Ilawe Beach in Alor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province
Many passionate travelers should have recognized the charm of Indonesia. At least, they should know the presence of a beautiful island called Alor. It is the home of many beaches and cultural sites, so travelers should never miss the opportunity to visit the region later. Located in the north part of the island, several beaches reside peacefully and one of them is called Ilawe Beach. The location is near to Batu Putih Beach, which is in Kabola Sub-District. To be exact, it resides in East Alila Village.
Even though Ilawe doesn’t have a big white cliff like Batu Putih Beach, it has a similar beauty and nuance. It is true tourists may undergo a challenging route to get to the site, including a hilly landscape. During the trip, though, tourists are not allowed to take pictures. It is because the locals consider it a taboo activity. Once arriving at the beach, a peaceful nuance welcomes everyone. The sea has a calm wave and several boats are seen in the sea. As for the shoreline, the sand is not quite soft due to the presence of gravel and stones on it. In terms of appearance, the beauty is quite similar to Sebanjar Beach!
Exploring Ilawe Beach
Once arriving at Ilawe Beach, most tourists may realize that it has a similarity to Sebanjar Beach. One thing that makes them different is the number of coral reefs. At Ilawe, tourists may find more coral reefs! No wonder, they must wear sandals or footwear when exploring the shoreline (due to fragments of corals scattered on the sand). Even though it has beautiful white sand, the surface is not as soft as other beaches. That means the site is not suitable for beach walking unless tourists wear comfy footwear.
Instead of being hassles, the fragments of corals, fallen leaves, and clamshells become a unique attraction there. Some tourists even take pictures of those objects while exploring the shore. So, where do those leaves come from? Tourists may realize that Ilawe Beach also features big trees growing near to the shore. No wonder, they can take advantage of these trees for resting and taking shelter at noon. Watching sea scenery under the trees, accompanied by breezy wind, is indeed quite relaxing, no?
Aside from those big trees, tourists can find another place for resting. It is none other than the big gazebo that resides near to the shoreline. The condition is not quite good, though. Another impressive thing that tourists can do at Ilawe Beach is to visit the morning fish market, especially when local fishermen get abundant catches of fishes. As the name suggests, it only happens early in the morning. So, make sure to come at the time to buy some big fishes there.
- Batu Putih Beach
- Maimol Beach
- Sebanjar Beach
How to Get There
For those coming from Kupang City, they can take an airplane at El Tari International Airport and head to Alor Island Airport. Have no worries. This flight may take around 40 minutes only. Once arriving at Alor Island, the next thing to do is to get to East Alila Village where the beach resides. The distance is 9.9 km, so the trip may take around 20 minutes only.
Where to Stay
- Moimol Resort