Banyak island, Nature Park

Banyak island, Nature Park

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General
The archipelago Pulau Banyak is located off the west coast of Sumatra, in between the island of Simeulue in the northwest and Nias in the south. The land area covers ca. 15,000 ha. while the sea that belongs to the kecematan (district) Pulau Banyak covers 212,000 ha. The site, formerly listed as a Marine Park on a provincial level, with the Wildife Reserve status for Pulau Bangkaru, was designated a Nature Park under direct KSDA management in 1996.
Yayasan Pulau Banyak has requested to assign Pulau Bangkaru the status of Wildlife Reserve on a central level to improve its protection status.
Major habitats on the archipelago’s islands, identified thus far are lowland, freshwater swamp and mangrove forests. On the hills of Pulau Tuangku and Bangkaru the forest has characteristics of hill forest which is situated quite low, presumably below 300m.
The park’s main attraction are the beautiful coral reefs surrounding the islands. Three species of sea turtle are known to nest in the area. The turtle nesting site on Pulau Bangkaru can be visited with the supply ship of Yayasan Pulau Banyak once per week.
Access
Pulau Banyak Nature Park can only be reached by boat. Inquiries about departures from Tapaktuan can be made by phone: ++ 61 656 21 352.
Note that even in cases of fixed schedules, passenger boats, freighters and fishing ships tend to sail on demand, rather than on schedules. Weather conditions during the west monsoon (Aug-Nov) often cause changes in schedules.
Accommodation
Accommodation on the islands is fairly simple. Tourism is just taking off in Pulau Banyak. Visitors should therefore not expect luxurious bungalows and elaborate food. Accommodation is sufficient and caters for the basic needs. It is excellent to enjoy the natural surroundings of these islands. Bungalows can be found on the islands Palambak Besar and Ujung Batu.
Turtle trips
A highlight of staying in Pulau Banyak is a trip to the sea turtles. They are organised by the Yayasan Pulau Banyak. Three-day turtle trips leave every Saturday from Pulau Balai. Other points of interest are – not exhaustive – given in the map above and cover nice rivers, mangroves, mountain treks and various caves.
Wildlife in Pulau Banyak
Pulau Banyak is the home of several rare animals. Pantai Amandangan on Pulau Bangkaru is probably the most important nesting site for Green turtles in all of Western Indonesia. Approximately 3.000 turtles lay their eggs in this beach. The Hawksbill turtle is also common in Pulau Banyak, but the numbers of Leatherback turtle are relatively low.
The Dugong is present in Pulau Banyak and sightings are relatively often reported. Yayasan Pulau Banyak is seeking funds to protect these animals and their feeding and breeding ground. The Dugong is not hunted in Aceh, but occasionally they get caught in nets.
The sea gardens of Pulau Banyak were until only five years ago extremely rich with a very large variety of corals and fish. There is very little data about the present variety of species.
The two larger islands, Pulau Tuangku and Pulau Bangkaru, are covered by virgin forests. The flora and fauna of these two islands is only known to a small extent. Larger animals that are present are Crocodiles (reportedly) and other reptiles, Monkeys, Wild Boars, Mousedeer (reportedly), and Squirrels. The bird life is relatively rich considering the size of the islands and the distance to the mainland. For example the Hill Myna ( in Indonesian the local name is Beo Nias) is present in Pulau Banyak.
Pulo Aceh
Pulo Aceh is another group of islands off the north-westernmost tip of Aceh. An advisor to Yayasan Pulau Banyak has recently started to slowly build up an activity this area. The goal is to save the forests, the reefs, and wildlife of these beautiful islands. The way of achieving this will be through awareness raising and development of community based eco-tourism. This program has not yet found any funding except for the private money of the Indonesian couple that has devoted themselves to rescue these islands.
For further inquiries about Pulo Aceh please send an e-mail to: bangkaru@aceh.wasantara.net.id and it will be forwarded.
Birds
* Storkbilled Kingfisher – Pelargopsis capensis
* Edible-nest Swiftlet – Aerodramus maximus or
Black-nest Swiftlet – Aerodramus fuciphagus
* Pink-necked Green-Pigeon – Treron vernans
* Pied Imperial-Pigeon – Ducula bicolor
* Whimbrel – Numenius phaeopus
* Common Sandpiper – Tringa hypoleucos
* Beach Thick-knee – Esacus neglectus
* Little Ringed Plover – Charadrius dubius
* Brahminy Kite – Haliastur indus
* White-Bellied Fish-Eagle – Haliaeetus leucogaster
* Pacific Reef-Egret – Egretta sacra
* Great-billed Heron – Ardea sumatrana
* Asian Glossy Starling – Aplonis panayensis
* Hill Myna – Gracula religiosa
* Plain-throated Sunbird – Anthreptes malacensis
Reptiles
* Green Turtle – Chelonia mydas
* Hawksbill Turtle – Eretmochelys imbricata
* Leatherback Turtle – Dermochelys coriacea

