Once upon a time, when Indonesia was still under the reign of Dutch East Indies Company, a forbidden love bloomed on Sulawesi. A Gorontalo prince and a Dutch maiden fell in love but they cannot be together. They then seek refuge in a small island in the Gulf of Tomini; Pulo Cinta.
This heart-shaped island is situated just to the south of Boalemo shores. Today, Pulo Cinta (literally means The Island of Love) is an exclusive destination, managed by a great resort. Here is what you need to know about Pulo Cinta Eco Resort, the perfect getaway destination in Gorontalo.
Location and how to get there
The circumference of Pulo Cinta is just a hundred meters or so, you can’t even see it on the map. Many over-the-water bungalows were built around this island, connected by the wooden dock. Getting to this secluded island is surprisingly easy.
You just need to fly to the Jalaludin Airport in Gorontalo, and then you will be picked to go to Boalemo for two hours. You will then take a boat ride for half an hour to get to the resort.
This island is professionally managed by the Pulo Cinta Eco Resort, meaning that you can only visit it by booking a place on the resort. This resort will arrange the airport pickup services for you. There are only 13 cottages on this island, ensuring that the place will never be too crowded and you can enjoy total serenity here.
One thing that will immediately catch your attention is the rich underwater life. You don’t even need to go far to enjoy colorful reef and fish. Just snorkel or dive in the shallow but crystal clear waters around the resort and you can enjoy the vibrant marine life here. If you don’t want to get wet, you can enjoy them on a floaty or kayak.
The other interesting part of this resort is that there is virtually no light pollution here. Stargazing is a popular activity here. During a clear night, you can enjoy the Milky Way adorn the black sky. For astronomy aficionados, this resort is simply a haven for stargazing as you will have nearly unobstructed view anywhere.
Pulo Cinta Eco Resort is not a huge one, but a great getaway in a very exclusive spot. The place is extremely limited and you might have to fight for a place during the high tourism season. This resort is simply a place where love blooms.
Just as the name suggests, you might want to come here with your loved one. This is a great place to escape with your spouse or family, and the resort was built with a romantic touch in mind. For couples, having a romantic dinner in this resort will be an unforgettable experience that will strengthen their bonds forever.