Visit Bangkaru

The second biggest island of Pulau Banyak ’99’ islands is Bangkaru, the turtle island. Every night throughout the year you can see green turtles laying eggs on the marvelous beaches  of Bangkaru Nationalpark.

Beaches are plane

Bangkaru is for sure one of the most special places on Sumatra. The Island is a desert island, there is only one cottage (pondok) built up by the government for the rangers, who take care and protect the turtles.

I heard, ten years before there were nearly on every island turtles and the locals say, you could get lobsters even at the toilet in the villages. The business was booming until the eco-system couldn’t catch up with the mass fishing any more. The province Aceh woke up, sent rangers to the last turtle paradise to save this treasure of nature. But one thing is remained completely untouched by the people: the island itself. The reason is funny, the locals believe Bangkaru is a place of ghosts, so they never came to log trees and never killed the animals on the Island. I was there this summer (2015), I couldn’t see any ghosts but a real jungle with giant plants.

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Giants

If you stay on Bangkaru you will stay together with the rangers. Real hard outdoorsmen, which means they also know how to cook like heaven…

Night by night they are observing the eggs laying turtles and if is necessary, which happens ever and anon, they protect them as well for the fishermen who come to steal the eggs – ever and anon.

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Their trace

Mr. Usup is one of the brave rangers. There is no phone signal at the Island – about the internet is no need to speak. So the guys are really alone with the nature. And if something happens, it is Usup who is running up the mountain, which takes two hours, to be able to contact the outside world.

The pondok is big enough to have some dormitories for us visitors.

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The pondok

As I came to Bangkaru, my friend Langlang Buana (he is a speed boat driver) took me there.

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Mr. Langlang Buana

The most comfortable, straightest and easiest way to get to Bangkaru is to contact Darmawan (Tel.: 0821 6645 7040, Email: dmawan_ skl76@yahoo.com). He speaks a great English so you will enjoy a very informative trip and he is also a really cool man; it will be a great experience with him. You will find our Darmawan on Facebook as well under Dar Mawan. He is also Director of CV Pulau Banyak Travel, so wherever you would like to travel by car on Sumatra, he can help you.

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How much does it cost to get to Bangkaru? If you are a group it costs around one million rupiah per person, if you are a couple the price is three million for you two. And if you are alone, life is always an adventure…

Why is it so expensive? It is special, that is for sure one of the main reasons. The organizer pays permission for you as well. On the other hand the infrastructure is not given, too. Everything, the food, the drinks, medicaments, everything is from the mainland. Last but not least there is one more exciting reason behind the price: it is a bit difficult because of the waves to enter the island. You need for sure a speed boat and an experienced driver as well. He has to catch the right wave and so you will surf easily, safe and quickly to the welcoming beach of Bangkaru. Enjoy.

Telefon & Internet & Money on Pulau Banyak

If you have an Indonesian SIM card from Telekomsel, you can use your phone 24 hours a day but no other provider works in this area. Telekomsel offers 4G, but not everywhere and not always.

You should cary cash with you, it is possible but not easy to get money on the islands and villages. There is an ATM in Singkil, but it is sometimes out of work. The safest way is to take money from the bigger cities around.

Activities on Pulau Banyak Barat

  • Visit Haloban, the fishing village next to Tailana. It takes around 25 minutes to get there by fishing boat. 80% of the population works still on the sea searching for fishes, octopi, crabs and shells by day, by night, by storm, by sun.
    Haloban
    Be part of the game
    In a silent evening.
  • Visit Ujung Salit, the only Christian village in this area. Its inhabitants originate in Nias.
    Ujung Salit
  • Relax and snorkel around the stunningly beautiful small island called Pulau Pandan.
    Pulau Pandan
    The only visitors: we
    Indeed small
    Same same but different
  • Visit Air Dingin (cold water) to have a refreshing bath and see some monkeys.
    Around Air Dingin
    Wilderness
    Great vegetation
    Our fishing boat
  • Be part of traditional events
    Wedding ceremony in Balai
    Wedding decoration in Haloban
  • Cruising around the islands. Catch sight of dolphins, turtles and if you are lucky sometimes you can see dugongs.
    Departure from Tailana
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    On the way to Pulau Ragu Ragu
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    On the way back to Tailana