Fishes
* Anemonefish – Amphipirion spp.
* Batfish – Platax spp.
* Blue-Ringed Angelfish – Pomacanthus annularis
* Groupers – Serranidae
* Napoleon Wrasse – Cheilinus undulatus
* Oriental Sweetlips – Plectorincus orientalis
* Stingrays – Dasyatididae
* Various Rockcod species.

Babi Island

Babi Island

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Pulau Babi or Pig Island is located in Hindia Ocean, at west side of Sumtra Island. This magnificent island is precisely located near Tuangku island in west, Simeulue island in southeast and Lasia island in south. Wes can see other islands in one and another for it close and reachable.

This island is has characteristic landscape with full of white sandy beach, the expanse of granite rocks, the prairie green grass and palm trees over the area. Historically, the name of Babi / pig island was taken from one of the granite shape which shows the pig look alike.

Babi Island is divided in two parts, which is Babi Baby and Babi Babon, which means Small Pig and Big Pig. Those two area are close to each other and having majestic and unique sightseeing. By the existence of giant granites over the beach and the small forest at the edge of the island, make Babi island becomes more tremendous.

This island is still uninhabited, that also makes the island still virgin and genuine. Hence, this is the perfect spot to go camping and enjoy the private vacation.

To reach Babi Island, we can start from the down town to Tanjung Kelayang or Tanjung Tinggi. The journey can be continue by using motor boat as a main access to the islands around. We can rent the boat with Rp. 300.000 -350.000, not including the buoy and snorkeling equipment.

Rubiah Island

Rubiah Island

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Rubiah Island Marine Park is approximately 23.5 miles to the west of Pulau Weh by land or 7 miles through the waters. Area of ​​about 2,600 ha of waters surrounding the island Rubiah available as a natural attractions and offers a natural beauty under the sea. Inside are various types of tropical fish, coral reefs, giant clams, and many others. The coral reef here consists of various types, shapes and colors that form an interesting cluster of coral. Sharks typically appears during the first month or two each year.

Of the 15 species of marine life protected by the Government of Indonesia, among which there are 14 species in this marine park. This area is also famous as a place for recreational activities marinas, such as diving, cruises and fishing.

The state waters around Pulau Rubiah Marine Park is very clear and clean with the brightness reaches a depth of 10-15 meters. This is a natural marine park  and rich marine life. Marine fish species diversity is
high with a variety of rock, such as Table Rock which is a dominant species of corals and other reef species, such as horn corals and soft corals. Various types of fish are also found, such as Fish Flag, a sense
of the leadership, Botana Blue, Sergeant Fish, Grouper, Major Fish, Spinach, spinach, Taji-spurs, Putri Bali Fish, Yellow Fish, Red Fish Head, Fish and Butterflies.

