Location: Indramayu Regency, West Java
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Open and close: 24 hours
Price of admission
HTM: Cost of Rp. 400,000 (depending on the travel agent), fishing boat rental Rp. 1,400,000 – Rp. 1,800,000 per 12 people
Indonesia, the country we know, has a lot of natural charms. It is known as an archipelago with a total of 17,504 islands based on data from the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in 2004.
In fact, because there are many islands in Indonesia, almost more than half of the islands do not have names.
Talking about islands, there are several islands in Indonesia that are used as tourist objects. Such as Sempu Island, Komodo, and many more.
Of course each of them has its own characteristics according to the region which is used as an attraction for tourists. Some rely on caves, rivers, ponds / lakes, waterfalls, and even animals on the island.
It is not surprising that although the locations of several islands are still difficult to reach, it does not deter tourists from visiting.
One of the interesting islands is Biawak Island, Indramayu, West Java. Located in the north of the Indramayy peninsula, approximately 40 km from the north coast of Indramyu, and belongs to the Indramayu district administratively.
The address is still not known for sure, but the location is already on the map Google Maps. This island is part of the thousand islands.
This place has an area of about 120 hectares with details of 80 hectares of mangrove forests and 40 hectares of beaches. The conditions here are still very natural and there has not been much infrastructure development done.
So that there are still shortcomings such as poor road access, facilities for toilets and lodging are still fairly minimal.
Use a Travel Agent
For those of you who plan to visit this island, you don’t have to bother thinking about accommodation, transportation, tourist destinations, or lodging.
Because there are already several travel agencies open trip provide various tour packages with various facilities to visit this island at a cost according to your pocket, of course.
But where usually tour packages do not include transportation from within the city. So it is recommended for those of you who want to go using public transportation to find out which route is being taken.
How to get there
One route, for example from Cirebon, you can take the TPI Karangsong angkot to Indramayu, which is about 55 km. The trip takes approximately 1 hour.
When arriving there will be a boat chartered to cross to Biawak Island. For ships it is usually included in the package, and for the length of the journey is around 3-4 hours.
Suitable for Backpacker
Biawak Island is perfect for those of you who like tourist activities backpacker.
Some of the tourist destinations here are such as a lighthouse that is more than 140 years old, seeing large lizards up close, burnt islands, mangrove forests and pine forests. All of them are interesting and have their own unique sensation and have beautiful views.
There is a lighthouse
The lighthouse here was built during the Dutch colonial period in 1872. Until now, this lighthouse still stands firm with a height of 65 meters, although some improvements have been made. Even though it is more than 100 years old, this lighthouse is still functioning properly.
You can also go up through the rotating stairs to see a beautiful panoramic view from the top of the mecusuar. View it is a pity not to miss not to take photos with relatives.
Some YouTuber also took this moment to fill YouTube channel them with VLOG from the top of the lighthouse. Some people also make their photos become profile photo on various social media because background which is amazing.
Near to Gosong Island
No less interesting in this area, there is also Gosong Island. It is a shallow ring of land in the center of which is a coral.
This place is suitable for those of you who like water tourism diving and snorkeling. But unfortunately the corals here have been damaged a lot due to development in the 1980s.
Mangroves and pine forests in this area are fairly dense. Because indeed the intensity of the trees that grow is very dense. One advantage of the dense forest is that there are many animals, especially birds, that can be seen here.
Lots of monitor lizards
The main tour, of course, is to see the lizard up close. Yes, more than 300 monitor lizards are in this area. Lizards are famous for their sharp sense of smell. So if you want to see directly up close just put a piece of fish meat and the monitor lizard will come over.
The monitor lizards here are used to human presence. They are neither embarrassed nor afraid when we approach them. But you also have to be vigilant because lizard bites can also cause fatal wounds to the human body. You need to know that lizards are different from dragons even though at first glance they look similar.
Another interesting tour is that you can rent a fishing boat to fish in the sea. The price varies, you can adjust it budget which are available. It is recommended to invite friends and relatives so that it feels cheaper to travel.
For electricity and signal, this area is quite bad. The electricity will only turn on after sunset and the signal will not reach this area either. No wonder this island is not specifically for tourism.
For lodging is available cottages decent stay even though not a / c. You don’t need to think about htm rates if you have taken a tour package because it is included. Various facilities such as meals, BBQ, permits, boat rental, etc. are included in the package as well.
A brief History
Each place certainly has its own history, as well as this lizard island. Several stories from legends to mysteries are scattered in various places community Public.
Mystical stories about the mythical depictions of this island are closely related to the lizards that live here. Starting from the location of the tomb of an alim named Syekh Syarif Hasan, to stories about fishermen and monitor lizards.
It is said that there used to be a fisherman from Karangsong who was looking for fish and then found this island and decided to stop by and rest. Arriving there, the fisherman found a lot of lizards hanging around.
The thought occurred to her to bring home one of the monitor lizards. Long story short, the fisherman brought one of the monitor lizards to be put on board.
When they were about to go home, they never arrived on their way. Their travel time is felt to be longer than usual. One of the fishermen even felt that their boat was just spinning around. One of the fishermen also asked the others and it turned out that the fisherman claimed to have brought a lizard.
Finally they decided to return the lizard to the island. And when they went home they did not find obstacles like before. The following is a story from one of the guides on the lizard island.
This story is quite busy being discussed in forums on line as kaskus. Some social community talk about this folk tale.
Not to mention there has been quite an uproar in the last 4 years. A baby girl was seriously injured in the head after being bitten by a lizard on Tioman, one of the islands in Malaysia.
Actually, to see the artificial habitat for lizards is not only on the island of lizards. There are still several other areas such as in Singkil Aceh, Jember and also Tasik, West Java.
For more complete information about this area, you can open Wikipedia or download various tourist information in pdf format available on the internet.
Always pay attention to safety wherever you go. No one guarantees your safety other than yourself. Make sure you prepare budget, supplies, and information before traveling.