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Yacht travelers to visit orangutans at Tanjung Puting National Park

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, September 3, 2018  /  06:38 pm
Yacht travelers to visit orangutans at Tanjung Puting National Park

An orangutan in the branches above a feeding station at Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan. (Shutterstock/File)

Up to 70 yachts will reportedly pay a visit to Kumai port in West Kotawaringin regency, Central Kalimantan.

The yachts will bring the participants of the 2018 Wonderful Sail to Indonesia yacht rally when they arrive on Oct. 7 and stay until Oct. 10.

During their trip in Kumai, the participants will explore Tanjung Puting National Park and meet its most famous residents, the orangutans. The visitors, coming from several different countries, will also visit the locations of orangutan research centers, namely Camp Prof. Dr. Birute Galdikas and Camp Leakey.

Tourism Ministry marine tourism development acceleration team head Dwisuryo Indroyono Soesilo told tempo.co that the yacht rally participants had specifically requested to visit Tanjung Puting during their journey.

"Prior to [the visit to Tanjung Puting National Park], they also explored other islands in Indonesia," said Indroyono in Jakarta on Monday.

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He added that the tourists would visit several destinations in the archipelago over a period of five months. Up to 53 islands have been chosen as the ports of call. At each of the destinations, the participants are expected to spend their money on food, merchandise and using local transportation. They will also stay at several homestays on the islands.

The Wonderful Sail to Indonesia has been claimed to be the longest sailing tour in the world, where yachts will navigate the best route, stretching up to 7,000 kilometers across Indonesia for five months between June to November.

"Wonderful Sail to Indonesia has become a prestigious sailing tour brand at the international level," said Indroyono. (kes)