Good morning, Takabonerate! We woke up in the morning and quickly ran to the beach. We saw baby sharks of blacktip reef shark type.
The following conversation after this pic was taken:
Dwi: Come, baby shark, come. Breakfast is ready.
Tini: Dude, they are not cute kittens. Just throw it away.
One of the sand islands (gosong) in Takabonerate
Embracing the blue
A typical house in Latondu island, and other islands in Takabonerate atoll
With one of the green sea turtles in the captive breeding area
The best thing about Takabonerate? My cellphone could not receive any signal! Oh, perfection!
29 May 2014
Today we went snorkeling at a spot with a sea wall and a trog. It was exciting and eerie at the same time! We could see the corals deep below and the school of fishes swarming near the surface. We went to three snorkeling spots and all of them were beautiful. I really didn't do justice with my pictures here. It was a whole lot more beautiful in reality.
The deeper shade of blue is calling. I should dive on my next visit!
Takabonerate is beautiful underwater and above the sea level
Besides having fun under the sun and sand, we tried to give back to the people. We stopped by Tarupa Kecil island and gave the children several text books, children magazines and pens that we had brought from our hometowns. Those were just simple things for us, but the kids were delighted to receive the gifts.
30 May 2014
It was a sad day as we had to leave Tinabo island (and Takabonerate) and back to Selayar island. We departed at 4 a.m. The star-loaded dark sky slowly turned bright and blue as we continued our deep slumber. We touched Selayar at around 9 a.m., checked into our hotel and headed out for another water adventure :).
Bird eye view
Panorama of Liang Kareta
Framed by the boat's ladder
My bed for the night
31 May 2014
We waited for the ferry to Bira. Ahh, we would soon leave this paradise and return to the cubicles.
The ferry that serves Selayar-Bira route
This photo was taken a few minutes after the gate was opened
Our backpacks were piled into one
But before heading back to Makassar, we stopped by Tanahberu, a village whose residents specialize in ship making. Here are some photos.
And that's a wrap :).
I will take a break during the month of Ramadhan and may be posting sporadically when I'm able to do so. May all beings benefit from the fasting month. Hope to be back in full force in August.
If you want to visit Takabonerate atoll, you may contact Pak Ahmadi, who is in charge of the resort management in Tinabo island. His cellphone number is +62 812 15447 4809. Besides taking care of room reservation, Pak Ahmadi can also help with boat rental.