By the end of 2013, I closed the year with a great journey to my very favorite place on earth, the beach! And the two things that made my journey more interesting was coz I made it a little bit round way from Singapore where the beach itself located in my beloved homeland, Indonesia and I got a special companion from my favorite man in the world 🙂 (thanks J). Lets see our journey to the beautiful Bintan Island, the abandoned paradise.
The journey started from Singapore, because Bintan located in the northwest of Singapore strait, and it took around 45 minutes by ferry from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal from Singapore to Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal in Bintan.
We arrived a little bit earlier coz Singapore has a strict regulation to arrive at least one hour and half earlier before departure time, so instead of coming late and having a risk to lost our precious time just to wait for another departure, we found ourselves arrived in the terminal where still no one around :p
Its not only because of we came earlier, the terminal looked a little bit spacey becoz we had our journey on off-peak season. It had some advantages going on off-peak days instead of peak days, beside of getting a valuable discounts for the ferry’s tickets, we also have the cruise of our own, we can pick our own seats! Then of course we picked our seats by the window.
The ferry was quite comfortable and clean and becoz of its a big ship, the wave felt so smooth and didnt cause any seasick at all, at least for me and J. But for a 45 minutes cruising the sea, maybe it would be a good advantage if the seat can have a back flip just like in a plane so we can rest our back along the way to Bintan Island, but it just my opinion. 🙂
Around 45 minutes later -more or less- we arrived in Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal in Bintan resort, the ambience is a little bit different from Singapore. Felt no strange coz I was coming back home and used to the athmosphere of Indonesia, but J felt a little bit different, he felt like back from the future, or in the other word is, back to the land of nature from the futuristic island :p .
From the ferry terminal, we required a rented car to reach our resort, and it took few hours by car and we were fascinated by the nature. Beautiful scenery along the road and thanks to our driver that we found accidentally becoz of our resort forget to picked us up, we got a good bargain of rented car and a very friendly driver. And from his experience being a driver and also a tour guide in Bintan for several years we have many interesting story about the island and the resorts, and how the place is not like it used to be in the last two years ago, this paradise is abandoned and lost its popularity so its hard to maintain it to raise its golden age again.
Our guide/driver told us that Bintan island lost its charm over two years ago, and since the land itself is not farming material, the land is destined to be a resort, but too bad my government not really aware of its potential and not surprisingly, lots of lands and resorts own by expats, too sad to be true. 😦
Like our resort that we stayed in, frankly owned by a Ducthman, and I feel like I am not the landlord of my own land 😦
Well, in spite of that, we choose this place becoz of its the closest of natural beauty and look at that hut! pretty amazing even according to J, the wood might already aging ;p, but still its classic and good.
And the price also reasonable than other fancy resort that cost beyond our pockets. This place quite satisfying with the direct view to the sea, comfy bed with a mosquito net (just like princess bed), good shower (only J complained about the non existence of hot water in the shower ;p) and beach only for our own, literally for our own! The off-peak season gave us advantage not only for lower price but also lower civilians that stayed there at the resort, sorry everyone, this beach closed for public and this hammock is mineee ! ;p
I dont really know is it becoz of the ownership of the land and resort or is it becoz of the geographical location that close to Singapore, we pay with dual currency, of course its unwritten regulation coz Bintan is part of Indonesia regardless how close it is to Singapore but once again, my government has lost grip upon this pretty paradise. No doubt Sing dollar giving more advantage than Indonesian Rupiah but that advantage cost the pride of this country. I just cant believe I have to pay in foreign currency in my own land.
And as we walked along the shore, I got a little and more sad facts that the sands are contaminated by lots of trash. Too many dead sea grass, dead sea shells that being left by its living being, and even I found some dead fishes. What happen there mother earth? how could u been abused like that?.
But besides that, there are still many pretty things about the island and we were lucky enough to get more sunshine in the beginning of rainy seasons.
We also enjoy our trekking to the village nearby, where we can find the natives and also fisherman’s boats and fishing huts.
And its so magical that I also found lots of crab’s digging holes, I even see myself a hole with a medium crab inside of it! Too bad I didnt captured it, but I still have the pic of the crab homey holes 😉
After spending three days in our own private beach by chance ;p, we end our journey indulging our views to the fancy resort. With the help of our driver/guide (with extra paid in generosity of J :)) we sneak peek the fancy resort and having a priceless views.
How the sea little creatures can draw the sand like in canvas and making it like a fire works, beautiful, beautiful rain forest, sound of the waves (the sea we stayed in our resort very calm and almost wave-less) and also pretty sunset, priceless…
The rain forest at the end of the edge, but not quite edge actually. I really want to dip in my feet into the sea but too bad I wore sneakers ;p
I dont know how they did it but almost the entire shore being drew like this. Just like somebody draw a painting in a canvas, J even made some for creating happy new year greeting! 😀 Magical!
Unbeatable sunset! And I give myself a credit for capturing this pretty sunset through my camera phone :p
I never lost my affection to the place called beach, even the touch of humans sometimes left a bad trace, but the beach always give me something to be pleased, no matter it has lost, it still be a paradise..
I always love the sun,the sands,the waves and the smell of the shore that build the sea…