Location : Desa Pulau Lemukutan, Kecamatan Sungai Raya Kepulauan, Kabupaten Bengkayang, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
A trip to “Tourism City” Singkawang without visiting Randayan Island would be considered incomplete. Randayan Island located 17 kilometres offshore from Sungai Raya, is the smallest island and probably the most beautiful among a group of islands, measuring only 450 meters in length and an average 250 meters wide.
After picking up the brochure from the hotel reception we decided to do the trip with Paket Tour Singka. Had to ride our bike for 30 minutes to the jetty at Teluk Suak (24 kilometers south of Singkawang) to take the cargo boat and comfort was definitely not on top of the priority list. But I don’t think the locals complained. The smoke from the leaking exhaust pipe was the most irritating. Neither was there proper seating. This industry still has a long way to go before international tourists can tolerate for a 3 hour journey discounting the extra 30 minutes for dropping off goods at another island on the way.
Group photo before setting off
Thanks to Egi who provided us, in English, all the info we needed.
On the way out from Sungai Raya
Along the way
Called ‘bagan’ locally
The weather was surprisingly perfect as we set off with blue sky and a calm sea. As we approached the island the white sand surrounding the island was clearly visible. Upon berthing , I noticed only one lone fish darting in great fear and disappeared into deeper water.
At last arriving
Although the breeze was so comforting there was something very wrong here. Not only was the beach littered with broken and dead corals, the path leading to our chalet was paved with hard corals too. No wonder that I saw only one frightened fish when we landed.
This island must have once been a coral haven with lots of beautiful fish. But at this point in time, I can only imagine….and sadly right before me I can only see a graveyard of corals.
Locals having BBQ
Our group members
Our neighbours caught this bucket full of crabs
Diving equipment for rent, but no licensed dive master available.
Helipad on the island
Left : Lemukutan Island.
Right : Big Penata Island
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