Place of interest at Tanjung Benoa Badung now become one of the favorite destinations of tourists in filling the holidays in Bali. In addition to providing water attractions, Tanjung Benoa also provide tour packages to visit Turtle Island by boat motors.There are many tour packages offered water in Tanjung Benoa, ranging from Fly Fish, Water Skiing, Parasailing, Banana Boat, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving. One of which is not less exciting to try is a tour package to visit Turtle Island in the Bay of Tanjung Benoa, Bali.
Motor boat to Turtle Island can be rented with varying prices. Minimum 2 persons for all the rent and a maximum of 8 people for one boat. They are easily found hung on the edge of the beach is provided by water sports operators in Tanjung Benoa. Before visited Turtle Island, visitors will be invited to the sea is about 100-200 meters from the beach to see the beauty of the seabed. One of the guides as well as a boat driver to prepare bread to feed the fish. From the top of this boat, fish with beautiful colors shapes bring himself to approach the boat above the water surface.
“The fish here prefer to eat capcay, rather than eat bread,” joked Ida Bagus Redana, Glass Bottom Boat driver by the name of Family Travel stomach.In the midst of the sea, known as the Marine Park, the boat going to the Turtle Island will always stop here first. With the float position, through clear glass in the bottom of the boat, the scenery looks so close to the coral reefs interspersed with a variety of fish species are active swimming.
“Marine plants and fish that are here continuity is always maintained by the local community,” said Redana.
In addition to fish and marine plants served through Glass Bottom Boat, Marine Park in the middle of this, various marine activities fro displays its many attractions. If you’re lucky, an international cruise ship capacity of 3,000 passengers often loose the anchor in the middle of the ocean, lowering the passengers to lifeboats.
After quite content to feed the fish in Marine Park, then travel into Turtle Island which is about 20 minutes away. The boat cruised with a maximum power of 40 HP outboard engine power. In the advanced position, tourists are expected to sit back satisfy both sides, in order to position the boat drove quite stable. Along the way, another beauty that tourists come in the form of various forms of activity are visible in the distance, such as loading and unloading of ships that rely on the Port Benoa, takeoff aircraft, as well as fishing activities in the base of Tanjung Benoa.
While waiting with curiosity to immediately get in Turtle Island, others seem dreamy views of Bali Mandara Toll road stretches above sea level Benoa Bay.
Arriving at Turtle Island, tourists greeted local guide with a smile. Prior to admission, admission will be charged in advance. Travelers will be subject to a ticket for Rp 20 thousand to Rp 10 thousand foreign and local tourists for. As for the child ren will be charged Rp 10 thousand for foreign and Rp 5 thousand for the for the local. Most of these ticket sales will be used as a turtle and animal care costs in place of preservation.
Kindly guide then lets go in and introduce more closely on the preparation turtles preserved by Turtle Conservation Group Sari Moon Cot. In this area there are at least three types of turtles that have been successful in tangkar, among Enduring Turtle, Green Turtle and Hawksbill, “We have the age of the oldest turtle, green turtle is 75 years old,” said one female guides.
In addition to turtles, there are other types of animals like Eagles, Bats, Birds Bangkok, iguanas and snakes. All these animals are tame be additional attractions besides seeing the turtle as the main destination. The place is very suitable as a family recreation, didactic and add insight for school children. Keberapadan turtles can be seen from hacking, shaped hatchlings, until an adult turtle.
When the school holidays, the place is always crowded by families and children – children. This turtle breeding place, other than through the camera can capture photos, visitors can also hold. The existence of this turtle conservationists place, enough to help some of the fishermen who are around Tanjung Benoa, because all those involved in turtle conservation groups could obtain employment.
“This breeding Land indication borrowed by forestry and marine services. In a land area of one hectare there are at least three turtle conservation groups, “said Ketut Roka, Turtle Conservation Group Field Coordinator Moon Cot Sari, who worked for 12 years.
Add Ketut Roka, sea turtles on Turtle Conservation Group Sari Moon Cot Turtle Island is managed independently by the local community. This group has a total membership of 10 people. At least this time as many as 37 turtles were already in taging, and 95 others have not been in taging tail. The release also often done to increase the number of turtles in the wild existence. All species are protected in this place under the supervision of Bali Conservation of Natural Resources (BKSDA) Bali, “Maintaining this turtle to be true – really inspiring, if not so dead all penyunya,” said Ketut Roka.
In Turtle Island, as one of the tourist destinations, other support facilities are already adequate toilets, souvenir stalls, food stalls, refreshments stall, as well as other facilities such as Fish SPA facilities that can be tried for all travelers. This tourist attraction is open daily from 8 o’clock until the afternoon. After being around visiting the turtle island, before continuing back to the dock water sport activities, riding the same boat.