Rutong Island in Riung

Rutong Island in Riung

The 17 Islands Marine Park in Riung or Taman Laut Riung in the Ngada district of Flores has a lot of tourism potential that can be explored further, especially for marine tourism. There are approximately thirty islands scattered in this area but 17 was chosen as a reminder of the birth of the Indonesian nation which falls on 17 August. The area comprising Taman Laut 17 Riung itself includes five villages namely Lengkosambi, Central Fortress, Tadho, Sambinasi, and Nangamese. To get there, you’ll need to journey 75 km from the city of Bajawa,, for about two and a half hours.

Your adventure begins at the dock of Riung, Nangamese Village. You’ll need to rent a boat and pay admission to enter the park area which is largely uninhabited. Ontole Island is the largest island in the marine park and the most frequented by tourists. Pulau Meja and Pulau Tiga are also top choices for those looking to enjoy underwater beauty by snorkelling or diving.

Another attraction here is Rutong Island.  The water here is clear that you can see right down to the bottom where schools of fish swimming about amongst colourful coral reefs. You could also climb to the top of a hill located on Rutong to view the splendid scenery around you. Don’t forget your camera!

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