About Tailana

Pulau Tailana is one of the stunningly beautiful islands of the remote Pulau Banyak situated about 30km west of Aceh Singkil at the east cost of Sumatra in the Indien Ocean. Pulau Banyak (lot of islands) is a cluster of many mostly uninhabited islands with ginclear waters, white beaches and vast quantities of palm trees.

Tailana’s crystal clear, calm water is home for corals, lobsters and small fishes -the big ones are already on the market. The small tropical island is indeed a great spot for snorkling and relaxing. It belongs for sure to the last Beauties of the world.

Prices on Tailana

Single: 100.000Rp

Double: 125.000Rp

Triple: 150.000Rp

Facilities: 125.000Rp per person which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, tee&coffee all the time, drinking water, fruits, electricity and laundry possibilities.

It means:

If you come alone: 225.000Rp per day/night

If you are two of you: 375.000Rp in total per day/night

If you are three of you: 525.000Rp in total per day/night

 

Bungalow on Tailana

 

Interior design

 

Canteen

 

 

Everywhere dill around the cottages

 

Also the kings visit this place on foot…

Activities on Tailana

  • Just relax…
    If reality makes you feel prepossessed
  • Play volleyball
    We are ready
  • Kayaking
    It is not so far but far enough to the next island
  • Snorkling directly around the island or nearby
    Between the sun above and the corals under you is your skin…
  • Fishing
    The fishes are not akways willing but often
  • Surfing à la Tailana
    *wuhuuu*
  • Cocking and eating
    Happy non-birthday
    …and who ordered lobster today?
  • Enjoy the sunset…

How to get to Tailana

Wherever you are, Medan, Bukit Lawang, Banda Aceh, Pulau Weh, Ketambe, Padang, Bukittingi or Lake Toba we can help you to find transportation to Singkil, which is your stepping stone to get to Pulau Banyak:

You can call Mr. Darmawan in Singkil directly, he has shared and private cars around Sumatra:

Darmawan’s Phone:  0062 (0)821 66457040

Darmawan’s Email: dmawan_ skl76@yahoo.com

Or you just contact the island directly by calling Mr. Mali: 0062 (0)813 60991595.

From Singkil you have different possibilities to come to Tailana:

  • The old common way, which can take a very long time is to go to the harbour in Singkil and go by public boat to Pulau Balai, which is the first island in Pulau Banyak from Singkil. The cargo ships are leaving everyday except holidays between 9 o’clock in the morning and two o’clock in the afternoon – and we never know exactly when. The cruise takes around three to four hours and costs around 30.000Rp. If we know, you are on the way to Balai, somebody (mostly Erwin) from our team will waiting for you at the harbour. From Balai it takes around one and a half hours to come to Tailana by chartering a boat, it costs around 150.000Rp per person.
  • Twice a week there is a ferry from Singkil to Balai (Tuesday and Saturday). It costs 25.000Rp, it leaves at 11 o’clock in the morning and it takes around three and a half ours.
  • You can go first to Haloban which is the closest village to Tailana. This is the cheapest way! But only every two days goes a boat from Singkil to Haloban. It costs 50.000Rp. (Read more about Haloban above.)
  • You can charter a speed, which goes directly to Tailana. It’s always better to leave in the morning, it takes between one and a half and two hours and costs 2.000.000Rp.

 

Harbour in Singkil

 

Contact Pulau Tailana

Manager: Mr. Mali

Mr. Mali’s Phone: 0062 (0) 813 6099 1595

Reka’s Phone: 0062 (0) 821 6569 9220

What’s app: 0043 676 64 90 31

Email: smile.theworldsmiles@gmail.com

On Facebook there is a group called Pulau Tailana, you are always welcome to join it.

Pulau Tailana