Marsegu Island was located at west side of Seram Island (Nusa Ina / Ibu Island) which famous with its Taman Nasional Manusela (National Park Manusela). Marsegu island was at West Seram regency, Province of Maluku. Local people named this island as Marsegu because it has so many bats in there. Marsegu come from the local language means bat.
May be if you hear bats, the first thing that crossing in your mind could be Dracula, a man who suck your blood and can change his body into bat. But, this island was not terrifying at all. In fact, many the gifts of nature and gorgeous sceneries you can see in here, as place for recreation or place for botanical ocean research.
Besides bats, you also can see protected species suach as Gosong Megaphodius reinwardtii (Burung Maleo/bird) and coconut crab (Birgus latro) or local people say “kepiting kenari“. There are many other birds which make this island as a place for finding food, for play or for sleep.
Marsegu Island or “the bat island” was part of the protected forest area which established by Keputusan Menteri Kehutanan Nomor: 10327/Kpts-II/2002, in December 30th 2002; It has 240.20 Ha wide. The sea area was part of Taman Wisata Alam Laut (Ocean Park Trip) with 10,000 Ha wide, established by SK Menhutbun No. 114/Kpts-II/1999, in March 5th 1999. This area has a very potent ocean resource, many colorful coral and flora and fauna in different shape and size available here.
For you who love seafood, all you can eat is available! You can get the seafood by fishing your self or buy from the fisherman. You can choose what ever fish you like and cook it with your own way, whether roast, burn, fry or other way.
In Marsegu, you can see some forests, one of them was secondary jungle which created by people as land for farming. This secondary forest community was growth on a coral stage by stage in weathering process. Previously, this area was a primer forest with trees diameter more than 100 cm.
Half of this island was mangrove forest, which contains mangrove species such as Rhizophora mucronata, Rhizophora apiculata, Brugueira gymnorrhiza, Brugueira sexangula, Ceriops tagal, Xylocarpus mollucensis, Xylocarpus granatum, Heritiera littoralis, Lumnitzera littorea, Aegiceras corniculatum, Excoecaria agallocha, Pemphis acidula and Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea.
The most outside zone of the mangrove area is Rhizophora mucronata which then mingled with Rhizophora apiculata and at the middle is Brugueira gymnorrhiza, Brugueira sexangula, Ceriops tagal, Xylocarpus mollucensis and Xylocarpus granatum. Well, here you can find the peacefulness which can’t be found in your neighborhood.
At the east side of Marsegu island, there is jungle beach vegetation which has white sand throughout 1600 meters. Type of vegetation in this zone is Cordia subcordata, Pongamia pinnata, Terminalia catappa and Baringtonia asiatica.
While at the north side of white sand beach, you can find Ipomea pescaprae zone which dominated by rumput angin (Spinifex littoreus) and Katang-katang (Ipomea pescaprae). This location is suitable as tourist area. The ocean scenery is very beautiful and you can heal the fresh ocean air.
For you who want to camp or leave for a couple days, there are two wells as fresh water sources which used by people surrounding the wells to drink, take a bath and washing.
So, you don’t have to doubt to visit this exotic location. Well, start to make a plan to trip to Marsegu Island, guarantee you’ll be satisfied and have an unforgettable adventure.
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