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Posted on May 17, 2017 in Indonesia, Travel |

The Indonesian Archipelago

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I recently traveled to Indonesia for my work and went to a part that I had never been to before. Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands, the exact number of which depends on the definition and sources you use. But it is safe to say that there are more than 13000 islands that make up the Indonesian Archipelago. The islands in the drone video below, are really close to Singapore. To get there, I flew into Singapore and took a ferry to Batam. This is the largest city (and also an island in itself) in the Western part of Java, near Singapore.

Many of the islands have small villages on them, some are completely uninhabited.

The friendsĀ I was visitingĀ are developing a sea cucumber business. Sea cucumbers are part of a group of animals called echinoderms. They are related to starfish and sea urchins. Apparently they are a delicacy in the Chinese culture and are also used for medicinal purposes. They are raised in shallow water pens as you will see in this video.

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Piers van der Merwe

Born in Zimbabwe, educated in Cape Town (UCT), now living in Knoxville, USA. I travel a lot for work, to a wide variety of venues that affords me the opportunity for taking interesting and varied photos. Hobbies, other than photography, include cycling and reading.

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