To the village of the sea people, and then to the final destination.
12日間で５つの島を巡る旅 ”Trip of Wonders”も日程の終盤に入った。
Our 12-day journey over five islands, the “Trip of Wonders,” had reached its final phase.
The large cities of Indonesia are found in the west of the archipelago, on Java Island, where half of the whole nation, 300 million people, live. For the eastern islands located away from large cities, fishery is naturally their main industry.
The final episode of this series concludes with a fishing village located on one such small island, followed by our final destination, Bali.
In Mesa Island, 1500 of the so-called “Sea Gipsy” people live.
There is no fresh water on this island. The people buy and carry water from neighboring islands. They even continue to live on this island because of the bountiful sea products from the surrounding sea.
As we arrived at the landing bridge, other boats carrying water, household goods, and vegetables were just arriving. Women and children carried the loads from the boats. When we entered the village, we saw villagers processing sea cucumbers and laying out fish to dry in the sun. Here also, only women and children were doing such work. The men were taking a nap or smoking in the shade.
Men go out fishing at the risk of their lives, while their families hold the fort – this kind of family bond can be seen through the way of life in this fishing village.
Another thing you might notice through these photos is the vivid colors of house walls, clothes worn by the villagers, and laundry hung outside to dry. Colors shone brightly under the strong equatorial sunshine in Mesa Island.
We had planned to relax in Bali during the final phase of this tour. But we changed our plan to spend some time exploring the mysterious regions of Indonesia that we would otherwise have little chance to visit. So we didn’t have much time to relax in Bali.
That said, we participated in so many activities that I can’t talk about all of them here.
Indonesia is known as a large Muslim country, but there are many Hindus in Bali. Bali culture has actually enjoyed a strong Hindu influence. Typical examples are the Legong dance and Balinese dance. Splendid and traditional costumes and unique movements of dancers take the audience away to a mysterious world. You have to check these videos out.
最後は、クタビーチで孵化したばかりのウミガメの子供を海に放流し、このツアー”Trip of Wonders”は終わった。
The “Trip of Wonders” tour concluded with us releasing baby turtles that had just hatched on Kuta beach.
They say that these baby turtles will return to the same beach where they were released.
I also have to return to the beautiful country of Indonesia.
Wonderful Indonesia !
Text & Photography by Koichi Miyase
Photographic equipment / iPhone 6S + tokyo grapher