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NOvember 2010

PULA U M A C AN By Avery Hockett

Awaiting Tranquility Excitement escaped  of  the  bus  as  we  stepped  off  onto  the  moist  pavement.  I   catch  a  whiff  of  the  familiar  Jakarta  street  stench.  Garbage  lies  upon  the  tiny   sidewalk.  The  small  group  consisting  of  9  JIS  students  makes  their  way  to  the   small  charter  boat  to  make  our  journey  to  the  much  anticipated  island  of  Pulau   Macan.  Screams  pierced  ears  as  they  escaped  the  small  cabin  inside  the  little   boat.  Bodies  flew  from  side  to  side,  toppling  over  each  other  onto  the  ground.   Life  jackets  were  passed  out  along  with  reassuring  comments  from  guides.  The  boat   crashed  against  the  dark  blue  waves  which  were  increasingly  blooming  and  rising  it  up   and  colliding  with  the  subsequent  incoming  waves.  Focusing  on  the  horizon  to  avoid  sea   sickness,  buckets  sat  beneath  hung  heads.  Waves  approached  the  boat  leaving  water  to   burst  up  soaking  everyone  nearby.  Reality  check.    Is  this  really  part  of  your  ideal   destination  getaway?  I  know  it  wasn’t  mine.  Waves  began  to   mellow,  bodies  commence  to  loosen,  and  sighs  were   established.  The  clouds  detached  from  each  other  slowly   vanishing  allowing  the  blinding  sun  to  be  exposed.  The  bow   of  the  boat  hit  the  crystal  clear  ocean  of  Pulau  Macan.   Pulau  Macan  is  part  of  the  well  known  thousand  islands  of   Indonesia.  It  is  a  wonderful  destination  for  all  types  of   travelers.  Whether  you  like  to  chill,  relax  and  just  do  nothing  

“The two gorgeous islands upon which we have built this paradise exemplify the best of tropical living while introducing modern eco technologies and comforts. The natural environment is stunning and features white sandy beaches, aquamarine waters, colorful corals, playful fish, and lush tropical vegetation.” www.pulaumacan.com

at all  or  get  into  your  adventurous  active  side,  Pulau  Macan   is  the  place  to  do  it  all.  Pulau  Macan  also  known  as  Tiger  

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PUL AU M A C A N Island offers  various  activities  to  make   your  trip  more  enjoyable  and  fun  filled.   A  volleyball-­‐badminton  net  is  set  up   above  sand  for  the  family  friendly   competition  while   beach  soccer,  boating,   kayaking,  rubber   rafting,  visits  to  the   neighboring  islands  by   small  ferry,  swimming   in  the  warm  ocean,  diving,  and  also   snorkeling.  The  underwater  life  around   Pulau  Macan  is  amazing  consisting  of   beautiful  fish,  coral,  friendly  stingrays  

The Story of the Island My nickname is Drigo, and I coordinate the development of these two islands. When I first came across these islands in 2004 I discovered a simple but beautiful place.  It was a private island back then, owned by an Indonesian family, and looked after by a German friend of mine and his family, who had lived in Indonesia for many years.  I fell in love with the islands and was invited to help look after them.  Eventually, my friend moved away and his parents retired in Bali, and the owners invited me to look after the place full time.  It was then that I decided to evolve the islands into a small-scale eco resort and apply the concept of an eco-village.

and jellyfish  and  beaming  blue  starfish.     If  you’re  just  looking  for  a  relaxing   getaway  vacation  filled  with  nothing   but  tranquility  and  “getting  your  tan   on”  then  Pulau  Macan  can  also  make   your  desires  possible.  The  white  sand   and  docks  are  a  great  place  to  lay  out   your  lawn  chair  or  beach  towel  and  read   or  simply  enjoy  the  sun  coming  down  on   you.   Food  is  never  a  worry  on  Tiger  Island.   The  island  accompanied  by  a  small   friendly  staff  prepares  a  breakfast,  lunch   and  dinner  buffet  for  all  guests  to  enjoy  

I was born and raised in Indonesia and have a deep love and passion for this country. I carry an American passport, I am European by background, and in my heart I am Indonesian.  I was educated at Jakarta International School and later at Pomona College in California – apparently two of the best educational institutions in the world – but I found myself years later missing a big chunk of what’s really important.  http://www.pulaumacan.com/founder.htm

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PUL AU M A C A N during their  visit.  Also,  a  small  snack   shack  is  filled  with  small  snacks  and   drinks  to  satisfy  for  mid-­‐day  munchies.   Each  boat  is  equipped  with  lifejackets   as  well  as  a  small  crew  and  sailor.   Pulau  Macan  can  be  visited  all  year   round  although  it  is  preferred  during   the  dry  season.  The  earlier  departed  in   the  morning  the  more  enjoyable  the   boat  ride  as  by  mid  afternoon  the   waves  tend  to  get  a  bit  choppier.   Pulau  Macan  is  an  amazing  place  to   spend  your  holiday,  weekend,  or  any   time  you  want  to  relax!

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PUL AU M A C A N Where to stay in Pulau Macan

Laying in your little hut with the sound of the ocean crashing to the shore , The cabins  at  Pulau  Macan  are  simple  structures  with  a   comfortable  style.    From  “back  to  nature”  sleeping  in   huts  or  basic  tents,  to  the  tropical  island  suite  on  stilts   with  spacious  rooms.  Each  option  is  outfitted  with  a   comfortable  mattress,  top  and  bottom  sheets,   pillows,  and  a  “Dutch  wife”  pillow.  Water  and  light   snacks  are  near  at  hand,  as  are  incense  and  candles.  All   this  luxury  is  included  in  a  weekend  package  ranging   from  800,000-­‐100,000,000  RP.  

Traveling to Pulau Macan Pulau Macan  is  an  easy  destination  to  reach.  If  leaving  from   Jakarta,  all  that’s  needed  is  an  arranged  ride  to  Ancol  Marina  Pademangan  where  you  will  transport  onto  a  boat  of  your   choice.  It  only  takes  about  80  min  from  Jakarta  marina  to  reach  the  Tiger  Island  depending  on  the  weather  and  the  way  of   the  current  and  winds.  Speed  boats  or  Charter  boats/yachts  are   available  for  use  to  the  island  for  varying  price.  Speed  boats   range  from  RP  500,000-­‐600,000  per  person  for  a  round  trip   while  charter  boats  can  cost  from  RP  600,000  to  1,000,000   depending  on  the  size  of  the  boat.

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