Alternative Pulau Siladen: a visual tour
Siladen Island, Bunaken National Park, North Sulawesi: 450-500 inhabitants, 81 households, 1.1 km long and 0.6 km wide. Intimate and harmonious, Siladen gave me exactly what I was looking for – and didn’t find – on Bunaken Island: silence, distance, and beauty.
In 1995, the first cottage was built on Siladen Island. Prior to that time tourists stayed with local people in their homes. Historically, Siladen Islands has been owned by one family that prevented outsiders from developing on the island. Then, a two-hectare Western-owned resort opened on the island in 2001. […] In 2000, it was decided with the owner of Siladen Island that cottages would be built in a “natural habitat”. (Leila Sievanen, 2008, Social seascapes, political landscapes: Conflict and cooperation within an Indonesian marine park)