A good beach and island daytrip
Published/Last edited or updated: 17th April, 2016
While Bima has a couple of beaches, notably Kolo to the north, better beaches and islands are reasonably easy to visit out of Sape. You could base yourself out of Sape to explore, but Bima is a more interesting town to stay in, and it’s just a 90-minute ride or drive from Bima to Sape.
The most popular spot to see is Pulau Bajo, 20 minutes by boat from Sape port. We visited two of a bunch of beaches on the island. Pantai Putih (White Sand Beach) runs out to the south of the village by the pier. It is indeed a white-sand beach, and there is apparently some decent snorkelling offshore, but the trash on the the beach above the high tide mark detracts from what is otherwise a very pretty spot.
Further along the coast of the island is the much smaller, but also very pretty, Santigi Beach. This also has a coral reef offshore, but the coral looked pretty dead with few fish — we got a close look as the boatman ran aground on the reef.
The other popular beach out of Sape is Pantai Lariti. It’s a mainland beach, but the road is poor and if you’re already taking a boat to Pulau Bajo, get this one thrown in as well. It’s an islet connected to the mainland by a sandbar, which only appears at low tide (your boatman will be able to advise of tide timings). The beach itself is a bit so-so, but the view from the islet (ignore the “admission” fee gate) is impressive.
None of the beaches mentioned above are earth-shatteringly gorgeous, but they are pretty and if you find yourself stranded in Bima for whatever reason, a trip out to visit them is a good way to fill a day.
To charter a boat to visit all the above costs locals 100,000 to 150,000 rupiah. We were charged 250,000 rupiah, with zero scope for bargaining — your mileage may vary. The boatmen are clustered on the left as you arrive at the ferry terminal in Sape.
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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