Charming Southeast Maluku attracts more tourists
P. J. Leo
The Jakarta Post
The charming Kei Islands in Southeast Maluku regency are gaining fame thanks to intense promotion from the Tourism Ministry, as well as a rapid development in hotel accommodation and transportation infrastructure.
The Kei Islands are located amid the Seram, Banda and Arafuru seas. Two of the largest islands are Kei Besar and Kei Kecil.
Kei Kecil Island is known as a hidden paradise due to its pristine environment.
An ideal destination for nature lovers, the best time of year to visit is April and May, and from October to December, when the sea is calm enough to allow visitors to properly explore the island and its surroundings, according to local elders.
When The Jakarta Post toured Southeast Maluku at the end of July, the island was barraged by rain and strong winds on a daily basis, making it difficult to explore its beauty.
The quickest and easiest way to reach the Kei Islands is by air.
From the Pattimura Airport in Ambon, visitors will need to take another plane for a one-and-a-half-hour flight to the Karel Satsuitubun Airport in Langgur, the capital of Southeast Maluku. This airport has replaced Dumatubun in Tual, which is now an Air Force base.
From Langgur, the wonders of this east Indonesian island group can be further explored. In fact, Southeast Maluku offers numerous charms in more remote locations.
Bair Island: The island’s unique landscape is a feast for the eyes with its clear waters and beautiful lagoons. (JP/P.J. Leo)
Sparkling: Hawang cave in Letvuan village is located 15 kilometers from the city of Langgur. The reflection of sun rays on the water creates a sparkling blue glow throughout the cave. (JP/P.J. Leo)
Ngurtavur beach: The name of the beach means “emerging sands.” It is one of Southeast Maluku’s most popular tourist destinations. (JP/P.J. Leo)
Pristine: Bair Island from another angle. Many tourists compare the beauty of this island to Papua's famous Raja Ampat. (JP/P.J. Leo)
Hoat Island: A local dries seaweed on Hoat island, which only has a handful of residents. (JP/P.J. Leo)
Ngurbloat beach: A resident sweeps up leaves at Ngurbloat beach, the name of which means (JP/P.J. Leo)
Welcome: A dock at Bair Island. (JP/P.J. Leo)
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