On the Kuta Beach beach, people enjoy parasailing, banana boat trips or swimming. Women offer traditional Indonesian massage on the beach, others are seen plaiting hair.
Before sunset, crowds rush to the beach waiting to watch Kuta’s legendary sunsets. Then as darkness falls, Kuta’s nightlife starts to throb with loud music from bars and restaurants, while shops stay open till late at night. Kuta’s main attraction is that everyone can enjoy the town without any prescribed dress code.
Many famous international bands and celebrities have voluntarily played and sung here enlivening the fun, dance and music scene of Kuta. One poignant reminder, however, of the tragedy that befell Kuta is a monument located next to the present Paddy’s café. The monument is erected in memory of those killed during the fatal October 2002 bomb terrorist blasts. The blasts killed more than 300 people, mostly Australian tourists and Indonesian workers.
Kuta is the ultimate beach resort catering to any taste and budget. You may stay at five star hotels, or at clean “losmen” or home stays. In the hotel complex you will have privacy at the hotel’s own beach front or swimming pool, but when you stroll out you will be met with the hustle and bustle of the town centre.
Moving around Kuta its very fun and simple. You can go around on foot or you can rent a bike or motorcycle.
There are plenty of taxis that can take you to Kuta Beach. You can rent these by the meter or by the hour. Taking your own car is not recommended as parking here is very tight.
The Serene Pemuteran Beach and its Phenomenal Underwater Temple
Located at the northwestern of Bali island in the sub district of Gerokgak, in the Buleleng Regency, it will take you only 20 minutes driving from Lovina Beach, just at the outskirts of West Bali National Park. The coastal area of Pemuteran is also the jumping off point to a diving adventure around the Menjangan Island .
With its gleaming black volcanic sandy beaches and enchanting sceneries of green hills at background, Pemuteran is a perfect illustration of Balinese philosophy on energy “Nyegara Gunung” (The fusion of energy between the mountains and the sea). You might find very little (if not to say none) entertainment in the evenings, seemingly the hotels and cottages emphasize more on tranquility so their guests can solemnly meditate or just fully retreat from the city’s rat race.
While peace and tranquility are found on the shores, wonders await below the surface. The Pemuteran area has such large areas of shallow reefs and with just a short boat ride away, you might find seahorses, unique Crabs, Frogfishes, and other sea creatures already decorate the sea floor.
The most fascinating feature of Pemuteran’s underwater splendors is the existence of an enchanting underwater temple garden which enchantingly combines nature’s beauty with amazing work of art. The site attracted worldwide attention in 2010, when a mystifying photo of divers entering an underwater temple gate taken by British Underwater Photographer, Paul M Turley, spread on Twitter and internet with an alleged discovery of ancient temple ruins on the seabed of Pemuteran.
“Apparently someone took my photo, posted it on Twitter and claimed an archeological discovery off the coast of Bali. This went global, thanks to the internet and thus an urban legend was born”-Paul M Turley ( http://www.searovers.net)
In fact, the site was built on purpose in 2005 as part of the “Reef Gardener” community project which is also incorporated in The Pemuteran Karang Lestari Coral Conservation project. This amazing structure is a somewhat engineering feat with over ten large stone statues resting on stone plinths and a 4 meter high Balinese distinct candi bentar gateway (that appeared on the controversial photo). The “garden” is covered in gorgonian fans and must be seen to be believed. Found at a depth of 29 meters it also incorporates a cleaning station with schooling baitfish. In 2006, a second stage to these Temple Gardens was constructed at a depth of 15 meters to allow less experienced divers to be able to dive the location.
Recognized as the world’s largest coral reef restoration project, and winner of national prizes for community-based environmental management and many international awards for ecotourism, this project uses the Biorock method to increase coral growth rates, increasing reef fish density by providing fish with a suitable habitat.
The underwater Temple Garden maybe exceptional, but there are also a lot of other dive sites you could enjoy around Pemuteran area , among these are: The Temple Wall, Canyon Wreck, Kuburan Kapal (Ships Graveyard), Chris’s garden, Rock garden, Close Encounters (east slope/west slope), Gede’s Reef, Deep Reef, Napoleon Reef, and Pulaki Reef.
The best way to get to Pemuteran is to organize a car from wherever you are on the Bali island. A direct ride to Pemuteran from tourist centers in the south ( Kuta -Sanur- Nusa Dua ) will take about four hours depending on traffic on the coastal roads. From the equally amazing Beach of Lovina in Singaraja, the trip will only take about 20 minutes.
