Anchored tenuously in the deep Indian Ocean, this giant island is still as wild and unpredictable as the Victorian-era jungle-seekers dreamed. Sumatra (also spelled Sumatera) is an island in western Indonesia, westernmost of the Sunda Islands. It is the largest island entirely in Indonesia (two larger islands, Borneo and Papua, are shared between Indonesia and other countries), and the sixth largest island in the world (approximately 470,000 km²).
Sumatra was known in ancient times by the Sanskrit names of Swarnadwīpa ("Island of Gold") and Swarnabhūmi ("Land of Gold"), due likely to the gold deposits of the island's highlands. The first word mentioning the name of Sumatra was the name of Srivijayan Haji (king) Sumatrabhumi ("King of the land of Sumatra"), who sent an envoy to China in 1017. Arab geographers referred to the island as Lamri (Lamuri, Lambri or Ramni) in the 10-13th centuries, in reference to a kingdom near modern day Banda Aceh which was the first landfall for traders. Late in the 14th century the name Sumatra became popular, in reference to the kingdom of Samudra which was a rising power. European writers in the 19th century found that the indigenous inhabitants did not have a name for the island.
Sumatra Highlights :
Pulau Weh ( Weh Island ) - at the northwestern end of Sumatra - is a beautiful island of dense jungle, high hill-top views, palm-lined beaches and mysterious rocky coves. There is also a fresh water lake and a semi-active vulcano on the island. Nearby Rubiah island is famous for its excellent coral reefs and spectacular array of tropical fish. A great place for snorkeling and diving. There are several licensed diving schools on the island.
Gunung Leuser National Park
This is one of the largest national parks in the world, containing over 800.000 ha. of virgin rainforest. The park is home to the Orang Utan, gibbons, tigers, elephants and among the last of the Sumatran rhino. There are research facilities for the study of primates, birds and insects. It is possible to raft down the Sungai Alas river from Ketambe to the Indian Ocean on a 4-5 day expedition. Your journey takes you through exciting white-water rapids to the calmer, crocodile-infested waters of the low-lands.
The Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center where formerly captive apes are re-introduced into the wild. One of the most popular tourist destinations in North-Sumatra.
One of the largest and deepest lakes in Southeast Asia . In the middle Samosir island. Toba has developed into a full-featured highland resort while retaining the rustic charm and relaxed ambiance that define Toba's attraction.
The heart of the highlands, Bukittinggi is a pleasant two-hour drive from the West-Sumatra provincial capital of Padang through the gorgeous Anai Valley up to the Agam Plateau. Located 930 meter above sea level, Bukittinggi (formerly called Fort De Kock by the Dutch) has a cool climate and is surrouned by three vulcanoes: Tandikat, Singgalang and Merapi. The central landmark is the town's clock tower, referred to by the locals as Jam Gadang. It's overlooks the market square, a beehive of activity. A fantastic place to do shopping in souvenir shops. Nearby Kota Gadang is renowned for its fine silver filigree and hand embroidery. On the outskirts of Bukittinggi there is a 150 meter deep canyon called Ngarai Sianok ( Sianok Canyon ).It is an incredibly winding through the bottom of the steep-walled canyon. West Sumatrans claim it is unrivalled for natural beauty in all of Indonesia .
It’s thought that the archipelago separated from Sumatra some 500,000 years ago, resulting in unique flora and fauna that sees Mentawai ranked alongside Madagascar in terms of endemic primate population. Of particular interest is siamang kerdil, a rare species of black-and-yellow monkey, named simpai Mentawai by the locals. A famous place for Adventure, Relaxing, Diving / Snorkeling.
Cubadak is of volcanic origin, has an area of 15 square km, is uninhabited except for a few isolated fishermen's huts, and is completely covered by a native rainforest. Many kinds of birds and bigger animals live in this forest: hornbills, king fishers, monkeys, monitor lizards, dears, wild boars and many others. Excursions and walks within Cubadak’s forest provide fascinating experiences. Cubadak is completely surrounded by a coral reef and in the sea live innumerable varieties of coloured reef fishes. As the distance between the island and Sumatra is only a few miles, the sea bordering our Village is sheltered and completely free of waves which facilitates the practice of water sports.
A crater lake, its scenery rivals Lake Toba on a smaller scale. One of West Sumatra 's most famous sights. There are facilities for swimming, water skiing and a good selection of hotels and restaurants. The village of Matur , overlooking the lake, arranges dance performances on request. Another ideal place for recreation - 36 km from Bukittinggi - is Lake Singkarak, the longest in West Sumatra .
Kerinci-Seblat National Park
Home to rhino's, tigers, elephants, bears and orang-utans, the Kerinci sprawls across four provinces, making it Sumatra 's largest national park. The scenery is magnificent, dominated by volcanic cones including the highest peak in Western Indonesia Mount Kerici. Lake Kerinci is the best place to sight the park's famous bird life.
Best Offer on Sumatera Tour
North Sumatra : ORANG UTAN TOURS (Suggested Private Tours )
* IGA-401: Gunung Leuser National Park / Visit Orangutan : 3 Days / 2 Nights
* IGA-402: Elephants & Orangutan Tours : 4 Days / 3 Nights
* IGA-403: Bukit Lawang Trekking Tour : 5 Days / 4 Nights
North Sumatra : LAKE TOBA TOUR (Suggested Private Tours )
* IGA-405: Brastagi - Lake Toba Classic Tour : 4 Days / 3 Nights
* IGA-406: Medan - Brastagi - Lake Toba Tour : 5 Days / 4 Nights (First Choice)
* IGA-407: Medan - Bukit Lawang - Brastagi - Lake Toba Tour: 5 Days / 4 Nights
* IGA-408: Medan - Bukit Lawang - Brastagi - Lake Toba Tour : 6 Days / 5 Nights
North Sumatra : White Water Rafting (Adventure)
* IGA-416: Medan - Adventure Bingei Rafting Tour: 3 Days / 2 Nights
* IGA-417: Orangutan– Wampu River Rafting Tour : 4 Days / 3 Nights
* IGA-418: Brastagi - Lake Toba Tour (Bingei River Rafting Included) : 6 Days / 5 Nights
* IGA-419: Medan - Bukit Lawang - Brastagi - Lake Toba Tour : 7 Days / 6 Nights
North & West Sumatra : TRANS SUMATRA OVERLAND (Adventure)
* IGA-421: North - West Sumatra Overland Tour : 7 Days / 6 Nights
* IGA-422: North - West Sumatra Overland Tour : 8 Days / 7 Nights
* IGA-423: North - West Sumatra Overland Tour (Sawahlunto Included) : 9 Days / 8 Nights
* IGA-424: North - West Sumatra Overland Tour : 11 Days / 10 Nights
* IGA-425: North - West Sumatra Overland Tour (Rafting Included) : 12 Days / 11 Nights
* IGA-426: Trans Sumatra Package Tour (Medan, Nias, Bukit Tinggi) : 12 Days / 11 Nights
* IGA-427: Trans Sumatra Package Tour (Kerinci National Park Included) : 13 Days / 12 Nights
* IGA-428: Sumatra Exotic Overland Package Tour : 14 Days / 13 Nights
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