26 September 2013
Timothy Wirjo Pawiro
A Transit in Tarakan
Visiting Tarakan was never crossed my mind before. If only, I didn’t plan to visit Derawan, I would probably missed it.
Actually there are two options if you want to visit Derawan, one via Berau, and the other is via Tarakan. My friends and I chose the latter. The flight to Tarakan took about less than 3 hours if it’s a direct flight.
It was known as one of oil producers in the past, and to remind us of that, we decided to visit what is left from its glorious days. The oil pump in Tarakan is located onshore, not offshore; and to pump the oil out they use a unique oil pump, where we called it Pompa Minyak Angguk (Angguk is ‘nodding’). Why they called it that? It’s because the movement of the oil pump is like nodding.
Based on what I saw, there were only a few left of the oil pump in Tarakan. Some weren’t working (or perhaps they turned it off), a few was still working, just like the one in the area that we visited.
The oil fields with the Pompa Angguk is open for public as we didn’t see any warnings of the restricted area. So we just strolled around the area, and not to forget to take pictures in front of the Pompa Angguk.
One of the place that we can’t wait to visit was the mangrove conservatory.
It’s actually not only the conservation for the mangrove itself, but also for the proboscis monkey or we call it monyet bekantan (this monkey is being used as the symbol for Dunia Fantasi (Dufan) theme park in Jakarta). That is why, this place is called Kawasan Konservasi Mangrove Bekantan.
The area of this forest conservation is massive. From what I read, the area is about 22 HA, with plenty of mangrove species that was planted there on purpose, and around 25 proboscis monkeys.
The place is very cool and relax, with very high trees. A pathway, which looks like a short bridge, was made so the visitors can walk freely and comfortably in this conservation area.
In this conservatory area, not only you can see the monkeys glide or jump from one branch to another, you can also see the monkey from a short distance that is during the feeding time. If I’m not mistaken, that happens in the morning.
In the middle of the area, there’s a post, where there were a few staff that can explain anything about the area. The staff can also walk with you, and show some interesting thing in the conservation area.
An island is identic with beach, including Tarakan.
The beach that is popular as the destination in Tarakan is called Pantai Amal, and there are two Amals, the old and the new one. We only went to the old one though, or it’s called Pantai Amal Lama.
Pantai Amal Lama, didn’t look like what I thought. There’s a barrier between the land and the sea. Perhaps in low tide, there’s a possibility for us to walk down from the barrier, but it was in the afternoon, and the sea level was almost similar with the land.
Pantai Amal Lama is not a good place to see sunset, as the sun sets in behind us, but it’s quite a good place to relax and hang out with friends while eating fried noodle and coconut ;-)
Talking about food in Tarakan, we was deliberately looking for Kepiting Saos Kenari (crab with walnuts sauce), that we found in Jalan Mulawarman. We didn’t think anything when we ordered, we just said to the waitress that we wanted to order the famous Kepiting Saos Kenari. Apparently, there’s no Kepiting Saos Kenari in the menu! Lol … And from that moment on, we realized that Kepiting Saos Kenari is actually the name of the restaurant! Haha.
I didn’t eat the crab, but looking at how my friends ate that crab, I know that the crab is delicious! ;-)
It was a good short visit to Tarakan! So … Don’t forget to visit Tarakan when you plan to have a trip to Derawan ;-)