West Sumatra: Belibis Island crowded during Eid holiday

Internal Affairs

Belibis Island in Solok City, West Sumatra Province, was crowded with tourists enjoying holidays with their families on the seventh day after the 2022 Eid al-Fitr celebration which fell on May 2.

The number of visitors had continued to increase since the first day of Eid 2022, Head of the Solok Tourism Object Management Fauzi said here on Sunday.

“(The number of visitors) to Belibis Island reaches two thousand to three thousand visitors per day. As of today, there are still many visitors even though tomorrow, (people) will return to office and school,” he said.

According to him, the Eid holiday in 2022 was much more lively compared to the last two years when they world was hit the COVID-19 pandemic.Tourist attractions were allowed to open and visitors were no longer restricted currently, he added.

Furthermore, Belibis Island located in Kampung Jawa Village, Tanjung Harapan Sub-District, Solok City, offered attractions such as flying fox, fishing areas, horse riding, motor cross, water bikes, and swimming spots for children.

Visit to Belibis Island is free, but visitors have to Rp10 thousand if they want to try flying fox or horse riding, among other things.

“Usually, the visitors come from the surrounding areas such as Solok City, Solok District, and Sijunjung, but there are also homecoming travelers,” Fauzi said.

One of the horse rides managers Zul Hendro, 30, said the 2022 Eid holiday was much different from the previous year because this years, tourist attractions including Belibis Islands, were reopen to the public.

“Renting a horse for one round is Rp10 thousand. In one day, (we) can earn Rp750 thousand to Rp800 thousand per horse. There are four horses here,” he said.

Source: Antara News