Sauwandarek Village in Meos Mansar District, Raja Ampat
Waisai City is the capital of Raja Ampat Regency. That means it is the center of tourism in such region, which is popular among travelers. Near to it, a recommended village resides. The name is Sauwandarek and it belongs to Meos Mansar District. Most people come to the village to either witness or buy numerous options of local crafts, made by villagers. Some tourists even call it the best spot to buy handicrafts or souvenirs when spending a holiday in Raja Ampat. Due to this reason, visiting Sauwandarek is a must!
Sauwandarek Village has a good reputation among travelers. No wonder, it becomes more popular over time. Apart from its beautiful handicrafts, the settlement is also famous for its strategic location, which is near to the beach. Tourists may expect some coconut trees and flawless sand there. Not to mention the sea is stunning. Some houses are even seen near to the coast despite their traditional look. Visitors can also interact with local kids and villagers, as they are quite approachable.
Exploring Sauwandarek Village
Sauwandarek is one of the most popular villages in Raja Ampat Regency. As mentioned before, it has an outstanding creativity for producing handicrafts. Most villagers earn money from such activity, after all. That means they introduce their works and sell them to tourists. There are about 46 households and the number keeps increasing as the time goes by. These people live in traditional houses and have a simple life. Almost all women work as a craft maker and their popular products are noken (bags) and traditional hats.
What’s next? Sauwandarek Village also offers stunning beach, on which tourists can explore. It is because the seawater becomes the home of majestic corals. Thus, snorkeling is a good option to spend good times in the location. Apart from those corals, some small seahorses also live there. Not to mention there are coral fishes and mantis shrimps. Sometimes, blue ring octopuses are also seen in the water! With all these nautical attractions, no one would turn down the offer for snorkeling or swimming. The visibility is good, as well.
In the shoreline, tourists can enjoy grilled fishes, offered by local eateries. Once they eat such delicious dish, they may continue to a nearby tourist spot, which is called Yenauwyau Spring. Even though it is located apart from the sea, the water is salty. Near to this natural pond, there is a small dock, on which tourists can relax and witness a beautiful sunset. What’s more? Another attraction in Sauwandarek Village is the presence of endemic birds, called Maleo. They are indeed beautiful!
- Waisai City
- Mansuar Island
- Kawe Island
How to Get There
For outsiders, the first checkpoint will be Waisai City. It is located in Waigeo Island and takes much time, especially for those coming from Jakarta. In this case, an airplane would be the best option of transportation service. Once they reach Marinda Airport, the next trip involves either a taxi or minibus to Sauwandarek Village, which belongs to Meos Mansar District.
Where to Stay
- Waigeo Villa
- Waiwo Dive Resort
- Cottage Water Waigeo