Pinus II Island in Aranio Sub-District, Banjar Regency - Indonesia
It is true that Riam Kanan Lake becomes one of the best allures in Banjar Regency. It is, without a doubt, tourists would drop by to the lake and enjoy a family recreation there. Still, not all of them are aware of other potentials owned by the lake. Here is an example. The name is Pinus II Island, located in the midst of the lake! “Pinus” means Pine, actually. As tourists may expect, the island is covered by pine trees so it offers a shady and unique nuance to visitors. The island indeed shares the same location with the lake, which is located in Tiwingan Baru Village (Aranio Sub-District).
In terms of size, Pinus II Island is small. However, it is covered by dense pines and other plants which make it more interesting to explore. Not to mention tourists can easily reach the island using a small boat, which is available at the side of the lake. The wind blows and hits the leaves of the trees, creating a soothing sound there. No wonder, the island offers a perfect nuance for relaxation. Another good thing is that 3 local eateries have been built there, so visitors can enjoy lunch during the visit.
Exploring Pinus II Island
Pinus II Island is an extra attraction for those who visit Riam Kanan Lake indeed. Still, it is as famous as the lake itself. That means lots of tourists have been aware of the presence of island, so they would drop by while visiting the lake someday. One of the reasons is that they want to witness an interesting natural view of the island and feel its unique nuance. Due to the serenity, the site helps them to relax as well.
Even though it looks quiet and secluded, the island features some facilities! As mentioned before, visitors may find several food vendors or “warung” on the site. These decent buildings are surrounded by pine trees, so the atmosphere feels so comfy there. That means tourists can either eat or drink comfortably while watching the views of the lake and enjoying the breezy wind. Aside from these places, another good spot for relaxing is the wooden stage, located in the midst of the forest. It features benches on its sides, where tourists can sit and relax.
Another reason to visit Pinus II Island is to conduct photography. Thanks to the shady pine trees, people can use such background to create a perfect natural photo for sure. Somehow, the island is suitable for a pre-wedding photo session too. Have no worries. Even the island features toilets for tourists to use during exploration.
- Pine Island
- Patrabulu Hill
- Mawar Mountain
- Riam Kanan Reservoir
- Panayar Waterfal
How to Get There
The trip usually starts from Martapura City and the first destination is Aranio Island. It takes about 45 minutes to get there. Next, they can simply head to Tiwingan Baru Village and reach Riam Kanan Lake right away. Have no worries. There is a boat service which may take them to the island. Make sure to carry enough cash to pay the service, though.
Where to Stay
- Padjio Hotel
- Riawahyudi Hotel
- Shangrilla Hotel