Indonesia - Soul Journals

An exciting follow up to Bali Soul Journals, author Clare McAlaney now begins to stretch into wild Indonesia, beginning with Borneo, West Kalimantan and the Karimata Archipelago just four hours from Pontianak. Photography - Clare McAlaney Visit Bali Soul Journals @ www.balisouljournals.com Photographs copyright
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On Pulau Karimata there are untouched beaches such as this, where the water is warm and locals are friendly.  Hint: the island is Muslim, so please do not drink alcohol while being hosted by the gentle and welcoming hosts.

On Pulau Karimata there are untouched beaches such as this, where the water is warm and locals are friendly. Hint: the island is Muslim, so please do not drink alcohol while being hosted by the gentle and welcoming hosts.

Rising at dawn is worth it - Pulau Karimata, Borneo

Rising at dawn is worth it - Pulau Karimata, Borneo

Dip your feet in the cool waters, your trail follows this stream all the way up the mountain, singing a forest song.

Dip your feet in the cool waters, your trail follows this stream all the way up the mountain, singing a forest song.

Waterfalls are breathtaking in Gunung Palung, part of Indonesia's oldest rain forest.

Waterfalls are breathtaking in Gunung Palung, part of Indonesia's oldest rain forest.

At the foothills of the mountains, rice paddies stretch into the edges of the forest.  There is a transmigrant Balinese community, displaced in 1963 after the eruption of Mt Agung.  They still celebrate Hindu ceremonies and a local farmer told us he felt they had brought balance to the area.

At the foothills of the mountains, rice paddies stretch into the edges of the forest. There is a transmigrant Balinese community, displaced in 1963 after the eruption of Mt Agung. They still celebrate Hindu ceremonies and a local farmer told us he felt they had brought balance to the area.

Legacy of years of damage, timber mills still line the rivers.  Local authorities are ever on the alert for illegal logging.

Legacy of years of damage, timber mills still line the rivers. Local authorities are ever on the alert for illegal logging.

People-watching.  Homes in West Kalimantan are simple, either concrete or timber, mostly on stilts.

Homes in West Kalimantan are simple, either concrete or timber, mostly on stilts.

Colours surround you, the water is clear and the air fresh.

Colours surround you, the water is clear and the air fresh.

The rivers of West Kalimantan stretch for literally miles, a complex tapestry of waterways.  Fishing pontoons dot them, stark beauty in a now almost unfrequented system.

The rivers of West Kalimantan stretch for literally miles, a complex tapestry of waterways. Fishing pontoons dot them, stark beauty in a now almost unfrequented system.

We stopped in Pontianak before making our way by boat the next day to Sukadana.  This gorgeous local resort has elevated villas, reflective of the housing style of the region.

We stopped in Pontianak before making our way by boat the next day to Sukadana. This gorgeous local resort has elevated villas, reflective of the housing style of the region.

On the edge of the jungle, there has been fire and logging, destroying the home of the orang-utans.  ASRI Foundation work with local villages and now, planting is making a new corridor to expand their home.

On the edge of the jungle, there has been fire and logging, destroying the home of the orang-utans. ASRI Foundation work with local villages and now, planting is making a new corridor to expand their home.

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