Visiting Wangi-Wangi Island in Wakatobi Will Be More Exciting When These Festivals Are On!

Visiting Wangi-Wangi Island in Wakatobi
Visiting Wangi-Wangi Island in Wakatobi

Wangi-wangi Island, a gem in the Wakatobi region of Southeast Sulawesi, is famed for its stunning underwater scenery. But did you know that your visit can be even more unforgettable if you time it with one of the island’s lively festivals? Here are some festivals that will enhance your Wangi-wangi adventure!

Part of the 43-island Wakatobi archipelago, Wangi-wangi is one of the four major inhabited islands alongside Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko. As the administrative hub of Wakatobi Regency, Wangi-wangi serves as the entry point for those wishing to explore the Wakatobi Marine Park.

According to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, these cultural festivals are designed not only to preserve local traditions but also to promote cultural heritage and local creative products.

One of the highlights, the Wakatobi Wave Festival, is featured in the National Events Calendar (KEN). Make sure to visit Wakatobi during this event for a truly immersive experience., referring to the official Wakatobi tourism guidebook, highlights three must-see festivals:

Benteng Tindoi Festival

First celebrated in 2018, the Benteng Tindoi Festival is held by the indigenous Kedie Wanse community. Twenty-two villages and sub-districts from the Kadie Wanse cultural area participate in this festival. Each village prepares liwo (special offerings for honored guests) and engages in traditional games like hekaoda-oda, edha roji, and posemba.

Villagers also craft paka-paka, tools used to scare away green parrots when corn begins to fruit. Traditional dances such as pajogi and kenta-kenta are performed as well. This festival is held around Benteng Tindoi, where each village sets up a stand to take part. The festivities start with communal prayers and rituals at Benteng Tindoi and Benteng Maleko led by Sara Wanse, aiming to maintain Benteng Tindoi, Posalu Springs, and the surrounding forest and Kaindea Wanse.

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Wakatobi Wave Festival

The Wakatobi Wave Festival is a cultural event involving all districts in Wakatobi Regency. One of the main attractions is a large-scale dance performance featuring many dancers. In addition to showcasing local arts, the Wave Festival serves as a platform to promote various developmental products in Wakatobi. If you wish to experience this festival, plan your visit accordingly. Last year, the festival took place in early November 2023.

Koba Festival

The Koba Fortress Festival is organized by the indigenous Kadie Mandati community and is celebrated by the people of South Wangi-wangi District. First held in May 2023, the festival includes cultural activities such as the Mandati traditional inauguration, Kabuenga, and Bhangka Mbule Mbule. There are also performances of honari mosega dances and presentations of Lariangi Liya and Lariangi Kareke.

Visiting Wangi-wangi during these festivals offers a unique glimpse into the island’s rich cultural heritage. The vibrant celebrations are not only a feast for the senses but also an opportunity to witness the local community’s deep-rooted traditions. Make sure to mark your calendar and experience the magic of Wakatobi’s festivals!