To get around in the area, the serene village makes it a perfect place to stroll around or take a nice bicycle ride. However, most of the hotels can provide motorbikes for rent, if you ever need one.
Canggu Beach, The Surreal Experience of Beauty of It's Shores
Among Bali’s numerous beaches, Canggu Beach was recently chosen among CNN’s “World’s 100 Best Beaches” in position no 39. Located in the village of Canggu in North Kuta, District of Badung, quite close to Legian beach, Canggu offers a wide stretch of black sand beach that is world-famous for its magnificent surf. In 2004 Canggu Beach hosted the Indonesia Surfing Championship (ISC) chosen for its barrelling waves as well as the beauty of its shores. On the other side of the blue surf one can see tiers of lush green rice paddies where flocks of birds come to fly over or roost. This panoramic scene is rarely found along other beaches and therefore offers a unique experience for its beholders.
Sunsets at Canggu can also be quite a surreal experience. Do not forget to enjoy the barbequed corn while watching the sun slowly disappear beyond the horizon. Canggu still remains a rural area, where you will be able to experience the simple Balinese village way of life. It takes only some 25 minutes from here to the famous Tanah Lot temple and some 20 minutes to Seminyak for those who yearn for more exciting nightlife and loads of shopping. At present Canggu continues to improve its facilities, there are already a number of hotels, villas, restaurants, and cafes available to spoil any visitor.
Located some 18 km from the city of Denpasar, Canggu Beach can be reached in 45 minutes by car from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. When you drive from Kuta Beach it will take only 20 minutes to reach the village of Krobokan. Then turn left until you reach ricefields that touch the ocean. Then you know you have arrived at Canggu. Canggu lies 25 minutes north of Seminyak and is halfway to Tanah Lot. It is advisable to hire your own car or make sure that your hotel can pick you up from the airport.
G-Land (Plengkung Beach), Outstanding Wave for Challenging Surfing Experience
Indonesia is most proud of the Plengkung Beach at the eastern tip of Java Island. Aside from its enchanting natural beauty, the long curving coast line here is recognized as one of the best surfing sites on the face of the earth. More familiarly known among world’s renowned international surfers as G-land, the beach, located in the Banyuwangi Regency, is a paradise for surfers offering some of the most outstanding waves in the world. For, Plengkung Beach is dubbed “The Seven Giant Waves Wonder” by international surfers for its legendary 7 rolls of waves that can reach up to 6 meters high.
The popular name G-land itself is said to have been given by surfers, where the G is said to refer to three different meanings; “Great”, "Green" or "Green Land", and “Grajagan”. There are also others who suggest that the name G-Land was given because of the curving coast of Plengkung Beach that resembles the letter “G”.
What makes G-Land's waves unique is that they break after 1-2 km, rolling from east to west with heights reaching 4-6 meters in about 5 minutes intervals. This is hugely favored among surfers since they can then enjoy thrilling long barrels. No wonder the beach has hosted at least five international surfing championships. With seven layers of towering waves constantly hitting the shores in the “go to left” formation, G-land is also favorite with left-handed surfers.
The waves of G-land are considered 2nd best waves in the world after Hawaii only. Whereas Hawaii offers constant waves all year, the peak of waves in Plengkung Beach occur predominantly between the months of April to August. Besides Plengkung and Hawaii, similar waves can be found only in Australia and South Africa.
The vast swathe of white sandy beach is surrounded by pristine lush green tropical forests secluded from any hustle and bustle of city life. Obviously you will not get any phone reception here or even a television network. However, that is exactly what makes this beach so special: it is a perfect place to escape from the “modern city” atmosphere so that you can truly enjoy what nature has so generously provided. In other words, forget all else, just get into the water and surf!
There are two main routes to get to Plengkung Beach. The first and longest route is overland by car by the Banyuwangi-Kalipahit road. The distance from Banyuwangi to Kalipahit is about 59 KM, this is followed by the Kalipahit-Pasaranyar road for 3 km. From Pasaranyar, the road continues to Trianggulasi-Pancur for another 15 KM, before you finally reach Plengkung (Pancur-Plengkung) after another 9 KM.
