Napombalu Island in Talaud Regency, North Sulawesi Province
Perhaps some people have recognized the fame of Talaud Regency of North Sulawesi Province. They often come to the region to enjoy island hopping, after all. Well, it is true Karakelong Island becomes the prime destination when exploring Talaud. However, other islands also reside there including the one called Napombalu. It is not as popular as Karakelong, but it has a distinct character as compared to others. For example, it is related to the history how the island was formed. According to the locals, the island was formed naturally in the midst of an atoll. Despite the difficult accessibility, it is possible to get to the island especially if tourists have already had an excellent boat service.
In terms of nuance, Napombalu Island offers beautiful beaches with its fierce waves. Lots of coral reefs also reside by the shore. Even though the size of the island is smaller than others, it becomes an excellent alternative to enjoy photography and relaxation. The waves are quite big though, so tourists should not swim in the sea without consideration. Not to mention the wind is quite strong!
Exploring Napombalu Island
The majority of visitors are those who are interested in the topography and history of Napombalu Island. Despite the fact, common tourists also come to the island to enjoy relaxation and sightseeing. They even have the chance to learn the story behind the island. It is said there was no land at all there, as it was covered thoroughly by sea. However, due to a big earthquake in North Sulawesi Province (which was about 7.1 Richter), the surface of the island elevated and formed a new landscape. No wonder, it becomes accessible for everyone especially tourists.
So, what can people do there? Aside from learning the history, people usually come to Napombalo to enjoy photography. These people are impressed with the unique landscape and distinct scenery of the island, after all. Even though they won’t find any plants and trees, the nuance is good enough to collect some good photos. The best object to capture perhaps is the formation of corals that scatter in the edge of the beaches. Plus, the big waves of the sea make a great picture as well.
The next interesting allure of Napombalu Island is the presence of smoke coming from the surface of the corals. It is said the smoke comes from volcanic materials located under the island! Another thing that makes the island famous is related to the legend. It is said the island is the incarnation of a man who was buried alive there. His name is Lawongo. In order to get thorough information regarding the story, tourists can ask their tour guide actually.
- Salibabu Island
- Kabaruang Island
- Karakelong Island
How to Get There
The first destination is Karakelong Island. For those coming from Manado City, they can take advantage of an airplane service and head to Melonguane City immediately. The flight takes off from Sam Ratulangi Airport and arrives at Melonguane Airport within 1 hour, actually. The next thing to do is to get to Kabaruan Island by boat. Another boat service is required later in order to get to Napombalo Island. This whole voyage takes around 3 hours.
Where to Stay
- Mentari Inn