Padang Tourism Industry Boosts With New Sikuai Honeymoon Island

Padang boosts its tourist industry with the launch and promotion of its new Sikuai "Honeymoon" island. The scenery of Padang, capital of West Sumatra province, tens of years ago with its Gunung (mount) Padang relating to the legend "Malin Kundang", but at present however, the the condition had alot of changes and with even much more places of interests and tourist hotspots.

In brief, the Legend of "Malin Kundang" was about an only son (Malin Kundang) coming from a small and poor family living together with his mother in a village not so far from Padang. The son was actually a very loyal to his beloved mother who is a single mum.

Sikuai Island West Sumatra

Sikuai Island, West Sumatra

When Malin Kundang grows up however, he went to Padang, to continue his studies. Several years later, Malin became a rich skipper of a ship, while his poor mother still lived alone in the village.

When her knew that her successful entrepreneur son had returned by a ship which cast anchor at the local seaport, the poor mother in ragged clothes went to the town in order to meet her son whom she had not met for a very long time.

To her astonishment, Malin Kundang refused to accept her mother and told her to stay away from his ship, saying that he didn't know the poor old woman. She was obviously very sad and deeply disappointed with her son's attitude.

The poor woman tried again and again to convince Malin Kundang that she was indeed his real mother. Unfortunately, he still respond to the old woman to stay away from his ship.

Eventually the poor old woman left the ship while praying to God. According to the legend, God had turned Malin Kundang and his ship to stone.

The ship which is now a big rock, where water oozed out of it like teardrops, has now become part of Gunung Padang, and frequently visited by people as a tourist attraction.

Besides Gunung Padang, the Padang city administration had also built the Siti Nurbaya long bridge over the Muaro Padang river where many commercial ships cast anchor at the Muaro (estuary) small port.

Nearby the Muaro Padang, visitors can simply enjoy the spicy and delicious Padang food from afternoon all the way till nightfall.

Many food stalls at Padang beach serve lots of well-known Padang food including "Talua Katuang" (boiled sea turtle eggs).

According to Padang mayor Fauzi Bahar, in an effort to provide better access from the city centre to the Minangkabau International Airport (BIM), the city administration has started constructing a 25-km main road.

Sikuai Island Enchantment

Only recently, several Indonesian artists including noted movie actress Christine Hakim and foreign journalists visited the new Sikuai Island resort, some 30 to 40 minutes trip by boat from Muaro Padang.

With the wind blowing softly, the boat ride to Sikuai island became more interesting.

Sikuai (meaning come here), which is about 40 hectares wide and some 400 meters above sea level, is one of 19 islands in the Padang mayoralty, or in Bungus sub-district, West Sumatra.

In the island's waters, tourists can enjoy snorkeling, diving, fishing or just swimming while enjoying the sight of marine animal species and coral reefs.

By only swimming some meters away, one could enjoy the sight of marine animal species including coral reefs in a huge aquarium, and the white beach on which they could easily walk.

In addition, the island's natural forests with a lot of coconut trees are also very interested.

After looking at the marine animal species and walking on white and clean beach, visitors in the afternoon could also enjoy sports like cycling or simply walking around the island on a 4.5 km-long small road, while enjoying the sight of many animals like lizzards, monkeys and birds.

On a small hill of the island, chairs had also been provided on which people can watch the sunset. To spend the night on the island, the new Island resort management had also built some 52 bungalows at reasonable rent and restaurants.

According to Rikwan, the new island resort manager, many visitors, including honeymooners, to the island stayed there for several days, while enjoying delicious foods and the island's young coconuts, as well as spending their leisure time in the open air.

Cheap Airfares To Padang From Singapore With Tiger Airways

If you are travelling from Singapore, you can always book airticket with Tiger Airways. The budget tiger airlines of Singapore has frequent cheap flights to Padang from Singapore with an estimated return airfare cost of between $130 to $170 Singapore dollars including all taxes and surcharges.

The airline will depart from the Budget Terminal in Singapore and arrive at Minangkabau Airport Padang.

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