A lil' note on Kiluan, Lampung's hidden paradise...#1



Kiluan...

Has anybody visited or heard of KILUAN?

Well, you can google it, for a start :D....and find quite a few pages on Kiluan...and some tempting pictures, too..especially the dolphins :D...

Indeed, the term ‘hidden paradise’ fits Kiluan Bay perfectly….

look at the island and the bay in the back....

Many of my friends have visited this lovely place, some have even started the eco-tourism 'fiesta' there, with Cikal, a community-based organization preserving the environment in Kiluan and the surroundings...

Well, finalement, my petite family (Bo, Obi, Bapak Udi et me) got a chance to come and visit Kiluan...Thanks to Bang Yeye, we managed to settle everything at the very last minute, a bit go-show, btw :D.


Before you can enjoy the beauty of Kiluan Bay, with its turquoise water, white sandy beaches, lovely corals and colorful underwater world, and of course, the dolphins… get yourself a thrilling road adventure…

white sandy beach and turquise water...so captivating...


a bit cloudy but still inviting.....

a bit further and it is a wild sea out there...


We spend almost 4 hours on the road, with the last 32 kms of bumpy roads :D. Nevertheless, the views along the way is a trade-off…trails of white sandy beaches, green paddy fields, smiley friendly faces… 

our footprints...

Along the way, you will see many beautiful beaches…
Queen Artha, Klara, Mutun Beaches are to name a view…



some shots from our snorkeling session in Tanjung Putus
And if you do have enough time, you can sail to Tanjung Putus, Kelagian, Pahawang islands from Ketapang (we did that before in June 2012) and and Tegal island (I went there for my diving trip).

snorkeling in Tanjung Putus...


We stayed in Kiluan for 2 days and 1 night….

Now I have to say it's far from enough...especially since later we learned there are a lot of beautiful spots you can check around here as well...


When we arrived at around 1pm, we had our lunch then ‘checked-in’ to our bamboo cottage. 

our homey cottage...truly by the sea, with waves and sea brezees as our lullabies...


It was a private one, with one bed-room, one ‘living room’,  with one simple and clean bathroom in front. It had a small balcony, with its own ‘ jukung jetty’ . 

Homey and clean, and for sure it’s quite spacious for me, Bo, Obi et Udi. In fact, I think it will still be comfy for 6 adults…But no pantry here…

love the kids' paintings....

peeping through our bed room...

At 3pm, we went to Kiluan island, only around 5 minutes from the Bay by jukung, Indonesian traditional wooden canoe .It could only accommodate 3 passengers, 4 with the ‘jukung man’ :D. 



Here, beautiful, clean beach with clear, turquoise water welcomed us. Bo et Obi were directly building their sand castles,  while me et Udi were strolling around..



ready to have fun in Kiluan Island...


Bo in the beach....fuuuun fuuun fuuun...

As it was drizzling and the tide was high, we didn’t swim too far…but the beach itself was lovely…soft white sand massaging your feet was really a treat for me…We didn’t wait till sunset as the weather didn’t permit and the kids were tired…

As soon as we arrived, showered, and the kiddos had dinner, they hit the mattress and slept tight…well, we had a nice chat with Bapak et Mak Solihin, one of the ‘veterans’ fam there, really nice …the next day plan was set and we just couldn’t wait to see the dolphins…

As we were getting ready to sleep, Udi et I couldn’t stop enjoying the whirling sound of the waves and the wind out there…just like a lullaby…

Oh ya, dinner was super as well…spinach sautee et anchovies with chili sauce..yuuummmmy….

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