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“A perfect getaway!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Teluk Kiluan

Teluk Kiluan
Desa Kiluan Negeri Kec. Kelumbaian Tanggamus, Tanggamus, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Tanggamus
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“A perfect getaway!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Spending a vacation at Kiluan requires effort, but it will be paid off. It's only less than 100 km from Bandar Lampung, but it takes about 3-4 hours as the road heading there is rocky and bumpy.

I love to see the dolphins in the morning, although saling through the ocean is also challenging, and will be not fun for those who's terrified of the sea or often get sea sick. But I found it enjoyable, as we can see peaceful scenery and be so close with the nature. I see plenty of dolphins, but they swam too fast and jump too low, so they are not easy to capture.

There is also a Laguna there, which I found a bit overrated. We need to hike for 30-60 in order to be there, and it is a challenging, I repeat, challenging road, especially for those who rarely hike. It is a beautiful laguna, but in my opinion, it is just not that beautiful. But it's still okay to be visited if you want to have a full, adventurous experience.

I wrote detailed & thorough notes from my Kiluan trip in Bahasa, on www.our-travelogs.blogspot.com. Be sure to check it to prepare yourself for the trip!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“One of Beautiful Natural Pool in the World”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Teluk Kiluan is part of Lampung. you can reach by plane or bus from Jakarta. you can visit Teluk Kiluan almost whole year. the main object to see is Dolphin, and you have to wake up early to see them with small boat - 2 to 4 persons, price 250k-400k. the guide may give you special price IF you can't see Dolphin with deal before hand. for me, I would not recommend you "seeing Dolphin" as a must do here. I prefer to swim at the natural pool near the village - the local named as "Laguna Dodo".

As it's quite famous among the local, it's better for you to check you're visiting during holiday or public holiday. Have wonderfull trip!

Visited April 2014
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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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“It was so interesting experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Well this place is so reccomended, but only for young people or at least for people that having any problem with taking 8hours away journey from the Merak Harbour. The road condition was sooo bad. But it will worthed in the end as you can see the dolphins just a reach away from your Jukung (traditional boat)!! Beautiful coral to snorkle just in front of tour cottage and beautiful sunrise and sunset.. Enjoy barbecueing at night too!

Visited June 2014
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Teluk Kiluan (a Worth Tired Place to Visit)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

It is not Bali, Lombok, Manado, Labuan Bajo, not even Thailand. It is Teluk Kiluan (Kiluan Bay). Located in Lampung, Sumatera Province, our beloved country, Indonesia. I was going there in an open trip held by a travel in Jakarta, which name is Langkah Kaki Tour & Travel (Contact Person: Rizky, +62813-8300-5566). First of all, I will talk about the transportation (by landline and ferryboat). It took 3 hours by bus from Jakarta till arrive at Merak Harbour, Banten, West Java Province. Then the boat took about 2-2.5 hours from Merak Harbour to Bakauheni Harbour. (Please note, the arrival can be delayed until further notice since there are so many boat's queue/ come and go). From Bakauheni Harbour, we continue the journey by a rental car. It was about 6 hours till we arrive Kiluan Bay. Now you can imagine how tired it was. But when we arrived (we stayed at Villa Dio), it seems payback by the scenery seen in front of the villa. A beautiful sea with its gradation.
Tips: better to choose guest house than the villa because it was not well maintained. Dirty. And many "things" fell of from the roof.

After lunch, the teams are going to snorkling but I chose only to swim. So we were dropped by the local fisherman to "Pantai Pasir Panjang" which only took 10-15 minutes with "Jukung" (a traditional ship made by woods). The sand was soft and white. The water was incredibly amazing. The wave was not big so it is safe to swim near the beach.
Tips: you can ask the locals to rent the googles to snorkling (we were only get charged Rp 100,000/ person/ 2 days but consider there 20 people of us that they might gave us discount)

Chasing the dolphins
You might look so many reviews about the dolphins as you search on Teluk Kiluan. Yes it's right! The local fisherman's said the dolphine usually appears on the sea surface in the early of morning. Lucky us! Since me and my friends were woke up late, we depart around 9 am. It was pretty far from Kiluan, took about 25-30 mins to reach the middle of the sea by Jukung, which we could see the dolphins jump around the sea surface. Unforgettable views when maybe a hundreds school of dolphins swim and jump followed our "Jukung".
Tips: The sunshine can sting your skin as noon as you get the dolphins views spot. Prepare to use sunscreen or bring hat.

The Lagoon
Hiden place on Kiluan to see the swimming pool made by nature. The track was so extremely hard to pass. Walk by foot about 1 kms follow the track, with a steep climb. Not to mention the sharp rock to climb too, you will see the beautiful unique lagoons.. so many crabs hiding behind the stone. And you can see the fishes on the little pools made by nature.
Tips: use a hiking/ tracking sandals, do not use flip-flop or flat shoes or you'll harm your foot. It is well visit on the afternoon round 4-5 PM since it is a barren and dry place and had a hot temperature. Dont forget to bring towel or tissue to weep your sweat and bring mineral water.

After all the trip was so amazing and unforgettable. Sadly the decay of the road to reach Kiluan is unacceptable. And there are no others alternatives road. Wish the government has their concern to fix and build the proper road.

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“Great Nature But Inadequate Accommodation & Transportation Access”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Kiluan Bay is located in Lampung province. I went there with two other friends in an open trip held by Travelmate and it was a great experience.There were about 20 people going with us that time.

Before we reach Kiluan, we went to visit some of the islands in between. There was an island which we visited to snorkling (and some people doing free diving) but the underwater view was not that great. After that we visited another island to stop and have lunch. This time it was really beautiful. The island is small but it has beautiful white soft sandy beach. From here it was another hours of boat ride before we reach our main destination, which is Kiluan Bay.

There are some islands in Kiluan area. At first we reached Pulau Kelapa (Coconut Island). The island is small that there are only some (maybe five) local houses inside the island. The scenery was impressive. We walk around the island, watching the sunset while some other people swimming. Though as another reviewer on this spot said there wasn't so many fish to see if you choose to do snorkling, so it would be best to just enjoy the scenery.

We moved into another small island when it get darker to take some rest. I can't really say we stayed at a hotel or a motel since it was only two room that was built by the local to accomodate group of people. When I was there there was no hotel or motel around and when people need to take a bath, we went to use public toilet that belongs to the locals.

The next morning we went to see the wild dolphins. This is the main attraction of the bay. We went on with fisherman's small boat (only enough to carry 4 passenger including the fisherman as guide) to an open ocean. Although we were late since dolphins are usually appears early in the morning, we can still see lots of dolphin pods jumping around passing our boat. The fishermen keep whistling to attract them. As their final performance, we saw a small dolphin flipping on the air and followed by us cheering and clapping as they kept swimming out of sight.

We went back to the island where we spent our night before to visit Laguna. This is a natural swimming pool surrounded by beach rocks. To get there was another challenge since we need to hike a little and then walk through the rocks. Although it was really beautiful, I would say this was really dangerous since there were huge ocean waves and definitely there was no life guard in this rural area. When we were there there was an accident when suddenly a big wave coming toward us and some people were still in the pool. The wave was quite big so that one of them got injured but fortunately he was okay.

The whole tourist accommodation was not well developed. Probably because the location is faraway from the city and it only started to gain popularity recently. I would only recommend this for backpackers who likes challenges, adventure and nature since the place is still lag on accommodation, low communication signal even for Telkomsel, still hard to find clean water, and inadequate transportation access.

Visited September 2013
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