The second is via the land-water route. From Banyuwangi you can head overland to Benculuk for approximately 35 KM, and followed by the 18 KM route from Benculuk to Grajagan. From Grajagan Beach take the speed boat to Plengkung Beach. While others actually arrive by boat direcly from Bali.
Pangandaran, The Fabulous Beach Destination
Pangandaran is one of West Java’s best kept-secrets as far as international tourists are concerned. Located on a peninsula on the south coast of West Java, about 91 km from the town of Ciamis, Pangandaran offers uniquely black and white sand, calm waved beaches and spectacular sunsets. The beach resort facing the Indian Ocean is 223 km from Bandung and 400 km from Jakarta, and lies halfway between Bandung and Yogyakarta.
This beautiful peninsula was once better known as a small fishing place; fishermen would set sail in the morning and return in the afternoon with their catch. As the fishermen return, all the locals would meet them on the beach and help them pull the nets heavy with fish to shore. This activity can still be seen today; you can also participate and experience the sensation of pulling the heavy fish nets back to shore and get to know what it is like to be a fisherman.
Pangandaran also hosts many annual events. One in particular is the International Kite Festival which is held in July every year. This festival is a gathering of kite enthusiasts from all over the world and a place where all different kinds of kites are flown together under the Blue Pangandaran skies. Pangandaran is a one stop complete experience. From swimming, snorkeling, jet-skiing, Fishing to Hiking and hill climbing, Pangandaran has it all. It is a full package vacation, fit for every age and an ideal place to be visited at anytime of the year. So, why don’t you try Pangandaran for your next family vacation.
The best way to get around Pangandaran is on foot, since a walk on the beach and having your feet touch the sand offers its own sensation. You may also want to try to get around Pangandaran on a bike. There are a lot of bike rental services that offer various kinds of bicycles for rent, from the usual bike such as BMX or standard bike to the Tandem Bike that can take two or three persons. If you feel a bit tired after a long stroll, just call out becak, a three-wheeled cart that can take you back to your Hotel or other places.
Susi Air provides scheduled flights from Jakarta to Pangandaran. It's the fastest and most comfortable way to reach Pangandaran. There are daily flights from the Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta to the Nusawiru Airport in Pangandaran. You can see the prices and booking information on the schedule from Susi Air.
A common way for reach Pangandaran is by bus. Buses leave nearly every hour from Jakarta’s Kampung Rambutan bus station toward Pangandaran. But not all busses drive direct to Pangandaran. With some buses you have to change the bus in Ciamis, Tasikmalaya or Banjar. When you take the direct bus, the trip takes around 7 hours and costs around Rp 60,000 without AC and around Rp 80,000 with AC. The fee depends on the bus company.
It's also possible to rent a car with a driver in Jakarta. This will cost around Rp 1,300,000.
Susi Air also provides scheduled flights from Bandung to Pangandaran. There are daily flights from the Husein Sastranegara Airport.
With the bus you can reach Pangandaran from Bandung’s Cicaheum bus station. Some buses drive directly to Pangandaran, while others are only direct to Ciamis or Banjar. From these bus stations you may have to take other transportations to Pangandaran.
Karimunjawa Marine National Park: Idyllic Paradise in the Java Sea
Situated some 90km northwest off the northern coast of Jepara Regency in Central Java Province, the Karimunjawa Archipelago is a chain of breathtaking coral-fringed islands replete with underwater splendor secluded in the open Java Sea. Here, the white beaches are sublime, swimming is wonderful, snorkeling is extraordinary, and the pace of life relaxed as a destination defined by coconut palms and turquoise seas.
The archipelago was formally declared a Strict Natural Reserve in 1986 and has since been one of the priority areas for the conservation of marine biodiversity in Southeast Asia. In 1999, the Ministry of Forestry established the Karimunjawa Marine National Park encompassing a total area of 111,625 hectares. In 2001, an area of 110,117.30 ha was declared as Marine Protection Area (MPA). Karimunjawa Marine Park is one of six such parks in Indonesia, and was among the first areas recognized as being important for the conservation and protection of marine biodiversity.
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In total, Karimunjawa comprises 17 islands, where only 5 are inhabited. These are: Karimunjawa Island (the largest and the archipelago's center of facilities and the local's economic activities), Kemujan Island (where the Airport is located), Nyamuk, Parang and Genting .
