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Baer Island, holiday alternative to Raja Ampat

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, August 10, 2018  /  06:46 pm
Baer Island, holiday alternative to Raja Ampat

A view of a blue lagoon on Baer Island, Maluku. (Kompas.com/Roderick Adrian Mozes)

Baer Island in Maluku hardly rings a bell for most vacationers. As part of Kei Islands, Baer Island actually offers beautiful scenery comparable to Raja Ampat in West Papua.

According to kompas.com, Baer Island is still untouched. Travelers can still visit the island without paying an entrance fee.

All they need to do is rent a longboat from Dullah or Watdek Ports. With prices starting from Rp 500,000 (US$34.50), a longboat can accommodate up to 15 people.

Read also: Guide to visiting Raja Ampat for first-timers

The journey takes around an hour. Once the boat enters the bay, travelers will see picturesque views of turquoise sea surrounded by hills, similar to Raja Ampat.

Behind the pier, travelers can find a blue lagoon. Here, sea lovers can go swimming or snorkeling. Those brave enough can jump into a lagoon from a 20-meter cliff.

Alternatively, visitors can also go hiking. However, the activity can be a tad challenging as there are no facilities, such as stairs.

Since there are no tourist facilities on Baer Island, travelers are recommended to prepare their own food and beverages prior to visiting. (jes/kes)