Wakatobi islands in relation to the Sulawesi mainland, with major cities marked
|• Total||559.54 km2 (216.04 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Density||170/km2 (430/sq mi)|
|Time zone||WITA (UTC+8)|
Wakatobi is the name of an islands and regency located in an area of Sulawesi Tenggara Province (Southeast Sulawesi), Indonesia. The capital of the regency is located in Wangi-Wangi, which is established by virtue of Law of the Republic of Indonesia Number 29 of 2003 dated 18 December 2003. It has an area of 823 square kilometers and in the year 2011 had a population of 94.846 inhabitants. Wakatobi is also the name of a national park established in 1996, with a total area of 1.39 million hectares that consists of marine biodiversity hotspot known as Wallacea and coral reefs, which condition and scale occupy one of the highest priorities of marine conservation in Indonesia.
- 1 History of Region
- 2 State of the Region
- 3 Regional Demographics
- 4 Regional Economic Potentials
- 5 Regional Tourism Potentials
- 6 Historical Tours
- 6.1 Wangi-Wangi Island
- 6.2 Kaledupa Island
- 6.3 Tomia Island
- 6.4 Binongko Island
- 7 Cultural Destination
- 8 Local Infrastructure Facilities
- 9 Government
- 10 Flight Hub
- 11 Activities
- 12 In popular culture
- 13 References
- 14 External links
History of Region
Before becoming an autonomous region, the Wakatobi Regency was known as the Tukang Besi Islands. The name Wakatobi is an acronym of the names of the four main islands that form the archipelago: Wangi-wangi Island, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko.
The Pre-Independence Period
In the pre-independence period, Wakatobi was under the authority of the Sultanate of Buton.
The Post-Independence Period
After Indonesia gained independence, and Southeast Sulawesi was established as a province, the Wakatobi region only constituted of several districts within the territory of the Regency of Buton.
The Reform Period
On 18 December 2003, Wakatobi was officially designated as one of the enlarged regencies in Southeast Sulawesi that was established by virtue of Law of the Republic of Indonesia Number 29 of 2003 on the Establishment of the Regency of Bombana, Regency of Wakatobi and Regency of North Kolaka. When first established, Wakatobi only consisted of five districts namely District of Wangi-Wangi, District of Wangi Selatan, District of Kaledupa, District of Tomia and District of Binongko. In 2005, by virtue of the Regulation of the Regency of Wakatobi Number 19 of 2005, the District of South Kaledupa was established, and, by virtue of the Regulation of the Regency of Wakatobi Number 20 of 2005, the District of East Tomia was established. In 2007, by virtue of the Regulation of the Regency of Wakatobi Number 41 of 2007, the District of Togo Binongko was established and this brought the total number of districts in the Regency of Wakatobi to 8 districts, which were divided into 100 subdistricts and villages (25 subdistricts and 75 villages).
The Government at the Early Establishment
The Government of the Regency of Wakatobi as an autonomous region was officially marked by the inauguration of Syarifudin Safaa, SH, MM, as acting Regent of Wakatobi from 19 January 2004 until 19 January 2006. It was subsequently continued by H. LM. Mahufi Madra, SH, MH, as the substitute from 19 January 2006 until 28 June 2006.
The Government resulting from the Regional Head Elections
On the basis of the results of direct regional head elections; on 28 June 2006, the elected Regent and Vice Regent of Wakatobi – Ir. Hugua and Ediarto Rusmin, BAE – were inaugurated by the Governor of Southeast Sulawesi Ali Mazi, SH on behalf of the Minister of Home Affairs and by virtue of the Ministerial Decree of the Minister of Home Affairs Number 132.74-314 dated 13 June 2006 on the Confirmation of the Appointment of Ir. Hugua as the Regent of Wakatobi and by virtue of the Ministerial Decree of the Minister of Home Affairs Number 132.74-315 dated 13 June 2006 on the Confirmation of the Appointment of Ediarto Rusmin BAE as Vice Regent of Wakatobi for the tenure of 2006-2011. The current regional leadership of the Regency of Wakatobi is assumed by the tandem of Ir. Hugua as Regent and H. Arhawi, SE as Vice Regent, since inaugurated by the Governor of Southeast Sulawesi, H. Nur Alam, SE, on 28 June 2011 on behalf of the Minister of Home Affairs and by virtue of the Ministerial Decree of the 132.74-403, dated 30 May 2011 on the Confirmation of the Appointment of Ir. Hugua as the Regent of Wakatobi dan H. Arhawi, SE as Vice Regent of Wakatobi for the tenure of 2011-2016.