Source: acehprov.go.id

Reusam Island

Reusam Island

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It is a place of recreation for the people of Aceh Jaya on holidays because it is supported by a panorama of beautiful nature and circumstances with pine trees that shade, clean white sand beaches, ocean swimming and snorkeling place ramps, see the beautiful coral reefs and a variety of ornamental fish colorful, can also induce a kind of reef fishes and other gerapu. In addition, the island is also historical evidence that is storing the old cannon relics of the colonial Dutch and Japan as a bulwark of the enemies of the state. To reach the island is available boat and speed boat in the village community and village Batee Tutong Rigaih with sailing time 15 minutes, from the district capital (Calang) 

Bangkaru Island

Bangkaru Island

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Bangkaru island is part of Banyak archipelago that located in Hindia Ocean, at west side of Sumatra Island. Administratively, this island in belongs to Banyak island sud district, Aceh Singkil regency, Nanggro Aceh Darussalam. To reach this island can be ride motor boat for 5 hours drive from Singkil, or it takes only less than an hour from Banyak Island. The beaches at this island are Amandangan and Pelanggaran beach, which is the place of green turtle lay egg, leatherback and hawksbill. The tourists that come along to these beaches can also enjoy surfing, which at certain time, the wave at this ocean can reach 5 meters high. There are a lot of islands that close to one at another, and the closest island from Bangkaru is Tuanku, Sarangalu and Balai island. Pulau Bangkaru, is the second biggest island in Pulau Banyak, and it is a magical island. The beauty of Pulau Bangkaru is not only about the clear blue sky and enchanting blue ocean, it also about the untouched jungles, pristine beaches and the amazing turtles. The only creature that living in this big island was the turtle egg poachers. Today there are few guards and researchers that stay to watch over the turtles. Every Day, there are guards patrolling the island to assess the sea turtles that come along to the island, and also the inhabitant turtles. These Patrols carried out 3 times; morning at 8:00 to 11:00, night at 20:00 to 23:00 and at 11:00 p.m. to 2:00. In addition to record patrol aims to protect the eggs from predators such as lizards. There are other words to say. Bangkaru island is just BEAUTIFUL www.Indonesia-Tourism.com

Nasi Island

Nasi Island

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Pulau Nasi or Nasi Island is an island in just north of Aceh, 15km away from Banda Aceh. Nasi in Indonesian means rice. If you are visiting Pulau Weh you will only be able to charter a boat directly to Pulau Nasi. It will be cheaper to catch the ferry back to Banda Aceh and get one of the public ferries to Pulau Nasi. Administratively, this island is part of Aceh Island subdistrict, Aceh Besar regency. Nasi Island is divided into 5 villages that all of them are people’s residents. Pulo Nasi has the best beaches in Pulo Aceh. The best ones on Pulo Nasi are Pasi Raye, Nipah and Lamtadu. Pasi Raye is very secluded, and we to climb a bit to reach the area. The forest behind it has Rusa Deer that sometimes comes down to the beach. The beach is open to the west and it has big waves. The most significant sightseeing of this island is taken from the sea panoramic with the flattering coconut trees, white sandy beach sheet and beautiful sloping beach. This island is perfect spot to have beautiful escape. Moreover, for those who like to do outdoor activities, can enjoy snorkeling and diving in this island. More about Nasi Island, this magnificent island is also has gigantic cliff over the beaches, it seems like the ruin for the past. The residents of this island is abundantly can have the benefits from the seafood products like fishes, octopus or cuttlefish. In other words, this island is a such a bless for the people around. www.Indonesia-Tourism.com

