Tilan Island in Tanah Putih Sub-District, Rokan Hilir
Rokan Hilir has been recognized by passionate travelers for its beautiful lake called Napangga. However, other tourist spots can be found there including Tilan Island. It is located in Tanah Putih Sub-District and it is popular for its beaches. The location is across Rantau Bais Village so it is quite accessible. Featuring white sandy beaches and unspoiled nature, the island would be a perfect spot to enjoy a family recreation and relaxation. Not to mention visitors can climb the hills which are scattered on the island. Above all, the locals are friendly so tourists can approach them without hassle.
Tilan Island has many features including nature attractions and local facilities. No wonder, tourists would feel comfortable when exploring the island. Despite the small size (about 500 hectares), it provides visitors with many adventure opportunities. Apart from its beautiful beach, Tilan has several gazebos which are located near to the hill. Those structures become the checkpoint or resting area for tourists before they explore other parts of the island. When it comes to facilities, some locals are seen in the location and they are always ready to help everyone.
Exploring Tilan Island
The most popular tourist activity in Tilan Island is nature adventure. It can be either beach walking or hiking because the island provides them all to tourists. The grassy landscape covers the hill, which makes it a great place for trekking. From the top of the hill, the views are indeed breathtaking and it features fresh air as well. Actually, the best time to visit the hill is before the sunset or sunrise. From the site, the sparkling lights of villagers’ house look so amazing. Those look like a formation of fireflies at night.
Next, tourists should get around the island and try to meet exotic white storks. They often drop by in Tilan Island for either resting or feeding. These birds would definitely become a good object for photography, especially among animal lovers. Apart from the storks, many other beautiful objects are waiting to capture. These include the beach, hill, local people, and the sun views. Even local’s activities like fishing and farming are worth a photo shoot. As mentioned before, the villagers are approachable and they would help tourists when it comes to finding accommodations and foods.
Just because Tilan Island has a small size, doesn’t mean it lacks facilities. On the other hand, tourists can find supportive facilities like gazebos, canoes, fishing boats, pier, playground, mini golf, etc. For more adventure, they can explore nearby natural forest and conduct camping there. Some researchers are sometimes seen in that location, too. With all those nature attractions, Tilan Island never ceases to amaze both locals and outsiders.
- Napangga Lake
- Janda Lake
- Jemur Island
- Batu Belah
- Rantau Bais Village
How to Get There
From Pekanbaru City, travelers need to head to Rokan Hilir District and it may take about several hours. Once they get there, they can head to Tanah Putih Sub-District directly. From there, it takes 20 km to reach Rantau Bais Village. This is the checkpoint where tourists should rent a traditional boat and head to the island. The trip takes about 10 minutes, actually.
Where to Stay
- Duri Hotel
- Bit Hotel
- RPS Hotel