State of the Region
The Regency of Wakatobi is an archipelago that is located to the southeast of the Island of Sulawesi. Geographically, the Regency of Wakatobi lies to the south of the Equator, stretching longitudinally from 5º12´ to 6º25´ South Longitude (over ± 160 kilometers) and transversing latitudinally from 123º20´ to 124º39´ East Latitude (over ± 120 kilometers).
The land area of the Regency of Wakatobi extends ± 823 square kilometers, whereas its body of waters is estimated to extend approximately 17,554 square kilometers.
|North||Buton Regency and North Buton Regency|
The Regency of Wakatobi is endowed with two seasons, the rainy and dry seasons, just like in the other regions of Indonesia. Generally, the land in the Regency of Wakatobi is located at a height of 3 to 350 meters above the sea level and is located below the Equator. Hence, it has a tropical climate.
The population of the Regency of Wakatobi, based on the Population Census of 2010, totalled 92,995 inhabitants, consisting of 44,640 male and 48,355 female inhabitants. In 2011, the population grew to 95,712 inhabitants. The most populated is the District of South Wangi-Wangi with 25,260 inhabitants, and the least populated is the District of Togo Binongko with 4,842 inhabitants.
The population is centered in the District of South Wangi-Wangi with 25,260 inhabitants; District of Wangi-Wangi, 24,087; District of Kaledupa, 10,272; District of East Tomia, 8,688; and in the District of Binongko, 8,621. The average population density of the Regency of Wakatobi in 2011 was 116.30 inhabitants per square kilometer. Meanwhile, the districts with the densest populations are Kaledupa with 225.76 inhabitants per square kilometer, Tomia with 150.76 inhabitants/km², and East Tomia with 127.95 inhabitants/km².
Age, gender, and ethnicity
The population structure in 2011 showed that 59.05 percent or 56,010 of the population were in the group of productive age of between 15 to 64 years olds. The total population of Wakatobi in 2011, based on gender, was 45,944 male and 49,768 female inhabitants. There are eight ethnicities inhabiting the Regency of Wakatobi. Based on data of 2000, out of a population of 87,793, the largest etchnicity was Wakatobi with 91.33 percent, Bajau with 7.92 percent, and other ethnicities totalling less than 1 percent.
The working age population consists of 70,343 persons, of which 23,981 are male or 34.09 percent and 36.362 are female or 65.91 percent. There is a workforce of 40,395 persons that consists of 37,678 employed persons or 93.27 percent or 53.56 percent persons of the working age population and 6.73 percent of open unemployment. There is a non workforce of 29,408 persons or 41.81 percent of the working age that consists of 15,740 students or 53.52 percent, and 13,668 persons who take care of their households and other activities or 46.48 percent. Viewed from the domains of work that absorb the largest workforce, agriculture comes first with 43,609 persons or 61.99 percent of the workforce, followed by trade with 15,635 persons or 17.02 percent, and then the services, industry and transportation domains.
