Natuna Islands are a collection of islands in the Riau Archipelago. The islands are located on the west side of the South China Sea, at the border of Indonesian outermost northern border. Geographically, Natuna Islands are near to Malaysia and Singapore, but politically, they are fully under Indonesia. It is a unique place as most people there use Terengganu dialect, one of the Malaysian east coast dialects, in their daily communication. Natuna Islands are a perfect gateway for those who are looking to replenish their vitamin sea!
1. Ranai Airport
Also known as Natuna Airport. It is the only airport that serves the Natuna Regency. It is a public airport and a military airbase for the Indonesian Air Force. The airport only has two terminals with the new one just inaugurated by the Indonesian president in October 2016. Ranai Airport only has one runaway. The airport only handles three domestic destinations. Its main destination, Batam, has several flights per day throughout the week while to Tanjung Pinang thrice a week while to Pontianak, only two times. Airlines that provide services to Ranai Airport are the Sriwijaya Air and Wings Air going to Batam, Xpress Air to Tanjung Pinang and Nusantara Air Charter to Pontianak. The airport has a rather spacious carpark that can accommodate just some 150 cars and 30 motorcycles. Ranai Airport is just ten minutes away from the town centre.
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Natuna Island has a tropical monsoon climate, which brings half a year of the dry, hot season while the rest fills with raining and thunderstorm. The hot season usually starts from May until October, with sunny days and high temperature. Average temperature during the hot season is usually 25°C, but it can reach up to 30°C. These months are great to fly into Natuna Island and explore them. Plenty of activities also can be done during the hot season, as the sea is much calmer. September is the peak tourist season and accommodations can be on the higher side. Starting from November until April, it will be the raining season where these islands will see plenty of rain. Rain typically occurs during late in the afternoon and throughout the night. Though a tourist can still enjoy the town and the beaches, the sea surrounding the islands can be very rough and dangerous. There are plenty of celebrations and festivals happening on Natuna Islands such as Sail to Natuna Festival in July to increase the maritime potential of the islands.
1. Snorkelling – Offering such underwater beauty, snorkelling is one of the activities not to be missed when in Natuna. Snorkel gears are available for rental on the islands but getting a proper set might not be reliable. The best way to ensure to get a set is by bringing them in.
2. Beach – The islands have miles of great, white sandy beaches, making them perfect for relaxation. Never missed a chance to sit back and relax by the beach, enjoying the sun and the waters while staying on the island.
3. Alif Stone Park – There is an area of a beach in a Natuna Island that has a collection of naturally formed rocks. These rocks scattered throughout the beach and bay, forming stunning views. There is also a whale skeleton among these rocks. Alif Stone Park is a family-owned business, and it offers a great place for relaxation with a twist.