Ambon Island is famous for its very beautiful beach tourism. Almost on every coast of this island you will find beaches with different characteristics from one another. There are beaches that have sloping contours with wide expanses of sand, there are also beaches with hard rock characters, and there are even coastal areas in the form of high cliffs. Almost all of them have their own beauty that will amaze you. One that is quite characterful is Sopapei Beach.
This beach is located next to the popular Natsepa Beach. The two are only separated by rocky cliffs, but are still in the same area. The natural conditions are not much different from Natsepa, only Sopapei is cleaner and the sand is whiter. The distance from this beach from Ambon city center is only about 15 km with a travel time of approximately 30 minutes by motor vehicle.
Sopapei Beach is a beach that has just been officially opened by local residents as a tourist attraction. The facilities and infrastructure to support this beach are also not as complete as Natsepa or Liang Beach. However, the stretch of white sand, clear sea water and a very comfortable atmosphere will always welcome you when you enter the Sopapei Beach area. If you want to enjoy the beach and the ocean with a calm and comfortable situation, this beach is the right choice. One of the most striking characteristics of Sopapei Beach is its calm aura which is so charming that it can make anyone reluctant to move quickly from this beach.
Usually, Ambonese people use Sopapei Beach as an alternative beach tourism destination. They are generally getting tired of popular beaches like Natsepa or Liang, and are looking for a place that is new and less crowded. Although new, there are many activities that can be done on this beach. Starting from just relaxing enjoying the calm atmosphere of Sopapei, playing sand on the beach, snorkeling, even diving and spear fishing (fish hunting while diving) are often favorite activities for tourists. Communities around the coast already understand the economic benefits they will get from tourists, that’s why food stalls, tire rentals and other beach recreation equipment are also available.
Sopapei Beach is a beach tourism destination that is still fresh on the island of Ambon. The location is easy to reach, the beautiful nature is still kept clean, and the role of the residents who independently prepare various facilities there are the main factors for the development of this beach. One day, it is not impossible that Sopapei Beach will become as popular as Natsepa or Liang Beach. The community has realized this, now it is the government’s turn to further develop the tourism potential of Sopapei Beach.