Karimunjawa, an Indonesian archipelago off Central Java, are still relatively undiscovered. Fishing is still the main source of income for islanders. Photo: Alamy

Off the radar, coral-fringed Indonesian islands are heaven for beach lovers, divers, and those who don’t need Wi-fi to have some fun

  • The Karimunjawa archipelago boasts pristine, near-deserted beaches and clear waters ideal for diving. They are reassuringly hard to reach, as well
  • Go beach and island hopping, or walk through mangrove forests, and wind down at the end of the day on the appropriately named Sunset Beach
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Karimunjawa, an Indonesian archipelago off Central Java, are still relatively undiscovered. Fishing is still the main source of income for islanders. Photo: Alamy
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A sun bear is offered chocolate by a visitor in its enclosure at a zoo in Bandung, Indonesia. Animal rights activists demanded the closure of the Indonesian zoo after skeletal sun bears were pictured begging for food from visitors. Photo: AFP

Animal cruelty still plagues Indonesia’s zoos despite outrage voiced on social media, and government’s pledges to do better

  • Activists say animals are underfed, kept in poor conditions and exploited for entertainment by performing circus acts for money
  • Government attempts at regulation and supervision have also fallen short so far
Topic |   Animals

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A sun bear is offered chocolate by a visitor in its enclosure at a zoo in Bandung, Indonesia. Animal rights activists demanded the closure of the Indonesian zoo after skeletal sun bears were pictured begging for food from visitors. Photo: AFP
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