Who knows, Bengkulu Province have beautiful maritime destination. The destination is called as Tikus Island which located about 10 mil from Bengkulu City. After long time, this destination have become favorite by tourist who visit Bengkulu.
“The request for tour package with destination for Tikus Island have increase continuously especially at weekend and good climate condition in Bengkulu seas,” said Feri Vandalis, Vice Director of CV Wahana Mitra Karya which is the cruise provider to Tikus Island.
The island with wide about 0,6 hectare have preferred by tourist because the location which is near with Bengkulu Island. Tourist is only need to across the island for about 40 minutes using fisherman boat or tourist special ship.
Although only have wide about 0,6 hectare, Tikus Island have been supported with coral reefs foundation for about 200 hectares. Visitor have visit the island with one day trip. “Most of the visitor have take the single day visiting package by departure in morning and get back in evening,” said Feri.
Tourist can rent the snorkeling equipment in this island. There are also have snorkeling package which prepare by local people. Visitor is only can pay for 200 thousand rupiah per person with minimum 10 person for every trip if want to visit the coral reefs spot.
One of visitor in Tikus Island, Yayan have said that the maritime tourism package have offered unique experience because it can give visitor chance to interact closer with the ecosystem in this area.
“Generally, tourism in side of the beach is only offered change for enjoy sea from side of beach but in Tikus Island we can interact directly with marine species through snorkeling,” said Yayan.
This latest time there are a trend of selfie with hundreds of old and used slippers background at Tapak Paderi Beach, Bengkulu. Tapak Paderi Beach is one of tourism destination in Bengkulu, the beach distance is not too far from Fort Marlborough.
The hundreds of old slippers have been arrange in a row with the wall which made from bamboo. The hundreds of that old slippers have only range about 200 meters from shoreline. There also have mate canteen near the slippers of love. There still unknown the canteen have called as mate canteen.
One of that area fisherman named Aris from Pondok Besi Village, Bengkulu have said that the idea to make slippers cabin mate is come from the local people concerns on the garbage and trash on the area.
“Almost of the trash is a drink plastic bottle and old slippers which float on the beach. We have collect the trash and hang it on the bamboo pole we have made,” said Aris. Obviously, according Aris, the pole of old slippers have attract tourist to the beach who like to capture the moment from this slipper hanging.
The information have spread quite fast, continue Aris, there is not make people come to the slippers hanging but also attract a lot of couple to come to place their slippers as the sign of love. “We never predict our intention to clean the beach from garbage have get a lot of attention from tourist and become one of tourism object to this beach,” said Aris.
The next, Aris with other fisherman in Pondok Besi Village will continue to collect garbage in beach location to processed into more helpful stuff. “We have invite local people to take part in keeping the beach cleanliness to make tourist become more comfortable to visit Tapak Paderi Beach,” said Aris.
If Paris and Korea have Locks of Love, at Bengkulu maybe would be appeared slippers of love soon.