When: An annual event- check its schedule and information at www.Indonesia.travel
Where: Nuhanera Cape, Waienga Bay, Lembata Island (Lomblen Island), Nusa Tenggara Timur Province. The Nuhanera Cape coastal line has the length of 91 Km with 1 Km wide as the Bay’s gateway.
Events: Swimming competition, traditional boat rowing competition of 2 people, fishing competition, paramotoring, boat parade, participants of International yacht rally, and stalls of local food and souvenirs.
How: Take a flight to Kupang (KOE) and continue with smaller aircrafts towards Lewoleba (LWE).
Although it’s just a trip of a day, I enjoyed being at the bay.
The local government and society of Lembata Island – most especially for the people who lives around the bay which consists of 14 villages from 3 districts – tried its best to make this festival live and happen. With its second year, they hope to build and grow its local economy around the area through tourism. I was very happy that there were international tourists participating in a group of around 20 people with their own yachts, rallied together coming from almost around the globe; some are from New Zealand, Australia, and America.
The landscape view is exotic and some divers said that the Waienga Bay has beautiful underwater. Well, I have to come back again and see it myself but I believe it’s prettiness because the land is such a natural. No buildings or hard concrete around the area that really makes the place perfect.
With a day that I have, I maximized my opportunity to walk up the hill and mingle with the friendly locals. They are precious, like we are. So, I hope by this festival the local economy would grow through tourism without changing its natural aesthetic.
All photographs are taken by Fiona Callaghan except for ‘The winners of swimming competition’ photo by Muhammad Takdir Ratuloly