Visiting Kupang’s Monkey Island
Flores is part of East Nusa Tenggara and its capital city is Kupang, a bustling town centre located on West Timor. For those who have not been to Kupang or spend any time there, you’d be surprised to know that Kupang is so much more than just an administrative centre for the government, business, trade and education.
Nearby Kupang, you can find a plethora of beautiful white sandy beaches which are all peaceful, clean and pristine. One such surprising find is Pulau Kera, or when translated, Monkey Island. This small and tranquil island can be seen from Kupang city itself and to get there, you can simply rent a boat, which will come with a driver. The beautiful white coral sands of Monkey Island can be seen from afar. The island is surrounded by crystal clear blue waters filled with beautiful marine life and calm, relaxing waves. The residents of Monkey Island are extremely welcoming and kind, and they love to receive visitors on their little island.
While you’re there, you could enjoy a picnic on the beach, swim, snorkel, sunbathe and of course, take as many photos and videos as you like! You could also get to know the locals who will be more than happy to accompany you on your little excursion. A good tip we received is to bring plenty of snacks and light meals with you on your trip there to share with the locals. As the villagers here live a very simple life, they will truly appreciate your kindness and generosity.
Monkey Island is part of a Marine Park known as the Taman Wisata Alam Laut, in Kupang Bay. It is about one to two hours away from Kupang City by boat.
– Wear sunblock
– Bring a local companion to help you with language barriers
– Do not litter or disturb the marine life no matter how tempting it is
Photo Credit: www.indonesia-tourism.com
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