Although not as popular as other natural attractions in East Nusa Tenggara, the historical site of Adonara Island holds promising potential to attract tourists.
Adnonara Island which is included in the East Flores Regency area stands on land that was once the former Adonara Kingdom.
Ruins of the History of the Kingdom of Adonara
The Kingdom of Adonara was founded around 1600 AD and is located on the northern coast of the Sago Village. Tourists who visit this historical site will also be invited to climb the hills which are the starting point of the kingdom.
Arriving there, you will be greeted by a one-meter-high pile of rocks that used to serve as a front line of protection.
Then, you will also find two simple houses with tin roofs before visiting the Portuguese fort while following the historical tour of Adonara.
In its heyday, the fort circled the countryside which happened to face the sea. The tourists also had the opportunity to admire the view of Flores from a height when they stopped there.
Do not stop there, the fort with a height of five meters is the 'home' of two ancient cannons whose muzzles point directly at the village.
Unfortunately, the local people paid little attention to the cannons, so their condition was so fragile. They even had time to dismantle the fort to open a new route that would facilitate access to the countryside.
However, you can still surround the historical tourist area of Adonara. Once satisfied to see the fort and the ruins of the kingdom, take the time to visit the mosque offered by King Arakian Kamba. Here, tourists can rest, pray, or kick to the cemetery located close to the house of worship.
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Feel the warmth on Adonara Island
The ruins of the kingdom are not the only reason that makes the historical site of Adonara Island so potential. When plunging into the countryside, local residents will welcome tourists with warmth in the midst of religious differences.
You can witness the power of mutual cooperation in daily activities such as farming, processing titi corn, to holding traditional events related to Adonara historical tourism.
The thick culture on Adonara Island should be used as much as possible to learn about aspects of their life. For example, by eating titi corn, the staple food of the local population.
They will process the carbohydrate source by frying it dry over a fire and then pounding it until it is flat. The combination of crunchy texture and savory taste makes many tourists addicted to try it.
Furthermore, there is Adonara's typical weaving which often invites the attention of tourists. Residents highlight the beauty of the woven motifs through playing with patterns of lines and colors instead of pictures.
Therefore, the typical Adonara weaving is different from Aceh and Jepara weaving. If you have enough money, there's nothing wrong with buying these traditional products after going on a historical tour of Adonara.
Unwind on the coast of Watotena Beach
Adonara Island offers a number of beautiful beaches that will release you from fatigue. Call it Watotena Beach which has clean white sand along with a stretch of clear sea water with bluish-green gradations.
In addition, there is also Pasir Meko Beach in Meko Village which has a narrow and elongated beach that will take you to the middle of the sea. Uniquely, you can see three active volcanoes flanking Pasir Meko Beach.
These include Ile Boleng Fire, Ile Ape Fire, and Coal. If you're lucky, you can watch the lava slide into the sea every 20 minutes.
Rich in natural and cultural beauty, are you ready to start your Adonara historical adventure?