Welcome to “Indonesian Wonder,” a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia.
In today’s edition, we will introduce you to a tourism object in West Sulawesi province. the beauty of natural wealthin Indonesia cannot be doubted anymore. Many tourism objects in Indonesia looks like similar in the paradise. Some of the tourism objects are well known and they have to be visited . One of them is Karampuang Island. there are two versions of the origin of the island why it is named Karampuang island. According to the first version, in the past, the island was a hiding place of the kings from the chase of the Dutch. It was named Karampuang because combination from Kara meaning island, coral or stone and Puang meaning noble, and king. Kara and Puang was local language of tribes which lived in Sulawesi. So, Karampuang means island of the kings. While, according to the second version, the name of Karampuang comes from Mamuju language. It means full moon. According to the story, earlier the island had named Liutang Island. The name was changed by a figure in Mamuju becoming Karampuang. Karampuang Island is a small island with 6 km wide. The island is surrounded by blue clear water. The purity of its sea water makes marine biota able to be seen only from its surface. The best spot to see the beauty of its under-sea is at wooden dock which was built on coastal line. Besides, it makes you able to enjoy the undersea beauty, wooden bridge as long as 500 meters. This can also become the best spot for taking picture. For tourist who love diving, the clarity of the sea water of Karampuang Island cannot be missed. Because by diving, certainly you will be more satisfied to see the beauty of marine biota of Karampuang Island. In addition to offering the beauty of the beach with clear water, you can also enjoy some interesting places of this island. On this island, there is a unique well which has three different flavors. The flavor water of the well is salty, brackish and tasteless. The three-flavor well is also mentioned soul mate well. Another place of the island which can be visited is Lidah cave. Karampuang Island is located at Simboro district, Mamuju regency, West Sulawesi. The distance from Makassar is around 295 km. To go to the island from Mamuju, tourists can rent Katinting or speed boat with cheap tariff. Departure to Karampuang Island can be started from Mamuju dock where there is fish auction, Kasawi. From there, it takes only 20 minutes. That was our segment ‘Indonesian Wonder’ for today featuring Karampuang Island in West Sulawesi province.