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Mount Ranai located on the Ranai Island, Natuna District, Riau Islands
Province, Indonesia. Visiting the Natuna Islands, one of the districts
in the outer islands of Indonesia, will provide an interesting
experience for tourists. This area has a relatively clean waters with
the natural environment which is still beautiful. At one of the largest
island in this district, namely Ranai Island, there are potential
tourist objects are not yet widely known, among them Mount Ranai and
Tanjung Ranai Coast. Visiting this island, since the first landing
of the eyes of tourists will be directly tied to the expanse of natural
landscapes such as Mount Ranai that looks elegant challenging. Even for
its beauty, Government offices Natuna Islands as if using it as a
background (background) of natural scenery.
As a highest
mountain in the Natuna area, Mount Ranai not only known as a climbing
area of interest. Locals who generally work as fishermen also have
guidelines relating to the mystical Mount Ranai. People believe, if the
peak of the mountain is blanketed by thick clouds appear, then the
Natuna waters were not friendly. Heavy rain, big waves, even a storm
can be "detected" through the natural signs. Vice versa, if Mount Ranai
looked backed clear sky without clouds, the sea was a sign welcoming
the fishermen to catch fish.
Ranai Mountain is mountain lowland,
because the altitude ranges between 300-1035 meters above sea level
(ASL). Nonetheless, the travelers who climb this mountain will find an
interesting phenomenon, namely gradation of plant species from lowland
forest to forest the plains above. At a certain altitude, the climbers
will find the types of vegetation are typical of mountainous terrain to
show up (the mountain with an average altitude of 2000 meters above sea
According to the observation team from High camp The
Adventure's, to a height of 800 meters above sea level, the forests in
Mount Ranai still overgrown by the dominant plant species such as
meranti (Dipterocarpaceae), Rasamala (Altingia excelsa), keruing
(Dipterocarpus spp.), And sesbania ( Quercus spp.).
between the heights of 800-968 meters above sea level, would seem
vegetation type changes, ie changes from lowland forest type to forest
type on the plains. This can be seen for example from plants that is
dominated by shrubs, bushes, and trees with such a short size is
generally on the plateau above the forest.
phenomenon commonly referred to as cloudy lowland forest (Lowland Cloud
Forest). Forest cloudy (Cloud Forest) generally occurs in the
mountainous region located on the big island and far from shore, or it
may also occur in mountainous regions and small islands close to shore.
This type of forest as some areas are often blanketed by fog, allowing
certain types of vegetation can be grown in the mountain region.
reach the summit of Mount Ranai, the climbers must pass a three-peak
form of rock with different heights. The first peak called Peak
Serendit with 968 meters altitude above sea level. This is a cluster of
peaks with high cliffs reaching 100 meters. The next peak is the peak
Erik Samali located at an altitude of 999 meters above sea level. This
is a second peak with a high cliff cliff about 150 meters. While the
third peak (highest peak) commander named Peak Datuk Husin, situated at
an altitude of 1035 meters above sea level. Like the two previous
peaks, Peak Datuk Husin Commander is also a cliff with a height of
approximately 200 meters.
The climbers who want the challenge of
Mount Ranai tested should be careful with the weather conditions are
changing. Because, not infrequently the climbers must be willing to
come down before reaching the peak of the top due to strong winds
whipped and covered in thick fog. The decision to set up a tent or stay
in the mountains also have to consider many factors, such as the
availability of logistic materials, adequate equipment, and weather
conditions. In addition to climbing Mount Ranai, tourists can also
enjoy panoramic views from the heights through Ranai City attractions
Batu Sindu Hill.
Ranai Island is the location of the central
Government of Natuna Islands. This island is about 562 km from the City
Tanjungpinang or about 589 km from the city of Batam. The journey to
this island can be done by a ship or aircraft. For sea transport, there
have been ships on a route-Natuna Tanjungpinang. Only, these ships can
be retired his schedule due to bad weather. Especially in the months
from October to April, where the north wind season underway, usually
travel can be disrupted by high rainfall, large waves, and storms.
addition to ships, tourists can also take advantage of flights Riau Air
Lines (RAL) with route-Tanjungpinang-Ranai Pekanbaru (PP) or Pekanbaru,
Batam-Ranai (PP), which serve daily flights. After landing at Pioneer
Airport Ranai Island (the airport is managed by the TNI-AU), tourists
can continue the journey by rental car towards Mount Ranai.
mountaineers who want to set up a tent can take advantage of peaks
whose condition is quite flat. However, if require lodging, the
traveler can get in the City Ranai. Natuna Islands in the capital city
of this, tourists can also find various amenities such as central
government offices Natuna, shopping centers, places of worship,
banking, and restaurants. For cellular phone network, tourists need not
worry, because the city has also built a network Ranai BTS (Base
Station Transceiver) to facilitate regional telecommunications network
in the northern tip of Indonesia.