Bikeli-Pala – Akrema

Start Bikeli hot water springs
Finish Akrema beach
Type Of Walk One way (boat back)
Distance 5.5km (one way) – add extra 0.5km if start walk from Bikeli-Pala intersection
Hours 2 hours walking (low tide) not including stops; allow extra  0.5 hour if high tide
Grade Easy at low tide except for a few slippery rocky sections and very short climb up on to headland.  At high tide would be much more difficult due to having to climb up above beach, wade through water at times etc. The two coastal sections which are difficult at high tide are located immediately after Bikeli Hot Springs (going north) and near to where you rejoin the coast after completing walk northwards through Uaroana village.
Highlights Hot water springs, mangroves, Bikeli-Pala, Uaroana and Akrema villages and gardens, beautiful white sand beaches, wonderful views from headlands south to Manukoko, down onto reefs and across to Indonesian Islands. Snorkeling, swimming and beach walking. Seeing traditional fishing, stone fish traps and seaweed farming. Hearing the Sea Oaks bordering Akrema beach sighing in the wind – very relaxing.
Description From Bikeli hot water springs start walking northwards around rocks (short section) and then along beach/track north to Uaroana hot water springs and mangroves.  Continue walking past village gardens and through Uaroana village which has a lovely tree shaded road through the middle. At the north end of the village return to the beach, pass a few small cliffs and then walk over a headland with fantastic ocean views.  Continue walking and straight after shipwreck on beach climb up round behind a small steep rocky outcrop (clockwise spiral) and then walk along top of small cliff before descending again to beach.  From here follow coastal track to Akrema. As get closer great views of Akrema beach.
Equipment/Footwear Sports sandals/good walking shoes; walking pole useful (few short sections rocky)
Guides Recommended – will see and learn much more (e.g. locating hot water springs, finding out about village life etc). One small tricky rock section getting up onto escarpment (track not obvious) and will need assistance finding high tide routes if needed.
Transport 4WD vehicle drop off at Bikeli hot water springs (15 min drive from Beloi) and boat pick up Akrema (or vice versa) – note can be difficult getting into Akrema at low tide. All transport must be pre-arranged
Variants Could start walk from Beloi (extra 1-1.5 hours) but not recommended as despite excellent coastal views road very hot and dusty
Other Morning best as gets hot later. Bikeli-Pala has small market on Tuesday morning. Hot water springs can only be found at low tide.

Track information verified. Recommended you notify your accommodation where you are walking (potential accident) and to walk with a companion; take water and protect yourself from the sun.