The Kodi trip is only a day trip, so we decided to rent a car. We also have listed 5 places that we should visit in Kodi, and mostly were beaches. Hooray!
We started in the morning from Weetabula, which was my home base while I was in Sumba. I took about 2 hours to reach Kodi. The driver told us that there was no eating places, let alone restaurant in Kodi; that was why we stopped at a warong on our way to Kodi to buy enough snacks and mineral water for our trip.
– Ratenggaro –
Ratenggaro was our first destination in Kodi. It was famous with its traditional village, where the location just near the beach. But before we entered the village, we went to the area near the beach – not far from the village, which turned out to be the tomb of the king and his descendants. Previously, the village was actually located in the same area with the tomb, but as the waves were strong and started to erode the beach area, then they moved to the current location, which was at the safe distance with the waves 🙂The traditional village here meant that there were no electricity, but I spotted a lighting pole in the middle of the village, which was using solar energy. Unfortunately it was not working anymore. Actually, in between the village and the beach, there was a lagoon. I think it was formed as there was a low area on the beach that allowed the water from the ocean came in to the lagoon area.
– Pero –
Pero was the next spot that we visited after Ratenggaro. There are actually two sides of the beach, the left side which is more like a ‘rock side’ – and it was a very sharp rock / reef, while the right side is more like the ‘beach side’. In between, the sea water once again passed the beach area and formed a small river before it formed a lagoon not too far from the beach side.To go from the left to the right side, it took us about 15 minutes. Like I said, this area is more like a beach side, as it has a very long beach. Luckily there was an abandon two-story small house on the area, so we can have a better view of the surrounding, including seeing the water blow on one of the reef area. There was actually nothing on the beach, although there was a small village located before the beach.
– Karo –
Karo is one of my favourite beaches in Kodi. It was a very quiet beach, and when we went there, it seemed that there was an autumn season on Karo as there were many leaves on the beach.
Why I said that this is my favourite beach?
It was because the tide was on the ebb, and the waves already break when hit a reef not far from the beach, … so no big waves lah! 🙂I noticed a funny thing with the current. Usually the direction of the current was from the ocean to the beach, right? But in here, the current was from the left to the right side haha.
We really enjoyed our time here. We just sit there and relax, and sometimes I pretend to be taken by the current and rolled to the right side … Lol!
– Mandorak –
Mandorak has the smallest beach compared to other beach that we visited on that day in Kodi, but … I think it has the strongest waves!
The location of the beach itself is very unique as it hidden behind big two wall of reef. No wonder when the waves flow to the beach, it has to ‘squeeze’ itself, so it can go in between the two reef walls.We could walk to the top of the reef from beside the beach. From above I could see the power of the waves when it hit the ‘wall’. Very strong indeed! Apparently from here, I could see another hidden beach not far from here, which is located in between of another two reef walls too. In this area, there was also a very small but nice hut located beside the beach. I did not enter it, but another friend of mine, Ardin, who managed to meet a foreigner who owned the hut. Apparently this foreigner made this hut for a resting place. You can read Ardin’s story here: Mandorak beach, beautiful and unique.
I must say that you should not skip this beach as it was very beautiful and the view from above the reef was stunning!
– Waikuri –
Have you ever heard a lake with salt water?
Well, Waikuri is one of them.
How come it has a salt water? It is a lake, right?
Yes, it is a lake, and yes it has salt water. The salt water came from the sea.If I could describe the lake … So the lake is actually like a round swimming pool, but the wall of the pool is made from the reef. However, there was a hole / holes on the wall – that became the direct border with the sea. That is why, when the waves hit this wall, some of the sea water could enter the lake area.
Too bad, when we visited the area, the water level was very low, so we could not swim at this lake, but at least we could walked down to the bottom of the lake. I could see that over time, the lake area could have a similar situation just like the sea.Sinthya told me that she once swam there with her friends, but the water was smelly. Perhaps it because the water is salt water from the sea, and there was no good circulation. 😉
It was only a day trip to Kodi, but it was memorable … You already know my favourite, which are the Karo and the Mandorak beach, so please do not skip those two beaches when you visit Kodi 😀
P.S.: It took me quite a long time to pick the photos from this Kodi trip. You know how many photos that I have, just from this Kodi trip? The total is 122 photos taken from my camera and iPhone. I needed to bring it down to 30 photos!! Gheezz …