In the eastern parts of Indonesia, there is an abundance of undiscovered gems to be explored. With its resemblance to the Bora Bora of French Polynesia, Ora Beach is one of Indonesia’s hidden retreats. Tucked in the North Coast of Seram Island, Ora Beach has, since, been propelled to be labelled as the top tourist attraction in Maluku. Although getting there may pose a bit of a challenge, the tranquility of the beach’s natural beauty is just very rewarding.
The floating wooden bungalow in Ora Beach Resort is my idea of a perfect escape from the bustling city life. It may be priced more steeply than the land cottages, but with corals basking just beneath your feet, it brings closeness to the sea that few can resist. When the tide is low, the clear visibility of the corals is simply too inviting for any traveler to resist plunging in for a few relaxing snorkeling sessions. At night, the limited telecommunication connectivity serves as timely reminder to disconnect from the virtual world and engage in some quality time to catch up with friends.
Not forgetting to indulge in the fresh local seafood, a trip to a fisherman wharf for fresh lobsters is one of the highlights of my trip too. With just IDR 240,000/kg (USD 18/kg) of lobster, I really had nothing to complain about my tasty sumptuous dinner. You must be wondering; how to get to Ora Beach?
@1 Flight: from Jakarta to Ambon (3 hours, with one transit in Makassar)
@2 Taxi: from Ambon Airport to Tulehu Port (45 minutes)
@3 Express Boat: from Tulehu Port to Masohi (2 hours)
Ambon Island to Seram, Monday – Saturday: 9am & 4pm / Sunday: 11.00
Boat return to Ambon Island: Monday – Saturday: 8am & 2pm / Sunday: 15.00
@4 Car: From Masohi to Saleman (2 hours)
@5 Fisherman Boat: From Saleman to Ora (10 minutes)