orangutans-tanjung-puting-national-park.pic by Agung Hartamurti

If cruising on a Borneo river surrounded by lush jungle, the sound of orangutans and other amazing inhabitants sounds like a perfect way to unwind, then keep on reading. I’ll share one of my most memorable trips to the home of orangutans, in Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia. It is one of the best places to see orangutans in the wild with a guarantee of seeing them.

As a writer for a digital agency I got the chance to travel to remote places in Indonesia. One of these trips was to visit Tanjung Puting National Park on Borneo. This national park is famous for its long-term effort through the Orangutan Research and Conservation Program based at the landmark Camp Leakey. It turned out that all the photos I made didn’t do any justice of how peaceful it was being present with nature. Read More

Ora Beach Eco resort Maluku Indonesia

I traveled solo for the first time in 2006 when I went on a 6-month internship to India. It made me realize that I love it. It is not only me who likes travelling alone. More and more people are travelling solo. 24 percent of people travelled solo in 2015 compared to 15 percent in 2013 according to the Visa Global Intention Study. Especially among female millennials solo travelling is becoming more popular. A simple Google trends report on “solo female travel” shows that the interest in solo female traveling has more than tripled since 2012.

Why is this? What are these women looking for? How do women travel differently than men? What are the challenges they face? These were some of the questions that I asked myself and wanted to get answered. I didn’t only want to share my opinion, but wanted to share something based on a more in-depth research. In this blog post I reveal the answers I found based on expert research, experience of travel bloggers and my own experience. Read More

Ora Beach Maluku Indonesia

It will be weird to put Maldives or Bora Bora on my bucket list while being born and raised in a beautiful country like Indonesia! If you’re a fan of all kind of summer destinations, I’m proud to say that we have it all; from mountains, lakes, majestic temples, beaches, to the journey down to the sea. And for this end of year trip, I’m blessed with the chance to travel to Ora Beach in the heart of Seram Island in Maluku, Indonesia. An island with crystal blue sea and lime stone cliffs covered with tropical forest as a backdrop. This is the place to be if you want to have the feeling of Bora Bora without digging too deep into your pockets. In this post, I’ll share with you some of the things you have to know before visiting this beautiful hidden paradise.

Ora Beach

saleman-cliff- Ora BeachOra beach is hidden on Seram Island, the largest island of the Maluku province in Indonesia. As with many hidden gems Ora Beach is not easily reachable. It will take you some effort, but in return you’ll get crystal clear water, coral reefs and mountains covered with tropical jungle. Each day on Ora Beach is a quiet day. You will be only surrounded with the sounds of nature; chirping of the birds, the wind and the sound of the sea. There will be no distraction from modern life.  It is a perfect place to unwind and relax, go for a stroll or short hike, snorkel and enjoy the stunning surroundings.

How To Get There

1. First, board a flight from Jakarta to Ambon. Direct flights are available from these airlines: Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Air Asia. Approx time: 3 hrs
2. Even though you take the first flight, you’ll most likely arrive at Ambon in the late afternoon (due to 2 hours time differences). So I’ll highly suggest spending the rest of your evening exploring the city: visit Merah Putih bridge and Natsepa beach to try Indonesian fruit salad (rujak)

3. The real trip will begin the next morning! You need to cross from Tulehu Harbour to Amahai Harbour in Masohi via speed boat. The ships are available from Monday – Saturday (9 AM), so make sure you arrive at Tulehu 30 mins before to buy the tickets. It cost around IDR 160.000 – 200.000. Approx time: 2 hrs

4. Upon your arrival at Masohi, it’s still 3 hours away by car to Saleman Village before you hop into another small boat that will get you to Ora Beach in another 20 minutes.

If you want hardly any hassle ask your resort/accommodation if they can arrange transportation to Ora Beach. Notes: car rental to Saleman Village from Amahai Harbour are available through travel agents / local people. A one way trip with a car will cost around IDR 500.000 (you can email me to ask for the local’s number driver as well as boat rental). Boat rental cost around IDR 300.000 – IDR 500.000 per day!

Where to Stay

1. Ora Beach Eco Resort

Ora Beach Eco resort Maluku IndonesiaIf you’re looking to spend a couple of days lazing around on the beach overlooking the hills, staying at Ora Beach Eco Resort is the best way to go. They offer 2 room options: Kamar Darat and Kamar Laut. Kamar Laut is situated right above the sea so you can just go into a morning dip right on the backside of your balcony. However, during my trip, I was staying at Kamar Darat with a beach view also works fine for me. Breakfast and dinner are already included but kindly lower your expectations when it comes to the food and services (since they’re a bit slow). They provide you an evening snack every 4 PM which was probably my favorite!

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Kamar Darat : IDR 600.000 / room for 2 persons Kamar Laut : IDR 1.090.000 / room for 2 persons extra bed : additional IDR 250.000 charge for meals

ora-beach-resort-snackSnack at the resort

Email: info@exoticorabeach.com
Phone: (+62911) 361970 & +62 812 4889 6616 WhatsApp: +62 812 4889 6616

I heard of some foreigners asking for a quote via email that they said the price was 300 USD per night, but this is not true.

2. Roneela Resort

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