A Moment in Bantimurung

An artificial giant butterfly at the outer gate of Bantimurung National Park
All was wet along the riverside due to the heavy rain that just passed by. My head came out of the window, immersing itself into the fresh air outside. "We've been arrived!" I shout spontaneously as I saw a giant butterfly. Yeah, after a quite long trip by pete-pete (minivan) from Maros town center, we finally entered the iconic Bantimurung National Park.

After visiting Berua Village in the hot afternoon, we returned to Maros city and treat ourselves with ice cream and cold drinks. Ironically then the sky turned cloudy. We rushed to a T-junction where we thought a pete-pete to Bantimurung would pass. But we actually went to a wrong one. So we rode a becak to get to the right one.

Maros, Where the Journey Begins

After completing our three-year contract working in Ambon as school teachers, we rewarded ourselves by traveling around for about half a month. Our trip began in Maros, Sulawesi. We had been to this island several times before, but for transit only at Sultan Hasanuddin Airport. In fact, the airport is the main gate to enter Sulawesi and also main hub for flights from and to eastern part of Indonesia including Ambon.

A remote village in the middle of karst area, Maros.
When we talk about Maros, the mainstream destionation is Bantimurung National Park. We browsed before we traveled, however, and found out that there are still many other lovely places with more promising natural views as you can see on the picture above.

Upon arriving at the airport, we called up the budget hotel where we would stay tonight, asking for their free pick-up service to come. The hotel was just at the main high road connecting Maros to Makassar, only ten minutes drive from the airport. Having rest a little bit, we went out the hotel and started our exploration. Taking an angkot-which is called 'pete-pete' here-for IDR 10.000 per person, we headed straight to  Bosowa T-Junction from which we could have walked to our first destination; Rammang-Rammang Pier. It was noon and very hot. So, we decided not to walk but taking ojek for IDR 7,500 per person (return). From the pier, renting a boat was IDR 150.000 (return). If more people had come with us, the shared cost would have been cheaper.

A Dead End Named 'Tanjung Latuhalat'

Hi readers, now I am going to discuss about the place at the background!
'Tanjung' literally means 'cape'. As a skull-shaped island, Ambon has some capes like Tanjung Allang and Tanjung Marthafonz. Both are quite popular among locals and tourists alike. But there is another cape which I am going to discuss about here. When people in Ambon say 'Tanjung' only, it mostly refers to this very place. Located in Waimahu village in the southern part of the island, it becomes the 'mouth' of Ambon Bay along with Tanjung Allang at the cross.  Every ship coming in and out the main port in the city has to pass through here. Look at the map below for better explanation.
Ambon Island
To get there by land, you just need to take the same route to Namalatu Beach but then keep following the paved road till its end. Park your vehicle and walk along the coral beach till you see this:

OUR TRIPS (Based on Places)