GUIDE TO KODINGARENG KEKE ISLAND, MAKASSAR
When I traveled to Boracay from Lucena via Jet Ski, I saw MANY gorgeous little virgin islands.
So it's quite difficult to impress the eyes of this seasoned veteran. (wow, LOL). But seriously, I've seen my fair share and I love me a good island, especially the uninhabited type.
Problem is, most are extremely difficult [and expensive] to access but not Kodingareng Keke Island.
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Kodingareng Keke (it's quite a mouthful and tongue twister) is one of several uninhabited islands in the region of South Sulawesi. Located just 14km off the coast of Losari Makassar, it only takes about 45 minutes to get here via ferry.
HOW TO GET THERE
The easiest way to travel to Kodingareng Keke from Makassar City Center is to catch a Bangkoa Wooden Jetty from the nearest dock located just a short walk away from Castle Front Rotterdam.
BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES
- Ferry Ride - about 500,000 IDR/$37 USD (return and can fit about 8 people)
- Snorkeling Boat - 100,000 IDR/$7USD
- Snorkeling Gear Rental - 50,000 IDR/ $4
- Food - there is no restaurant on the island, just a small stall selling water, snacks and instant noodles.
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WHERE TO STAYIf you're into creature comforts then I suggest staying on the mainland, preferably at Aston Makassar since the dock is just 5 minutes away from this hotel.
Also, rates are fairly affordable for a 4 star hotel, about $43/night with breakfast.
(That's what I love most about traveling to Indonesia, hotels are super cheap and yet very nice)
My stay here was very pleasant. My room was spotless and very spacious. Service was also topnotch and the breakfast buffet spread was quite generous.
There's also convenience stores nearby.
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SAMALONA ISLANDAlthough also small in size, Samalona Island can be reached halfway between Makassar and Kodingareng Keke.
There's a few houses here and several of them offer food and lodging.
DINING AND ACCOMODATIONS AT SAMALONA ISLANDIf you prefer not to bring a packed lunch with you to Kodingareng Keke, you can ask your boatman to schedule a lunch for you at Samalona Island. Here, you can experience authentic, home-cooked Indonesian Food. Lots of fresh seafood with sambal that's really super delicious! I can still taste it. Think prawns, squid and fish + veggies while you wash it all down with Coconut Juice plucked straight from the tree.
Cost for food is roughly around 75,000 IDR/$6USD per head.
When it comes to accommodations, you can rent a room for around 300,000IDR - 500,000IDR or $22-$38 USD which already includes dinner and breakfast. I must warn you though that what you get is the bare minimum. No air-condition, no mattress, no TV, no wifi. It's usually just a wooden bed with a banig and some sheets. Also, not all homes have their own toilets.
ALL TOILETS are the squat type and you have to pour water in them to flush. It costs 15,000 IDR/$0.1 per use.
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BEST TIME TO VISITThe best time to visit is around June-September. If you can't make it within those months, just check the weather to make sure it isn't rainy and you should be okay.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT KODINGARENG KEKE// P A R A D I S E
You will not want to leave, trust me.
The waters are of the prettiest turquoise hue and crystal clear.
You don't even have to snorkel to see amazing sea creatures.
H O W W O N D E R F U L.
The waters are calm with very gradual shores and the temperature is perfect!
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This is a place where the stars kiss the ocean.
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Besides, it's so lovely here that pretty much all sorts of bad vibes are just magically washed away by the sea.
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DIVING AND THE SUNKEN ATLANTISI am not a scuba diver but after seeing these photos, I want to head to a scuba center to get my license stat.
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- BE MINDFUL OF YOUR TRASH. Don't litter. Bring a bag to store all your trash in then later throw it when you're back on the mainland.
- Bring sunblock and mosquito repellant
- Bring a change of clothes.
- Bring small change.
- Bring your own snorkeling equipment if you have. Although there are some for rent, the quality isn't so good.
- Bring aqua socks. Some areas are infested with sea urchins so it's best to be safe than sorry.
- BRING A SWIMSUIT AND A CAMERA! Please. ☺
→ Also, for gorgeous hair and lips on the go, get yourself some BEACH BORN Sea Salt Spray Php180 and a Bam Balm Php168 to keep chapped lips away. ☼
This is one of my most favorite places in Indonesia. Enjoy your visit but remember, keep it clean for the next visitor!