Sampela (Sama Bahari) Village in Wakatobi Regency, Southeast Sulawesi Province


Visiting a local settlement in Sampela Samabahari is worth tons of experiences. This is the home of Bajo Tribe and it belongs to Wakatobi Regency. People of Bajo are famous for their fishery. They also have good skills in sailing. However, not many of them come to the sea these days. The thing is they offer a unique attraction for tourists. It is their settlement. They live in a village located on a shoreline. Due to its distinctiveness, tourists keep coming to this location.

The Nuance
The village of Bajo Tribe is situated on the shoreline of Wakatobi Archipelago. These people are also called the gypsy of the sea. What about the settlement? It is quite natural. However, it has been influenced by modern life. Some parts of the floating houses look like a modern house, in fact. People of Bajo Sampela have a distinctive characteristic to people of Bajo Wangi-Wangi and Mola. These people retain their traditional characteristics. That means are not interested in modernization. Their houses represent humbleness and a strong cultural nuance.

Exploring Sama Bahari Village
The most popular tourist activity in Sama Bahari Village is sightseeing. It is because this settlement offers a unique atmosphere. The houses are situated on the water. As if, they are floating on it. These are traditional houses, so you won’t expect any modern facilities nearby. Bajo Sampela Tribe retains their cultural heritage well. This explains why they are not likely to take advantage of modernization. Overall, visitors won’t get disappointed in exploring the village. Both the houses and local people are unique.

Next, it is related to the trip to Sama Bahari Village. The journey is fun because of numerous beautiful objects. The village is situated in Kaledupa Island, after all. That means it requires both land and sea trip. From Wangi-Wangi Island, you must spend 3 hours on a wooden boat. During good weather, this trip is considered perfect. For some reasons, a camera becomes a compulsory item. That means you should have prepared it prior to visiting Bajo’s Settlement. It helps you capture beautiful nature and objects along the way to Kaledupa.

Most of the tourists are likely to observe the way of the living of people in Sama Bahari Village. There are about 1,800 people living in that settlement. The size of the village is roughly 25 ha. Many wooden bridges connect the houses, so villagers can interact with each other easily. These bridges help you to explore the village well. Apart from that, the locals also use wooden boats to get around.

Nearby Attractions

  • Kaledupa Island
  • Wakatobi National Park

How to Get There
How can tourists reach Sama Bahari Village? From Kendari, your destination is Buton Regency. The trip involves both a land transportation service and a ferry. Once you reach Buton, take a ferry to Kaledupa Island. From there, you take another boat to Sampela. The village is situated near to the sea. That means it is quite noticeable. As for the tip, you must prepare much money and snacks as it is going to be a long trip.

Where to Stay

  • Hoga Dive Resort

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