Bali is a well-known holiday destination in Indonesia with beautiful sandy beaches, volcanic mountain ranges and the West Bali National Park, home to many plant and animal species.
Like many parts of Indonesia beekeeping activities occur withApis Cerana and Apis Dorsata honeybee species and Trigona stingless bee species. Farmers venture into forest areas and harvest colonies that nest in tree branches.
Many farmers in Bali still practice traditional beekeeping methods and regularly harvest honey that’s sold locally. We support several bee centers on the Island of Bali that provide raw bee product to local businesses for their product.
Kalimantan, also known as Borneo, is characterized by the rich equatorial-rainforests due to above-average annual rainfall levels and temperatures. Borneo is the third largest island in Indonesia and one of the largest ecosystems in the world. Conditions support high levels of biodiversity.
Like many areas in Indonesia, there is a history of beekeeping farming in many local villages in Kalimantan. When travelling through the Mahakam river, you will often see large single bee combs of the Apis dorsata hanging from high in the tree branches. Honeybees in the area harvested by farmers are the Apis Dorsata, known as the giant forest bee and the Trigona stingless bee, with sightings of Apis Cerana. Considering the density of the tropical lowland rainforests these species are naturally wild and the bee comb is a rich yellow color.
We continue to explore and meet forest honey bee collectors in Kalimantan to support traditional beekeeping method.