Riung 17 Island National Park is one of the tourist attractions on the north coast of Flores Island.
The number 17 is taken from the date of Indonesian independence to make it easier to remember.
This place is perfect for those of you who want a vacation with an atmosphere that is not too crowded with visitors.
So, what's in this place? Let's discuss more below.
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If you want to vacation on Flores Island, don't forget to visit Riung 17Pulau National Park. This tourist spot may still sound foreign to your ears because it is famous from Flores Island tourism is object Komodo Island tour or also Weekuri Lake.
In this place, you can enjoy the beauty of the scenery which is very enchanting because it turns out that this place is also a mainstay tourist attraction on the island of Flores, NTT.
The scenery is so beautiful seen from the many clusters of small islands which are very interesting to visit. This is one of the attractions of domestic and foreign tourists who want to enjoy the beauty of nature.
As the name implies, the 17 Island National Park has a row of 17 islands.
The islands are Borong Island, Dua Island, Kolong Island, Lainjawa Island, Table Island, Bampa Island, Tiga Island, Copper Island, Ontoloe Island, Pau Island, Besar Island, Taor Island, Sui Island, Wire Island, Halima Island, Pulau Patta, and Rutong Island.
Route to Riung and 17 Islands National Park
The location of Riung 17 Island National Park is in Riung District. More precisely in Ngada Regency which is approximately 72 km to the north of Bajawa. If you want to visit there, the route that you can use is to pass through the SOA sub-district which is adjacent to the Ngada City Airport.
However, if you want to use a closer route, you can fly to Kupang and take an ATR plane to Kupang – Bajawa.
The path that you will pass when going to Riung 17 Island National Park is quite good but there are still some that are damaged. You also have to be prepared to go through a winding road up and down which is quite an adrenaline test.
You can also use a motorbike or car if you want to visit this place. The trip will take approximately 2 hours if you go through the center of Bajawa City.
If you don't want to use a private vehicle, you can use the Damri bus with the Bajawa – Riung route.
In addition, you can also visit it by ship. If you use the Surabaya – Ende route, then you can use a travel service for the Mbay – Riung route with a distance of 4 hours.
Hours Operational Attractions
If you want to visit Riung 17Pulau National Park, you can come anytime because this tourist attraction is open 24 hours. There are no counters that require you to pay for an entrance ticket so you can save money for other purposes.
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Riung Tourism Activities and 17 Islands National Park
There are many activities that you can do at Riung 17Pulau National Park, including:
For those of you who like to play with water, don't miss the opportunity to snorkel. You must try this spot because the underwater beauty of Riung and the 17 Island National Park is stunning.
Moreover, coupled with conducive sea conditions with calm waves so that it will make you enjoy the view of marine flora and fauna more comfortably. There, you can find snorkeling equipment rental packages as well as fishing boats.
- Watching the Hanging Bats
One thing that is unique about Ontoloe Island is the amazing view of bats flying and hanging from the trees. Like most animals nocturnal, bats rest during the day in the trees and at night they will scatter in search of food.
- Grilled fish barbecue
After snorkeling and enjoying the underwater beauty, your energy will definitely be drained and feel hungry. For the solution, you can enjoy grilled fish barbecue as a stomach boost.
The combination of a beautiful beach atmosphere with delicious grilled fish dishes will definitely feel perfect. In addition, the fish served is fresh fish that you can order from fishermen around Riung and the 17 Island National Park.
Available Public Facilities
The facilities provided by this tourist attraction are quite complete, including the following:
If you want to spend the night in this place, don't worry because there are several homestays that you can rent. The number of homestays available is not enough because this place is still relatively empty of visitors.
The recommended homestays are Nirvana Bungalow, Bintang Homestay and Pondok SDV. This place is away from the crowds so you can comfortably enjoy the serenity of the beach.
The number of food stalls is still quite limited and not so crowded, but the food menu offered by the restaurant is very varied. You can choose the dishes you like or even taste food you've never tried before.
Travel Tips on Riung Island
For travelers who want to visit Riung and the 17 Island National Park, there are some tips that you should pay attention to. Here we provide some tips for you:
1. Come during the dry season around April to October. This is the best time because when the rainy season comes, your holiday activities will be disrupted. You can't enjoy snorkeling, swimming or grilling fish on the beach.
2. It is recommended that you stay overnight so that you can see the enchanting beauty of the sunrise emerging from behind a cluster of small islands. This is sure to be an unforgettable experience. In addition, in the morning you can freely see the very beautiful underwater floor.
3. For those of you who intend to stay overnight, don't forget to bring mosquito repellent lotion because in this place there are many mosquitoes at night.
4. Adjust the clothes you carry and wear. You are better advised to bring thin clothes with materials that absorb sweat. The temperature during the day is very hot because it is located on the coast.
Also, you cannot use the fan during the day due to limited electricity. In this area, electricity is only on in the afternoon until the morning.
5. With limited electricity, make sure your electronic devices are fully charged when the power is on. Don't forget to bring energy reserves with the help of a power bank so that you can still use electronic equipment.
6. The only provider whose network is in Riung and 17Pulau National Park is Telkomsel. Therefore, to keep your communication smooth, bring a Telkomsel simcard.
New Normal Order on Riung Island
It turned out to be a very interesting attraction for Riung and the 17 Island National Park. You can schedule to visit this island together with your beloved friends and family.
Looking at the description of its natural beauty, it seems that being there a few hours will feel very less. It is better to stay there so that you will feel satisfied enjoying its natural beauty.
However, during the Covid-19 pandemic this tourist attraction was closed for several months. This is one of the efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19. But, you dont have to worry. Because this tourist attraction has been reopened in July 2020.
The ceremonial opening of this tourist attraction was led directly by the Regent of Ngada. Of course, in carrying out this new normal order, awareness from all parties is needed. Both from the tourism sector and also tourists or visitors.
So for those of you who want to go on vacation to this place immediately, don't forget to always apply health protocols, okay. So that you always avoid the possibilities that can cause you to contract COVID-19. Happy holiday.