Located just 10 Kilometers from the city of Bengkulu, in the western part of Sumatera, Pulau Tikus or Rat Island is one of the primary marine tourism destinations in the area. This small, coral island measures less than 2 hectares, yet is home to numerous coral formations, a flourishing marine life, abundant biological resources, exquisite natural beauty, and of course, an ocean of fun (literally).
When approaching this coral atoll, Rat Island looks like a tiny cluster of trees, bordered with a rim of white sands and surrounded by a turquoise sea. Its most distinctive feature is a skeletal, iron lighthouse rising high above the canopy of the island’s thick forest.Many years ago, the island was known as a haven and place of refuge from the storm for ships crossing the Indian Ocean.The lighthouse was built in 1907 and is still functional today.
Rocky coral reefs circle the entire circumference of the island, protecting it from erosion. Several species of coral make up these formations and even more marine ecosystems are supported within this reef. This small island is habitat to many species of birds, while its sandy, white coastline is nesting ground for two species of sea turtle, the Hawksbill and the Green Turtle.
The island is clearly visible from Pantai Panjang (Long Beach), another popular tourist destination, and can be reached via rental boat in approximately 40 minutes.