Welcome to our brand new project!
This page gives you all the details on what to expect from joining our ecotourism project in Indonesia. By joining you are helping in protecting the forest and the animals living in it. Ecotourism is a word that is often used in the wrong sense. We have our own vision on how ecotoursim should be and we want to share that with you, in Indonesia.
Transparency, respect for local communities and nature, and giving back to the forest are key. You will learn, engage, witness and communicate with the local people and their way of living.
What does it mean practically?
- We only allow small groups in the forest (maxium 5 people exluding guides) so that the environment is disturbed as little as possible. No mass tourism.
- We focus on engaging the local communities, motivating them to preserve the nature while being their source of income. For example, using the existing infrastructure as a place to stay, having local people as guides, getting food from local restaurants/shops, promoting local (sustainable) products like coffee or tea, etc.
- We try to manage our own trash and reduce the ecological footprint of the group wherever possible, this is crucial especially in countries like Indonesia. Some examples:
- Using reusable water bottles so there is no need to buy plastic bottles (bring your own if you have one).
- Providing drink water from water tanks to refill water bottles (avoiding buying plastic bottles)
- Provide food from restaurants where little to no plastic is used (drinks without straws, no plastic plates, cups or cuttlery)
- Take trains or busses where available. For example, Jakarta - Pekalongan is very comfortable by train.
- When taking cars, try to fill them up fully (lower ecological footprint per person).
- Walk where possible. Especially in sensitive wildlife areas where noise is disturbing.
We believe by showing the local people the right way, they will realize the importance of the forest and how to preserve it. And you can help us doing that by joining our project!
Our speciality services provide wildlife tours around the island of Java. We have a 10-day base tour that ticks most endemics of this vast island (mostly birds), with the option to extend to 12 days for 2 additional nights of camping in the mountain forests of West-Java. Below map shows you the places that are visited wihin this tour.
To show the managing organisations the potential of true ecotourism around Java, can provide the following services:
Birdwatching/photography: Javan hawk-eagle (IUCN EN), Javan blue-banded kingfisher (IUCN CR), Rufous-backed kingfisher, Javan kingfisher, Banded kingfisher, Wreathed hornbill (IUCN VU), Crested serpent eagle, Black eagle, Javan frogmouth, Buffy Fish Owl, Javan banded Pitta and many more …
Primate watching/photography: Javan gibbon (IUCN EN), Javan lutung (IUCN VU), Javan surili (IUCN EN), Crab-eating macaque, …
What is the price for being an ecotourist in Indonesia?
The cost depends on:
- The size of the group?
- When we travel by train, do you want economy or do you prefer executive class?
- The customization of your itinerary.