[Flobamorata] #9 The Koka Beach: a Complete Package

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Koka Beach (1)

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Koka Beach (2)

Maumere has lots of beautiful beaches with white sand and sparkling water. Koka is one of the best. You can climb the hill nearby and see the panorama from there.

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The View Captured from a Hill Nearby (1)

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a View from the Hill (2)

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Another View from the Same Hill

To get there, you only need about 30 minutes from the city of Maumere. Car or motorcycle could perfectly take you there. The roads are quite good, but they still have some turnings and upp-down route. Make sure you are not a beginner in driving or riding.

Similar with other tourism spot in this regency, it still have no enough supporting facilities. There are only some huts (you need to pay 10,000 IDR to use one of them), parking lots, and toilets. Some locals are also selling some food and drinks there.

Oiya, it is also important to notice that swimming in this beach is not recommended. You can play around the narrow beach, but please do not go too further from the beach. It is very dangerous, many visitors swimming there have lost. Usually, local visitors would warn you about this.
Although we cant swim as we want, you still can do other activities to enjoy, such as building castles with the white sand, playing along the beach, and going up to the hill enjoying remarkable view. I bet your camera would be the best thing to use. This is a perfect place for photo hunting!
You also can go to the caves like my friends and me in this picture. It is breathtaking coming near the water and being sprinkled by the waves. But don’t forget to be careful ya!

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The Waves

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My Collegues

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What were they looking at?

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see you:)

 

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[Flobamorata] #8 Morosobe Twin Waterfalls: the Hidden Paradise

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Murusobe Waterfalls in a Dry Season

These waterfalls are located in Poma Village, Mego sub-distric, Sikka Regency. Perharps it would be hard to find it on googlemap, hehehe. It is quite a remote area though. For most tourists, this place – maybe – would not be in their list to visit because of the remoteness. It will cost you quite a lot and spend a long time to get there.

So, why did I lost there? A good question. A friend of mine’s working area – working in a same project with me – was there. She was a strong and diligent staff working in a such remote area and travelling there almost every day. I cant imagine if it were me. hehehe. I accompanied and helped her doing her duties in the community there, just when I had a time to allocate or I had finished my own responsibilities.

Okay, back to the topic.

To reach this site, the first thing you need is a courage! And time as well. The route is quite extreme.

Actually, there are two routes to follow, from Wolodhesa Village or Loke Village. In my experience, I only have tried the Loke route. So, I will tell you this, ya.

From Maumere you can go by a motorcycle – I did – or a car. But if it is a car, you need to make sure that the car is high enough, you know the one like an adventure car. Don’t drive an Avanza or others that are similar or even lower that it. Actually the driver that will drop you there – if you rent a car with a local driver – is absolutely know this information, though.

This journey will be around 4 hours. So it is better to have other activities to avoid being bored along the way. The roads are quite – and sometimes extremely – challenging. However, don’t be afraid ya… the drivers are skilful and get used to it. Everything will be okay.

Normally, you will be dropped in the way before you have to walk through a forest for about 30 minutes – you can be faster than that. Because the site has not developed by the government, you only need to report your attendance to the local leader there. But don’t worry, you don’t have to go to his place on your own. The people you meet nearby will help you. this is needed because they want to make sure you will be fine during your visit. They also will send you some kids as your guide. If I am not wrong, there is no fee for this. However, I think you need to give something like snacks, sweets or something that those kids would like.

Why will you need a local as a guide?

There is no single sign to help you get the site. I guess you will get lost with no help. here is my documentation along the way of my first visit. It was in the end of 2014.

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An Area of Loke, the Waterfalls are behind the hills

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A Quite Narrow Road, but it is far better than others you’ll come across 🙂

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You only need to walk through the ‘forest’ and park your vehicles after come across this sign 🙂

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Sometimes you need to walk through the river, watch your steps! hehe,,

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Going Over the Bridge with Our Little Guide 🙂

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A bit more to see the full view 😀

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Here We Go! The Waterfalls 😀

Actually, you can also swim in the pool below the waterfalls. We just forgot to take some pictures of the pool and people that were swimming at that time. The water is quite clear, but one thing to remember, probably you’ll come across some leeches. I did too, even more than one! I just felt kinda annoyed 😦 But, don’t worry, it won’t kill you 😀 wkwkwk.

[Flobamorata] #2 Pangabatang Island: Your Private Island

The first time I saw the pictures of this island was on my friend’s Facebook account. Masya Allah, it was like Maldives! I meant the natural landscape, not the accommodation and other state-of-the-art facilities. I had to be there one day! That was what I set in my mind. Finally, the day was coming, although it had been almost a year since my arrival. Better late than never 🙂

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Let’s go!

This island is located in Sikka Regency, but quite near from Larantuka Regency. The good news is, the access from Maumere is fairly easy and comfortable, you can sleep along the way if you want to J Your vehicles can be parked at the parking lot near the beach where you will see lots of fishermen’s boat docked from there. If you want to get the island, I recommend you don not go alone because it will cost you more for the boat taking you to the site. But if you are quite rich, of course it is absolutely fine. The fee is around IDR 300,000 at that time, I guess now it would be more than that, 350 to 400 probably. However, it is worth enough because the boat owner will drop you off and pick you up too, or perharps he would be waiting for you till the afternoon, evening, as you want, but I am afraid evening may be the latest time you get.

Oiya, do not forget to bring the equipments you need, it is unoccupied island, there is no person living there and any other activities, except visitors/ tourists. Do not be surprised if you are the only person there! As I said, it looks like your private island 🙂

I got there with my colleagues by a car. I was not asleep along the way, we stopped at a local market and got out of the car for some fish and corns. We were having a barbeque in the island, yeay! In about 3 hours, finally we got to a village where we parked the car. After that, we headed to the beach and then got into the boat. I was not the person who seek and made a deal for the boat though, as usual, I was only the youngest in this group and my colleague who was familiar with the locals here made an arrangement for the boat. So, we did not spend much time waiting after arriving here.

Oiya, before getting to the boat, I had a little time wandering the surrounding, the people, the children, and

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Traditional Salt Production

their activities. Most of them are, of course, fishermen, boat constructors, and salt farmers. This is a location of salf production.

And here is the place where boats are built. Quite impressive! These boat are made only by traditional methode, how skillful they are!

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Boats Manufacture Location

 

This took about 30 minutes, and along the way you can whatever you want like eating quick snacks (or breakfast/ brunch, maybe), taking photos, make some videos, and sleeping. I did all of those, wkwkwk. the closer we got to the island, the more gorgeous the landscape we saw! It was the picture I took before getting off from the boat.

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The view before getting off from the boat

Of course the boat could not take us to the land, and there was no place to dock it. So that, we should get into the beach (the trousers got wet), then finally, I was in this island!

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Pangabatang Island

The first thing I did after arriving was preparing the barbeque! A friend of mine and I get the fish done, and the ‘boys’ (actually, they were the uncles) had a job to toast the corns and fish as well. They were far better to do this than me, and other girls as well.

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We’re quite hungry people

After finishing my ‘job’, I walked around the island with my camera. my friend asking me to follow her, she led me to the most gorgeous spot ever! It was kind of another island, with white sand, sparkling water, and just we were there! I am sorry, I could not describe it precisely. Perharps, these photos can tell you more.

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Go catch me!

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Swimming

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The white sand

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Getting on the boat, we’re leaving 😦

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A bonus; we got a sunset

 

Don’t belive what I said, come and prove, ya!