Pulau Manda Riau
A quick 30-minute speedboat ride away from Tarempa lies the picturesk island Manda Riau. In fact, there are two Manda Riau islands, a larger one called Manda Riau Besar and the small Manda Riau, right next to it, which is called Manda Riau Kecil.
The two Manda Riaus are located in such a way that they enclose a natural lagoon that faces the southwest. The lagoon's crystal-clear azure-blue sandflats face the northeast, albeit a much narrower opening.
The lagoon offers a number of little "private" beaches, ideal for a day of basking in the sun, snorkeling, SUP and angling. On days the winds are from the southwest, the lagoon should be an ideal arena for sailing, given the natual Venturi effect created by the orientation of the two islands.
If you enjoy being immersed in nature, particularly if you're a bird-watcher, you'll love Manda Riau Besar, as it's home to quite a few exotic bird species, including a brightly-plumaged fruit dove.
Should you be on your way to explore Pulau Penjalin from Tarempa, then Manda Riau is an excellent point for a quick stop, before the final 10 clicks or so to Penjalin. Manda Riau's calm lagoon water, especially the sandflat's coral patches, but superb north-facing beach as well, are altogether ideal for a couple of hours of fun in the sun.
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Pristine beach on Manda Riau Besar