Sunday, July 6, 2008


Above picture shows the view from our newly built birdnest house. Our recreational resort, Jungkat Beach, covers total area of approximately 10 ha and surrounded by paddy field.

Facing the estuary of Kapuas River; the longest river in Indonesia; is the man-made lake with many water games such as mini boats and water cycling duck.

Behind the lake, it is the restaurant which serves combination of seafood and other local dishes. Apart of being favourite get away spot for the Pontianak city residents, Jungkat Beach is always packed with the tourists from the neighbourhood towns.


View to the Lake from Inside Restaurant

Swiftlet bird (known as 'Walet' in Indonesia) farming is one of the fastest growing businesses in the area. On 2006, it was estimated there are 111 of Swiftlet houses in Pontianak city alone and the number is growing quickly.

Generally, bird nest product from Borneo is of high quality and suitable for export purpose.

Not long after the resort was completed, we noticed that our place has become favourite spot for the swiftlets. In the afternoon, you can always see hundreds of them hovering on the sky and our restaurant.

Last year, we decided to give this business a try. We just completed one house at the end of February 2008. In just 4 months of operation, there are at least 50 nests in the house. For those who are familiar with the farming, this number is certainly encouraging.

Now on the 9th month of operation, our bird nest count hits 200 nests and is considered one of the best performer in the region.

Our Newly Built Swallow House

After careful investigation and study, there few aspects that make our area suitable for farming.
  • Our region is the main feeding ground for the swallow birds. Features such as paddy field, coconut and other tropical trees are the native environment for the swiftlets which live in flocks along the seaside and consume the wild insects.

  • High population of the swiftlets nearby, meaning the original habitat is within close vicinity. We belive this is a significant aspect in choosing the right location for farming. Swiftlets live in colonies and they don't travel too far from the natural habitat unless their 'homes' are disturbed. Generally, those birds that decide to stay in the man-made house are the younger generation. Having no other competitors inside our resort area is another advantage.

  • The creation of the 1 ha man-made lake has turned into the drinking and playing pond for the swiftlets. They like to dive onto the water surface to either catch food, drink or even let their feathers wet to bring home water for their babies. You can spot them generally early in the morning.

  • Having our area way outside the city region is another benefit for ensuring long term investment. On 25 November 1996, Local Government Regulation no. 13 was issued (or 'Perda Kota Pontianak Nomor 13 Tahun 1996'). It outlines a set of regulation in carrying out swiftlet farming inside Pontianak city. One of the rule mentions the must for the bird house to be approximately 2 to 5 km from residential area and forbids its presence in the CBD. It also basically forbids any new bird house farming to be carried out inside the city as it is already packed with residential area. In addition, our area is far away from any residential house which ensures no disturbance to the nearby neighbours.

Other supporting infrastructure that is available on site such as:

  • Well-maintained rural highway which connect the capital city, Pontianak to Jungkat town allowing travel time of less than half an hour by car or approximately 19km.

  • Our resort, Jungkat Beach, is fully equipped with all necessary supporting facilities such as electricity line, water supply and has mobile coverage in most area.

Entrance to Jungkat Beach

Inside Jungkat Beach
  • The resort boundary is properly secured by the fence made of blockwall and we have 24hr security on site.


Our long term strategy is to convert the area usage from recreational resort to swiftlet farming exclusively. We stand on our view that the business is viable for at least another 10-15 years. Increase in the demand and the price has made the birdness business more lucrative than ever.

Following are the direct quote from one of the local website in malaysia:

Date of news: 31/03/2008 "A kilogram of unprocessed white edible birds nest was priced at between RM4,500 and RM6,000 in 2006, while its processed version fetches retail prices of RM15,000 to RM25,000 in Hong Kong and China.

World consumption of bird's nests in 2006 was estimated in the vicinity of RM8bil to RM12bil. Hong Kong, at 50%, is the world’s biggest buyer of bird's nests while China stands at 8%, Taiwan 4% and Macau 3%. The world consumption weight was estimated at 160 tonnes for 2006."

As people getting richer in China; shown by the GDP rate close to double digit for the past few years, there is no sign of slowing down of the demand for for bird nest. This also indicates the huge market potential in the near future.

Indonesia, gifted with perfect conditions for the swiftlets, is currently the world's largest producer of swallows nest with approximately 60% of world gross supply followed by Thailand (20%) and Malaysia (7%).

As part of our plan, we are currently seeking joint venture to run the swiftlet farming business or buyer for swiftlet birdhouse.

