Senubing (East Bunguran)
This is the first geosite and the closest to the airport and city that allows it to be visited for the first time. It is located about 3 to 5 km from downtown Ranai, we will pass the Natuna Great Mosque if we are going to this geosite. Can you stop by for a while for a religious tour. Senubing is a beautiful peninsula decorated with granite rocks. The North Natuna Sea and Senua Island are also ready to complete the scenery here. There are several objects around Senubing, such as the Ship Stone, Flat Stone, Sindu Stone and Russian Stone. The Senubing site is indeed “inhabited” by granite rocks of various sizes, some of which I have mentioned above. Besides geodiversity, the Senubing area is the habitat of Kekah (Presbytis Natunae) which is a unique endemic primate originating from Natuna. In terms of culture and history, there is Batu Russia which is a silent witness for the survivors of the ship that sank in the waters around Senua Island. There is also Batu Kapal which has a story similar to that of Malin Kundang in West Sumatra.
Alif Stone Park (East Bunguran)
Who does not know this one geosite. It is located about 5 km from the first geosite, we only need to continue the journey to the north for about 10 minutes by driving. Recently, Alif Stone Park won a prestigious award in the world of Indonesian tourism in the unique tourism category at the Anugerah Pesona Indonesia (API) award 2018. Yep, it’s unique, this small promontory in Sepempang Village is filled with piles of granite rocks scattered from land to sea. sea. By the manager, Batu Alif has been transformed into a stunning rock garden, a variety of ornamental plants fills in between the rocks and is added with homestay facilities that are ready to accommodate all of you. Senua Island is still a beautiful sight in the morning, afternoon and evening from here. Batu Alif is also the right place for sunrise and sunset lovers. Curious, so come.
Bamak Cave and Beach (Northeast Bunguran)
This third geosite is located in the Bunguran Timur Utara sub-district, it takes approximately 30 minutes of driving at an average speed from the second geosite to get to this place. The Bamak area is a small peninsula consisting of white sandy beaches with sedimentary rock outcrops along the coast to the sea. Around the Bamak site, there is Sahi Island, a large rock mound 100-200 meters from the beach. It is very unique to study geologically how this island was formed. Although culturally, folk tales have also developed widely in the community about this stone island.
Tanjung Datuk (North Bunguran)
According to Bang Rodhial Huda (Natuna Maritime expert), he said Bunguran island has 4 natural breakwaters in the four corners of the island, (sssstttt, three of them are included in the Natuna Geopark area, you know). This is a gift from God Almighty that He gave to Natuna. Well Tanjung Datuk is one of those in the north. Located about 20-30 minutes drive north from the Bamak geosite, giant rock cliffs stand proudly challenging the waves of the North Natuna Ocean to be tamed. In this area there is also an outcrop of rock layers that are interesting to study. In geology, exposed rocks can generally show geological events and symptoms in a particular place, and can also show minerals and natural resources contained therein, such as oil and gas and mining materials. In this area the vegetation has changed somewhat, in contrast to the previous geosite. Semar bag plants can be found here. For its cultural diversity, Tanjung Datuk is a legendary folklore, closely related to Senubing, the first geosite. And the Tanjung Datuk geosite is the last geosite for the north.
Sandstone (South Bunguran)
The journey continues to the south, the Batu Kasah geosite. The distance from Ranai town to this site ranges from 25 – 30 km, about 45 minutes driving at an average speed (don’t speed, you can’t enjoy it later). Just like Batu Alif, Batu Kasah is a stretch of granite rocks that are scattered and some are piled up as if forming a formation in the middle of the sea. Around this site there are many stones that are very dear to pass by, ranging from Batu Kuoun, Batu Madu, Batu Serapong, and Batu Kasah itself, each of which has a story to complement the cultural diversity of this site.
Root Island (South Bunguran)
Continue the journey to the south, then we will arrive at Cemaga Village, the capital of South Bunguran District. It takes us 15 minutes from the Batu Kasah site to the Pulau Akar site. Akar Island is a medium-sized pile of rocks that are piled up not far from the edge of Cemaga beach. The pile of rocks becomes a cute little island that adorns the natural landscape