Raya Island

Raya Island

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This island was once a stronghold area during the Dutch colonial period and is now becomes one of tourist attractions in Indonesia. This is because there are lot of relics of the historical graves of soldiers that was killed here. In addition, Raya Island is also a fishing attraction and there are numbers of coral reef for those who enjoy snorkeling and diving. Raya Island is an outer islands of Indonesia that located in Indian Ocean and is bordered by India state. Raya Island is part of the government district of West Aceh, Aceh province. It precisely located in Lhok Kruet village, Sampoinet sub district, Aceh Jaya regency. It can be reach through the streets of Banda Aceh province along the western coast, as far as 65 km to the Meulaboh. The road can be through the area of Lhonga, Lhong, and Lamno. Before Tsunami in 2004, this island was inhabited by 1000 people, but after the tragedy this island was uninhabited. Now, there are inhabitants that live in this island, which is divided in 3 villages of Lhok Siron, Lhok Meu and Ujung Manek. Those tribes who live in this island are the same descents who live in this island since 18 century. In the western tip of the island that known as Ujung Manek society, there are hills of red lands and rocks. The reefs in the far west is end toward the Indian Ocean that steep and bumpy hard. Quiet and lonely. That is the perfect words to describe Raya Island that covering approximately 3.42 square kilometers. This island is also one of the silent witnesses of Tsunami that attack Aceh in 2004. Overall, this island is still has beauty and uniqueness. www.indonesia-tourism.com

Rondo Island

Rondo Island

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Rondo is other outer island of Indonesia, it located in the Indian Ocean and adjacent to the territory of India, the Nicobar Islands. Rondo island is the northernmost territory of the Republic of Indonesia and is administratively a part of the town of Sabang, Aceh province. This island is one of small islands in Sabang regency area together with Klah, Rubiah, seulako and Weh Island. Rondo island is close in the north of Weh island. Geographically, Pulau Rondo that located in the frontier regions of Republic of Indonesia is very strategic since it becomes an international shipping line. This waters that bordering India and Thailand is also has abundant marine wealth. Rondo island is administratively located in the Ujung Ba’u village, Sukakarya District, City of Sabang, Aceh Province, it is deserted and uninhabited. This island is beautiful, especially when it viewed from Quick Bird satellite imagery. The whole island seemed wrapped in a green carpet. There is only one building stands out in red. That is the complex and lighthouse keeper’s house. Around the island, there is wet tropical forests that covered with various types of vegetation of trees, herbs, and shrubs that bind this mainland that having altitude of 35 meters above sea level. The types of vegetation in this forest such as trees, various kinds of fruits, cloves, ketapang, gelumpang, sea timber, Medang, Lagan, and so on. www.indonesia-tourism.com

Simeulue Island

Aceh, Simeulue Island

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Simeulue, is a district in Aceh and an archipelago that consist of 41 large and small islands. The beauty of these islands makes many tourists give visit, and Simeulue island becomes the largest of 41 islands in this archipelago. This island reach an area of ??199 502 hectares and it becomes tourists favorite destination, for it has high waves and clean sea. Those who like to surf and play with adrenaline, this place is such a heaven. Simeulue island or Simalur island is located in western Sumatra. It located approximately in 150 km off the west coast of Aceh, it is also the island of Simeulue district administration, that settled in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Its geographical position isolated from the mainland. The island is popular with cloves plantation, palm oil and lobster as the main commodity. The population of the region are similar to Nias tribes, characterized by yellow skin and slanted eyes like Chinese and they have different language with the mainland of Aceh, and most of the people are Muslim. There is a small airport on Simuelue Island located at Sinabang. There are 2 airlines that fly from Medan, Merpati Air and Susi Air. Merpati Air have direct flights from Medan to Sinabang on Simeulue Island. While, Susi Air have daily flights from Medan to Sinnabang Simeulue. You can also catch a ferry from Meulaboh in Aceh on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm for a 12 hour trip to Simuelue Island. There are also ferries that running from Singkil in North Sumatra to Simuelue or you can charter a boat from Nias or Banyak Islands. After get arrive in the island, there is not a great deal of accommodation on Pulau Simeulue, but we can still explore the island. www.indonesia-tourism.com