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WAKATOBI NATIONAL MARINE PARK

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Wakatobi National Marine Park is one of the most beautiful underwater paradises in the world. It is located in Wakatobi Regency, Southeast Sulawesi Province. It is also a tourist destination and undersea explorers do a lot of exploration there.

Wangi-Wangi is the principal town of Wakatobi Regency and it’s the gateway to the underwater nirvana. Wangi-Wangi, Kalidupa, Tomia and Binongko are the main islands of this regency.

Wakatobi is the abbreviation of the collective names of the four main islands. The archipelago was called the Islands of Blacksmith before December 18, 2003 and was still a part of Buton Regency. Nowadays, people can still meet the blacksmiths living in that region.

Astronomically, Wakatobi Regency is situated south of the equator. It has dry and wet seasons and the temperature is about 18 - 35 degrees Celsius. It is so warm and it’s like spring all the year round.

Wakatobi National Marine Park was officially launched in 1996 and it covers the area of 1.39 million hec…

THE RAJA AMPAT ISLANDS IN WEST PAPUA

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Raja Ampat is the regency of West Papua Province and it’s literally means the Four Kings. We have to set foot in Sorong town before we reach Raja Empat islands.

The tourists usually go there by plane. After arriving at Sorong, they take the express ship that operates twice a day to Waisai, the principal town of Raja Ampat Regency. It’s only a 2 to 3 hour journey from Sorong to Waisai harbor.

Raja Ampat is a group of coral islands and it has four biggest islands. The Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool are the main islands. Most of the islanders living in the islands of Raja Ampat are fishermen.

The waters of Raja Ampat is the main beauty and it is one of the best in the world. It is based on the observations of the riches of flora and fauna and its marine sustainability.

An international conservation organization has stated that the waters of Raja Ampat owns around 75% of marine species of the world. Moreover, the land and sea of Raja Ampat, which covers the area of 4.6 million hectares,…

THE JELLYFISH LAKE ON KAKABAN ISLAND

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There’s a beautiful lake in the middle of Kakaban Island. This is a very unique lake that has its own attractiveness. Millions of stingless jellyfish live in this 390 ha brackish water.

Four species of jellyfish have been trapped in this marine lake for millions of years and they’ve evolved in isolation. As there aren’t any predators in the lake, the jellyfish have gradually lost their ability to sting.

You can only find this endemic biota on Kakaban Island, East Kalimantan and Palau Island, Micronesia. There are moon, box, upside down and silly jellyfish altogether. The silly jellyfish that has the combination of transparent and brown color dominates the lake.

You are allowed to swim and touch the jellyfish. Don’t use swim fin because you might tear the jellyfish’s bodies. Jumping into the water from the wooden dock will hurt the jellyfish too. The jellyfish can’t survive without water, so release it the sooner the better after you take it out of the water.

Besides jellyfish, you ca…