Palippis Beach in Balanipa Sub-District, Polewali Mandar Regency
It is not surprising that Poliwali Mandar Regency provides many options of beautiful beaches to tourists. In this case, for example, there is Palippis Beach in Bala Village! In terms of region, it belongs to Balanipa Sub-District though. So, what makes it so special and different than others? Most of the time, visitors want to visit Palippis in order to watch exotic sea scenery and feel its comfy nuance. Not only the beach is suitable for sightseeing, but it also provides a good landscape for photography and exploration. It is because the beach resides near to other interesting natural attractions for tourists to visit.
As mentioned earlier, Palippis Beach is famous for its exotic nuance. It even comes with a calm sea, so everyone can swim in the coast comfortably. Thanks to the strategic location, people are able to witness high seas from there. It is because the beach resides in the west part of Sulawesi Island, so it faces the sea that separates three different islands like Sulawesi, Kalimantan, and Java. The next impressive feature of the beach is the presence of a big coral reef and small hill located in the edge of the coast. Visitors can even find a bat cave in that area!
Exploring Palippis Beach
Once arriving at Palippis Beach, the first thing that tourists should do is to enjoy the breeze of the sea. It doesn’t matter when they visit the site, as the beach always provides a comfy atmosphere to everyone. After enjoying relaxation, it is recommended to get to the nearby coral cliff called Lawuang. Due to the majestic size and unique appearance, this natural landscape often becomes a background for photography in fact. So, make sure to carry a camera and take some pictures on this site.
It is true the coral cliff becomes the best spot to take pictures, but it is also suitable for rock climbing. This explains why some locals often come to Palippis in order to enjoy such activity. What about tourists? Well, they can join too as long as they have prepared the equipment beforehand. As for beginners, they should consider hiring an instructor for the sake of safety and comfort though. The height of the coral cliff ranges from 30 to 80 meters so it is considerate moderate in terms of level difficulty.
The next allure of Palippis Beach is the presence of Kelelawar (Bat) Cave, which is located near to the coral cliff. As tourists may expect, they may find hundreds of bats inside. The dung of these animals creates an unpleasant atmosphere, though. Therefore, it is not recommended to spend too much time inside the cave. Instead, it is more comfortable to relax at available gazebos while watching sea scenery, no?
- Lapeo Beach
- Gonda Mangrove Park (GMP)
- Sumur Jodoh / Sumur 3
- Korban 40.000 Monument
How to Get There
A trip to Palippis Beach may take about 50 minutes from Polewali Mandar Regency, as the distance is 35.6 km. The first thing to do is to reach Balanipa Sub-District. Next, tourists only need to visit Bala Village where the beach resides. No worries as the whole trip may get faster if they take Poros Majene – Mamuju Street.
Where to Stay
- Defina Inn
- Pacific Hotel