Sawai Itepo Village. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013, Indonesia.

An Indonesian village

  Indonesia: Weda [Halmahera] + Bangka [Sulawesi] - March 2013

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation made from a post originally written in French. My apologies for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have been generated during the process. If you are reading French, click on the French flag below to access the original and correct text: 


It is a tiny Indonesian village, between sea and mangrove, in Weda Bay. My visit is the evening attraction for the hilarious kids.

The mangrove

March 2013. Weda ResortHalmahera, North Moluccas, Indonesia. There are a handful of bungalows, for diving or birdwatching tourists, far from everything, between the sea and the jungle.

The perfect place to disconnect.

Weda Resort. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013.
Weda Resort. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013.

I gave up on the jungle birdwatching tours - not too much of my stuff, I prefer water and fish.

Mangrove. Weda Bay. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013.

But I improvise a little walk, at the end of the day, to the nearby village. Its name: Sawai Itepo.

The path leads to a black sand beach. At the end, the village.

It takes only a few minutes to cross this piece of mangroves, taken every day by the inhabitants of Sawai Itepo. Some of them work at the resort.

The cove is really beautiful.

Of course, there is the inevitable heap of garbage and plastic waste where pigs and dogs forage, at the edge of the beach, and also a few shacks not very shiny, built on a marshy ground... But the soft golden light of the end of the day gives a peaceful atmosphere, really serene, to the place.

Sawai Itepo Village. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013, Indonesia.
Sawai Itepo Village. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013, Indonesia.
Sawai Itepo Village. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013, Indonesia.
Sawai Itepo Village. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013, Indonesia.

The village

There are traditional boats and fishing nets on the beach, small fields and wooden shacks behind the coconut trees.

Sawai Itepo Village. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013, Indonesia.

A bunch of kids saw me from far away. They run and shout, without daring to approach me at first.

The adults politely greet me and laugh a lot when they hear me ask permission to take pictures: "Boleh photo?"

At the entrance to the village of Sawai Itepo. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013.

Weda Resort helps the local population with, inter alia, an education program through the Sawai Ecotourism Foundation. It gives me a good excuse to engage in a semblance of conversation and visit the village.

I ask to see both schools, in my lean bahasa indonesia. "Di mana sekola?" The children, more and more numerous, show me the way and escort me along the alleys in the ground.

Schools are hard buildings, like the church. Here, the population is Christian.

Sawai Itepo Village. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013, Indonesia.
Sawai Itepo Village. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013, Indonesia.

People enjoy the sweetness of the evening, sitting in front of their doorstep. They chat with friends and watch me with an amused eye. "Sore! Sore! » Good evening, good evening!

The laundry dries in front of the cottages, some of which are made of hardwood, most of which are made of wood. Some of them, painted in bright colors, are more dapper than others and seem relatively comfortable. Through the open windows, you can sometimes see a sofa in the main room that serves as a living room...

But other shacks are downright miserable, with their crooked walls, assemblages of old planks and bits of rusty sheet metal.

Here, there is electricity - and TV, thanks to satellite dishes - but not yet running water.

Sawai Itepo Village. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013, Indonesia.

I manage to ask their names for the boldest kids. "Siapa nama?" What's your name? One by one, they introduce themselves.

And as always, they are the ones who end up asking for photos, delighted to then be reflected on the digital screen.

Sawai Itepo Village. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013, Indonesia.

When I go back home, three girls who dared not talk to me at first, hock me.

They want their picture too! Let's go for some final smiles.

Sawai Itepo Village. Halmahera, Indonesia. March 2013, Indonesia.

????

More…

If you like the "village" atmosphere and the smiles of children, I invite you to reread these articles, published during a trip to Borneo in 2009:
Derawan (Indonesia): Kids' balls
Mabul (Malaysia): A village full of life

  Indonesia: Weda [Halmahera] + Bangka [Sulawesi] - March 2013

82 Shares
Share65
Tweet14
Pin3
Share