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Jakarta Post

A day in the Kei Islands

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Kei Islands, Maluku   /   Sun, August 8 2010   /  11:04 am

As the small airplane flew above Kei Islands in Maluku, passengers saw green hills and crystal-clear blue water — a perfect holiday destination.Ngurbloat beach or Pasir Panjang beach in Ngilngof village.Located directly under the “bird head” of Papua, the Kei Islands encompass a number of small islands with Kei Besar and Kei Kecil (big and small) being the biggest islands in the group. Kei Besar may be bigger in size but it is the Kei Kecil that has a larger population.Our plane landed at Dumatubun Air Force Base on Kei Island. A commercial airport is currently under construction and is expected to be ready by 2012.The island is known for its white sandy beaches. One of these beaches worth visiting is Ngurbloat Beach in Ngilngof village. Local natives call this beach “Pasir Panjang” or the long sandy beach.On a recent sunny Sunday, I had the opportunity to visit this beach. The...