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West Sumatra’s tropical beauty ~ Pagang Island

September 17, 2009

By Dian Hasan | September 16, 2009

Pagang Island-www.pbase.com-photo dnukman 10Among the international surfing community, the city of Padang, in West Sumatra, Indonesia is well-known as a jumping off point to surfing nirvana: The Mentawai Islands. A string of islands, of which the 3 largest islands of Siberut, North Pagai (Pagai Utara) and South Pagai (Pagai Selatan) are considered as having among the most consistent surf in the world.

It is the journey enroute to Mentawai, however, when one passes little isles scattered around Padang Bay, that often go unnoticed. These hidden jewels of West Sumatra are worthy of a stop-over to experience their natural beauty. Sikuai, Pagang and Cibudak Islands are just some of them. Here’s a look at Sikuai.

The nearby Pagang Island. Photo: D Nukman

The nearby Pagang Island. Photo: D Nukman

Have hammock, will travel. Pagang Island, West Sumatra. Photo: D Nukman

Have hammock, will travel. Pagang Island, West Sumatra. Photo: D Nukman

Frangipani on Pagang Island, West Sumatra. Photo: D Nukman

Frangipani on Pagang Island, West Sumatra. Photo: D Nukman

Indonesia‘s natural beauty is – quite simply – indescribable! Astonishing to say the least. What I find even more astonishing is the fact that for its size, Indonesia (the 4th largest country by population) is by far, the least known! The world’s most unknown large country! It certainly gives it a different ring when you spell it out.

Breaking open coconuts, Pagang Island. Photo: D Nukman

Breaking open coconuts, Pagang Island. Photo: D Nukman

The clear blue water of Pagang Island, West Sumatra. Photo: D Nukman

The clear blue water of Pagang Island, West Sumatra. Photo: D Nukman

Pagang Island, West Sumatra. Photo: D Nukman

Pagang Island, West Sumatra. Photo: D Nukman

Fresh catch, grilled to perfection. Photo: D Nukman

Fresh catch, grilled to perfection. Photo: D Nukman

Panorama view, Pagang Island, West Sumatra. Photo: D Nukman

Panorama view, Pagang Island, West Sumatra. Photo: D Nukman

So it comes as a breath of fresh air to take in the beauty of Sikuai, Pagang and Cibudak Islands in Padang Bay, West Sumatra.

Such island is a mere “drop in the ocean” of Indonesia’s natural wonders. After all, the world’s largest Archipelago holds many more tropical idyllic beauties that are just aching to be discovered!

And with the rise of the internet and the plethora of bloggers in the blogosphere, we can expect a big help in spreading the word.

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