At the border of the city of Bengkulu are three important attractions for people who love nature. One of them is the 7-km beach which starts at Pantai Nala ('Nala Beach'), and runs towards the south where the name changes into Pantai Panjang Gading Cempaka, Gading Cempaka was a legendary princess, with a skin as white as ivory (gading) and as odorous as jasmine (cempaka). Swimming is not dangerous, but big waves and a strong undercurrent demand care. The most safe places for a swim are signed.
The lake Danau Dendam Tak Sudah ('Lake of the everlasting resentment') is about eight kilometers south of the city. It is surrounded by low hills, overshadowed in the far distance by the high summits of Bukit Barisan mountain range. Along the northern side of the water is a nature reserve where a special species of orchid grows, the Vanda hookeriana.
The small island of Pulau Tikus (Rat island) is about five kilometers off the coast. It's only 60 x 100 meters and is part of a much larger coral reef which is below it. During the colonial time, ships moored on the inside of the reef to be protected from big storms. Big iron anchors in the reef are the prove of this. Snorkelers and divers tell the maritime life is very rich.
Last revised on October 24, 2009
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