Location: Abang Island, Batam City, Riau Islands
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Who doesn’t know Batam. Batam is one of the specialized industrial cities in Indonesia. Moreover, its electronic goods are well known in the Indonesian market. If we pay attention in general, what we think about Batam is definitely a city with modern buildings. It turns out that Batam has a hidden beauty.
The charm includes a complete package that will make you feel happy when you arrive. The location that started to hit and became a traveler’s target recently is Abang Island. Pulau Abang is a complete package with natural beauty and very charming underwater.
This place is being promoted by the Batam government as a marine tourism location. Especially activities related to Diving and Snorkeling. Because of its location close to countries in Southeast Asia, this destination is also encouraged for diving tourism in neighboring countries.
Route to Location
The location of this island is south of Batam city, Riau Islands province. The access point to the location for snorkeling activities is not that difficult, especially from the city center of Batam. You only need 2 hours of driving to reach the place. The initial start was at Batu Aji.
In addition, you can drive to the Balerang six Bridge for 2 hours from the city center. After that, the crossing to Abang Island will start. The time you will spend during the trip is only 30 minutes.
The transportation used is a pompong ship. The distance from the Barelang bridge is also only about 12 kilometers. To be clearer, visitors can use the maps available in applications such as the google map.
Price of admission
If visitors want to travel to Abang Island, they don’t need to buy an entrance ticket to the island. Most visitors use tour and travel services by using certain packages. They also only use local services related to this matter.
The cost offered is also not expensive. Almost all of these tour and travel services market at the same average price. For a one-day trip package, they provide a price of around Rp. 290,000.
This is also because these tourist attractions are not as well known to the public as other locations. Besides, you can go to this place at any time, because the visiting time is not determined. For the service manager contact person, you can find out via the internet to make it easier.
The beauty of Abang Island
Abang Island is indeed charming. Even its charm deserves to be juxtaposed with Bunaken in the Manado area. In fact, some say that his charm is also on par with Raja Ampat in Papua. Visitors will smile in amazement because what they imagine fits. There has been a lot of coverage that has recorded the underwater beauty. The underwater world can also be seen on YouTube.
This place is still very natural. The seaside beach is still clean and clear. Under the sea water is still filled with colorful coral reefs. This location is truly a paradise for tourists who like activities in the sea. Even foreigners who have come are bewitched by the charm.
Under the sea, Abang Island, with its coral reef vegetation, is the paradise for divers. Especially fans of diving and snorkeling activities. The existence of unspoiled coral reefs, will make marine animals gather in this area. You can easily see colorful fish of various types when visiting the underwater park.
The most unique thing about this place is the existence of rare corals that are difficult to find anywhere else. This coral is a marker that your place is still well maintained and not so touched. Tested sea water quality. You will realize that the place has water so clean and clear. This is a bit of luxury that is rarely felt in this century.
The coral reef is called Blue Coral. The development of the Blue Coral tourist attraction is being promoted by the Batam government. Not only in Abang, but also the surrounding areas that have the potential of Blue Coral.
In addition, you can also find rare green anchovies in this location. You won’t miss the beach because the sand here is white and soft and clean at the same time. The view of coconut trees lining the area is equally beautiful to enjoy.
The things that have been explained have made this area one of the preferred diving spots in Batam. The area is not very crowded with local residents. It’s also an interesting object to look at while you’re there.
If estimated, the land area is small. The total area is only about 2 x 5 kilometers. If you really want to dive, it’s best to visit in March to August. Then in September to November. Apart from that month, the weather really doesn’t support you to visit.
History of Abang Island
Abang Island has a very interesting history. Although they haven’t explored the historical potential of this place so much The story about this is very closely related to one of the kingdoms in Malay Land. Likewise with the Netherlands. Around 1810, some descendants of the Penyengat kingdom fled their territory.
This happened as a result of a power struggle within the Penyengat kingdom after their king died. Moreover, the Dutch were always rioting to interfere in their internal problems. The biggest desire of the Netherlands remained the same, namely to become a ruler. Finally, the Dutch decided to attack the territory of the Penyengat kingdom.
This incident made some of the king’s children decide to run to a place far away and could not be reached by the Dutch. They took the whole family with them. The names of these kings include Raja Tak and Raja Teleng. They also decided to live in the southernmost area called Abang Besar Island.
Big brother inhabited by family members of King Tak. While Raja Teleng inhabits Petong Island. If you want to visit King Tak’s place, he often says to go to Abang Island. It is from this story that the name of the place comes from.
It is said that after the departure of the kings of Tak and Teleng, the inhabitants were very persistent in fighting the Dutch. Moreover, the Dutch had a monopoly on the sea in their neighborhood. The profits received by the Dutch made them angry.
By all means, they tried to move against the Dutch monopoly. So that their losses can be reduced. The story of their ancestors is still remembered by the local people. Especially their struggle to defend and fight against what they should receive.
In addition, Abang Island and its surroundings were the locations of merchant shipping routes during the Chinese Empire. Especially towards Indonesia and its surroundings. This place belongs to the territory of the Silk Road. For this reason, treasure hunters often explore this area because the potential possibility of storing Chinese imperial treasures is quite large.
Facilities and activities while on Abang Island
There are not many facilities that visitors can find while on Abang Island. Even though they have not fulfilled their needs, they can breathe easily. Several inns already exist in this area. The residents have also opened a special homestay for island visitors.
Around Abang Island, visitors can find special resorts to stay in. Hotels already exist and can be accessed directly via the internet. This needs to be done if they want their tour to Abang Island to be more comfortable. Because the facilities are certainly more complete. Planning during a tour on the island is also easier to do.
Apart from that, visitors can also find several heavy and light food vendors here. Residents have also opened travel packages for visitors who wish to explore the island. Including diving on this island. During these activities, they can do photo hunting with impressive image objects. Moreover, the underwater is very cool.
This area is also suitable for fishing mania enthusiasts. Coral reefs are home to a variety of fish and a paradise for anglers. You will be more excited when carrying out this fishing activity. Especially these activities are carried out over the sea.