A stunning day trip to Bair island!

A stunning day trip to Bair island!

Bair island

This is a small tropical island which is separated into multiple pieces and navigable channels.  At low tide ‘Bair Mas Beach’ connects the two bits and that’s where our boat arrived.   They say a photo is worth a thousand words, so here is the route we took within Bair island:

Bair island route
Bair island route

On arrival, there is a short route heading up a cliff that is half rock climb.  It is okay going up but it requires a great deal of care going down.   Here’s the route up:

Bair island - short hike
Bair island – short hike

And the view from the top:

Cliff overlooking the beach
Viewpoint overlooking the beach

The water at the beach is perfectly clear and calm, resulting in a great swimming area–but don’t expect to see many of your fish friends:

Beach and swimming area
Beach and swimming area

There was another tour boat with 2 tourists that came to the beach area and then didn’t go any further.  Fortunately our boat driver took us  further into the island, and this is where the really ‘wow’ moments are!  Photos don’t really do these narrow routes justice but I’ll give it a go nonetheless:

Narrow channel
Narrow channel
Yet another narrow opening
Another narrow opening

Pulau Dranan

After visiting the island we also stopped at the uninhabited, sand fringed island of Pulau Dranan (Dranan island).  This is a really nice stop actually and you can walk around the entire island in about 15 minutes.  They are also building bungalows on this island, so eventually it will also be possible stay overnight.  Here’s a photo from the North end of the island:

Dranan island
Dranan island

And here is what the astronauts see:

Dranan island satellite view
Dranan island satellite view

Boats to Bair leave from the west coast of Pulau Dullah, north of Tual.  The boat journey (not including stops) is about 45 minutes each way. I went to Bair island with a friend I met in Kei and we had a stellar trip.  She went almost everywhere in Kei and this was her favorite place!


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