As a marine national park, Karimunjawa has a mix of 5 different ecosystems, that promise a series of nature adventures for any visitor. Coral reefs, sea grass and seaweed are three marine ecosystems next to the lush mangrove forest that splendidly reflects images over the rippling water surface. As your boat cuts across the still water in the morning, you will see the warmth of the early sunrays fall on the lowland tropical forest along the coast. They look fantastic.
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The biodiversity found in Karimunjawa is wondrous; among the most significant are the 44 different species of mangroves, 11 species of sea grass, 9 species of sea weed, and 444 species of fish. The coral itself has 176 different species that you will likely see while snorkeling. Two protected biota species here are the black coral (Antiphates sp.) and organ pipe coral (Tubipora musica). Others include the triton trumpet, the hornet helmet, and the pearly-chambered nautilus. Here are also hawksbill turtles, common green turtles, and on land are the red-breasted parakeet and other tropical bird species.
Among the many, the favorite spots for snorkeling are at Gosong Island, Menjangan Kecil Island, Tengah Island, Tanjung Gelam Island, and Cemara Kancil Kancil. At Menjangan Besar is a shark pool where you can safely swim around. You don't need to worry since these are a relatively tamer sharks species, while a guard will brief you about safety and security and keep a close watch as you swim with the sharks.
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Some of the uninhabited islands make a perfect place for a lunch picnic or other fun relaxing activities under the swaying palm trees. Nearing sundown, the beach at Tanjung Gelam presents a spectacular sunset which will make it a perfect experience to end your day.
If you wish to enjoy the splendor of the islands from a height, be sure to hike to the Love Hill. Here you will be presented with the mesmerizing views of the vast open sea and the beauty of nearby islands. At the Joko Tuo Hill, there is a skeleton of a giant whale which is placed here as monument to honor the fish in the sea.
Eco-Park Mangrove Forest in Karimunjawa Island
At the main island of Karimunjawa, you can also explore the 10.5 square kilometer mangrove forest and nature's beauty that lies within. Situated only about 2Km from Karimunjawa's main harbor, you can reach this place on foot or by bicycle.
Entering the forest, you will be greeted by lush mangrove trees and schools of little fish swimming along the beach. A wooden raised footpath made from old and dead mangrove wood will take you deeper into the forest. The trekking route is winding with lots of turns, and adds to the surreal tranquil sensation far from the humdrum of concrete jungles you face every day.
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There are about 45 species of mangroves in 25 families here. Among others, here you can also find rare species of mangrove Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea or locally known as Duduk. While dominating the forest is Exoccaria Agallocha or as the local call it Betah. Among the mangroves, you will also encounter a number of endemic wildlife, from black tailed monkeys to a variety of birds.
Reaching midway in your adventure, there is a gazebo and a watchtower where your eyes can gaze upon the beauty of the vast stretching mangrove forest as well as the many beaches and mountains nearby.
Don't forget to bring a bottle of water since the heat of the scorching sun will eventually get to you. Also, remember to have the batteries of your cameras and mobiles at full and make room in your memory cards because you will definitely want to take selfies and lots of pictures here.
How to get here
With improved accessibility, you can now reach Karimunjawa from Semarang (the capital city of Central Java Province) and Surabaya (the capital city of East Java Province) by air. In both cities, Susi Air serves flights to Dewandaru Airport in Karimunjawa twice a week on Thursday and Friday. From Semarang, the flight will take about 30 minutes, while the flight from Surabaya will take about 40 minutes.
From the harbor at Jepara Regency, you can get to Karimunjawa Archipelago by ferry. The Siginjai Ferry departs from Jepara on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. As for the return trip from Karimun to Jepara, the ferry operates on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. The ferry trip will take approximately 4 hours. There is also the Bahari Express Ferry that will cut the trip to just about 2 hours. On Monday and Saturday, Bahari Express serves the route from both Jepara and Karimunjawa. On Tuesday and Friday, the ship only departs from Jepara, and on Wednesday and Sunday, it only departs from Karimunjawa.
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Sawarna Beach, The Truly Captivating Beach on The South Coast of Java
The tourism village of Sawarna is the entry point to this natural wonder. As you enter the village, you will be greeted by lush green paddy fields, serene village ambiance, and refreshing breezes. Sawarna Beach is located at Gendol, Bayah District, Lebak Regency, in the province of Banten, Jakarta's neighbor to the capital's west. Sawarna Beach offers a host of natural wonders such as asits rushing river, lush forest, rocky hills, caves, and more. The beautiful landscape is also shrouded in the myth of “Nyi Roro Kidul”, the mythical Queen of the South Seas, besides being replete with the history of coal exploitation in the nearby areas of Bayah and Lebak.
