Snorkeling at Samalona Island and Kodingareng Keke Island

Around Makassar it turns out that there are so many beautiful islands with white sand beaches and also beautiful snorkeling spots, some of which are Samalona Island and Kondingareng Keke Island.

These two islands are part of Spermonde Islands.

Every time I hear the name Spermonde, it feels weird. His name is very similar to sperm. I don’t know why these islands are named Spermonde.

One of my friends said, because if you look at this group of islands, it looks like sperm.

The Spermonde Archipelago has approximately 100 small islands. Previously I had also been to Cangke Island which is also located in the Spermonde Islands.

If I hear the island, my mind must be full of shadows of the sun, beaches, and of course snorkeling.

How to get to Samalona Island and Kodingareng Keke from Makassar

To go to Samalona Island or Beach and Kodingareng Keke from Makassar, go to Bangkoa Wooden Harbor. This port is located not far from Losari Beach, next to the Gapura Beach Hotel.

Well, from here you can rent a boat. One day is enough to visit these two islands.

The cost to Samalona Island and Kodingareng Keke Island from Makassar by renting a boat is around IDR 400,000 for a day and can fit around 10 people.

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Beaches on Kodingareng Keke Island

Samalona Island is located about 30 minutes by boat from Makassar. Meanwhile, Kodingareng Keke Island is located a little bit 15 minutes further from Samalona Island, or about 45 minutes from Makassar.

If you want, you can stop by an island also called Pulau Lae-Lae which is only 10-15 minutes away by boat. Lae-Lae Island is an island inhabited by Bugis and Makassar people.

The beaches on Lae-Lae Island are not too pretty. There are several huts or gazebos on the beach to see the view of the city of Makassar.

Also read: Complete Guide to Vacation to Wakatobi Island

Snorkeling at Samalona Island and Kodingareng Keke Island
With friends at Kodingareng Keke

The underwater beauty of Kodingareng Keke Island

Ok, my friends and I have ready in the morning and meet-up at Bangkoa Wood Harbor. We’re leaving 10 people, so if share cost quite cheap, only around Rp. 40,000 per person.

Well, our first destination is Kodingareng Keke Island first. I thought it would be a busy Sunday, but it’s not. At that time, Kodingareng Keke Island was still not widely known.

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The beauty of coral reefs on the island of Kodingareng Keke

There was only my group so it felt like a private island. Kodingareng Keke Island is an uninhabited island. Strangely, when I was there there was even a cat. This small island is very natural, there are only weeds.

I really like the natural Kodingareng Keke Island, especially the clear sea water. The beach on one side of the island has beautiful white sand. Most importantly, the coral reefs are incredibly beautiful.

Also read: 10 Things You Can Do on Togean Island

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Cute fish swimming in Kodingareng Keke Island

Almost all day we snorkeled on Kodingareng Keke Island. Coincidentally, my friends and I really like it freediving also.

Visibility the water at that time was a good gorge because the day before it had rained. But the coral reefs, the fish, wow, that’s great.

Coral reefs also vary. Just swim from the beach and you will be greeted with beautiful coral reefs. Satisfied, snorkeling here.

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Visit to Samalona Island

After satisfied snorkeling, we headed to Samalona Island. Samalona Island is indeed already better known and has many visitors. I don’t really have high hopes for Samalona Island.

The sea water is very blue, so remember Derawan Island.

Unfortunately for snorkeling not very good. Near tower the sea is there spot pretty good, just visibilityit’s not good either.

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With friends in Samalona

If you want to rent snorkeling equipment, you can rent it on Samalona Island. The price for a set is approximately IDR 50,000. My camera battery has run out so I can’t take photos on Samalona Island.

During my stay in Makassar, my friends and I often played and snorkelled on Kodingareng Keke Island. Really, never bored. The distance is close from Makassar, cheap, and fun too freediving.

Well, if you’re on vacation to Makassar and don’t have time to go to Bira Beach, you can just play here Samalona Island and Kodingareng Keke Island which is not far from Makassar.

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