Photo: Watu Malando Beach.

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Watu Malando Beach

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It’s a long, lonely and winding road to get to Watu Malando Beach, but we think the journey to this piece of natural beauty is worth it. The 65 kilometre trip from Waitabula is mostly paved, and there’s even a road sign. It won’t direct you all the way here, but it’s a start.

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Local spelling varies, and it’s sometimes called Watu Malandong, but we’re going with what’s on the road sign. Watu Malando is a group of five limestone karst islands (or four and a big rock) near a river mouth in the Kodi region — think mini-Halong Bay or Twelve Apostles, and not quiet as impressive as either, but still spectacular. The name in the local language refers to the triangular shaped rock of the largest formation.

Keeping busy. Photo taken in or around Watu Malando Beach, Waitabula, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Keeping busy. Photo: Sally Arnold

Not so well known among locals — our ojek driver had to keep asking direction — but a newly built road continues all the way to the beach. The road ends at a small bay. From here you can only see two of the formations, but if you climb to the small beach next to the river you can see four. We didn’t find a nearby point from where you could view all five. A drone might help if you’d like a photo. As beautiful as it is, the sea has strong currents and isn’t the safest for ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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