, and the sky outside is grey and gloomy, the thought of sunbathing on deck, a cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other, is undeniably enticing. And these are just some of many different cruise activities. So too is the idea of exploring far flung lands and exotic destinations, sun cream and sunglasses at the ready.

Yet cruising tends to be expensive, and this can throw a real spanner in the works. Many eager travellers struggle to afford it, but it’s not time to give up on your maritime dreams yet.

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Luckily for you, there are plenty of ways to book on a budget, and here are just a few to help you…

1: Shop Around

Holidaying is expensive, but travelling is still a commodity. Businesses have to be competitive if they want to thrive, especially if they’re just getting their foot in the door, and this means that there are some great deals to be found if you’re willing to shop around. Try to approach as many companies as you can, getting quotes from each before you commit to anything. You’ll soon discover that enterprises like Planet Cruise are eminently reasonable, making your seafaring fantasies more affordable than you might think.

2: Book at the Last Minute

Last minute bargains are beloved of many, yet a lot of people find it hard to resist the urge to plan ahead. If you can manage it, however, it really will pay off. It’s a good idea to only start looking a month to a month and a half before you want to sail, as the last call for most cruise lines and itineraries is 60 to 90 days before their departure. If they still have spaces left at this point, most will reduce their fares heavily in order to ensure that they maximise their earnings and sail with a full boatload of passengers.

3: Look at Repositioning Cruises

It might be that you have your dream route already planned out in your head, but if you’re willing to be flexible, then a repositioning cruise can be a clever way to save money. Their itineraries tend to be rather eclectic, as they only occur when vessels change regions for the season and have to travel to their new home port. Although they may mean stopping at an odd collection of places, however, they’re usually reasonably priced, and can actually be a great way to visit a wide variety of locales on your travels.

If you’re booking a cruise on a budget, then follow these top tips today and check out my first cruise ever to get excited.

Turtle Conservation in Montserrat, Caribbean

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turtle conservation in Montserrat Caribbean

turtle conservation in Montserrat Caribbean

 

Montserrat is a lush, volcanic island in the Caribbean, situated 27 miles from Antigua and famous for the Soufriere Hills Volcano, which erupted in 1997, destroying the capital, Plymouth. It also has a visiting population of Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles which come every year, starting around May, to nest on its quiet, black sand beaches. Nesting continues until around the end of September and hatchlings emerge from September through to December. They are an endangered species, but much work is being done in Montserrat to protect the turtles, including monitoring and tagging, and eggs are taken to a hatchery. Only 10% of the hatchlings will survive but the hatchery has meant that there has been a 75% increase in the survival rate of the hatchlings.

John Jeffers has been working with the turtles for over 30 years and received an MBE partly for his work with turtle conservation. Turtle Conservation Montserrat was founded in 2012 by photographer and conservationist, Carolyne Coleby, and tries to find volunteers ready to assist John with this important work. Volunteers go to the beach at night to help count the turtles, monitor arrival and nesting, and collect eggs. They can also help with hatchling release. They are able to get involved with educating the public at the beaches when turtles arrive and in general outreach to educate the public about turtles and how to protect them. British universities have been involved in the turtle research on Montserrat and John Jeffers has been able to advise them and help them create reports which will contribute to the future safety of the species.

On a night with a full moon in the peak of the season, you may be lucky enough to see 20 turtles arriving and nesting on the beach, quite a sight.

Volunteer activity is mainly done at night and early in the morning, which leaves volunteers free to explore the island during the day, visit Plymouth, which has been described as a ‘modern day Pompeii’ and its environs, visit the Montserrat Volcano Observatory for volcano viewing and take part in activities such as diving, snorkelling or hiking in the rainforests of the Centre Hills which have an abundance of wildlife and flora.

The beaches are easily accessible and quiet, often with only one or two other people and it’s possible to kayak or hike to Rendezvous Beach in the north of the island, the only white sand beach which is a beautiful cove surrounded by cliffs with stunning coral reefs and multi-coloured fish. You can get PADI qualified here, we have an extremely experience dive outfit on the island. Boat trips can also be arranged including round the island trips or boat rides to view Plymouth.

turtle conservation in Montserrat Caribbean East Coast

East Coast

 

The volcano is still active, but has been quiet since the last eruption in 2010 and residents are hoping it has fallen asleep again. Montserrat is perfectly safe to visit and offers a fantastic opportunity to view and learn about what it is like to live on a live volcanic island. It is called the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean as it was originally settled by Irish and has a green verdant landscape. It is extremely mountainous and there are many opportunities to hike in the rainforest and mountains, either along set trails or with a guide who can tell you more about the flora and fauna.

