Jakarta. Wakatobi Wonderful Festival and Expo 2017, or the Wakatobi Wave 2017, will be held on Nov. 11-13 to highlight marine and cultural tourism in the Southeast Sulawesi district.
Nadar, head of tourism and creative economy of Wakatobi Tourism Agency, said that the main event of the festival will feature a cultural parade that will show various marine attractions. More than 1,000 people are expected to participate.
The Kariaa Wakatobi Grand Parade will showcase the Tamburu Liya, Lengko Dance, "Barisan Tokoh Adat" (a line of traditional figures), coastal costume carnival and a parade of ornamental vessels.
The opening event features a Collosal Dance by more than a hundred young dancers of Wakatobi. Other activities include Maritime Development International Symposium, business gathering and a fun dive on Nov. 12, while the music performances and "lomba panjat pinang" (climbing slippery pole game) will take place on Nov.13.
Visitors will also be presented with the Karia’a Parade, a heroic and sacred parade conducted by 15 notable elders from Liya using spears and drums.
Esthy Reko Astuti, deputy for tourism development at the Ministry of Tourism, said that the goal of Wakatobi Wave is to promote the district as one of the top tourism destinations in Indonesia, in addition to establishing a model of accelerated development in underdeveloped regions.
Having the largest barrier reef in Indonesia and the second in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Wakatobi is included in the ministry's top 10 tourism priority destinations. It is a haven for both large and small fish species, dolphins, turtles and even whales.
Wakatobi has 942 species of fish and 750 species of coral reef from a total of 850 species in the world, which can be observed with 50 diving points that can be easily reached from the main islands.