The sound of a “gong” at the beach

Like I said before, South East Sulawesi Province in Indonesia had many beaches that located not too far from Kendari, the capital of the province. By this post, I took you along with me to another beach not too far from Kendari, since it was only 15 kilometers away. The beach was known as Batu Gong Beach.

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The name was derived from two Bahasa Indonesia words; “batu” that could be translated as stone or rock and “gong” which was a terminology used to call a Javanese traditional musical instrument. The name was given to the beach as there was a stone cliff which was continuously beaten by the waves which after a very long time, made the cliff eroded, and formed a shallow cave. From time to time, when a big wave slammed into the cave, a gong-like sound would be heard. Hence the locals call the beach as “Batu Gong”.

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The beach was located in Soropia District, Konawe County in South East Sulawesi Province. It was facing the Banda Sea and bordered by Nipanipa Mountain Range. The beach was already equipped with many gazebos that could be used by travelers when they spent their time at the beach. Other public utilities, such as toilets, parking lots and many simple stalls that sold snacks and refreshments, could also be found in there.

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When I was visiting the beach, I found the condition of the beach was quite dirty. Sea garbage was swooped to the beach by the waves, and remained there without anybody attempted to clean it. Some of the gazebos were also need repair in some parts. There were also some simple fishing boats tied at the shore close to the cliff while the fishermen were chatting to each other in some groups under a simple hut, close by. The problem was, the ropes that tied the boats could easily strain when the boat moving away from the beach because of the waves, and it could make somebody tripped and fell.

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To reach the beach was quite easy, since there were public transports serving the area. The road from Kendari to the beach was also quite good. That was why the beach area was quite crowded by locals at week-end and holiday.

Hope that the local government could maintain the beach area better so it will become one of the best tourist destinations in the region. The uniqueness of the beach which its gong-like sound every time the waves slammed to the rock, and many trees grew on the shore which in turn made the beach area not too hot, would surely attract many people to spend their time at Batu Gong Beach in their leisure time.—

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Keterangan :

Seperti sudah aku sebutkan dalam postinganku sebelumnya, Propinsi Sulawesi Tenggara memiliki banyak pantai yang bisa dijadikan tempat wisata yang lokasinya tidak terlalu jauh dari ibu kota propinsi itu, yaitu Kendari. Di postinganku kali ini, aku akan mengajak para pengunjung blog-ku ini ke sebuah pantai yang hanya berjarak sekitar 15 kilometer dari Kendari dan dikenal dengan nama Pantai Batu Gong.

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Nama pantai yang terkesan unik ini tentu ada penyebabnya. Di bagian selatan pantai ini berdiri sebuah tebing batu yang terus menerus dihajar hempasan gelombang. Setelah melalui waktu yang cukup lama, mungkin berbilang ratusan tahun, akhirnya dinding batu yang keras itupun membentuk sebuah ceruk.

Nah . . . dengan adanya ceruk ini, sekarang tiap kali ombak menghempas dinding itu, maka akan timbul suara yang mirip suara gong ditabuh. Itulah asal mula pantai ini disebut sebagai Pantai Batu Gong.

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Pantai ini terletak di sebelah utara kota Kendari, tepatnya di Kecamatan Soropia, Kabupaten Konawe. Pantai Batu Gong menghadap ke Laut Banda yang terkenal sebagai salah satu laut yang terdalam di dunia. Sisi lain pantai ini, di kejauhan, dibentengi oleh Pegunungan Nipanipa. Di pantai ini para pelancong tidak perlu khawatir mencari fasilitas umum, karena Pantai Batu Gong sudah dilengkapi dengan jajaran pondokan yang bisa dipakai sebagai tempat bersantai, juga sudah tersedia lahan parkir yang cukup luas, toilet, dan juga warung-warung sederhana yang menjual makanan ringan dan minuman.

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Sayangnya kondisi Pantai Batu Gong tidak bisa dibilang bersih. Ketika aku ke sana, di bibir pantai aku menemukan tumpukan sampah yang terbawa arus laut dan dimuntahkan ke pantai. Tidak hanya sampah yang berupa dedaunan atau rumput laut; plastik, botol dan bekas kemasan makanan pun terlihat di sepanjang pantai tanpa ada petugas yang membersihkannya. Beberapa pondokan juga aku lihat perlu diperbaiki, meskipun kalau dilihat dari kejauhan tampak bagus dengan catnya yang biru terang. Tali penambat perahu-perahu nelayan yang ada di bibir pantai dekat dengan tebing juga kadang membuat pelancong yang tidak hati-hati terjerambab karena kakinya tersangkut tali yang tiba-tiba menegang karena perahu yang terikat di tali itu tertarik ombak.

Mudah-mudahan saja pihak-pihak yang berkepentingan dapat lebih menjaga kebersihan pantai ini. Bagaimanapun, dengan keunikan berupa suara mirip gong yang dipukul tiap kali ombak menghempas tebing karang, juga dengan adanya pepohonan di sepanjang bibir pantai yang membuat kawasan pantai tidak panas meskipun di tengah hari bolong, ditambah lagi dengan kemudahan transportasi umum untuk mencapai Pantai Batu Gong ini, aku yakin pantai ini bisa berkembang menjadi salah satu tujuan wisata yang bisa diandalkan oleh daerah itu.–

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12 thoughts on “The sound of a “gong” at the beach

  1. Did you visit the beach in rainy season? Because usually that’s when beaches are littered by garbage, swept away from faraway places. Nevertheless, it is very intriguing to hear the sound of the ‘gong’ itself. Did you hear anything particular?

    • I visited the beach at the end of a long dry season, actually.
      As for the sound of the “gong”, well … I did not hear anything except for usual sound you hear at the beach at that time. Perhaps the waves were not big enough to initiate the sound

  2. Omg, in the Philippines, the word bato (batu ? ) also means stone or rock.!

  3. Tantangan menjaga fasilitas dan keindahan alam selalu menggelitik ya, Pak. Pantai Batu Gong melengkapi saudara jauhnya goa watu gong di Pacitan ya Pak, sesama bentukan alam.

    • Betul Bu. Padahal kalau terjaga dengan baik, mereka sendiri yagn akan menikmati hasilnya kan ya?

      Wah betul juga nih Bu Prih. Pantai Batu Gong punya saudara sepupu di Pacitan 😀

  4. Wah belum pernah ke Batu Gong nih😦

  5. menyampah ada dimana mana ya … sayang pantai bagus begini tidak di urus, pemda/pemkot-nya memang butuh “dorongan” ..🙂

  6. I need to start exploring all these places you post about.🙂

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