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Pulau Lapang and Pulau Batang

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The glistening Pulau Lapang and Pulau Batang sit off the north coast of Pantar, roughly an hour or so by sampan from Baranusa, and make for a fun and relaxing half day outing should you have time on your side and your own snorkelling gear.

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Lapang is the further of the two, a very low-lying, almost foot-shaped island and uninhabited save a few fishermen’s shacks, it boasts some outstanding snorkelling off its southeast coast. A pristine reef, abundant with soft corals and positively teeming with reef fish, it faces onto a deep blue drop off with (when we visited) absolutely crystal-clear visibility.

Scenery on the way is none too shabby. Photo taken in or around Pulau Lapang and Pulau Batang, Pantar, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Scenery on the way is none too shabby. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Within minutes of jumping in we’d spotted a turtle, an eagle ray had cruised past and a school of fast-moving tuna had scared the hell out of us. Watch out for the large and aggressive triggerfish! The quality of the reef here, and the abundant sealife, exceeded our ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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