SARONDE ISLAND is one of the most beautiful small Island in Indonesia. Located only 200km from Manado, and 40 minutes from Gorontalo’s Airport, this Islands known for its super white long sand beach, blue sea, calm water and surrounded by hundreds of pine tress.
Right now, Saronde is the most popular tourist activity in Gorontalo Province. There are more than 20,000 tourist visit, 2 cruise ships and 40-50 yachts frequently came here every year.
The island had an area of 8 hectares, 20% of which consists of flat sandy land, the rest consists of hill and forest. There are thousands of birds use Saronde’s forest as their house. Hundreds of Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor) nest at Saronde’s top hill forest. At the northern part of Saronde, we can found vast array of ancient basalt stone… probably constructed when there were a giant earthquake thousands years ago that formed this island.
The underwater life in Saronde is quite rich. All the corals and marine life had a similarity with Bunaken National Park in Manado. There are whale shark (Rhincodon typus) appearances once in a while. Others interesting animals like sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), dugong (Dugong dugon), large stingray (Dasyatis pastinaca) was reported hang around Saronde’s island by local fisherman. Cassis cornuta also appears frequently in large group along Bogisa beach, 300m northern Saronde Island.
There are three other islands around Saronde, namely Bogisa, Mohinggito and Lampu island. Bogisa Island (9 hectares) has an elongated white sand beach, hills and forest with Saronde-like vegetation. Mohinggito Island (30 hectares) is a marine conservation area that has a wide bay and commonly used as a conscious yachts place to visit Saronde. Lampu Island (6 hectares) has a white sand beaches like Saronde. This island has flare lights and government guardhouse. These islands are commonly visited by tourists and become a package with saronde tour visits.
Welcome and enjoy Gorontalo’s best….