Regional Economic Potentials
Agriculture, plantation, and forestry
Out of the cultivation of five crops, cassava produces the highest yield with 40,199 tons in 2003. It is followed by corn with 1,715 tons, sweet potato with 58 tons, rice and peanut with 8 tons and 4 tons respectively. In 2003, the highest yield-producing fruits were mango with 9,229 quintals, banana with 5,788 quintals, and orange with 4,134 quintals. The most produced vegetables were long beans with 229 quintals, eggplant with 210 quintals, kale with 205 quintals, and red onion (shallot) with 160 quintals. In 2003, the highest community plantation production were 225 tons of coconut, 59 tons of cashew, 8 tons of hybrid coconut, 6 tons of cacao, 3 tons of coffee, and 0.35 tons of nutmeg. The forestry type in 2003 consisted only of a protected forest with an area of 11,300 hectares.
Livestock and fishery
The large livestock population in 2003 consisted only of 308 cows. Compared to the population in 2002, the number of cows increased 60.42 percent, from 192 cows in 2002 to 308 cows in 2003. The small livestock population in 2003 consisted only of 9,789 goats. Compared to the population in 2002, the number of goats decreased 5.43 percent, from 10,351 goats in 2002 to 9,789 goats in 2003. The fisheries production in 2003 amounted to 17.985,60 tons that consisted of 17.453,60 tons of marine fisheries and 532 tons of marine aquaculture products in the form of seaweeds.
Industry and energy
Up to 2003, there had not been any large or medium-sized industries, there were only small-sized industries and home industries. The small-sized industries amounted to 107 units with 514 workers, and the home industries amounted to 1,290 units with 1,863 workers. In 2003, the number of State Electricity consumers reached 9.652 clients with the installed capacity of 6.047.905 VA. Meanwhile, the electricity production amounted to 6.278.762 kwh with the sold electricity capacity amounting to 5.367.403 kwh and the sales value reaching Rp 2.791.737.755 thousand.[needs reference]
In 2003, the traded commodity volume totalled 233,650.13 tons with a value of Rp 28.639.873 thousand. Forestry products recorded the highest sales amounting to 231.529,68 tons with a value of Rp 13.761.355 thousand. Agricultural commodities consisting of food crops posted the second highest transactions, reaching 1.355,29 tons with a value of Rp 3.756.470 thousand. Meanwhile, the least traded commodity products were from plantation that amounted to 9,59 tons with a value of Rp 1.902.403 thousand, and followed by cattle farming that only reached 3,95 tons with a value of Rp 5,928 thousand.
Regional Tourism Potentials
In 2013, tourists came to Wakatobi Regency are 11,650 persons.
Wakatobi National Park
The Wakatobi National Park is one of 50 National Parks in Indonesia, which is located in the Regency of Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi. It officially became a National Park in 1996 and has a total area of 1,39 million hectares. It possesses a marine biodiversity with a scale and condition that ranks it as one of the highest priorities in marine conservation in Indonesia. The depth of waters in this national park varies, with the deepest part reaching 1,044 meters below sea level. The Wakatobi National Park features:
- Coral Reefs;
- Other animals;
- Specificalty; and
- Hoga Island.
Wakatobi Biosphere Reserve
Wakatobi has been designated in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by the Man and the Biosphere Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 11 July 2012. The world’s major ecosystem types and landscapes represented in this Network are devoted to conserving biological diversity, promoting research and monitoring, as well as seeking to provide models of sustainable development in the service of humankind.
Tindoi Fort is one of the cultural destinations situated in the Wangi-Wangi District. It is located approximately 5 kilometers from the city’s downtown and can be reached by motorcycle or car in around a 15-minute ride.
Liya Fort and Keraton Liya Mosque
Liya Fort is situated in Liya Togo Village, South Wangi-Wangi District. This fort consists of four layers of walls with 12 Lawa (doors), which serve as the exit doors for royalties of the kingdom to interact with the surrounding commoners. Within the premises of fort stans the Keraton Liya Mosque, which is situated 8 kilometers from the regency’s capital and can be reached by using motorcycle or car.
