Responsible tourism: Indonesia adventure holiday, Java to Bali
On tour, we visit several places of natural beauty such as the caves at Goa Pindul, Mount Bromo, Madakaripura Waterfall and Ijen Crater. These attractions are protected by the local government and local people are employed to maintain them for future visitors. Sukamade turtle beach has limited access and facilities in order to protect the area and its turtles.
We explore the country, not only in vehicles but also by train, on horseback, and on foot, this not only adds to the adventure, but reduces the carbon footprint of the tour.
Our local partners play an active role in maintaining the environment, not only taking away all rubbish to be disposed of, but also collecting rubbish left behind by other visitors. If visitors wish to participate, they are provided with a reusable bag to collect rubbish in, which is returned to the guide at the end of the day for recycling.
On tour, we visit places of art and cultural heritage such as Borobudur temple, Prambanan Temple, Sultan Palace and Water Castle. Money from visitorís donations and entry fees goes towards preserving and maintaining these places with the involvement of local people.
We visit the Sultan Palace of Yogyakarta where visitors have the opportunity to learn about the way of life of Javanese people. The palace was more than just a place of residence for royalty. It was a focal point of the entire kingdom and today is a place of living history and tradition which continues to be used as a home of the Sultan as well as for other ceremonial functions.
Where meals are included, we visit locally owned restaurants serving Indonesian food. We also visit an organic farm in Uubd which is managed and owned by local people in the community. By visiting such places, we ensure that the communities visited benefit from tourism.
Guides and other staff are hired locally. We only use and hire equipment and suppliers locally. For example we hire 4WD jeeps in Bromo and Ijen from the local community in these areas and in Bromo we also hire the horses for riding from local people and we pay directly to all concerned.