The Man Who Sleeps In A Volcano

Let’s say that every day you walk to work carrying two men on your back On the way you hike up a mountain prone to landslides and toxic wildfires You pass tourists who take photos of your torment When you arrive at the office your boss hands you USD10 for your efforts He says go back and bring me two more men tomorrow You agree because if you don’t your family will starve Beaten and weary that night you sleep at...

Photo essays

Incredible treetop shot of Bornean Orangutan wins top prize for “Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016”

We’ve seen some pretty spectacular award-winning shots of Indonesia’s orangutans before, but never one quite like this Veteran American wildlife photographer Tim Laman just...

Incredible treetop shot of Bornean Orangutan wins top prize for “Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016”

Amazing before-and-after photos show the crazy amount of trash that has been cleaned out of Jakarta’s rivers

There is plenty to criticize about the Jakarta Government’s handling of the problems plaguing our city But one area where the government has been doing great work recently is in...

Picture Perfect: The 15 most “Instagram-worthy” spots in Jakarta 

Few people would describe Jakarta as a city filled with beautiful spots to take gorgeous pictures, but there are plenty of those places out there - you just need to know...

Picture Perfect: The 15 most “Instagram-worthy” spots in Jakarta 

Leuser, one of the world’s last greatest ecosystems, just got a breath of hope with a mining and palm oil moratorium (MULTIMEDIA)

People call it “the last place on earth”: the spectacularly vibrant and lush Leuser Ecosystem is the world’s only remaining swath of rainforest where elephants,...

Leuser, one of the world’s last greatest ecosystems, just got a breath of hope with a mining and palm oil moratorium (MULTIMEDIA)

Little Ahok: Old photos of the governor show he was not to be messed with, even as a child

In case you’re not aware of this already, we here at Coconuts Jakarta appreciate having a no-nonsense and quotable governor like Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama to lead our...

Little Ahok: Old photos of the governor show he was not to be messed with, even as a child

Photo Essay: Fishing for a bit of hope in Kalimantan’s toxic haze

The fishermen of the Tumbang Nusa village haven't been able to fish for over a month because of the haze On Wednesday morning, for the first time in a long time, sunshine...

Photo Essay: Fishing for a bit of hope in Kalimantan’s toxic haze

​Dramatic before-and-after photos of the haze in Sumatra

Before and after the haze All photos courtesy of Luke Mackin We know our neighbors in Singapore and Malaysia are not too happy with Indonesia at the moment due to the clouds of...

​Dramatic before-and-after photos of the haze in Sumatra

The Fires of Sumatra (in 10 dramatic photos)

A fire burns near trees in a peatland area on the outskirts of Palembang on Indonesia's Sumatra island, September 9, 2015 The thick haze from Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan...

The Fires of Sumatra (in 10 dramatic photos)

Photographer captures moving portraits of transgender Muslims observing Ramadan (Photo Essay)

  View image | gettyimagescom Although there are an estimated 7 million transgender individuals in Indonesia, they are rarely allowed to live and work...

Coconuts Jakarta Photo essays

They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words, so a bunch of pictures put together to tell a story is practically a novel. There are so many incredible and unbelievable things to see in Jakarta and Indonesia, and the only way to really showcase them properly is with a good photo essay.