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Kojadoi bridge, a stone footpath to connect islands

Kojadoi island or Koja Island is an island 300 meters long, 100 meters wide, inhabited by 1,500 residents and reached by a speedboat for half an hour from the port of Laurens Say in Alok Timur District, Sikka Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia.

Kojadoi island is one of 17 islands in the district and only eight inhabited islands including Besar, Dambilah, Breadfruit, Breadfruit Pemana, Palue, Babi and Pangabatang. A 680 meter long stone bridge is a landmark for this small island. The narrow land connects the Kojadoi village on Kojadoi island in the south and the Kojagete village on Besar island in the north.

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The bridge was made of a mixture of rock and coral which was first built in 1979. In the course of time, residents worked together independently in hoarding with other assistance and in 2014 the Sikka Regional Government repaired this unique bridge.

The Kojadoi bridge looks like a curved line that connects Kojadoi and Besar islands during high tide. Two rock hills in the north and south of the island are seen flanking a flat piece of land in the middle. The bridge has a width of 2 meters and a height of 3 meters where residents cross this bridge despite high tides.

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"All public facilities including health services, schools, markets and village offices are in Kojagete on the Besar island and people have to cross the bridge," said Hamusehen, one of the residents of Kojadoi.

The flat land width on this island is only about 100 meters and houses two-storey design with stage construction. Under the stage that juts into the sea as a parking canoe used by homeowners to go to sea. All men are fishermen, while women weave cloth.



Another unique feature of Kojadoi is that there are no motorized vehicles that are very suitable for tourists who want to forget the hubbub of the world. Usually tourists visit this island after snorkeling and diving on Pangabatang island.

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