Natuna Island’s waters have become a national and international media conversation. The reason is, Indonesia has a territorial dispute with China in Natuna waters. The dispute involved Chinese coast guard vessels and the Indonesian Navy.
Besides having the potential of great natural wealth in the ocean, Natuna Island turned out to have a tourism potential that is not less interesting. Here are some tourist sites on Natuna Island that must be visited when you go to Natuna Island.
1. Batu Madu Tourism
Batu Madu Tourism is located in the village of Cemaga, Bunguran Selatan, Natuna. This destination can be reached by various modes of transportation, with a distance of 45 minutes from the City of Ranai. Batu Madu Tourism offers beautiful beach views, and there are small islands consisting of large granite rocks.
The right time to visit the island, when the water recedes. Visitors can watch the vast expanse of beach, reaching hundreds of meters from the beach. It can even approach granite rocks. Batu Madu tourist location also features a shelter, stalls selling Natuna’s special food, bathrooms, a large parking area and provides a variety of water games that can be rented.
2. Cemaga Beach Tourism
Cemaga Beach is one of the best beaches on Natuna Island. Its length reaches three villages: Desa Cemaga Selatan, Cemaga Kota to Cemaga Tengah. Besides the beautiful panorama, the waters are also very clear.
The water is not choppy, making it safe for swimming and snorkeling. While the beach is spacious, it is perfect for beach volleyball and playing football. The atmosphere of the beach is reminiscent of Belitung Island, the rocks that appear on the white sand. The shape is very diverse, some are round, oval, to resemble a mountain, the roof of a house and even the hull of a ship. Its distribution points reach four regions with different designations.
On the side of the bay in the Sebintang region, the locals are named Batu Kaun. Then successively called Batu Madu, Batu Setapung to Batu Kasah.
3. Tanjung Datuk Tourism
Tanjung Datuk is at the northeastern tip of Natuna, with an area of approximately 7 ha. The white sand is dominated by various kinds of rocks. This area has beautiful sunset and dawn panoramas. The location is about 60 km from Ranai City or around 1 hour away by using a four-wheeled vehicle or two-wheeled vehicle.
To be able to get to this tourist attraction, it is advisable to drive a four-wheeled offroad vehicle or preferably a motorcycle. Because the terrain traversed uphill, even part of parking. The white sand is hidden behind a plateau.
Although to reach the beach, the journey is quite tiring, but all are redeemed once tourists set foot on the beach: the stretch of beach is clean with rock accessories. The waves that hit the cliffs make them feel at home who enjoy the atmosphere of the beach.
Tanjung Datuk has small pools formed by the waves being scraped off. In the ponds, tourists can find colorful small fish.
4. Tanjung Senubing Tourism
Tanjung Senubing is on the east coast of Ranai City, Natuna Regency. In this place lay rocks with various shapes and sizes. When viewed from a viewing post at the height of Senubing Hill.
Tanjung Senubing offers a unique view, when viewed from the waters. Stacked stones spread in all directions. The rocks, which are also recognized by the locals as Batu Sindu, have a cave in between the rocks.
Tanjung Senubing’s landscape varies greatly from the coast to hills as high as 100 meters above sea level. The scattered rocks are hard natural rocks. While at the foot of the hill, there is a white sand beach.
Granite rocks scattered in Tanjung Senibung, Natuna. The tallest and full of plants is Batu Sindu.
5. Alif Stone Park
Also called Alif Stone Park. Called the stone park, because this location offers a large expanse of stone that is scattered along the coast. Batu Alif Park is located in Tanjung Sulai, Sepempang Village, Bunguran Timur District, Riau Islands.
To go to this location, it takes half a day from Tanjung Pinang by using sea transportation in the form of a ferry. However, if accessed from Ranai City, the distance is only about 10 km or around 10-15 minutes by road.
Alif Stone Park has an area of around three hectares. This rock park offers thousands of stones dating from prehistoric megalithic times which are arranged beautifully along the shoreline. While the white sand offers clear sea water.
6. Senua Island Tourism
Senua Island is the outer island in Natuna. The Natuna people also commonly refer to Senua Island as Senoa, which is located at the tip of Tanjung Senubing and Tanjung Bunguran Timur, Natuna. The island bordering East Malaysia is called Senua, which means two entities.
Natuna residents believe, Senua Island is an incarnation of a pregnant woman named Mai Lamah. Also from its shape, Senua Island resembles a pregnant belly. Senua Island is famous for its beautiful beaches, clean, and decorated with white quartz sand. Every year, the Natuna Regency Culture and Tourism Office holds the Senua Island Festival.
7. Semitic Mangrove Tourism
Residents of Pengadah Village, Bunguran Timur Utara District, together with the village government, built a mangrove tourism area in the Semitan River estuary. This mangrove forest tour, has succeeded in developing the people’s economy. They preserve and protect the area from actions that damage nature. In the end can open job opportunities and increase income for rural communities.
Various tourism activities that can be carried out in the Semitic Mangrove Tourism area, such as enjoying mangrove forests, adventuring down the river while watching the diversity of fauna along the way, fishing and fishing in the Semitan River Estuary.