The 2016 Total Solar Eclipse will occur in Indonesia on 9th March 2016, at precisely 08.58.19 West Indonesia Time. Scientists agree that this exceptional and extraordinary phenomenon will be best visible in Indonesia from a number of cities across an arch over archipelago These cities include : Palembang and Tanjung Pandan (on Sumatra) , Palangkaraya, Balikpapan (in Kalimantan) Palu (Central Sulawesi) , Ternate (North Maluku) , and Sofifi (Papua)
The news has attracted global "eclipse hunters" from multiple backgrounds, astronomers, enthusiasts, photographers, and scientists, to the general public to make early plans from and arrange trips following the path of the eclipse in Indonesia. A number of international tour operators have already made Total Solar Eclipse tour packages to Indonesia, among whom are Astro Trails and Telescope.
Indonesia's shipping company, PT.PELNI reported that there are now already at least 4 cruise ships who have registered to cross Indonesian waters during the specific dates, which are the National Graphic's Orion Cruise, Caledonian Cruise, Coral Princess Cruise, and Peter Deilmaan Cruise. The most popular areas chosen as starting points are Banda Aceh in the Aceh Province and. Teluk Kumai, entry port to the Tanjung Puting orangutan reserve in Central Kalimantan, continuing to the Makassar Strait up north all the way to Halmahera Island in North Maluku.
"We also provide Total Solar Eclipse tour packages for tourists in Indonesia who wish to witness the extraordinary event. These are the KM Lawit (100pax) that will sail to Bangka Belitung; KM Dorolonda (300pax) and Nyapulu (200pax) that will sail to Palu; and the Dorolonda (3000pax) and Lambelu (2000pax) to sail to Ternate" explained Budi Santoso, Senior Manager of PELNI Shipping Agency, during the seminar entitled "Discover Indonesia's Solar Eclipse 2016" in Jakarta, 16th December 2014.
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