Sulbar.com - Karampuang, a small island covering 2.4 square miles or 621 hectares area is situated about 1 km (0.6 miles) from Mamuju City in West Sulawesi, Indonesia. Access to Karampuang Island is by boat from Simboro Port in Mamuju. The boat trip takes about 20 minutes. The island has beautiful natural features, with some sand beaches and coral reefs, and is easy to reach from Mamuju.
Karampuang Island is physically covered by coral and rock limestone. However, surface soil conditions have been observed as varied upon topographic, flora, land-use conditions. The local people say that soil in the island is fertile and suitable for various plants to grow well. Some trees and plantation in the island are bamboo, jackfruit, papaya, cassava, tamarind, pineapple, mango, sukun, corn, coconut, etc. The island has beautiful natural features, with some sand beaches, coral reefs and mangroves. Sea water surrounding the island is potential of various fishes and suitable to cultivate seaweeds.
Sea grass beds ecosystem in Karampuang Island consists of Cymodocea rotundata, Cymodocea serrulata, Enhalus acoroides, Halodule pinifolia, Halophila ovalis, Syringodium isoetifulium and Thallasia hemprichii. While in mangrove ecosystem, there are 2 (two) species such as Rhizopora mucronata and Sonneratioa alba.
Ecotourism is a potential sector in Karampuang. Potential tourism attractions include boating/canoeing, snorkeling, cycling, boat racing, cultural festival (Festival Karampuang). Potential tourist market will come from Mamuju and Sulbar-Sulsel-Sulteng. As now it needs to improve tourism objects and facilities as well as local community’s capacity in managing tourism business (i.e. resort, homestay, etc.). People hope the beauty of Karampuang will become an attractive tourism destination in Indonesia in the future.