Located just 10 Kilometers from the city of Bengkulu, in the western part of Sumatera, Pulau Tikus or Rat Island is one of the primary marine tourism destinations in the area. This small, coral island measures less than 2 hectares, yet is home to numerous coral formations, a flourishing marine life, abundant biological resources, exquisite natural beauty, and of course, an ocean of fun (literally).

When approaching this coral atoll, Rat Island looks like a tiny cluster of trees, bordered with a rim of white sands and surrounded by a turquoise sea. Its most distinctive feature is a skeletal, iron lighthouse rising high above the canopy of the island’s thick forest.Many years ago, the island was known as a haven and place of refuge from the storm for ships crossing the Indian Ocean.The lighthouse was built in 1907 and is still functional today.

Rocky coral reefs circle the entire circumference of the island, protecting it from erosion. Several species of coral make up these formations and even more marine ecosystems are supported within this reef. This small island is habitat to many species of birds, while its sandy, white coastline is nesting ground for two species of sea turtle, the Hawksbill and the Green Turtle.

The island is clearly visible from Pantai Panjang (Long Beach), another popular tourist destination, and can be reached via rental boat in approximately 40 minutes.

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Tikus (Mouse) island, “tikus” is Indonesia word means “mouse”. Tikus Island is tourism object located at about 15 kilometer from City of Bengkulu coast to the west. It is a small island surrounded by the coral reef. Tikus Island can be reached from Bengkulu by boat for about 45 minutes drives. Many years ago, this island is place to the ships anchored for shelter from the storm buffeting waves of Samudera Indonesia. The island is approximately in size 60 x 100 meters and here also there is the Tower of the lighthouse. On this island usually there is the spawning green turtles. Tikus Island is clean and beauty with crystal clear sea water. It is very clear so that you may see some fishes swimming around the coral which surround this small island clearly. It is part of Bengkulu ...