Durai Island in Anambas Regency, Riau Archipelago Province - Indonesia
One of the best islands to visit in Anambas Archipelago is called Durai. It belongs to Palmatak Sub-District and has gained better popularity nowadays, especially among nature lovers. The most charming allure of the island is the presence of sea turtles natural conservation! The safe and comfortable landscape makes it perfect to retain the existence of such exotic animals, after all. That means tourists can witness the breeding process, as long as they come at the right time, and take pictures of these marine creatures. Have no worries. Durai has other interesting attractions aside from the sea turtles!
Durai Island is surrounded by clear and calm seawater. No wonder, it becomes a favorite’s location for sea turtles to lay eggs. Even the beach features super soft white sand, which is good for making a nest. Both leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles are seen on this spot, in fact. Due to their presence, many people gave another name to the island, which is “Pulau Penyu” or Sea Turtle Island. Only 2 households live on the island and they have the job to take care of the conservation, under the supervision of Prima Oil Corp.
Exploring Durai Island
Like other islands in Anamnas Archipelago, Durai Island has clear and beautiful seawater. In the beaches, tourists can see stunning white sand, coming with a soft texture. Due to the clarity of the water, in fact, several coral fishes can be seen clearly! What is more? In some parts of the beaches, visitors can see lush mangroves that grow well along the beach. Other plants also reside near to it including coconut trees, reeds, forest trees, etc.
The best attraction in Durai Island is none other than the sea turtle conservation. However, tourists should make sure to come at the right time. According to the keepers, the best time to visit is in the afternoon when female sea turtles come ashore and make a nest on the shore. Plus, they may lay eggs on those nests. The keepers make sure to protect these eggs from predators and other threats as well. Thanks to such professional activities. Tourists are able to witness the procession without worries.
Another recommended activity is photography. Too many beautiful objects are available on the island, so tourists can make them a perfect background for their photos. For greater pictures, tourists should try snorkeling and take some pictures of underwater scenery, including fishes and corals. The only disappointment is that the island has not featured sophisticated facilities yet. That means tourists won’t find gazebos and eateries there. Except for these, everything is great on Durai Island!
- Matak Island
- Siantan Island
- Pahat Island
How to Get There
It is easy to get to Durai Island. From Tarempa City (Tarempa Port), they only need to take a boat and head to Durai right away. It takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes. For those coming from neighboring Pahat Island, the trip only takes about 30 minutes!
Where to Stay
Recommended hotels are located in neighboring islands, especially Siantan Island