Overlooking the vast open Indian Ocean, featuring crystal clear blue water and stretches of white sandy beach, shaded by beautiful rows of sheltering trees, the Sawarna Beach is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in the province of Banten. The beauty of Sawarna beach is truly captivating. Those who enjoy surfing will also find the waves at Sawarna quite challenging. Its barreling waves have managed to attract surfers from all over the globe including those from USA, Australia, Japan, and Korea.
Beneath the surface, the underwater beauty of Sawarna also makes it a perfect place for snorkeling. Here, you can find the most colorful coral reefs and various species of tropical fish. Some of the best spots for snorkeling are at Ciantir Beach, Tanjung Layar Beach, Karang Bokor Beach, Karang Seupang Beach, Karang Traraje Beach, and Legon Pari Bay. Aside from its stunning beaches, Sawarna also offers fascinating adventure opportunities in some of its spectacular caves, such as the Lalay Cave, the Sikadir Cave, Cimaul Cave, Singalong Cave, and Pasir Tangkil Cave. The caves at Sawarna are Karst caves that were formed during the early Miocene period.
To reach Sawarna Beach, you can take the route from Serang to Pandeglang-Malimping-Bayah-Sawarna, or alternatively Rangkasbitung-Cileles-Gunung Kencana-Malimping-Bayah-Sawarna. From the capital city of Jakarta you can take the toll road from Tomang to Serang. From Serang, you can head to Saketi, in Pandeglang.
Another alternative is to take the public bus from Jakarta to Pelabuhan Ratu in Sukabumi. From Pelabuhan Ratu, there are minibusses that can take you straight to Sawarna which charges around Rp 35,000. These minibusses follow the route Pelabuhan Ratu-Cikuray-Cibeber-Bayah.
From the city of Bogor in West Java, you can also reach Sawarna via Cilograng to Pelabuhan Ratu which is approximately about 145 km. This is the route used by public buses from Bogor. From Pelabuhan Ratu you can take another bus to Bayah Terminal. From Bayah there are jeeps that can take you to Sawarna through a bit of relatively rough roads. Do remember that these jeeps only operate until 05:00 pm, so you need to be there beforehand.
Tanjung Lesung, The Place to Layback and Immerse in the Beauty of Nature
Located on Java’s most western coast in the district of Pandeglang in the province of Banten, the Tanjung Lesung resembles the Lesung, which in the local Sundanese language means the receptacle for rice pounding. Tanjung Lesung is a developing integrated beach resort for recreation and hotels overlooking Mt Anak Krakatu, all that is left of the once-mighty Krakatau volcano. This huge 1,500 hectares area of Tanjung Lesung has been developed by the Banten West Java Tourism Development Corporation (BWJ) since 1996, patterned after the famed Nusa Dua Resort in Bali. The resort is envisaged to contain top range hotels and restaurants, a convention hall, a number of golf courses, marina and theme park.
Today, Tanjung Lesung offers a perfect place to lay back and immerse oneself in the beauty of nature found along the vast stretch of soft white sandy beaches, clear and calm blue waters, and fresh tropical breezes. The 15 km shoreline is the perfect place for various beach activities such as beach volley, beach football, or just lie down under the indulging sunshine.
The magnificent scenery of Tanjung Lesung also lies beneath the surface. Beautiful coral reefs, decorated with colorful fish and seafloor dwellers make this a perfect spot for snorkeling and Diving. For those who enjoy the sensation of reeling in the big fish, there are many fishing spots that await off the coast of Tanjung Lesung.
From the capital city of Jakarta, the cape of Tanjung Lesung is approximately 160 km away and can be reached by rented car or public bus in about 3-4 hours drive. The roads are in relatively good condition with beautiful sceneries at some spots. From Jakarta, you can take the Jakarta-Merak Toll Road, and take the exit of East Serang. After passing Serang, the road will take you to the town of Pandeglang, Labuan, and eventually arrive at Tanjung Lesung.
Alternatively, you can take the Cilegon exit, then take the road south from the north coast of Banten, passing Anyer and Carita Beach in the direction of Labuan. If you prefer public transport, from Jakarta you can take the bus into the Labuan Bus Station, then continue your journey by Ojek or motorbike taxis to Tanjung Lesung.
