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Expert Cruise Led by: Janet de Neefe
Discover the Indonesian Spice Islands with all your senses. Your sense of smell and taste will be peaked and fed as well as your sense of adventure on this exclusive eight-day culinary tour and rare look at the tiny islands that shaped a world of flavor.
Once worth their weight in gold, at one time spices were once the most sought after commodity in the world. From Asia to Europe, the demand for fiery flavor drove merchants, entrepreneurs and explorers across the globe in search for these valuable items. The more remote a source of a particular spice, the more the spice was worth, and none was so dear as the clove, mace, and nutmeg that hailed from the remotest area imaginable: the minuscule specs of land in the seas of the Moluccas, known as the Spice Islands.
It was the search for these mysterious Spice Islands that pushed European naval powers and explorers such as Magellan and Columbus and Magellan beyond their nearest shores to begin the “Age of Discovery.” Though their secret location has long been revealed, the Spice Islands remain remote and exotic as very few travelers get a chance to explore this culturally rich and historically fascinating region.
Lined with clove and nutmeg trees, the islands are as fragrant as they are beautiful, boasting dramatic volcanoes, pristine beaches, and crystal clear waters lined with teeming and vibrant coral reefs. Come follow in the footsteps of maritime explorers and quench your untamable taste buds as we indulge in all that the fragrant and fiery Spice Islands have to offer.
Adding extra flavor to this extraordinary adventure will be expert Janet de Neefe. Melbourne raised, Janet has made Bali her home since 1984. Her love of Indonesian culture and cuisine led to opening two Ubud restaurants : Casa Luna, and Indus, as well as inspiring two cookbooks: Fragrant Rice, and Bali, the Food of My Island Home.
Janet’s expertise and insight will spice up our journey with market tours, culinary workshops, and certainly many delicious regional dining experiences.
Taken from Javanese word 'adi', meaning beautiful, and 'aeng', or impressive, this plateau has stunning panorama, beautiful Hindu temples, cool weather and magnificent views of mountains hugging its flanks.
But Hindus say Dieng is from the word 'Dihyang', meaning heaven, and cite the presence of temples in the area. The temples are still used as places of worship.
Dieng is located 26 kms north of Wonosobo and 2,093 meters above sea level. Average temperature ranging from 10 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius. In the south, Prau Mountain is part of the Wonosobo area while Bandongan village at the foot of Sumbing Mountain is in Magelang regency. The plateau is also surrounded by other mountains, including Bismo and Rogojembangan, in Banjarnegara. The Pendawa Lima temples are found on the slope of the mountain, are also said to be major evidence of the dawning of civilization in Java. The temples were built in about the 8th century during the Sanjaya Dynasty era.
[codepeople-post-map]What to see Jalatunda Well A not active crater fills with rain water. Jalatunda seem like a large well with diameter more than 100 m. Local people believe, someone who can throw a stone beyond the crater will reach their entire wish. Candradimuka Crater This crater is not volcanic crater but a land rupture. There are 2 crater but its only one crater that still active. The crater constantly roars. Sileri Crater Sileri is the widest crater in Dieng and spurt milky water like water being used to wash rice before cook; Javanese people call it ‘leri’, so people near Dieng named this crater Sileri Crater.
Dieng Temple Complex Dieng temple complex was discovered in 1814 by the Netherlands’ H.C. Cornelus. It consists of four different groups of temples that are all named after the characters of the Mahabharata epics. They are Dwarawati and Parikesit Temples in the north; Arjuna, Semar, Sembodro, Puntadewa, and Srikandi Temples in the center; and Dwarawati Kidul, Abiyasa, and Pandu Temples in the east. The other group includes Setyaki, Ontorejo, Petruk, Nala Gareng, and Nakula-Sadewa Temples. Visitor can find other interesting archeological site and statue in the Museum near Gatotkaca Temple.Merdada Lake Merdada Lake was a volcanic crater and the widest lake in Dieng Plateau, it’s about 25 Ha. A agricultural development center is built near the lake.
Sikidang Crater Named from Javanese word ‘kidang’ or baby deer because the activity of the crater seems like a baby deer that jumping around, running and moving. This crater spurt high temperature water and mud.Tuk Bimo Lukar A fountain dripping clear water in a natural bathing spring considered as holy is the origin of Serayu River.
Telaga Manjer Manjer lake is popular for weekend family picnics. The lake is 54 m deep and 79 hectares large, surrounded by green mountains. The location is 12 km from Wonosobo, in the sub-district of Garung.
Telaga Warna Telaga Warna, a lake reflecting various colors from its basin. In addition, Telaga Pengilon (or Mirror Lake) is believed to be a place where a princess from the Hindu Mataram Kingdom used to gaze. Near the lake at Sikendil Hill in Jojogan village, visitor can view Dieng plateau from Dieng Plateau Theater.