Indonesia , which is nickname the country of a thousand islands, has extraordinary maritime beauty. Not only beautiful coral reefs and wide beaches, Indonesia has a variety of marine species which are a marine tourism attraction.
Maritime tourism destinations in Indonesia, such as the Thousand Islands and Labuan Bajo, are always busy with local and international tourists. The following is a list of marine tourism that is popular in Indonesia and can be use as a reference for your next holiday.
Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara
Tourism at the western tip of Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara, is very popular because it has the Komodo National Park which was designate by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 2011.
Labuan Bajo has also been designate as a Super Priority Destination by the government since 2018. Millions of species of fish and coral reefs as well as the world’s largest stingray species live here. There are many fun activities that tourists can do here, from seeing Komodo dragons, swimming in the sea, playing with sand on the beach, to diving and snorkeling.
When talking about the charm of amazing marine tourism, Karimunjawa in Jepara, Central Java, is no left behind. This archipelago has 27 beautiful islands, 22 of which are uninhabited, very suitable for tourists who like the sea. Moreover, the distance between the islands is not too far, tourists also have many choices of places to enjoy holiday activities.
Some islands that can be visit while in Karimunjawa are Geleang Island, Menjangan Besar Island, Ujung Gelam Beach, Mangrove Forest on Kemujan Island, Cilik Island, and Tengah Island. Interestingly, to get to Karimunjawa you have to use a ferry from Kartini Harbor for a 5 hour journey.
Lamongan Marine Tourism
The tourist attraction which has the abbreviation WBL or Lamongan Marine Tourism is in Pacitan District, Lamongan Regency. Popularly known as Tanjung Kodok Beach, this place is often use as a favorite tourist spot for domestic tourists.
Lamongan Marine Tourism has a variety of tourist attractions that can be visit. By taking the north coast route from Surabaya to Tuban, tourists can stop by WBL to enjoy experiences at the Lower Palace, Insectarium Cave, Space Shuttle, Wali Songo Pavilion, Texas City, Dangdut Whale, Fish Shoot, Green House and Pirate Palace.
Raja Ampat, West Papua
Heaven at the end of Papua is the nickname for the Raja Ampat Islands which are located in West Papua. Visitors to this place are not only local tourists, but also many from abroad. To get there, tourists must use a boat from Sorong City, Papua. Everything will be worth it after seeing the beauty of the sea with 540 types of coral and 1,511 fish and other marine biota.
Wakatobi Islands, Southeast Sulawesi
Beating the popularity of the Caribbean Islands and the Red Sea, Wakatobi has become Indonesia’s marine tourism destination which has the most 750 coral species in the world. Apart from that, there are thousands of fish that live at a depth of 1,044 meters.
Uniquely, the Wakatobi underwater area is in the form of slops, flats, drop-offs, atolls and underwater caves. This area, designated by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve in Indonesia, is home to several types of seabirds, such as the brown rock swan, Malayan plover, Eurasian kingfisher and various turtles.
Widi Island, North Maluku
The most beautiful hidden gem that has not yet been notice by local and international tourists is Widi Island in North Maluku. This small island is as beautiful as the Maldives Islands, which have white sand, fresh air and pollution-free. Apart from that, visitors can dive, snorkel and fish to their heart’s content.
Rote Islands, East Nusa Tenggara
The southernmost part of Indonesia, namely Kupang Regency in East Nusa Tenggara, has exotic islands because it contains dozens of islands with 6 inhabited islands. One of the most popular beaches is call Nemberala Beach in Nemberala Village which has won the Most Popular Surfing Spot category in the 2016 Indonesian Pesona Award. This beach has stable waves and is friendly for surfers.