Scriber, a local guide, was described by the Guardian newspaper as ‘the Dr Doolittle of Montserrat’ as he is able to call down the Oriole, the national bird, with his calls! Mappie, from the National Trust, is able to tell you all about the medicinal qualities of the forest plants. Both guides are extremely knowledgeable and can tell you all about the forest and its inhabitants.

Montserrat is also home to Air Studios, George Martin’s former recording studios, where many famous names came to record. The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and Dire Straits are but a few of the musicians who recorded here. The studio was closed after Hurricane Hugo devastated the island in 1989, but it is still possible to visit it and George Martin and his family maintain a home on island at Olveston House, which for most of the year is open to the public as a restaurant and bar. Linda McCartney’s photographs adorn the walls, as do Gold Disks, and the grounds are a peaceful place to take a stroll or you can sit by the pool with a drink.

Liming’, or shooting the breeze with your friends over a rum or beer is a popular activity at the many rumshops on the island. People’s Place at the top of Fogarthy Hill is a popular spot, with great views of the island and Centre Hills, and John, who is a very convivial host, offers a great lunchtime menu of local dishes and drinks. Next door, the Hilltop Coffeeshop is a great place to stop for a coffee, cake and watch videos about the volcanic eruptions. The owners have many tales to tell. There is a laid back atmosphere on Montserrat and the people are extremely friendly and welcoming to visitors.

Christmas and St Patrick’s (Montserrat was originally an Irish island under British rule) are the main times for Festival here, but these both fall outside the turtle season. However, if you are not able to get involved in turtle conservation, it’s worth visiting the Festivals. St Patrick’s, in particular, is a lot of fun and involves a week long list of events. Salem, the town where the main festivities are held these days, has a sign ‘Salem, Fun and Revelry’ on the outskirts.

Woodlands Beach one of the turtle nesting sites

Woodlands Beach one of the turtle nesting sites

Montserrat really is a unique destination, offering great opportunities for nature lovers and photographers and the annual arrival of the turtles is a very special experience. So, come and join us!

Soufriere Hills Volcano

Soufriere Hills Volcano

For more information, check out Turtle Conservation Montserrat  or call +1664 4967673.

5 reasons to visit Australia

Australian beaches

Australia and Antarctica are so far the only contintents I have not been to. Why you wonder? Well, because I want to spend loads of time exploring Australia, at least 3 to 6 months, but until now I have always had some plans pretty much every month.

So I keep postponing my Australia visit year by year and just keep telling myself all the reasons why I do have to go. Maybe before I finally book a flight, I should win some money playing online roulette so I have enough saved for the not so cheap continent… I already that what is important when choosing online casino games – choose a safe casino with reliable banking which at the same time has games that I like to play. It’s necessary to pick a casino where you can cash out your winnings without any trouble, right? And after years of playing, my friends have taught me some tricks I can use.

 

What are my 5 personal reasons to visit Australia?

1. Attractive people

Each Australian person I’ve ever met when traveling was super beautiful. Curly hair, suntanned ripped body, light-coloured eyes and sexy accent? I bet you agree with me that it’s not possible to say no to these very charming people.

 

2. Beaches

Have you ever seen a photo of any Australian beach? If you have, then you know it doesn’t need any more comments. Australia offers a few crowded beaches, e.g. abundant white sandy Sydney beaches, but the majority of the beaches around the country could be find super empty most of the time. Who would not like to have one of the 10,000 beaches just to themselves?

 

Australian beaches

3. Landscapes

Deserted landscapes with very few people, if any, some wild animals, and national parks famous for their waterfalls, mountains, rivers and cliffs sound like a plan. This vaste country is perfect for road trips so get a full car tank and grab a couple of friends to get some unforgettable fun. There’s so many natural wonders all around the country. If you happen to run out of ideas (which I doubt), what about taking one of the top 4 East Coast tours?

 

4. Weather

If you have been following my blogs for some time, then you must know I am not a cold weather person and do not enjoy wearing anything more than bikini with a sarong around. Warm climate for most of the year in many Australian territories makes it ideal for a visit. Escaping Northern hemisphere cold temperatures is definitely on my bucket list.

 

5. Sports

I am personally not much into one of the Australian’s most known sports – surfing, and prefer calm beaches, but it’s definitely worth observing the skilful guys surfing the huge waves. If not surfing, then I would for sure like to try snorkeling and scuba diving in the biggest world coral reef – the Great Barrier Reef where all level divers can enjoy the colorful underwater beauty. Once there, check out other exciting things to do in Queensland territory.

 

As you can see, there’s many benefits of traveling to Australia and staying there for a couple of weeks, if not months or years. Have you visited? If so, do you agree with my reasons or would you add some more?