At this moment, we are adding another two bird house in the area and they are on the schedule for completion at the beginning of next year.

Here you can see masterplan of the architectural layout . The facilities that we have built are those on the northen side (top of the page) which include the parking area, restaurant, man-made lake with the fishing dock. The remainder area, especially on the southern side remains untouched (development has not reached the level as shown on the masterplan)

Architectural Impression of Jungkat Beach Resort

For more information regarding the area condition, joint venture queries or any other queries on the project development, please do not hesitate to email us on or contact us directly on:

Elvin Candra: +61 415 070 118 (speak Indonesian, English) residing on Sydney, Australia
Elwin Candra: +62 811 577 850 (speak Indonesian, English) and Tjendrawinto: +62 812 563 6716 (speak Indonesian, Mandarin) residing on Pontianak, Indonesia


Some people might think it is crazy to build a house just for the bird to stay. Following story from Malaysia would change your mind.


I am a semi retired man and wud like to enjoy doing something that brings good money.One important rule that everyone must follow is to get ready for your retirement years.U can start either tomorrow or much better, today.

The best is to look seriously into creating a multiple sources of income.In my case, I do take a good look at my current financial standing and what are the potential source of income(s).One of the best so far which I greatly enjoyed, with little effort, is the Birnest Farming (Swiftlet) project.
I got one and plan to increase one every year.Birdhouse Farming is unique. The main advantages as compared to investing into a conventional business are:

1) The amount to invest is low. Around RM120,000 to buy a worned down shoplot, 2 stories, and renovate to attract bird to nest. Renovation is about 20K per floor (estimated). Total outlay is RM160,000. (U can take a bank loan if U know them well).

2) Monthly utility cost(electricity and water only) is very low. Roughtly about 10-20 ringgit.

3) If U compare with a conventional business U will have no monthly fees to feed the birds or so except your monthly payment to service your loan. There are no Salaries to be paid, no EPF, no Socso, No holidays, No allowances, No medical leaves, No matenity leave, no retirement fees and no etc etc etc. My employee is actually the birds. They come into the house on their own accord. No contract and no letter of appointment. The best is that they never talk bad about you or back stab U. U let them use your shoplot to nest and the will eventually say thank U by leaving their nest for us to harvest continuously until they die.

4) U only need to check on a monthly basis on the condition of the birdcall music and water spray.

5) Once the bird start to make their nest, you will now hit a jackpot. Your income will steadily increases or multiply by 3 every year. (Note the birds will reproduce every 4 months ie 3 times a year.)Beside that your birdnest house value will start to climb in value base on the number of nest that U have in it. Let say U have a hundred nests. Each nest, rule of the thumb,will be worth RM1000. As an example.: If U pay 120K for the shoplot and 40K for the renovation of the two floors and U now have 100 nests, the value is 120K + 40K + 100 nests X 1000 = RM260,000. If the next year U have 200 nests, the value now is 260,000 + 100,000 = 360,000.No other business can multiply your asset value as fast as this Birdnest business.

6) You can harvest the nest once in every 3 months in the beginning and slowly to 2 months. The best is to start harvesting after the first year of operation. Allow the bird to settle down and breed and multiply to a reasonable numbers. Every 120 nests ie 1 kilo is equivalent to 4,000 - 7,000 Ringgit, depending of the quality and shape of the nests.

7) If you are lucky by year 5 after the 1st nest was built, U will earn about 120,000 ringgit every harvest assumming that you will harvest about 50 kilo of birdnest. This is equivalent to 60,000 a month income doing absolutely nothing.

8) U can then start to multiply the number of units to the maximum from the income U receive.I guarantee U that U will be a millionaire within 10 years of operation. This guarantee is subject to U following some petinen rules and regulations that most birdnest farmers do.


You can work out the dollar bits by converting the ringgit to any equivalent currencies. The set up and running fee in Pontianak will be lower than Malaysia.

For those who are seeking for passive income or having extra money for investment, swiftlet farming is a long term guarantee which could provide better return than general housing.
Lastly let me recommend the reader to some websites that give a very good information on the technical part of the farming:


PT. PANORAMA BUMI KHATULISTIWA is the sole owner of Jungkat Beach Resort. This company is owned and run by the people listed on the contact details.
Please let us make it clear that this is not scam or any get-rich-quick scheme. We are looking for serious investors who understand about the swiftlet farming business.
Lastly, let us thank everyone for taking their time to read our proposal and we look forward to hearing from those who are interested and more than happy to answer any queries.
Elvin Candra on behalf of PT. PANORAMA BUMI KHATULISTIWA