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LETS EXPLORE THE TROPICAL PAPUA PARADISE

Come aboard the Kurabesi Explorer, a 28 metre traditional Phinisi schooner that provides a spacious, luxurious home from which to experience the untouched beauty of the islands of Papua. Created by a locals social enterprenuer, the Kurabesi Explorer will not only provide you with a holiday of a lifetime, but will also give you the opportunity to engage with and support local indigenous communities, enjoying their warm hospitality, while contributing to community projects. 


The Kurabesi Explorer strives to provide a unique eco-tourism experience to our guests. On a journey tailored to your needs, you will enjoy magnificent panoramas and diverse cultures in places such as Maluku, Ceram, Halmahera and Papua. This is one of the last frontiers for the survival of endangered forest and marine habitats and the magnificent species that live within them. It is one of the few areas with forests completely untouched by man and it includes some of the oldest forest communities in the world. Holidaying in this region is a privilege and many people feel that they would like to give back, which is why we work with Bentara Papua. This local foundation aims to be a leader in sustainable tourism by promoting community conservation with a focus on marine, coastal and forest environments.

TRAVEL NOTES

Digging into our stories. Let us share some inspiring thoughts about people, nature, local culture, and conservation in the tropical paradise.

Bandaneira, God Must be in The Kitchen


It was drizzle morning in Ambon when twin engine small aeroplane, DHC-6-400 Twin Otter, start roaring.  Only 8 on board from Pattimura Airport heading to Banda Neira, a 23-square-mile archipelago consists of 8 dots in Moluccas map.   With only half seating occupied, almost everybody got their window seat. Thanks to the wider window not like many others Viking Air’s made that has small one. Later that I know this plane once to be used for Alaskan Aerial Tour. Soon the orange glow...

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Indonesia, Top Dive Destination 2017


The most popular dive destination for 2017 is Indonesia. It won by a large margin with 22,552 votes from our readers, Papua New Guinea came in second with 6,089 votes and the Philippines third with 3,313.   DIVE readers could pick up to three destinations and a total of 47,547 votes were cast by the closing date of 31 December. Only one set of votes was allowed from an individual IP address and votes came in from across the world. Indonesia was always clear favourite to win the titl...

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Indonesia Sustainable Tourism on UNWTO


Indonesia has joined the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) with the opening of three sustainable tourism observatories, as announced at the PATA Travel Mart 2016 in Jakarta, which position Indonesia as a regional hub for sustainable tourism practices. The observatories, located in the regions of Sesaot, Senggigi Lombok Barat, Pangandaran and Sleman, will be hosted by the Bandung Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University and the Mataram University. Th...

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Whale Sharks Move in Mysterious Ways


The gentle giants take surprising "road trips" to faraway destinations, scientists discover. Watch them online.   Move over Mary Lee, there may be new celebrity sharks in town. That's because scientists with Conservation International have placed tracking devices on whale sharks in Indonesia and have set up near-real-time monitoring of the movements of the giant fish. Already, the devices are revealing surprising mysteries about the gentle giants, leaving scientists ...

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Birding in Raja Ampat, Why Not?


Morning has just broken when the sun eager to shine. Its light cut into line by lush leaves in the deep of Mayalibit Bay forest in Waigeo Island Raja Ampat Papua. Muddy wet soil under the trees after raining overnight. Demercys was anxiously in solemn sat upon crumpled tree-trunk.   Step away from where Demercys sat, a small shack shelter crowded with people. Bended over their knees and silently hold their breath. Curiously waiting to oversee the magnificent, Red Wilson's bird of paradi...

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