National Park Activities

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Camping is allowed in all of the national parks. The parks only provide locations for camping the limited equipment. Visitors in groups may bring their own equipment. Generally, the camping grounds are situated inside the forest areas, though some are on beaches, such as in Alas Purwo National Park, Karimunjawa National Park, and Wakatobi National Park.

In Alas Purwo National Park, camping facilities are available in the form of a 2m x 2m bamboo platform covered the mosquito net. The experience of camping within earshot of thundering waves and a chorus of birds, while enjoying freshly-caught barbecued fish, is unforgettable, and at certain times of the year, particularly in October, you can watch world-class surfers showing off on the waves.

One of the best reasons to climb a mountain is to marvel at the spectacular views from its peak-thick forests, winding rivers, towns and villages. Mountain climbing is available in several national parks: Gunung Leuser, Bukit Barisan Selatan, Kerinci Seblat, Bukit Tigapuluh, Gunung Gede-Pangrango, Gunung Halimun, Meru Betiri, Bromo Tengger Semeru, Baluran, Gunung Palung, Bukit Baka-Bukit Raya, Kayan Mentarang, Bogani Nani Wartabone, Manusela, and Lorentz.

Several national parks have climbing trails that could be categorized as hazardous; it is recommended that all climbers seek information on such routes from the national park staff, and request a guide.

Bunaken National Park , North Sulawesi , is well-known worldwide for its beautiful marine park, where a huge diversity of coral, fish and other marine species can be seen. In fact, there are many other national parks and recreation parks with marine treasures as beautiful as Bunaken, which are, as yet, relatively unknown.

In general, the feature that distinguishes diving/snorkeling locations in national parks from those of other areas is that the divers are not only able to witness a diversity of coral, fish, sea grass, algae, whale, and turtle species, among others, but they can also catch a glimpse of special attractions such as birds or animals coming down to the beach to sip salty sea water These divers usually make the most of their non-diving time by observing the wildlife and such natural phenomena in the

Diving/snorkeling is available in Siberut, Ujung Kulon, Kepulauan Seribu, Karimunjawa, Baluran, Bali Barat, Alas Purwo, Komodo, Bunaken, Taka Bonerate, Wakatobi, and Teluk Cendrawasih National Parks .

At present, rafting can be mainly found in Gunung Leuser, Bukit Tigapuluh, Gunung Halimun, Kerinci Seblat, Bukit Baka-Bukit Raya, Betung Kerihun, Kayan Mentarang, and Manusela National Parks .

The Kapuas river that flows through the Betung Kerihun National Park is the fifth longest river in the world, and it has rapids with hardship levels III to V, while the rapids on the Kayan river (Kayan Mentarang National Park) are regarded by world-class rafting enthusiasts as very dangerous, making it the perfect place for professional rafters to test their skills.

Visitors to Meru Betiri National Park can enjoy windsurfing, whereas wave surfing is only possible in Ujung Kulon National Park and Alas Purwo National Park . World-class surfers are more familiar with Plengkung in Alas Purwo National Park by the name of “G-Land”. Plengkung's claim to fame is its long waves of up to 2 km, 6-10 feet high, with many waves consisting of six layers. One of the best surfing locations in the world, Plengkung challenges surfers to use the so-called "left-handed" technique.

Taking a marine tour in national parks is a fascinating experience, especially for international tourists who can get an insight into different cultures as well as enjoying the sea, sand, sun, and wildlife. Typical beach activities like sunbathing on white sand beaches, swimming in crystal clear water, walking along the beach, sea fishing, playing beach volleyball, biking, and rowing can be enjoyed in the National Parks of Bukit Barisan Selatan, Siberut, Ujung Kulon, Kepulauan Seribu, Karimunjawa, Alas Purwo, Baluran, Bali Barat, Komodo, Bunaken, Taka Bonerate, Wakatobi, and Teluk Cendrawasih.

Visitors can paddle along the rivers by longboat or rubber raft while enjoying the beauty of the forests. If they are they may catch the shrill cry of an orangutan. Most every national park is traversed by tens of rivers, small and large, and in Kalimantan 's national parks such rivers form the principal transport routes, even those heading for the national park areas. River trips by longboat or inflatable craft are available in Kerinci Seblat, Way Kambas, Ujung Kulon, Kayan Mentarang, Betung Kerihun, Gunung Palung, Bukit Baka-Bukit Raya, Wasur, and Lorentz National Parks .

Energetic visitors can row boats on the lakes or in the bays of Bukit Barisan Selatan, Kerinci Seblat, Gunung Gede-Pangrango, Bromo Tengger Semeru, Baluran, Meru Betiri, Alas Purwo, and Lore Lindu National Parks.

Exploring the forest can be a real adventure, challenging visitors to test their self-reliance and survival skills. Generally, the forest areas of national parks are tropical forests which are still relatively natural. Most mountaineers pass through these forests on their way to the peaks.

The fauna of national parks are generally endangered and protected animals, Of these, some are relatively easily seen and heard, b others are much more elusive. The animals that are relatively hard to see usually inhabit the core zones of the national parks. A good pair of binoculars is usually required when watching wildlife; some visitors use video or t cameras to immortalize the moment. Observing animals requires certain amount of boldness and a great deal of patience.
Some of the animal species with interesting behavior, and which are relatively easily seen and heard, are listed below.

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