“Since 2009 Wakatobi has become a regional tourist destination cruises so that users already well known and people are accustomed to,” said Deputy Chairman of Parliament Muh Endang in Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi, Monday (02/08/2010).
Vision and mission of the government and people of Wakatobi in order to optimize the development of sea tourism sector should be supported because it has a charm of coral reefs and marine life best.
If the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries approved the proposal of the Governor of South East Sulawesi Wakatobi society would enliven international activities with various local communities’ traditional cultural attractions.
Various traditional cultural attractions are the traditions of Bangka-mbunga Mbungka Kabuenga and traditions. Bangka-mbunga Mbungka tradition, a tradition of offering melarung Bajo communities in the sea.
Through the appearance of such traditions Hugua said, people ask the authorities Bajo sea to be given sustenance in abundance and keep the fishermen from the dangers of storm waves.
Southeast Sulawesi Provincial Government has a letter ready to host the 2011 Sail Indonesia to the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. “Our government and people of Wakatobi ready to host the 2011 Sail Indonesia, especially activities that have the full support of Governor tailor,” said Regent Wakatobi Hugua on separate occasions.
The core of this ritual tradition, the community appealed to the natural ruler of the sea in order given the ease in making a living and keep them away from dangerous storm waves.Implementation of this ritual, followed by thousands of fishing boats, he said.
While tradition Kabuenga or swing, is a young tradition in finding a mate driving Wakatobi. In Kabuenga ritual, a young couple seated at the wheel and then swing swung indigenous stakeholders. Typically, shortly after sitting in Buenga, a girl or boy to find a mate and get married immediately.
The proof, film director Hanung Bramantio and Zaskiah Mecca Kabuenga married after sitting on Wakatobi Cultural Festival in August of 2009, said Hugua.
He added, Wakatobi is very feasible to host the Sail Indonesia, because the region has an area of coral reef area of 1.3 million hectares that could be a diving area. The region has been designated as the Wakatobi National Marine Park since 1996.
Wakatobi marine waters with beautiful coral reef, right in the center of the triangle reef (coral triangle) of the world. With as many coral species diversity terumbung 750 species or about 80 percent of all types of coral reefs worldwide, so dive in Wakatobi marine waters sesunggunya already conquered the world’s coral reefs.