As the country with the second longest coastline in the world, Indonesia is home to countless beautiful beaches, and has won numerous awards for such. One of these beaches is Ora Beach, carefully hidden away on the North Coast of Seram Island. An exotic and extremely remote destination, Ora beach is perfect for Eco-travellers and honeymooners alike. A row of cozy, wooden cottages line the sandy, white beaches, overlooking the crystal clear waters of Sawai Bay, and with a backdrop of limestone cliffs and majestic mountains, covered in lush, tropical greenery. Seram island is most famous for its abundant bird life. Of 117 species found on the island, 14 are endemic to Seram.
Ora Beach Resort is a family owned resort in this secluded part of Seram Island, and is only accessible by water. It is located between the Sawai Bay, rugged cliffs, forested peaks and Saleman village. The Resort comprises of 5 stilted bungalows, 6 standard rooms and a restaurant. . A secluded beach with only private eco-resort and surrounded by giant limestone hills, truly an excellent place to find serenity. Moreover, the house reef in front of the resort is still maintained very well. Healthy bunch of corals, even when the tide is low, the corals are visible. This place is very suitable for honeymooners
The surrounding sea is crystal clear, and home to a stupendous display of colorful coral reefs, with a multitude of fish and other ocean creatures living therein; much of which is visible even before you submerse yourself beneath the glassy surface. Sawai Bay, facing Ora Beach, is the most popular spot on the island for diving and snorkeling, for a closer look at the magnificent underwater gardens and their inhabitants. There are no dive shops on Seram island, so visitors are advised to bring their own gear, or rent it from Ambon before embarking on the journey to Seram.
Many a visitor to Ora have stated that the day was not long enough to explore the ocean’s sights, resurfacing only at the day’s end to bask in the evening glow of the orange sun sinking beneath the horizon. Even once the last lingering lights have disappeared, the brilliant starlight is enough to keep you mesmerized until the sun revisits once again.
Hot to get there
The first step is to catch a flight to Ambon Pattimura Airport. Ambon is a domestic only airport, with available flights from the nation’s capital of Jakarta, Surabaya,Makassar, and other cities around Indonesia.
From the airport, hire a car and make your way to Tulehu Port, which will take you about 30 minutes. From there, catch a Ferry to Masohi, on Seram Island. The trip will take between 1.5 – 2 hours, depending on the type of vessel you choose. After that, it’s another 2 hours by car along steep and winding forested roads until you arrive at the tiny fishing village of Saleman. At last, the final leg of the journey will be yet another boat ride from the village to Ora Beach Resort, which thankfully, will only take about 10 minutes.
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