It hasn’t been so long since our last Komodo Trip when the gang shared a tour information to Ora Beach, and again, the decision to go for Ora Trip was impulsive. We took a 4D3N tour by Tukang Jalan this time (check their website here). Unlike the normal 1 night in kampung warga (homestay) + 1 night in Ora Resort + 1 night in Ambon (hotel) package, the (originally) 6 of us decided to pay extra cost for 2 nights in Ora Resort + 1 night in Ambon (hotel).
Our first day started at 3 AM, as again, we took the 5 AM flight in order to arrive in our destination, Pattimura Airport, Ambon, Maluku before midday, and the time difference between Jakarta and Ambon is 2 hours. Arriving at 11.35 AM local time, we had plenty of time before the scheduled 4 PM express motor boat (kapal motor cepat/KMC) took us across the sea to Seram Island. For your info, Ambon and Ora are located in 2 different islands.
Our first destination was Dedes Restaurant for lunch. The most unique thing about eating in Ambon (this statement is valid for all restaurants that we visited in Ambon) is that they put crates of fish in front of the restaurants for guests to pick their own fish and how they want the restaurant to cook it. Being curious of the local food, we tried papeda, a local carbohydrate load made of sago, had together with fish cooked in yellow soup (with local ingredients). Finished with lunch, we also had durian (‘imported’ from Seram Island) for only 20k IDR for 3 durians and rujak natsepa (the seasoning is grind together with nutmeg, which makes it unique) before sailing the boat to Seram Island.
The boat sailed on time at 4 PM and we safely landed in Seram Island at 6 PM. The pickup was already there when we arrived, and the amazing driver took 2 hours (driving past the totally curvy road I nearly puked due to motion sickness) – of course, it was already dark when we arrived at Saleman Village (Desa Saleman). From Saleman, we took another speed boat for approximately 15 minutes to cross to Ora Eco Resort. Yay, finally there!
At 8 AM on second day, we were already on the dock waiting for the boat to pick us up. We spent the first half day island hopping to Pulau 7 (7 islands) – the additional 1.5 MIDR/group is worth it. We didn’t exactly go to all 7 islands, but only 4 of them (…and didn’t get all the names). In the first island, we took some good pictures (the sand is white and soft). In the second we snorkeled to see the beautiful underwater life; my first time snorkeling without a life vest!! 😀 In the third, we took another good pictures with the naturally-shaped beautiful throne-like tree roots then had lunch. In the forth, we played at the beach. Finished with the 4 islands, we hopped to the other side of Ora Beach, where there was Mata Air Belanda (Dutch Spring). It is amazing how fresh water is streamed to the beach. Getting back to Ora Resort, my friends (I didn’t join as I was already exhausted) continued with snorkeling and said that the fish under the resort is similarly pretty and even more varied than those in Pulau 7.
Our time on the third day was very short, remembering that we would have to head back to Ambon by the 2 PM express boat. We spent the morning taking pictures in the resort, then headed to Tebing Sawai and the mysteriously luminous cave to take more pictures. Afterwards, we went back to the resort for quick shower and lunch.
Arrived in Ambon at 4 PM, we checked in at Amans Hotel (short for ‘Ambon Manise’), then went directly for afternoon coffee at Rumah Kopi Sibu-Sibu. Other than coffee, they also served traditional snack which apparently is not too different to the ones they have in Jakarta: lepet (brown-sugar-sweet cassava steamed cake), lemper (sticky rice – only it’s stuffed with ebi – dried small prawns – instead of chicken), kue moho (traditional brown sugar cupcakes). The unique dish was sago cake (looks more like sago block instead of cake) that you have to dip into the coffee before eating – unless you want to lose some teeth. After coffee, then we had dinner and went back to the hotel.
We had plenty of time on the forth day, having our flight at 6.20 PM. Hence we decided to have a short city tour. Our first destination was Martha Christina Siahahu statue located 2 km away from our hotel. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really nice taking pictures from near the statue and we had to pay to enter the garden, so we only took pictures from outside the fence. LOL. Second destination was world peace gong located right across the governor’s office, so we got to visit 2 places at once (they have this small stadium, Captain Pattimura’s statue – it’s located where Pattimura was hung, and the iconic ‘ambon manise’ in the governor’s office’s yard). Then we visited Pintu Kota beach (pintu kota = door of the city), where the coral is somehow shaped like a door, before having lunch at Ratu Gurih Restaurant (the best restaurant where we had our meals in Ambon) and afternoon coffee at Rumah Kopi Tradisi Joas. It was too sad having to go back to Jakarta, to reality, but we had to.
Overall, we are glad to be able to visit Ora Beach. East of Indonesia is never disappointing, since the sea is still quite ‘pure’ and ‘rich’. I would recommend newlyweds to visit Ora Beach for their honeymoon, since there is no mobile reception there so you will get some silent time. 😉
Trivia: we saw Glenn Fredly on our way to the port on our first day! He was about to have lunch in one of the famous seafood restaurant.
P.S.: Sorry for the messy pictures; I will update them once I get the chance to. Hopefully I won’t get too busy with work now. 🙂