Visiting Mola Village in Wangi-Wangi Island, Southeast Sulawesi Province


What makes Southeast Sulawesi Province is a worthy vacation destination? Apart from its wondrous nature and historical sites, the province offers a unique way of the living of the locals. For example, there is Mola Village located in Wangi-Wangi Island. To be exact, it belongs to Wakatobi Regency and the distance is about 28 km from Matahora Airport. The village is famous for its local activity (Bajo Tribe), so it is suitable for those who want to get closer to those people. People of Bajo are quite related to the sea, as they live near to the ocean. Overall, it will be an interesting experience for tourists or travelers in visiting Mola.

The Nuance
Once you reach Mola Village, you can see numerous local boats and houses, which are scattered near to the sea. That means piers are a common sight in such location, as well. The local houses are quite traditional and the seawater is both calm and beautiful. Sometimes, villagers ride the boats and drive them to the sea for fishing. It becomes a unique sight, so tourists have the chance to take some pictures of it. If you get lucky, you can even join fishing with them.

Exploring Mola Village
What can tourists expect in Mola Village? That is the question. Once you get to the village, you may see several canals, which are located neatly. Not to mention the environment is quite clean and refreshing, so any visitors can get around and relax comfortably there. Thanks to the villagers, tourists can spend good times while in the village. It is because people of Mola take a good care of the environment, so there is no trash either in the land or the water.

Apart from its clean environment, Mola Village is famous for the traditional life. In fact, it is the home of Bajo Tribe. That means visitors can witness these local people’s activity and their culture. For instance, it is their traditional boats called “Lepa”. The locals use these boats to look for fishes and get around the sea. If you get lucky, you are able to ride the boat and learn how to fish with those people. In this case, you should have learned a bit about the Indonesian Language.

The thing is Bajo Tribe in Mola Village can’t be separated from both sea and fishes. No wonder, you may find a formation of “Keramba” (a place to cultivate fishes) scattered in the shorelines. The locals created these things to accommodate the need of fishes, especially during bad weathers. Not to mention many of them may trade fishes in the market and tourists are allowed to buy some.

Nearby Attractions

  • Cemara Beach
  • Kontamale Cave
  • Mawadah Dive Center

How to Get There
As mentioned before, Mola Village is located in Wangi-Wangi Island. You can use different ways to reach the location, including a regular or a fast method. Commonly, tourists come from Kendari City, taking about 22 hours to Mola Village. It is because the distance is 383 km and it involves numerous checkpoints like Muna Island, Bau-Bau City, and Wangi-Wangi Island. As an alternative, you can simply fly to Matahora Airport located in Wangi-Wangi Island. That means the journey will be simpler and faster.

Where to Stay

  • Patuno Resort
  • Wakatobi Hotel
  • Wisata Beach Hotel

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