HomeBlogs Taka Bonerate National Park Taka Bonerate National Park is located at South Sulawesi. It has the
third largest coral atoll in the world after the Kwajifein in Marshall
Islands and Suvadiva in Moldiva Islands. Size of the atoll is
approximately 220,000 hectares, with coral reef scattered flat of
500 km² width. The atoll creates the best underwater view so that diving
or snorkeling is a must activity to be done.
The topography of
the area is very unique and interesting, where the atoll consists of
group of islands, reef islands and coral averaging a broad and deep,
forming islands with considerable amounts. Among the islands reef, there
are narrow straits that are deep and steep. While on the surface of
coral, there are many small pools that are deep and surrounded by coral
reefs. At lowest tide, clearly visible the dry land interspersed with
puddles that formed small pools.
Plants located in coastal areas
dominated by the coconut (Cocos nucifera), sea pandanus (Pandanus sp.),
Sea pine (Casuarina equisetifolia), and ketapan (Terminalia catappa).
reefs are already identified as many as 261 species from 17 families
including Pocillopora, Montipora danae, palifera Acropora, Porites
cylindrica, Pavona clavus, Fungia concinna, and others. Most coral
species have been formed atoll reefs (barrier reef) and reef edge
There are approximately 295 species of reef fish
and many kinds of consumption fishes such as grouper (Epinephelus
spp.), Skipjack (Katsuwonus spp.), Napoleon wrasse (Cheilinus
undulatus), and baronang (Siganus sp.).
A total of 244 types of
mollusks including lola (Trochus niloticus), goat’s head shell (Cassis
cornuta), triton (Charonia tritonis), batulaga (Turbo spp.), Clam shell
(Tridacna squamosa), pearl oysters (Pinctada spp.), And the hollow
nautilus (Nautilus pompillius).
The types of turtles were
recorded, including hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), green turtle
(Chelonia mydas), and the cracked turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).
best year to visit: April to June and October to December each year.
All that can be done at 15 islands in the Taka Bonerate National Park
are diving, snorkeling, and other marine tourism.
How to reach the location: Use
bus from Makassar to Bulukumba (153 km) with five hours travel time,
and then to the port by ferry Pamatata Selayar about two hours, which
continued into the Benteng around 1.5 hours. From the Benteng to the
nearby island of Rajuni Kecil using wooden ship about five hours.