Talaud Islands is the northernmost regency in Indonesia. Even though this regency is a part of North Sulawesi Province, Most of its islands are actually closer to the Philippines than to Sulawesi, Indonesia. As an archipelagic regency, Talaud has a massive potentials in tourism.
Karakelong is the biggest island in this archipelago, so it isn’t really surprising that the center of governance in Talaud is located in this island, in Melonguane city. However, Talaud is more than just Karakelong. In fact, many of the most beautiful spots are located in the smaller islands nearby. Here are some of the most beautiful spots in Talaud, the northernmost tip of Indonesia.
One of the icons of Talaud tourism is Sara Kecil Island. This small peck of an island is located in the middle of the archipelago, just to the south of Karakelong Island. In this uninhabited island, you can find wonderful white sand beaches and calm waters, making it an ideal destination for a relaxing vacation. You can just walk to enjoy the beaches or you can jump into the refreshing water.
In local language, Ampadoap means facing each other. It has the name because there are two waterfalls from opposing directions facing each other, creating a unique view. Located at Beo, Ampadoap is not very tall waterfall, only about five meters drop. However, there is an attraction that you might not be able to find anywhere else; the happy songs of parrot and talau.
Geographically, Miangas is very much closer to the Mindanao Island of the Philippines than to any big island in Indonesia, including Karakelong. As with many smaller island in Indonesia, you can find wonderful white sand beaches in this northernmost point of the nation. Access to this island is already good with an airport that can serve smaller airplanes.
Kabaruan is one of the four biggest island in Talaud. It has a rather long shoreline studded with many beautiful beaches. The underwater life in this island is in a very good condition with vibrant reef ecosystem. You can also find healthy mangrove forest here. The other interesting fact about Kabaruan is that this island is the natural habitat of the rare and endangered Maleo bird.
Monumen Yesus Memberkati
Literally means Jesus Blessing Monument, this huge statue is a popular religious tourism in Talaud. This 34-meter tall monument is to show that Talaud people are good Christians. Even though the monument was only inaugurated in 2017, it has attracted lots of tourist annually. This monument is built in the capital of the regency in Melonguane.
Talaud is not your usual tourist destination. This regency has lots of interesting spots but the infrastructure to get there is still in the development phase. Talaud is the perfect place for those who want to explore the sheer size of Indonesia.