Knights on horseback and sea worms feature in Sumba Pasola festival

One of the southern most islands of the Indonesian archipelago is Sumba, or Sandalwood island. A member of the Lesser Sunda group of islands South of Flores and Sumbawa in the past its prime exports were slaves, horses, sandalwood and Ikat, hand dyed weavings, which it exported to the main Indonesian island of Java. These […]

Former penal colony is holiday hot spot

While many find Lombok a pleasingly sedate change to the commercialism of Bali, the smaller Gili’s located off Lombok’s coast are also garnering an increasing number of foreign and local tourists. Whereas once the island’s visitors primarily comprised backpackers on worldly expeditions, today the island attracts a broad cross-section of visitors lured by the islands sandy beaches, excellent snorkeling and diving and deep cyan blue waters.

Gili Meno the honeymoon island… a perfect place for you, or two

To most people the notion of a tropical island conjures up images of sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, small clusters of bungalows nestled amongst towering coconut tree’s swaying in the wind and small alcoves where it is possible to spend time with someone special free of interruption. Gili Meno is a great place to go “if you want to imitate Blue Lagoon, Swiss Family Robinson (sans tree-house) or Robinson Caruso.

Women Bear Brunt Of Asian Economic Crisis

Women have been hardest hit by Asia’s economic crisis, according to the annual economic survey by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It is estimated that women, who formed 90 per cent of the textiles and electronics industries, represent 80 per cent of the unskilled labourers who have been retrenched.