Um Island, A Unique Environment for Relaxing Getaway
Um Island sits right across the the Malaumkarta village in Makbon, a short distance away from Sorong in West Papua. Makbon is an inland lagoon, located north of the Bird Head Peninsula. Um Island is known as the habitat for bats and seagulls. Bats on this island look for food during daylight, while seagulls fly out at night. Quite the opposite of what we are familiar with.
Um Island is a unique getaway if you are staying for a couple of days in Sorong, gateway to Raja Ampat. The town of Sorong was once a bustling town for oil companies, but most have left since oil supply here has depleted. Therefore, the town is more cosmopolitan compared to other towns in Papua.
To be on Um Island is most relaxing if you have the whole day to drift into an environment filled with living creatures, above and below the glittering sea. Within a couple of hours you will find new friends among the Moi tribe, find new sensations swimming close to a sea cow (or dugong), dive by an underwater World War II wreck, or be plain exhilarated to catch your own lobster.
It will take only around 15 minutes to walk along the beach that encircles the island, where you will find that you are probably the only person or couple there. If sandals are too much to wear, get rid of them and feel the fine pristine sand between your toes.
As you stop over in Malaumkarta Village, you realize that you would have missed many interesting aspects if you chose to go around on a motorized vehicle. Ask around and sit with the warmhearted natives, who are eager to practice their English. Although not too good at the language, they do make excellent buddies to share your smiles and laughter with under the shady coconut palm trees. An experience that you don’t come across too often at home.
To get to Um Island it is best to start from Sorong. You may want to learn a tad about the town of Sorong. From Sorong, you have several alternatives. Angkot or locally called bemo or taxi is convenient for a daytrip to Um Island. The distance to Malaumkarta Village at Makbon is around 40 km, taking between 2-3 hours drive. The normal price is Rp 15,000 one way. Make sure you book the angkot for your return journey to Sorong if you do not plan to stay overnight.
From Makbon, hire a longboat for Rp 300,000 to cross the sea to get to the island. From the boat, you can see Um Island covered with lush beautiful trees. This is a small island, which you can circumnavigate within only 15 minutes. Though small, yet it is rich in the number of species living here peacefully. Ask the longboat owner to wait if you wish to return the same day. Please note that prices can change without prior notice.
Pombo Island Atoll, Enjoy the Simplicity of Nature in Uninhabitant Island
Pombo is a small, uninhabited little island surrounded completely by a rocky, coral atoll, which is a circular shaped reef. Pombo Island Marine Recreation Park encompasses an area of 1,000 hectares of nothing more than a stretch of sandy, white beaches and chunks of coral, sheltered by lush, green foliage. Flocks of exotic birds of all shape, size and color perch in the trees’ branches, while rare fishes and molluscs roam freely about the coral-studded ocean floor. The far-out location of the island, coupled with its protected state only enhance the allure of this natural, virgin environment.
Travel to Pombo Island is primarily for outbound activities, and of course, marine tourism. As the island is a protected conservation land, permanent residents are not permitted, and there are no accommodations or public housing. There are however, a few crops that are grown here, adding to the natural greenery of the already inviting surroundings. Although the island is off-limits to occupants, camping is still allowed for those who enjoy the simplicity of nature and the wild adventure of the great outdoors.
The crystal clear sea is filled with all types of ocean-life make diving and snorkeling a definite must for visitors to Pombo Island – though the waters have enough clarity to allow you to see straight to the bottom, before ever diving under. The soft, sandy sea bed is generously carpeted in swaying seaweed and colourful corals. Large schools of fish travel in unison across the waters, glistening in the rays of the tropical sun shining through the water.
The quickest route to Pombo Island is through the Pattimura Airport, about 36 km from Ambon City. This is a domestic only airport, with flights available from Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Kupang, and several other less frequented destinations. If travelling from an international destination, it would probably be best to route through Jakarta, as it is the capital city of Indonesia.
From Ambon, continue by road to Tulehu Port, in Waii, a small coastal village on the outskirts of Ambon. A speedboat can be rented to take you from Tulehu Port to Pombo island. Pombo is approximately 30 minutes from Tulehu. Visitors should be advised that there is not much on this island that is not purely natural, so be sure to bring enough food and drinks for your trip as well as any other immediate essentials.