Indonesia days 10 – 17: Turtle islands

“Konservasi biota laut Berau” is entire name of Indonesia non-profit sea turtle protection organization founded by Czech biologist Hanou Svobodova (www.morskezelvy.cz) based in islands BilangBilangan and Mataha. With 10 (in winter) and up to 50 (in summer) turtles coming to nest here daily, it is the 7th most important place in the world where turtles…

Indonesia days 6, 7: Maratua

Maratua is very quiet island with 4 villages and approximately 3500 people living there. Last year government decided to support tourism here by building an airport – which is covering one third of the island! As the locals don’t speak English, government has solution – move here tourist guides from Java. Unfortunately this means there…

Indonesia day 5: islands Sangalaki and Kakaban

If you have problem with noisy neighbors, this might be the place where to live. Closest people are 10 minutes by speed boat. I cannot imagine being there during storm. Out of 7 sea turtle species which live in the world (all endangered species), you can see 6 of them in Indonesia and 2 nests…