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.