Exposing the beauty o f the exotic island of Padaido

Padaido Islands wealth and natural beauty beach here is still hidden, not yet fully exploited. (photo: IO/Prive. Doc)

IO – The large number of islands owned by Indonesia makes this country rich with holiday destinations that can pro­vide a beautiful and unique holiday sensation. One of them is an exotic island called Padaido Islands which is located east of Biak Island, Papua. Even so, the wealth and natural beauty here is still hidden, not yet fully exploited. The community is still living simply. To reach the Padaido Islands, you can use a motorized boat from the Port of Titoti in East Biak. The community calls the motorboat Johnson’s name. Referring to the brand name of the boat’s engine made in Canada.

“Now no one is using Johnson. Last it was used until 1991. The machine was very strong. After entering the ma­chines from Japan and China, people still call Johnson even though the ones used are Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Ma­rines, Parsu, and others, “said motorist Anton Horota when found on Samber­pasi Island.

Motorists are people who drive mo­torboats. He must have the ability to read the direction of the wind, waves, and stars at night. If not, the boat will be dragged into the ocean. Usually, motorists carry a boat along the longer southern route. When passing north, the waves and wind from the Pacific Ocean will pull into the middle of the ocean. One of the islands frequented by tourists is Samberpasi, one of the islands in the Padaido Islands. The trip to Samberpasi Island takes around two to three hours. Along the way, you will be treated to views of the small, green islands and the natural blue sea. To­wards an hour of reaching Samberpasi, you can take a moment from the boat to feel the sensation of being in the mid­dle of the ocean without fear of drown­ing because the surface of the water is not more than a foot even though the nearest island is about one kilometer.

Approaching Samberpasi Island, you can release fishing rods to catch fish. The bait is enough small fish or chicken feathers red and yellow. No need to wait long, the fish the size of an adult’s arm will eat the bait that is linked at the end of the hook. Along the way you can also meet with fishermen who are catching fish. Some use fishing rods but not a few catch using spears.

Fish species in this area include red snapper, bubara, mackerel, skipjack tuna, tuna, baronang, grouper, shark. Lobster and crabs are also abundant in this area. The abundance of marine products makes people do not know the time to catch fish. As long as they want and are strong, they just live in the middle of the sea to catch fish. Res­ident boats are usually in the form of tree trunks that have been given ba­sins. To keep the balance from being shaken by the waves they use a splinter (outrigger). Besides catching fish, the inhabitants of the Padaido Islands de­pend their lives on making copra. Copra is a raw material for making cooking oil. Copra processing is still done simply. After the coconuts are split and the meat is taken, then dried by drying or smoked. Not many tourists have come to these islands. Besides not many people know, transportation facilities are still limited. Only rely on motorized boat rentals. Places to live still rely on people’s homes.

“Our place is not inferior to Bali or Raja Ampat. So we are preparing for tourists to come, “said Emanuel Sara­kan, Head of Samberpasi Village.

One of the destinations for western tourists is Pulau Runi. This island has no population. “Runi Island is sur­rounded by rocks. The beach is covered with white sand. In the middle the lake is blue. Westerners like this place. The north direction is already Pacific Ocean, “said Robert Rumaropen, Aimando Dis­trict Chief.

Aimando is one of the districts in the Padaido Islands. Another district is Padaido. District is a sub-district level area. Emanuel and Robert’s words were not just empty words. Tourists from Australia often come to dive to enjoy the beauty of coral reefs in the islands. They also see birds that breed freely. To see dolphins like Lovina Beach, Bali, it’s not a difficult thing here. If on the island of the gods, tourists have to go to the sea when the sun is not visible shown to see dolphins. In Padaido Is­lands, dolphins will often appear to ac­company fishermen who go to sea. The dolphins cannot be caught by the locals because the marine mammals are con­sidered to be the ancestors of the local population.

Beaches in the Padaido Islands are generally covered with soft white sand. So after swimming, diving, or catch­ing fish, tourists can walk or play on the beach. Every time we step without shoes we don’t need to be afraid of be­ing scratched by rocks or rocks because the sand is soft like flour.

“Here the beach is beautiful and the air is still pure. That was what the tourist whom I have brought here said,” Anton recalled, who had brought tour­ists from Germany and South Africa. The community also welcomed each visitor. If you are lucky, the community will offer a 10 meter high bonfire. The community made a bonfire by arrang­ing four trees that towered to become a framework. The inside is filled with dried coconut leaves. After igniting, the fire created a bonfire that soared. Usually guests are treated to folk songs accompanied by guitars and items that are beaten as drums. There is also a large guitar made by locals from tree trunks. The strings are made of fish­ing lines that are thick enough. If the songs are sung, residents invite tourists to dance while singing until morning. (Aldo)