West Kalimantan, Sawi Island, Ketapang
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Sawi Island included in the District Kendawangan, Ketapang, West Kalimantan. Sawi island rich in marine life and beautiful natural scenery. Since the year 2009, Pembab Ketapang began to fix these attractions and make it as the object tourism in Ketapang, West Kalimantan . Ketapang have a group of small islands. There are 34 islands which belong to this district. Pemkab Ketapang mention that the islands, include pomfret Island (the island’s area is less than 7500 ha) and Gelam Island, similar to jackfruit Island, and Island mustard (each having less than 500 ha area). Mainland on the islands are relatively low altitude, between 0.5 to 30 m above sea level. Automatic islands has a sloping beach.
These small islands have great tourism potential, from an unspoiled landscape to the wealth of resources, especially marine resources. One of the island that has such potential is the island of Sawi. Sawi island inhabited by about 20 households. Island Community Sawi generally work as fishermen and fishing workers. Sometimes they seek sea pearls when the season has not arrived. On the island of Sawi, you will be able to enjoy the majestic scenery: white sand that lie along the coast, marine life, local tradition, and the roofs were lined up along the coastline. Crystal clear sea water to make plant and animal life below the sea surface clearly visible. No wonder that this island earned the nickname “Angel Island”.
Island marine biota in Islands is seaweed, shrimp fan, king crab, turtle leatherback, hawksbill, green sea turtles, pearls, and some species of fish. Residents of this friendly island. In addition, the island is also easily accessible from the City Ketapang with various types of transportation available. Besides enjoying the natural scenery of the exotic, you can also perform a variety of nature tourism activities such as camping, cross country to explore the island, diving, swimming, or fishing. Access to transportation to the island of Sawi is not too difficult. You must first reach Tengar River, Blossom Village Sari, District Kendawangan which is located approximately 70 km north of the City Ketapang, then connected with a motor boat (motor boat) which many rented by local residents. Travel by motor boat takes about 1 hour. Journey to the River Tengar can be reached by two-wheeled vehicle or four-wheel vehicles or public buses. On the island of Islands, you can set up camp to stay while enjoying the natural scenery. You also can rent a home stay which was built for the tourists. For ease of transportation
to this island, the government also has built a small jetty for boat motor that will transit to the island. If you want to boating around the island, you can simply hire a local boat.