Upon arriving over at Sangiang Island, we were warmly greeted by the Canyon
I almost forgot if there was no proper alarm who woke me up at 5 am to go to Sangiang Island last weekend (June 15-16, 2013). Upps i got really exhausted after two hours of sleep the night before and then must prepare all the stuff that i must bring to the Island. Really whooaamm… But Thanks to the group who join with me and feel the journey more active, impulsively with 16 other people (yes, it was a big impulsive group of runaway traveler hahaha). And then continue my sleep along the road to Island within take 5 hours on the road and 1.5 hours on the boat. At the same time, my truly was contemplating if I should give this mission a miss as I was feeling really sick.(Mr Flu attacked me from nowhere) But I guess the strong-will in wanted to give it a try, thus I decided to follow my heart…..
If you never heard about Sangiang Island..actually i just heard the name of this island one year ago when i was travelling in Anyer. Sangiang Island is a small island in the south of Cilegon, Banten. The colonial Dutch called the island Dwars-in-den-weg (‘Thwart-the-Way’; ‘In the Way’). Approximately has a total 700.20 hectares, which geographically between 105’49’30 “- 105’52 ‘east longitude 5’56’ – 5’58’50” South latitude. I heard if this Island is not managed so far. I would say nothing but I love to visit a place to find peace in Mother nature’s beauty and solitude.
Mangrove giving an expression of tranquility of Sangiang… alone and be happy? LOL..but love this spot..like being on the mainland
Even though we’re in Sangiang Island for a holiday, both Group and I wanted to know a little more about the history of the Island; thus decided to have short trip to explore and to understand a little more about the people who live in this Island. Hmm I must say that the Island really good to visit. Wonder how the name of ‘Sangiang’ origins from? “Sangiang” is the old name for the area while “Sang Hyang” is Hindu dialect meaning Divinity on land.Reportedly if this Island is often used as a gathering place for the Wali Alloh to formulate the problems of people especially when the spread of Islam in Indonesia was growing.
Before getting to Sangiang Island, we stopped briefly at one of the best snorkel spots in Banten. Its name Lagoon Bajo, located towards the southeast of the island before entry into the mangrove forest. I think this spot is a good to free dive because many found hard coral and soft coral with a multi-faceted depths between 3-6 feet down. Coral reefs are a multi-faceted to be missed for me. As a result I managed to capture some photos for documentation.
Oh yes…after we spent much time in snorkelling..hmm i’ve forgot to mention the others name of snorkel spot in the island…but after we tired snorkel and we decided going to the island for rest, I saw so many mangrove. Yeah this island is complete for me with mangrove habitat which also surrounds the island. Down the river with fresh water mangroves on each side provide new understanding for me to know how these mangrove keep everything in it from all sorts of dangers. How seawater could turn into fresh water and immediately useful for local residents in fulfill their needs. The mangrove forest is very well preserved because it is always monitored by the coast guard. Some documentation is visible in this image captured by me..
fishing in the island … nice to finally be able to fish as well …
Well, besides having a beautiful snorkelspot location. Sangiang island still has a fabulous beach with the waves pretty hard hitting rock that stands in some stretches of shoreline. Unspoiled beaches with soft white sand at the foot stomping. It feels I’d like to swim, but I’m still afraid of the waves that look so creepy. But some people didn’t want to miss the ritual play in the sand beach.There a few swim but I just sit in one of the reef, watching the sunset.
Other than that I was really satisfied playing in the water near the Sangiang Island .. besides having clear water. The island provides a feel for who likes water adventure sports, especially in the sea. Lagoon Bajo is a popular snorkel spot among both the locals and tourists. Especially in Panjang Beach. Those beautiful white sand comes from the large amount of crushed seashells which have been mixed in within the sand. The long seashore stretches for 3 km and has cobalt colored seawater and evergreen forests scattered around the vicinity, making the scenery very beautiful.
Tomorrow next up, we headed over to trekking to go to the Kalelawar/Bat Cave, the hidden Cave, is muddy, sharp corals along the way and let alone the gazilions of trees and other wilderness vegetation, you also have to conquer 3 hills before finally get to the cave. The cave is one of the highlight over in Sangiang as they serves all sorts of Bats living along the tunnel. Somewhat I guess this spot is less comfortable being around this cave. Because it’s very humid with lots of mosquitoes. So when we just got arrive a sudden itch body with lots of mosquito bites us…so horrible..
But from the front of the cave we could see hundreds of bats hanging on the wall above. I didn’t even realize when then a small white shark swimming in the water of the cave while waiting for a bat that fell to the bottom to then become food for the sharks. According to the local people say there are a few more sharks often come to the cave…so who dare to swim in this cave?? Me..no way!!!
Thank You, again, for the time I’ve spent together with your greatness #sahabatJalanku. Always find it hard when the time has come to say goodbye, even harder when I can still see all the group members smiling up there, coloring the sky with light yellow and soft strokes of pink, on a boat that took us back.
I’ll sail again, soon.
was at Sangiang Island, June 16th 2013.