Riung Underwater – Riung Marine Park – Flores Island

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Riung 17 Islands

The sub-district of Riung, located to the north of Bajawa, is famed for its beautiful coral gardens. The coast and the surrounding area of the town of Riung have become a national conservation area, and were even given the status of a national park and named Pulau Tujuhbelas, or ‘Seventeen Islands’. In fact, the national park consists of more than 20 small and larger islands. The local people, though, have named the area ‘Riung Seventeen Islands’, a label that is easy to remember as it refers to the personification of a beautiful 17-year-old girl and also Indonesian Independence Day on the 17th of August.

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The national park area is inhabited by various exotic species, e.g. the Timor deer, hedgehogs, monkeys, ferrets, the Timor monitor lizard, marsupials, and partridges. The large variety of birds, such as eagles, white herons, black storks, partridges etc, make the area a great spot for bird watching.

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The Riung waters are home to plenty of exciting animals, ranging from marine mammals such as dolphins and whales to various colorful fish. The crystal-clear water makes it a perfect place for swimming, snorkeling, and underwater photography. The biggest island is the hilly Ontoloe, which is covered with short grass and a few trees, as well as fringed with mangroves. On the north coast of Ontoloe, you can observe the famous large fruit bats, called ‘flying foxes’, flying over the mangrove trees.

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A visit to Kalong, the ‘Flying Fox Island’, gives you the opportunity to see these fascinating animals as they fly into the sunset. The island of Bampa Barat is a temporary home to several fishermen, who sometimes sell their catch of the day directly from the boat.




6 Comments to "Riung Underwater – Riung Marine Park – Flores Island"

  1. James  17 November, 2015 at 08:57

    tuh mbak Lani, kata bang Djas juga laut Makassar masih nyambung dengan laut Kona jadi laut teluk Sydney juga nyambung dong sama laut Kona karena Lautan Pacific juga khan ?

  2. Lani  17 November, 2015 at 03:49

    James mahalo………..kapan nyemplung dilaut yg di Kona?

    Bang Djas : bo’ong euy!

  3. Alvina VB  16 November, 2015 at 23:09

    Wow….beautiful….thank you for sharing the pictures; ini gak kalah indahnya sama dasar laut di Bermuda dan Cayman island.
    James, selamet dah berhasil ngeborong euy…udah sering nyebur ke laut buat snorkling yg terdekat dari sini ya di Bermuda, cuman 2 jaman doang naik pesawat dari Toronto, ttp kl musim dingin ya off dulu krn airnya cukup dingin, jadi musti ke lebih selatan sana, ke Cayman, cuman banyak sting ray.

  4. djasMerahputih  16 November, 2015 at 18:55

    Hadir bang James, Udah pernah nyemplung di laut Kona.
    Laut di Makassar kan masih nyambung sama laut di Kona..

  5. Handoko Widagdo  16 November, 2015 at 16:05

    Indah sekali

  6. James  16 November, 2015 at 15:08

    1 nya habis diborong semua……foto-foto indah dibawah laut

    apa Kenthirs lainnya sudah nyemplung di laut semua ? dilaut Kona kah ?

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