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Remarkable Marine Nature Tourism in Kaimana, West Papua – Indonesia
Kaimana is a paradise located in the southern West Papua who have exotic natural marine. Kaimana’s exoticism extends from Venu Island in southwest to Triton bay in southeast. Kaimana consists of eight original tribes that are Mairasi, Koiwai, Irarutu, Madewana, Miereh, Kuripasai, Oboran, and Kuri. Kaimana which covers about 18.500 km are promising diverse attractions such as marine tourism, culture, and history.
For those who love to dive, then the Namatota straits and Iris straits south of triton bay ready to greet with all the charm of natural beauty under the sea. At 30 meters from the surface into the ocean, you can explore the beauty of coral reefs and mingle with different kinds of marine animals. If you’re snorkeling, the beauty of Flasher that so small-sized and colorful, can be seen while diving in Kaimana. And for those who are not diving, white sandy beach shaded by coconut trees between the rock cliffs in Namatota, can calm the mind.
In the area of Faranggara and Miwara in Triton bay, you’ll be treated to views of the ocean expanse decorated with small islands cliff-flat covered by lush tree. Colorful endemic birds that fly freely, presents it is own entertainment. When good weather and calm sea you’ll find Bryde’s whales and dolphins will appear in Namatota strait. If lucky, you can also see the Mangiwang fish called stupid shark because walking with fins. Fish were not hunted so often found swimming near the boat fishermen.
For history enthusiasts, there are a variety of human prehistoric paintings situated in the rock cliffs in Namatota. Face, sun, and palms stamp is part of the thousands of paintings in niches carved into the rock along one kilometer. These paintings estimated created by Austronesia humans around 3500 years ago when they migrated from Taiwan to the Philippines, Sulawesi, Maluku, until Papua.
In Lobo village, Triton bay, Kaimana district, there is a monument “fort da bus” which marks the postal administration of the Dutch East Indies (Dutch colony) built in 1828. The fortress was abandoned in 1835 when the outbreak of malaria killed most of the Dutch army.
In an island called Venu become to place the survival of sea turtles lay their eggs remain intact until now. Uniquely, Kaimana’s coastal communities preserve hereditary their nature with the application of Sasi. Sasi is a customary law which prohibits catching fish or other marine animals, such as mussels, snails, and sea cucumbers, in areas where they breed. Sasi applied within a specific period, every six months, one year, or two years.(source: Kompas Newspaper)