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Soop Island, One of the Beautiful Inhabitants Islands in West Papua

Soop Island is an island in the region of East Papua. The island has many tourist attractions like white fine sand beaches along the island to the north. In the western part of the island, there are many big rocks stretching in the bank of the beach. It was said that the big rocks were used as the defense fortress of Japanese soldiers.
Another main attraction of the island is rock caves and holes that were used as the hiding place at the World War II. The island is inhabited, allowing you to find basic facilities when you are in this island. The access to the island is not difficult. You only need to go by boat from Sorong.
Soop Island is not too far from Sorong City. You can even see it clearly once you have arrived at Sorong. Administratively, Soop lies in Sorong Islands District, Sorong City, West Papua. Although the island is not too far from Sorong, unfortunately, there is no public transportation providing a crossing access means of transportation to visitors. The only access to go from Sorong to the island is renting a speed boat or traditional boat from local fishermen in Sorong Port. The cost for the rental boat is Rp20,000 (US2.00) for one trip. If you want to go around the island, you can also rent the boat. The cost is negotiable, so you don’t have to worry that you will have to spend much money for the rental boat.  

           Soop Island is not too large. Hence, it will not take too much time if you want to go around the island. It takes only about an hour to go around the island. You can learn many things about the island, including the inhabitants and their traditional way of life. The culture of the local culture is also interesting to learn. The inhabitants of this island are only about 100. Thus, the island is not too crowded. Even, the atmosphere of the island is quiet and peaceful. You can relax your mind by visiting the island. If you’re tired of walking around the island, you can take a rest in the beach. The beach is so beautiful. The surrounding nature is so relaxing and comforting. Playing around or swimming in the beach can be the best remedy for your stress.

          If you don’t intend to spend the night in Soop Island, you better come to the island early in the morning and then directly go back to Sorong. However, if you intend to stay in the island, you can find home stays provided by local people. The home stays are quite comfortable. Most home stays are near the beach, so you can feel the fresh air of the sea and feel the breeze of the sea wind. You can also hear the sound of the sea waves hitting the rocks. It’s so peaceful and comforting.
          When you have a trip to West Papua, never miss Soop Island in your travel plan. The beauty and the exotic panorama of the island is an unfortunate to miss.
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