Riung 17 Islands Marine Park

Riung 17 Islands Marine Park

Riung is a wonderful little town, lush and isolated, stiched with rice fileds, stilled with fishers shacks and framed with coconut palm. Coming from Ende you will drive along a parched and arid coastline that skirts a spectaculary blasted volcano before a sudden burst of foliage swallows the road as it winds into twon. The effects make Riung a classic end of the road destination, feel like an island unto itself, part of some whole other time and place.  Guest house are homey, the quiet strees are made for walking, and the waterfront is a getaway to a marine park.only its realtive inaccesibility keep it from profound development. The closet beach to Riung is a 1km walk. There is no local dive shop you can found in Riung.

The main Riung attraction is the seventeen island marine park / Riung 17 Island Marine Park . There are actually 23 island, all island is uninhabited, but government authorities decided on the number as a convenient tie-in with Indonesia’s Independence day (17 August)

Riung 17 Islands Marine Park
Pulau Tiga – Riung

Three or four islands are usually included in a boat trip, and the first is almost always Pulau Ontoloe; a mangrove isle where a massive colony of flying foxes roosts and mewl ( these huge fruit bats blacken the sky around Riung when sunset). There are also few resident Komodo Dragons. Pulau Rutong is popular for its lovely wide white-sand beach. Pulau Temba is another slender slice of white sand, tucked againts a rugged hillside picturesue and wild, it tends to escape the crowds. Pulau Tiga is likewise not to be missed. The sea is glassy turquoise the hard corals of the east coast nourish schools of tropical fish, and the long sweep of white sand is perfect for barefoot strolls. An offshore site called Laingjawa has excellent snorkeling. Mingling among the hardscorals are schools of bumphead, some colourful cuttlefish, an occasional blacktip shark and least two resident turtles. Pulau Bakau has above-average coral.