Lipan Island in Sumbawa Regency, West Nusa Tenggara Province
Not all tourists are aware of the presence of small islands or Gili that reside in Sumbawa Regency. Those islands have made Sumbawa more popular these days, in fact. For those who look for a reference, they can visit Gili Lipan. This one is the part of Santong Cape and resides near to other famous islands like Gili Kebo, Panjang, and Meriam Kecil. In terms of name, “Lipan” means centipedes actually. Despite the name, the island is not covered by lots of centipedes. Instead, it offers stunning panoramas that suit photography and sightseeing.
One thing that makes Lipan Island different than other Gilis is the landscape. Instead of featuring a long shoreline and white sandy beaches, the island offers tall cliffs with its lush bushes. Not to mention it comes with a forest where tourists can conduct an exploration and adventure. As for the nuance, it comes with a peaceful atmosphere and beautiful landscapes. There is even an easy route for trekking! That means tourists can explore the side of the hills while watching the stunning sea scenery from up there.
Exploring Lipan Island
Those who never visit Lipan Island would wonder what they can do there. Well, it can be as simple as watching the island from the boat (before approaching the shoreline). Not only tourists can watch the island, but they have the chance to take photos of it directly from the boat. Still, photography is more interesting to do after getting on the island. It is because tourists have the chance to explore the forest and take more attractive objects located in the midst of the island.
For the information, the size of Lipan Island is only 10.63 hectare, so tourists can explore it easily without spending too much time. The island is covered by tall rocky cliffs and hills, so it looks majestic! The good thing is tourists are able to conduct trekking easily. However, the island is uninhabited, so tourists should consider coming with a local guide who knows the trekking route well. The purpose is to avoid getting lost during the exploration later.
What is more? The peaceful nuance makes the island suitable for relaxation and getting rid of stresses. What tourists can find are only big trees and grandiose cliffs. That means visitors are able to get closer to nature and feel the serenity. It even feels more comfortable in the morning! Thus, tourists should come at the time for the best experience.
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How to Get There
From Jakarta City, a trip to Sumbawa Regency takes about 4 hours and 5 minutes by airplane. Tourists only need to get a reliable plane service at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport to Sultan Muhammad Kaharuddin III Airport. Once they arrive at Sumbawa, their next destination is none other than Lipan Island. This time, they should take advantage of a boat service in order to reach the island. The duration depends on both weather and boat quality, though.