Pulau Bidadari (translates to Angel Island) is named after the Bidara trees which grow on the island. 15 hectares in size, with 3 beaches and surrounded by coral reef it is a varied and interesting island.
Local government licenses have been acquired to turn waters surrounding the island into a protected area, allowing the reef and marine life to thrive.
On land, life is also thriving with extra native trees and flora being planted; it has created a haven for birds, butterflies and insects. While the island changes appearance from wet to dry season, the wildlife drawn by the abundant plants stays the same. Many species of birds inhabit the trees, including woodpeckers, kingfishers, Megapodes, and eagles all being sighted regularly around the island. The many native plants that have been added over the years have acted as a magnet to many types of butterflies that drift past on the breeze. Also attracted in are numerous Sunbirds who can often be seen feeding on the flowers surrounding the restaurant, as well as the cheeky Flores white eyes, endemic to the area which will try and join you for breakfast.
A fantastic in touch with nature feel is on the island as walking around the resort you are almost certain to spot an interesting bird or insect going about its daily life.
A few metres off the beach is protected coral reef, providing spectacular soft and hard corals to snorkelers. Certainly even sitting on the beach can be an experience in itself, with those who are watching the water often treated to a passing baby shark, one of the many stingrays that come out in the late afternoon or maybe even a passing pod of dolphins or a jumping sailfish for the very lucky. Those who explore the waters around the island either by snorkelling or diving on the house reef will find varied marine life under the surface. Seahorses can be found in shallow water, along with pufferfish, stingrays, snake eels, moray eels, cuttlefish, nudibranch, pipefish and much, much more. Some guests barely make it out of the water they are so impressed with what they find!