At first glance, this view reminds me of the Komodo National Park. Small islands scattered among the blue ocean of Flores.
This is Riung, known by the full name of “Taman Wisata Alam Riung 17 Pulau”, located in Ngada Regency, which is about 60 kilometers from Bajawa in East Nusa Tenggara of Indonesia.
All the islands in Riung are uninhabited. Patta Island was once inhabited by the Bugis and Bajo tribes, but was later moved by the local government to the Flores mainland, precisely around the Riung bay.
The number of islands in Riung actually more than 17 islands. Number 17 is taken from the date of Indonesian independence so that it is easy to remember.
The main activity when exploring Riung is almost the same when we do a Komodo trip. Ride a boat, move from one island to another, swim, snorkel, free dive, and climb to the top of the hill to see the view from a height.
The area of terrestrial nature tourism park or conservation area in Riung reaches 19,100 hectares, while the marine park conservation area is 9,900 hectares.
Quite big isn’t it? Not all island is accessible. If you take one day trip in Riung, it is enough to visit four until five main destination island.