Biawak Island is located in the Java Sea and is part of Indramayu Regency, West Java Province, Indonesia, with a distance of about 28 nautical miles or about 40 kilometers from the north coast of Tirtamaya Indramayu.
Actually the name of this island is Rakit Island, but by the Indramayu Regency Government it is called Biawak Island because there are many monitor lizards that are characteristic of this island. This animal is unique because it lives in saltwater habitats. Every time before sunset, dozens of monitor lizards with a length of between 20 cm - 1.5 meters can be seen swimming on the beach. The animals are indeed hunting fish for their food needs.
The existence of this island is very dangerous for the shipping lanes of ships passing through the islands. So it's not surprising that the Dutch, during their colonization of the Indonesian archipelago, built a lighthouse tower. The lighthouse with a height of about 65 meters was built by ZM Willem in 1885. This can be seen from the sign that reads “Onder De Efcering van Z.M. William III. Koning des Nederlanden, ENZ.., ENZ.,. Opgerigt Ovh Draailicht 1872". Until now, the building still functions to guide ships large and small that pass. Seeing the age of the building, the lighthouse is estimated to be the same age as the lighthouse on Anyer Beach.
The Indramayu Regency Government also only has two aid crossing ships from the West Java Provincial Government with a capacity of 30 people and 10 people. These two ships are only operated every Saturday and Sunday with a rental rate of IDR 290 thousand / person. However, you can rent a fishing motor boat for IDR 2 million/10 people.
With a ship belonging to the Indramayu Regency Government, you can cross to Biawak Island with a travel time of about 1-1.5 hours, while by motorboat it takes about 4 hours. The difference is that a motorboat can be rented anytime or every day