Gurita Cape in Belu Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province
For those looking for a reference to enjoy a good vacation in Belu Regency, there is one called Gurita Cape. The location is in Kakuluk Mesak Sub-District, actually. In terms of name, “Gurita” means octopus. There is a reason why the locals gave such name to the site (which will be explained later). What most people know is only the fact that the cape was once called Kuit Namon. It has been used as a natural port for decades and becomes a new attraction for those who spend a vacation in Belu Regency.
So, what is about the nuance of the site? At a glance, the cape looks regular. The sea is deep, but the water surface looks so calm and soothing. Not to mention the site is surrounded by hills and beautiful plants like trees and bushes. If tourists decide to go to the top of the hill, they may see stunning views of natural attractions from there. Thus, it is quite recommended to carry a camera when visiting the location. No one would miss the chance to capture such amazing scenery, after all.
Exploring Gurita Cape
Well, people have many reasons to visit Gurita Cape. One of them is to learn the history. It is said tons of traders (from both Europe and Asia) often came to East Nusa Tenggara in order to look for valuable products. They took advantage of Kuit Namon Port or Gurita Cape as the prime checkpoint back then. Not to mention they conducted transactions there. If tourists look for further information from the elderly, they may learn the reason why the locals gave the name to the site.
It is said traders from Spanyol have an incident in Gurita Cape. At the time, their boat was attacked by a giant octopus and sunk to the bottom of the sea. The fact is that the shipwreck remains there, which can be seen by either snorkeling or diving. Since the incident, the Nippon Army took advantage of the cape as one of the bases during the war. No wonder, the site has a valuable history for tourists to learn about during the visit later. Thus, it is recommended to hire a local guide when visiting the cape.
The next recommended thing to do in Gurita Cape is none other than fishing. Tourists can either do it on the side of the sea or on a boat, in fact. There is even a nearby lake called Konkas, where they can enjoy fishing as well.
- Berluli Beach
- Afuik Beach
- Rai Kartar Beach
- Sukarelaan Beach
- Selamat Datang Monument
How to Get There
For those coming from Kupang City, they can take a local transportation service and head to Gurita Cape immediately. The distance is 289 km, so the trip takes approximately 6 hours and 45 minutes. What they need to do is to head to Kakuluk Mesak Sub-District where the cape resides. As for the best route, they can take Nasional Trans Timor Street.
Where to Stay
- Permata Hotel
- Amaris Hotel
- Paradiso Hotel
- Matahari Hotel