Mayalibit Bay in Waigeo Island, Raja Ampat Regency
Nature tourism is quite popular these days. Due to this reason, a country like Indonesia would satisfy travelers around the world. Thanks to the presence of Raja Ampat Regency. Tourists are able to find many beautiful places to visit. For example, there is Mayalibit Bay. The location is in Waiwo Island and it becomes a spot for sightseeing and enjoying the rejuvenating water. The name is made of two words, which are Maya and Libit. Maya were the people who migrated to the location and Libit means “Bay”. The site is considered unique, as it entraps sea water in a small area of 350 meters.
The water comes from the sea, after all. However, Mayalibit Bay is considered a secluded spot. As if, it sucks the water from the sea and keeps it there for tourists. What’s more? Near to the location, there are 27 types of mangroves growing abundantly. The mouth of the bay is small and it is only accessible during the low tide. The strong currents often occur, though. Thus, it takes a little bit effort to reach the bay. Have no worries. It is not a fruitless effort, as tourists would be rewarded with a beautiful spot for relaxing.
Exploring Mayalibit Bay
What can tourists do in Mayalibit Bay? Well, the prime attraction is the presence of sea creatures. These include shrimps, long-jawed mackerel, and sea cucumbers. According to researchers, the bay has a perfect environment for those creatures. Moreover, it is said more than 200 types of fishes live there. Some parts of the bay even become the home of local lobsters! No wonder, most villagers take advantage of such richness. They even cultivate the fishes and shrimps then sell them in the market.
Apart from exploring the bay, tourists have the chance to visit nearby villages. There are 11 villages, which are located near to Mayalibit Bay. Some of them are Beo, Arway, and Waifoi. Most of the villagers work as a fisherman, so they are often seen in the bay. Tourists can even learn and watch how those people catch fishes in the location. Usually, the locals ride a traditional boat at night. During the harvest time, they are able to catch more than 500 fishes!
Before leaving the bay, it is better to try snorkeling. The bay is suitable to do such fun activity, after all. The crystal clear water and excellent environment make it a perfect spot for diving as well. Thus, tourists should not forget to carry diving gear when visiting Mayalibit Bay. They can rent it in Waisai City, actually. Another tip is related to the companion. It is recommended to come with families or friends, so the vacation becomes merrier and more memorable.
- Waisai City
- Mansuar Island
- Kawe Island
- Kali Raja Historical Site
How to Get There
First, travelers should head to Waigeo Island through Marinda Airport, which is located in Waisai City. Next, it is time to ride any local transportation service to the port. The thing is it requires a speedboat in order to get closer to the bay. From Waisai Port, it takes about 15 minutes to reach Mayalibit Bay.
Where to Stay
- Waigeo Villa
- Waiwo Dive Resort
- Cottage Water Waigeo