West Coast of Gusung Island #1

I was confused at the last day in Selayar Island on September 5th 2014. I was alone because all my friends decided to go home after our jurney to The Old Village of Bitombang on September 3rd. I had thought to go with them, but also still wanted to stay. And the thing that made me want to stay is the beauty of the beaches on the Gusung Island. So finally I decided to stay even though I had to travel alone.


Gusung island is located at the western of Selayar Island, South Sulawesi. It’s a small island that extends from north to south and divided by two, east coast and west coast. In the east there are fishing villages, and the beach a lot used for fishponds.

While on the west coast as an interesting destination because of its deserted beautiful beaches. The underwater is also beautiful so it could be the good choice to go snorkeling or diving.


I rent a boat at the traditional pier in padang village for IDR250.000. I went to Padang Village by public tranpportation Β from Kota Benteng, the capital city of Selayar Island. From the pier, I could saw the east coast of Gusung Island, like you can see now at the photo above, the east coast be the background of the boat photo.


With that boat, I hopped on and hopped off to the beaches from south to the north along the day. Yea, only me and the owner of the boat. And that boat was so big for us two.


We arrived at Liang Kareta Beach at southernmost of the west coast of Gusung Island after 15 minutes crossing the sea by boat. It was sunny morning and the waves was quite calm.

Liang Kareta Beach


In the local language, ‘liang‘ means hole, and ‘kareta‘ means carriage or train. So, the beach was named ‘Liang Kareta‘ because there’s a row of holes in the rock of the beach.

imageThe holes lined up along the rock that encircling the sandy beach.


Some of the hole looked like a cave, and a lot of the ruins rock in front of the mouth.


I tried to get into one of the holes and enjoy the view from inside.


I put my camera on the rock and set the timer to take a photo of me. πŸ˜€


The boat and its owner who so patiently waiting while I enjoy the beach.

Malemalea Beach


After enjoying Liang Kareta Beach, I moved to Malemalea Beach. It only 10 minutes by boat to the north.


The water was so clear and translucent, so I could see the corals while I was on the way to the Malemalea Beach.


It’s a white sandy beach, with the palm trees as the background. Again, there was none at the beach and it made me feel like I was the owner of the beach.

Liang Tarussu Beach


From Malemalea beach, I went on my journey up north and got off at Liang Tarussu Beach. Β At this beach I found some holes that breaktrough the rock, such a short tunnel. That’s why this beach is named Liang Tarussu because tarussu means breaktrough.


This was the first tunnel that I found at the left side of the beach. Height of the tunnel is about two meters, and has a length of about 3 meters. The atmosphere under the tunnel was very shady and the water was cool.


I wonder how could the trees survive to live on the rock?


I wanted to go up the rock to see the scenery, but the wooden stairs were broken. So I just looked around, and walked trough the rock.


Between many rocks around the tunnel, I tried to shoot the scenery and used the rocks as a frame.Β image

Away on the other side, a boat was moored near the rocks. Let’s see what’s there.


There’s a bigger tunnel near the boat, but the height was not taller than the first tunnel, so I had to bend when passing through this tunnel.


I spent much time in this corner. Enjoyed the shady atmosphere, enjoyed the whispers of seashore, also the beautiful view.


The view on the right side from my fav corner.

imageThe view on the left side from my fav corner. The rocks over there were the location of the first tunnel.

Liang Tarussu could be my favourite place on the west coast of Gusung Island, but the next 2 beaches after this was unexpected. The owner of the boat took me to see the caves around the beach and we had to trekking trough the bush footpath. The complete story and photos will be posted next week.Β πŸ˜€

Btw, thank you so much for reading and walking with me. I write this post to challenge my self in writing in english, so if you find the mistake I will be so glad if you would tell me so I can learn from it.

It’s also my pleasure to link up this post to Jo’s Monday Walk. Please visit her blog if you like to walk with her trough her stunning photowork.

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy says:

    Such a beautiful island. Love these beautiful photos, Noe! I feel like to visit there now! πŸ™‚

    1. noe says:

      Thank you, Amy. I’m glad that you like it. πŸ™‚

  2. tms says:

    Wow, those beaches! I love the picture of the backpack plus sandals in particular – nicely done!

    1. noe says:

      Yea, such a mysterious story πŸ˜€

  3. Meredith says:

    Reblogged this on Covey View and commented:
    Noe takes us on vacation to Gusung Island.

  4. Wow, I like Malemalea Beach, it’s beautifull and I think it’s very nice to sit in the sand, just look around the scenery.

    1. noe says:

      Yups, Miss Lianny. That white sandy beach is such a peaceful place. πŸ˜€

  5. pommepal says:

    Such a beautiful place Noe, the clear blue ocean and golden sands. That is a great way to discover the islands and I think being on your own brings a very special feeling to your photos. I can feel the peace and solitude you have shared with us.

    1. noe says:

      Thank You, Pomme. It has been 2 months since I got back from the island. And every time I got the stress and pressures of work, I opened this photo collection to find peace. It works πŸ˜€

  6. Very amazing place… I like how you take a snap on yourself πŸ˜‰
    But i don’t know, while observing these pictures, I got a feeling of lonely. So beautiful place in so lonely moment.

    1. noe says:

      Haha… so the boat owner was my best travelmate πŸ˜€ but he was “shy shy cat”, you know what I mean. LoL

  7. prior says:

    Noe – you really take great photos and put together some tasty posts – I LOVE the shot you grabbed of yourself -0 with the sunglasses and well, the whole pic is just cool. πŸ™‚
    also, this beach feel is similar to restless Jo’s beach walks – well sorta – wight he water beauty and all that – and just have to say thanks = because we have the heat on and winter is fast approaching – so getting away like this (blog beachin’) has been such treat – and no sunscreen needed – πŸ™‚ ❀ ❀

    1. noe says:

      Thank you, Yvette. It’s indeed a great place, but Jo’s shot is far better than me. πŸ˜€
      You know, here I keep enjoying the beach on dry season while dreaming about winter and play with snow. Haha…but now the rainy season is coming. πŸ™‚

  8. restlessjo says:

    What a place, Noe! I especially love Liang Tarrusu beach. I could be so happy playing there too. Isn’t it amazing that our planet has such fabulous places? How lucky we are! Your photos are beautiful. You can take me for a ride in one of those lovely boats any time. πŸ™‚ Many thanks for joining me.

    1. noe says:

      Yep, Jo. Our planet has so many fab place, that’s why I want to travel around the world. πŸ˜€

  9. mamaboetobi says:

    Incredible beaches and islands indeed! You capture it well as well…love all the photos..Can’t wait to visit this place myself..

    1. noe says:

      Yea.. it’s incredible indeed and I want to go back to see the underwater πŸ˜€

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