Solace on Coconut Island

“Indonesia is my motherland,
A graceful country always on my mind,
My home country I do glorify,
Always to adore as long as I live.
My motherland is peaceful prosperous,
Beautiful country so luxurious,
The Jasmine island is the adored one,
Since all of us were born.
Waves oh always waves,
Coconut trees off the shore,
Whisper and whisper,
King of adventurers.
To adore the land,
So beautiful so graceful,
Oh my motherland,
Indonesia.”

This song is called “Solace on Coconut Island”, written by the late Ismail Marzuki around 1940s. He was saying something about a beautiful coconut island that is called Indonesia, his homeland. I used to sing this song a lot in elementary school, but was wondering what exactly did Marzuki mean by “solace on the coconut island”?
My recent trip to Ambon triggered the memory of the song almost immediately inside my head. Especially on this beach. I hear you, Mr. Marzuki. This is solace on the coconut island.

This majestic beach is called Namalatu Beach, it is located in Latuhalat, Ambon. As usual, take an angkot with “Latuhalat” written on top of it, or you can rent a car, or a motorcycle and ride from the city of Ambon to this place. Riding a motorcycle will be a much cheaper option, but obviously less comfortable compared to renting a car.

Namalatu Beach is well known for the beauty of its reefs and the beach’s sand that is composed of small pieces of reefs. Too bad it was raining all day when I and my cousins went there so maybe the pictures will be a little dark, but I can assure you that bad weather didn’t cloud the beauty of this beach at all.

there goes the coconut trees~

When the rain stopped just a little, I stormed out of this gazebo where we sat (and weep because we could not jump right into the water) and start walking around. Part of the area that goes by the name of “Namalatu Beach” is not really a big place. They have built some gazebos here and there, so people can sit around, sipping coconut juices and enjoying the beach in front of them.

I don’t know if this beach was safe for everybody to swim or not, since there were reefs below the water and the reefs were pretty sharp. Some locals said that it is one of the most beautiful diving spot, though.
Aside from the small gazebos on the sore, there is one big gazebo stood in the far east of the beach that happened to be particularly popular for young people.This gazebo literally built on top of a medium reef, and I can only guess that probably it is the reason why it’s a popular spot.



If you climbed down that reef where the gazebo stand, you will be exposed directly into the water like this:

and I’m really happy about that. One friendly reminder though: the reefs are sharp, make sure you put on your flip-flops or sandals. The water was surprisingly warm, I was kind of expecting icy cold water, but it was warm and nice.
 
If you’re standing in the bridge connecting the gazebo and the outer line of the beach, you could clearly see the beach line decorated by the slightly bended coconut trees, which always seems to wave and wave, as if they are calling people from across the sea to come over and see what Namalatu Beach can give them.
 
The other nice spot here take form on a bridge. But this is a special bridge, according to the locals this was the remain of once a strong castle there. The castle was long lost to history, and I’ve searched everywhere but find no scientific claim over this castle, if it did exist. But then, some things did lost in history I guess. This bridge go all the way to the ocean, much like the one in Liang Beach, although it does look a lot stronger and tougher. Instead of wood, this bridge is made of firm stones, I can almost imagining it in  castle form. 
I was careful when walking on top of this bridge, enjoying every step I took and the sketches of the reefs below the clear transparent water. I took a deep breath, letting the rather salty air of the ocean filled my lungs, wondering if it was really a part of some old, strong and powerful castle. As I crossed the bridge, the sky was getting darker again, thick clouds carrying raindrops, it was almost raining once again. Probably it was just me, but walking slowly on that bridge gave me goosebumps. Like I was going to penetrate a big storm in front of me, because, look at the sky ahead!
 
The bridge ends with this rectangular shaped stone, a small space right in front of the ocean line, where the water’s shades become darker and darker, indicating the deep ocean ahead.
At first, I was reluctant to take pictures because it was dark and I was a little disappointed because then I could not take good pictures to share with you; all this beautiful scenery my eyes are blessed with. But my dear cousin insisted to take some pictures anyway and I can see now why she’s right! The storm-is-coming-soon weather actually gave the photographs a strong effect! Or at least that’s what I think. Haha..
 
The most amazing thing about Namalatu Beach, especially about the bridge is this:
You walked from the beach line, the shores, very well aware of the small group of reefs below the water, you walked and walked *preferably bare footed*, and then you reached that rectangular stone and looked around and gasp!
my pose is ridicolous. just ignore it, look! beautiful reefs!
That.. was one moment of… my breath being taken away and I was just standing there, mouth wide opened and… the scenery was just amazing, the water, the reef, the wind, the sound of waver, just everything! It was beyond beautiful! I don’t know if beautiful is enough to describe what I saw there.
I was definitely grateful for a chance to witness the beach with my own eyes. 
“Waves oh always waves,
Coconut trees off the shore,
Whisper and whisper,
King of adventurers.
To worship the land,
So beautiful so graceful,
Oh my motherland,
Indonesia.”
 
Oh, and I put the “Solace on Coconut Island” video here for you, in case you’re wondering and want to listen to the song. This is performed by Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra, they’ve done covers for national anthem and other traditional songs and they are pretty good ;D enjoy!
 
 

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