Saturday, July 11, 2009

Kodingareng Keke

On the recent presidential election day, Indonesian government decided make the day to be a public holiday. So, we got nothing to do at home and decided to take a short trip to Kodingareng Keke Island, it's only about 14km from Makassar. We then head down to sea port close to Gapura Hotel. We rent a boat for Rp. 550.000, and it could carry 10 persons.


The boat

Leaving the seaport, going to Lae-Lae Island
to purchase gas for the boat enginee

Following is our trip route plotted on Google Earth. I wrote simple application to do location logging on my Android G1. For some reasons, the island is not shown in the satellite photo.

Kodingareng Trip Route

Our stop at Lae-Lae is almost not viawable on the map. Lae-Lae is small island close to Makassar, it's only about 1.5km from Makassar. There are some people permanently live on the island.


Samalona Island (~ 7km from Makassar)

We almost arrived at Kodingareng Keke

Water is crystal clear with a lot of coral reef,
perfect for snorkeling or diving but probably not for swimming

Waves were getting bigger and it's time to go home

We need to go around the island in order to travel back to Makassar due to the big waves

Last picture I took before being hit by big waves (~ 1.5m),
my camera was wet, luckily it's weatherproof :)

We arrived safely at Makassar, our trip back from Kodingareng was surely interesting, going through 1.5m tall waves.


ogautama said...

NICEEEEEE!!!!! How come I didn't know this island exist? I am supposed to be local!?!?

closari said...

yes, it existed, I believe it's relatively new compared to other islands like Kayangan or Samalona.

There is another island called Panambungan, it's maintained by Imperial Arya Duta Hotel (5 Stars), so the facility should be much better.

Yuliana Gautama, B.A, M.Ed said...

Wow... I had no idea there is such island in MKS. How far is it from the main island? Btw, the boat looks really fragile - not sure how you survived 1.5 m high wave. Glad you did. ^_^.

Hm.. panambungan.. maybe we should all go there together sometimes. How about next year? While visiting our lovely niece/nephew.... ^_^

closari said...

Yes, it is interesting. The boat is fragile but the boat-driver seems to be calm, so I believe he knew what he did (hehehehe, hopefully he really did know).

Yap, penambungan is nice, we didn't have chance to go there last time. I plan to go with koko, but sau2x is pregnant :) Nanti bisa pigi sama2x sih :) Panambungan has better facility since it's maintained by Hotel Imperial Arya Duta.