Indonesia Islands Trip + PNG & Borneo
a trip by Catalytic Traveler
From: June 30th 2011
Until: August 27th 2011
I begin the long series of flights south on the 30th starting my trip in Brunei. I will spend roughly 1/2 day touring brunei before busing down to Miri, Sarawak (Malaysia). The next day I will head over to Niah Caves which is a site of one of the oldest remains of modern humans - roughly 40 000 years ago. I will explore these massive caves in the park before heading back to Miri for the night. The next morning I fly out to Gunung Mulu and will visit the even bigger caves there. One cavern is apparently the largest of its kind in the world. Mulu is also famous for its bats and I intend to watch 3 million bats fly out at dusk. I stay in Mulu for the night and fly out the next afternoon to Kuching. I stay overnight, and if I can manage it I will head over to Bako park which is full of wildlife and hike around.
The next part is rather crazy in that it is easier to fly from Borneo Malaysia to Java (Indonesia) and then back to the Indonesian Borneo. Otherwise it takes about 6 flights hopping around. So I am touring Java next starting in Jakarta and visiting an old friend I met the last time I was down here. I will train to Yogyakarta and visit the massive temples there before training off to Mt (Gunung) Bromo for the world-famous sunrise hike. I fly out from Surabaya to Balikpapan (in the Borneo Indonesian province of Kalimantan) and onwards to Saraminda. Here I will be doing 2 things: A river tour up the Mahakam to visit traditional longhouse villages, and a trip up island to the Kutai Park which is apparently chock full of wildlife including the orangutans and proboscis monkeys. Due to the rather crazy (and remote) nature of the trip thus far, I don't expect to have much internet access.
I fly to Sulawesi. Dependent on timing, I may or may not go to the Tana Toraja which is a really strange culture in central sulawesi. It's not particularly congruent with my plans and difficult to get to so we'll see. For a massive shift in gears I will be undertaking my Open Water Diving Certificate on Bunaken Island (Northern tip of Sulawesi), with some world-class dive school surrounded by some of the best reefs in the world.
That's what I have hammered out so far. Beyond this, no change from the last trip update, although there is apparently a massive tribal gathering at Mt. Hagen in PNG that I want to plan around.
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