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Ora beach, a hidden paradise

  • M. Azis Tunny

    The Jakarta Post

Ambon   /   Sun, November 14 2010   /  11:52 am

JP/Azis TunnyHidden in the north of Seram Island in Maluku province is Ora Beach, with its sugary white sand beach and crystal-clear water surrounded by lush tropical forest.

The sight was enough to wash away exhaustion resulting from the six hours trip to the island from the capital city Ambon.The beach, largely unknown — even among the province’s residents, is also home to rich coral reefs and marine life, making it a favorite destination for ecotravelers.  Along the way to Saleman village in Seram Utara Barat district where the beach is located, tourists can be captivated by its tempting natural beauty, to the backdrop of a line of limestone hills and pristine tropical forest.Just before reaching the beach, at a distance, five bungalows appear to be floating on the sea. The bungalows belong to the Exotic Ora Beach Resort, the only resort in the area. It can only be rea...