Indonesia is known as the Emerald of the Equator and the country encompasses over 17,000 individual islands. Most of these islands have not been developed or lived on by humans. The country features some of the most unique biodiversity found anywhere in the world. The country has gained notoriety with tourists for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers. Indonesian culture is vibrant and rich, with delicious foods and impressive temples. Many of the country’s inhabitants still practice the same religions and traditions as their ancestors thousands of years ago. Bali, the most famous island in Indonesia, is a must for every world traveler’s bucket list. Beautiful beaches, historic temples, lush rice paddies, and delicious foods are just a few of the things you can experience in Bali. Further east Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago is home to some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. Many sustainability initiatives have been put forth in the area including the creation of the Raja Ampat Shark and Manta Sanctuary.
- Underwater Photography
- Wildlife watching
- Educational research
Sarinbuana Eco Lodge
Saribuana is a unique Eco lodge located in central Bali on the extinct volcano Mount Batukaru in the region of Tabanan; fondly called the rice bowl of Bali due to its productivity and rice terraces. This family operated lodge was designed with sustainability prioritized and blends seamlessly into the surrounding environment. This Eco lodge is a great retreat away from the crowds and noise experienced in other parts of Bali and the property encompasses a large area for you to explore. Take a dip in one of the onsite water holes fed by small waterfalls to cool off after participating in a free yoga class offered by the lodge. If eating organic and local is your thing, you will be sure to enjoy eating at the restaurant that uses many ingredients from Sarinbuana’s diverse organic gardens. With only 6 different room options and a maximum of 22 guests at a time, you will be sure to find peace and serenity with nature during your stay here.
Kubuku Eco Dive Lodge
Kubuku Means “little home” and this Eco Dive lodge does a fantastic job of making you feel at home while in Bali. Kubuku is located on the north-west coast of Bali and is in close proximity to world class diving and snorkel spots such as the famouse “Bio rocks”. The lodge has 14 beautiful rooms suited to meet different budgets. All rooms are situated among the mango, banana, lemon, papaya, and guava trees with mountain and garden views. For divers, the lodge offers a wide variety dives in the region including PADI certification courses. of There is an onsite spa/massage room as well as many activities such as cooking classes and yoga for guests to enjoy. The organic restaurant uses with fruits grown on lodge property as well as locally sourced food from the village market. 100% of employees have been hired from the local community and the lodge makes an effort to continue traditional Balinese dance with children in the village.
Misool Eco Resort
Mission Statement: “We seek to provide exceptional and enriching experiences in a sustainable environment, for our guests as well as our staff. We aim to protect and revitalise both our natural surroundings and the community in which we operate.” In partnership with Misool Foundation, this eco-resort has pledged to safeguard one of the the most biodiverse reefs on Earth through the empowerment of local communities, providing a structure by which they are able to reclaim their traditional tenureship of reefs. Misool was built entirely of reclaimed tropical hardwoods, milled on site with their portable sawmill. The accommodations have been meticulously designed for comfort, privacy, and sustainability. All rooms at the resort feature Balinese-style open air bathrooms, air-conditioning, fresh hot and cold showers, mini-bars stocked with treats from around the archipelago, and handcrafted furniture and fittings.