goodmorningpapua.com – The land of Papua is very famous with its various enchanting natural tourist areas that are not well known and exposed by many tourists. One of them is Sauwandarek Tourism Village. This village is located west of Waisai, the capital city of Raja Ampat district, the West Papua Province. In this village, the buildings are still very traditional, the houses are still made of wood and the roof is made of leaves and thatch only. The native people of Sauwendarek Village are Papuans living on the coast, with around 46 families and an estimated population of 179 residents.
Indigenous people in Sauwendarak are very famous for their skills in weaving sea pandanus leaves into more economical goods like hats and bags (Noken). Hats and bags are sold in this village. The price is not too expensive, ranging from IDR 25,000 to IDR 50,000 per piece depending on the type and size. Many tourists buying generally are used as souvenirs. Another uniqueness found in the village of Sauwendarek is the presence of a lake called Yenauwyau. This lake is also sacred by local residents because many saying that this lake is inhabited by white turtles.
In Lake Yenauwyau there is also a pier that is commonly functioned by visitors to enjoy the beauty of Lake Yenauwyau and the surrounding scenery after walking for approximately 25 kilometers to reach the lake. Visitors can also see the endemic birds of Sauwendarek, namely the Maleo Waigeo bird while there.
Not only that, the beauty under the sea is that there are various types of fish such as mini seahorses (pigmy seahorse), mantis shrimp, blue ring octopus, mandarin fish, snapper (schooling snapper), and yellow tail. Sometimes divers can also enjoy being close to schools of tuna and barracuda.
In addition, in Kampung Sauwandarek there is also an attraction to feed fish on the beach. It’s enough to redeem fish food for IDR 50,000, what a sparing if this rare opportunity is missed. To reach Sauwandarek Tourism Village, visitors can use a regular boat from Sorong to the capital city of Raja Ampat Regency, Waisai, and this trip will take 2-4 hours.