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:

Sawai, the 'Little Maldives' of North Seram


Here is the hidden paradise!
This long weekend trip is the climax of our exploration in Maluku. It brought us to the furthest point we ever reached; Sawai. Previous posting of this blog tells how to get Masohi from Ambon. Now this posting will show you how one makes a trip to Sawai and Ora Beach from Masohi.

HOW TO GET THERE
From Masohi, you just need to take a Sawai taxi whose pool is across Masohi Plaza. This taxi is just like taxis in Ambon, which are actually normal private cars (usually Toyota Avanza) without any signs of 'taxi'. This one, however, is not a privatized taxi all by your group but shared with others. At that time, coincidentally only we two were the passengers in that Sawai taxi. Each one of us was charged IDR 100,000. This cost is far cheaper than renting a whole car.

OUR TRIPS (Based on Places)