Makepung, The Traditional Buffalo Race in Bali

Makepung (Balinese), literally means ‘chasing around’  or Kejar-kejaran in Bahasa Indonesi. It is a tradition of buffalo racing which has been passed through generations in Bali’s society, specifically in Jembrana regency and it similar to Karapan Sapi or Bull racing in Madura, East Java. It started of as race between farmers during their spare time when they were plowing the field in the harvest season. At that time, they compete to race for goals using a cart tied up to the bull which controlled by a jockey. Today, the Makepung…

Masalembu Islands – Madura

Masalembu Islands Masalembu Islands are an archipelago in the Java Sea with consist of three major islands: Masalembu Island, Masakambing Island, and the Keramaian Island. Administratively, the islands are included in the District of Masalembu, Sumenep, East Java Province. Masalembu islands are located in the northern part of Sumenep, surrounded by the waters (high seas), which is about 112 miles northeast of Kalianget Port (Sumenep Mainland). This condition causes Masalembu Islands are directly adjacent to open water (sea). The local inhabitants that live around the islands are Madura people and…

Sapanjang Island – Madura

Sapanjang Island Sapanjang is one of islands in Kangean archipelago. Sapanjang is the second largest island after Kangean island, and it located in the southeastern corner of Kangean of islands. Administratively, the island is located in the Sumenep regency, Madura, East Java, Indonesia. throughout the island there are two villages, which is Sepanjang village that are located along the western part of the island, and the Tanjung village, that located in the eastern part of the island, which is included in the Sapeken district. Sepanjang island is kind of unique…

Sapangkor Besar Island

Sapangkor Besar Island Sapangkor Besar island is one of islands in Kangean archipelago. It administratively located in Sumenep regency, Madura, East Java, and lies between Sapangkor Kecil in the west, Saur island in the east, Paliat island in south and Bali island in north. Sapangkor Besar is such a rich and fertile island, which all of the nature sources are available like agriculture, plantation, salt works, forest, and fisheries. The nearest island to this Sepangkor Besar is Sepangkor Kecil, and we can cross by using small boat or even by…

Mamburit Island, Madura

Mamburit Island Mamburit island is one of islands in Kangean archipelago and it administratively located in Sumenep regency, Madura, East Java. Mamburit Island is located on the western side of Kangean island and it lies for about 500 M and an approximately length of 1,000 M for which on the north coast is having 1 km in length. There is a lighthouse in the island, and it can be reach during the sunset to see a dramatic nuance of the twilight. The island has a population of approximately 1,000 people,…

Pagerungan Besar Island – Madura

Pagerungan Besar Pagerungan beasar is one of the islands in Kangean islands group. The island is located at the east of Pagerungan Kecil island. Administratively, the island is located in the Sumenep, East Java, Indonesia. Pagerungan Besar Island is such a remote island that located within 60 Miles of Bali island. From the historical records, Pagerungan island had been invented and populated since the early 1910s. But now the island has been etched in the history of oil in Indonesia as a natural gas-producing region. Until now many oil companies…

Kangean Islands, Madura Strait

Kangean Islands Kangean Islands is a group of islands which is located at the most eastern island of Madura, Java Sea. There are 60 Islands altogether with 6 inhabited, forming an archipelago that is part of Indonesia covering a total space of 668 square km. They are located in the Java Sea approximately 120 km (75 mi) north of Bali and 120 km east of Madura Island. The islands are administratively a part of Sumenep Regency within East Java province. The largest island, at about 490 km², is Kangean Island.…

Saebus Island, Kangean Archipelago

Saebus Island Pulau Saebus is an island in Kangean archipelago, and it administratively located in Sumenep Regency, Madura, East Java, Indonesia. The nearest places to Pulau Saebus are Pulau Saur (6 km west), Pulau Bangkan (6 km north), Pulau Sasiil (7 km east), and Sapeken (9 km north). Saebus island is having magnificent sea world, with the Anemone kingdom that can be seen in sloping sea. To reach Saebus island, it can be start from Surabaya to Madura and crossing to Kangean islands. It can also be start from Bali…

Gili Labak – Madura

Gili Labak Gili Labak is a small island that located in southeast side of Puteran island, the capital city of Puteran island or Madura island. Administratively, this island is in Talango sub-district, Sumenep regency, East Java. This small island is covered only 5 hectare and there are 35 families live in this island. For those who visit this island can explore the whole island for only 15 minutes over the beach. The inhabitants are living by sea products for the land is not that fertile to be planted. To reach…