Francesco Ricciardi

Francesco Ricciardi is a freelance photographer and journalist based in Bali. PhD in Marine Biology and diving instructor, he uses his camera to uncover the wonders of the Indonesian marine and terrestrial wildlife. His website: www.francescoricciardi.com

Simeulue Island, a Decade After the Tsunami and Nature Reminds Us Still

26 December, 2004, 10 years ago this Boxing Day, was a day of unbelievable violence, when nature decided to wake up with an unforgettable result. That day, a giant...

(C) SOCP - Gabriella Fredriksson

The Batang Toru Forest: A Home to Endangered Animals

Deforestation in Sumatra is reaching dramatic levels, with more that 45% of the tropical rainforest cleared in the last 20 years. Only a few areas remain, resisting...

Dolphins

Dolphin Watching Tours in Lovina

Wildlife tourism, in particular dolphin and whale watching, has doubled worldwide in the last decade. Since the 1980s, in Lovina (north Bali) local fishermen bring...

Surabaya Zoo Animals

The Surabaya Zoo: “The Zoo of Death”

A Concentration Camp for Animals Even in optimal conditions, zoological gardens, or ‘zoos’, are often golden jails for the imprisoned animals. When the conditions...

Shark

Shark Attack!

Back in 1975, Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” movie became one of the most successful motion pictures of all time. Leveraging on the people’s ancestral fear of big...

Finding Nemo (in Bali)

Although the famous animation film starring a young clownfish and his father took place in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Indonesia is the real Nemo Country. The...

West Manggarai and Komodo Creates 7,000 km2 Shark and Manta Ray Sanctuary

In a country where the environment is very often sacrificed in the name of “business”, finally we welcome very good news that demonstrates that in Indonesia there...

30 Places to Dive in Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago, with thousands of kilometres of coral reefs, pristine remote islands and an enormous biodiversity, is one of the world’s best destinations...

Kadidiri

Togian Islands, Central Sulawesi: True Remoteness

If you’re looking for party and nightlife, the Togian islands are not the right destination. On the contrary, if you are looking for complete isolation, silence and...

Learning to Dive in Bali – What to Do and What Not to Do

Bali is universally recognized as a top destination for divers, due to wonderful marine life and spectacular dive sites. If you are planning to start exploring the...

Diving Manta

A Ray of Hope

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that...

More Harm than Good?

An important project for the island of Lembongan is likely to lead to more harm than good. The deployment of a submarine electricity cable from Bali has resulted in...

Plastic Pollution

An Insight into Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is reaching very high levels in Bali. Almost 30 million plastic bottles are used every day and disposed of in different ways, many simply abandoned...

The Biorock Project: Coral Reef Restoration in Pemuteran

One of the biggest issues in modern Indonesia is the deterioration of coastal coral reefs, due to many factors like coastal erosion, illegal bombing or cyanide fishing,...

Education Guide 2017

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