Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Exotic marine tourism in the Mentawai Islands

Some foam bed is stored in the uma or custom house in Butui Mentawai, District of South Siberut, Mentawai Islands regency, West Sumatra. The existence of manufactured goods were very striking compared with other uma content, such as animal skulls and cooking equipment are all made citizens of the Mentawai.

"The bed was for the tourists. They also bought, as well as other items such as bags, "said Aman Jazali, sikerei who inhabit these custom homes. Sikerei is a ceremonial leader.

According Jazali, almost every week there are only foreign tourists, usually from American and European-who stay 1-2 nights in the uma. There are two attractions there: own experience the exotic Mentawai tribal life and enjoy the clear, distant Butui River and surrounded by white sand and rocks in front of the uma.

Exotic style Butui are still added beauty of the journey to achieve it, namely taking pompong-wooden boat with outboard engine, for about 4 hours from Muara Siberut, the capital of the District of South Siberut, toward the village of Madobag. From Madobag, about 1.5 hours walking through the forest to get to the uma.

While Muara Siberut can be reached by motor boat for 10-12 hours from Padang, West Sumatra.

Exotic Mentawai

The presence of foreign tourists make Jazali earn a decent income for each group usually gave the money before leaving. It also allows him to speak a little Indonesian, English, and arithmetic.

"We stay here, tour guide and tourist are often taught me and my family," said Jazali who never went to school. While her three children now learn in school forests managed by a monk because formal schools are far from Uma.

The presence of foreign tourists also make a number of places in the Mentawai overgrown with luxury resorts, especially in coastal areas that have good waves for surfing. In the resorts that moneyed tourists enjoy the exotic Mentawai which consists of 213 islands as well as for surfing.

Waves in the Mentawai Islands surf-by various organizations is the third best-universal after Hawaii and Tahiti.

In Mentawai, surfing is usually done in Nyangnyang Island, Coral Majat, Masilok, Botik, and Mainuk. The peak tourist visit there in July and August. At that height of waves in the Mentawai reaches 7 meters.

"The island is beautiful. I'll come back here again, "said Andrea, tourists from Italy, about the Mentawai he visited for a week.

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