HomeBlogs Air Manis Beach Air Manis Beach is closely related to the legend of Malin Kundang in
West Sumatra. Malin Kundang is a character fabled to have been turned
to stone, together with his ship, after periods of disobedience to his
mother. By the beach, there is a Malin Kundang stone and several pieces
of equipment from his ship, which are also stones. Based on the story,
Malin Kundang was cursed by his mother for his refusal to acknowledging
her as his mother after traveling to another region and becoming rich.
Manis beach is a favorite tourist site for local and foreign tourists
because it has low waves and beautiful views of Mount Padang. There is
also a small island called Pisang Kecil (literally means “small
banana”) on its right side. From morning to afternoon, you can walk to
this one hectare island through shallow water. In late afternoon,
however, there is a tide and you must take a boat to return. On its
right, there is another island called Pisang Besar (literally means
“big banana”). Local inhabitants on this island are mostly farmers and
Air Manis beach is located
15 km from Padang city center. From Minangkabau international airport,
visitors can go to Air Manis by passing through Padang. If you want to
use public transportation, you must first go to Plaza Sentral Pasar
Raya from the airport exit gate in Simpang Ketaping. From the city
center, you can take public transportation plying the Padang-Bungus
You can walk around the beach
and wade to Pisang Kecil Island. Visitors can also rent a motor boat to
visit Sikuai Island which is located across Pisang Island.
playing in the water and swimming, visitors can rent a motor boat to
visit Pisang Kecil and Pisang Besar Islands which are located some 500
meters from the beach. On Pisang Kecil Island, visitors can sit under
gazebos and enjoy sea and beach sceneries. If
you want to stay overnight on Pisang Besar island, you can stay in a local inhabitant's home or your own tent.
If you visit Sikuai Island, you can try water sports such as surfing and diving. This island is famous for its white sand. To Stay
There are hotels near Air Manis beach. You could also make a one day trip to Padang, stay on Pisang Besar or Sikuai Island.
Near the beach, there are restaurants selling grilled fish, Kapau rice and other snacks.
By Air Manis beach, there are many kiosks selling various souvenirs such as shirts, clothes, bags and other handicrafts.
The interesting thing is that some kiosks only sell small to large handicrafts made of coral for Rp5,000 to Rp50,000.
If you visit Air Manis beach, you should prepare extra clothes. You will be tempted to swim or walk to Pisang Kecil Island.