Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wangi Wangi Island

Wangi Wangi Island is in the Regency of Wakatobi, a regency consisting of four major islands and a huge expanse of reefs lying some 300 nautical miles south west of Ambon.  Here on Wangi Wangi, in the town of Wanci, we fell in to the company of several ‘Sail Wakatobi’ cruisers (part of a larger sail rally organised out of Darwin every year) and free-loaded on some of the cultural activities organized for their benefit.  And we have had an absolutely fabulous time!

Women of the village of Waha displaying local foods

men display playing Separaga, a volley ball like game played with a rattan ball

Everybody wanted to be photographed with Zeke and Nina

Dancers and musicians from the village of Tindoi

The law keeps a close watch on us.

Bajao Village, Wangi Wangi.  The Bajo people are ‘water people’, folk lore suggests they were formerly sea nomads, now settled in villages but still intimately associated with the sea.

Bajo dancers and musicians perform a water-borne ceremony...


... and assorted Bajo boats.

Hauling bananas in a traditional clawfoot sailed boat.

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