By Dian Hasan | September 15, 2009Off the coast of Padang, the provincial capital of West Sumatra, lies a gorgeous little tropical isle that deserves better appreciation. Popular mostly with local Padang city-dwellers for weekends or day-trips, it is on weekdays that Sikuai is best experienced. Void of people, just you and a tropical virgin isle all to yourself. Sikuai Island Resort.
Sikuai is one of the isles in the Bay of Padang, the Provincial Capital of West Sumatra. A small island (40-hectare) that is akin to Leonarod di Caprio’s tropical isle in the movie “The Beach”. Clear blue water against the white sandy beaches and swaying coconut trees in the background. Blissful!
With only one resort on the island, your privacy is guaranteed. Accommodation is simple yet functional, and most importantly, clean. Well-run by the resort management. A word of caution: the management often turns of power during the afternoon to save energy, but with so much outdoor activities, this should not ruin your vacation.
Facilities include jogging & biking track, and a host of water sports activities such as boating, canoeing, snorkeling, banana boat. If all you need is to catch a breather than go no further than laze poolside or take a dip in the beach. All water sports equipment and gear is available for rent, including the bikes!
A hammock posted between two coconut trees awaits! Where daydreaming blooms into productive ideas. And an afternoon nap always helps.
And just before the day draws to an end and gorgeous sunsets take over, you can get a better vantage point by climbing the stairs and reach the highest point on the island for a perfect 360-degree view of the sunset and the outer-lying islands.
Reaching Sikuai is easy, take a boat from the pier, either Central Wisata Bahari Batang Arau or Dermaga Wista in Muaro, Padang. The boat trip takes approximately 45 minutes.