Bengkulu

* Pangkal Pinang * Bangka Island * Belitung Island *Rafflesia arnoldi flower

Bengkulu

Bengkulu

The capital of Bengkulu Province is the coastal city formerly known as Bencoolen. This was Sir Stamford Raffles’s first entry into Indonesia and remains of British influence can still be found in the area. The area primarily produces pepper, coffee, nutmeg, and sugar cane. Bengkulu is also famous for its fascinating giant Rafflesia arnoldi flower.

Interest Places

Rafflesia Arnoldi Flower

Rafflesia Arnoldi Flower

Rafflesia Arnoldi Flower

The British or ‘Raffles’ Fort was built between 1714 and 1719 and was famous as the second-strongest fort built by British in Asia, the first being Fort George in Madras, India. The fort has been restored and is open to the public.

Tikus Islands

The Tikus Islands provide excellent venues for fishing, snorkeling and diving, with easy access by speedboat from the old harbor in Bengkulu. For divers get details info Diving in Sumatra

Bengkulu Interest Places

Bengkulu Interest Places

Enggano Island

Enggano Island is covered by dense rainforest populated by buffaloes, pigs and wild cattle. The island’s indigenous inhabitants have lived in virtual isolation for centuries, and their traditional culture is still very much alive today. Native art forms include the intriguing Enggano dances. The island can be reached by boat from either Baai Harbor or Bintuhan seaport.

Bukit Kaba Volcanic Crater

Bukit Kaba Volcanic Crater is 104 kilometers from Bengkulu and about 19 kilometers from Curup. It lies 1,937 meters above sea level. There are two immense sulfuric calderas with twelve active craters. Beautiful panoramic views and cool mountain air make this a pleasant stop. There are popular hot springs near Curup at Suban.

Soekarno’s residence in exile

Soekarno’s residence in exile

Soekarno’s Residence

The Dutch exiled the first President of Indonesia to Bengkulu in 1938. Today the house is a museum, containing his books, clothes, photos and bicycle. The house is open to the public from 8 am to 2 pm from Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8 am to 11 am on Fridays, and 8 am to 12 pm on Saturdays.

SUMATRA DIVE SITES

* Weh Island * Bintan Island * Natuna and Lingga Island * Padang Offshore and Mentawai Islands

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