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Wakatobi lures tourists with cultural festivals

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, October 13, 2016  /  04:36 pm
Wakatobi lures tourists with cultural festivals

Colorful coral compete for space to grow in a shallow reef in Wakatobi National Park in Southeast Sulawesi. (Shutterstock/File)

Wakatobi regency in Southeast Sulawesi is set to hold a festival on Tomia Island on Nov. 3-6, following the success of September's Barata Kahedupa Festival. 

"It will be a cultural festival involving cultural competitions, such as a culinary party, a traditional fishing competition and many other competitions," said Tourism Ministry's 10 New Bali Acceleration Working Group coordinator for Wakatobi Destination Arie Prasetyo, as quoted by tempo.co on Wednesday.

(Read also: Wakatobi set to hold traditional matchmaking festival)

Tomia is home to spectacular diving and snorkeling as well as interesting traditions, such as Safar Traditional Festivity every Safar Month, Bose-Bose, which involves parading colorful boats filled with traditional dishes at the beaches and Sajo Moane Dance, which is a sacred dance performed by male dancers.

In December, the regency is slated to hold a combination of festivals and expos dubbed Wakatobi Wave Dec. 1-3. (fmn/kes)

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