Mandati Tonga Fort
Mandati Tonga Fort is situated in Mandati Village, South Wangi-Wangi District. This fort has a rectangular shape with an area of approximately 1 hectare. The highest fort wall stands about 7 meters tall and is located in the western and southern sections.
Togo Molengo Fort
Togo Molengo Fort is perched high at the peak of Mount Kapota Island. It can be reached by a 20-minute traditional boat ride from Wangi-Wangi, and then by a 10-minute motorcycle ride.
The lighthouse was built during the Dutch colonial era, in 1901. This tourism destination is located in Waha Village, Wangi-Wangi District, some 8 kilometers away from the regency’s capital, and can be reached in a 15-minute motorcycle ride.
Old Cemetery Kamali
The Old Cemetery and Kamali are situated in Pale’a Village, South Kaledupa Subdistrict.
Ollo Fort and Old Mosque
The Ollo Fort and Old Mosque are two historical sites that constitute the cultural heritage of the Kaledupa Island society, which until now is still maintained and preserved by the local community. Within the premises of the Ollo Fort stands an Old Mosque measuring 6,5 by 7 meters.
La Donda Fort
La Donda Fort is one of the historical sites that constitute a cultural heritage of the Kaledupa Island community.
The Patua Fort is a cultural historic site of the Tomia community.
The Suo-Suo Fort is situated in Kahianga Village, East Tomia District. It is located 3 kilometers away from the district capital and can be reached by a motorcycle ride from the subdistrict capital.
Onemay Old Mosque
The Onemay Old Mosque is situated in Onemay Subdistrict, Tomia District.
Palahidu Fort is one of the historical heritages of the Binongko community that is situated in Palahidu Village, Binongko District. The Fort nestles on the northern part cliff of the Binongko Island seashore.
Wali Fort is one of the historical sites that constitutes a heritage of the Togo Binongko community.
Kaledupa Island exudes a cultural charm that is still maintained and preserved by the local community. The following are cultural tourism destinations that exist in Kaledupa Island.
Kaledupa Traditional Dance
- Lariangi Dance
Lariangi dance is a traditional dance from Kaledupa District that was first choreographed in 1634 during the rule of the first King of Buton, Wa Kaka.
- Hebalia Dance
Hebalia dance is a traditional dance from Kaledupa District that was composed by the local shamans in ancient times.
- Sombo Bungkale Dance
Sombo Bungkale dance is a traditional dance from South Kaledupa District, which is performed by twelve beautiful female dancers.
Customary Festivities and Traditions
- Karia'a Customary Festivity
The Karia’a customary festivity is a typical tradition of the Kaledupa community to mark the coming of age of boys through circumcision. In this festivity, boys are paraded in the village on stretchers carried collectively by 15 to 20 persons.
- Pencak Silat Customary Tradition
The pencak silat tradition is a customary tradition performed by the Kaledupa community.
- Safara Customart Festivity
The Safara customary festivity is a traditional feast of the Tomia community performed in every month of Safar (Islamic lunar month).
- Bose-Bose Tradition
Bose-Bose is a tradition performed by decorating boats with colourful ornaments and loading them with traditional culinary dishes, such as Liwo, and then parading them along the coasts from Patipelong Quay towards Usuku Quay and up to One Mobaa Strait, while the people are beating drums. This traditional festivity is performed with the purpose of cleansing all of the sins of the people by taking them away with the sea water waves.
- Sajo Moane Dance
Sajo Moane dance is a sacred dance performed by male dancers.
- Saride Dance
Saride dance is a traditional dance symbolizing unity and togetherness in completing activities that are destined for the public interests.
- Balumpa Dance
Balumpa dance is one of the traditional dances originating from Binongko Island.
Local Infrastructure Facilities
The number of kindergartens in 2003 totalled 22 units that are distributed in five districts with 47 teachers and 989 students. In 2003, the teacher-school ratio averaged 2; the student-school ratio averaged 45, and the student-teacher ratio averaged 21. For elementary education, the year 2003 recorded 101 schools, 684 teachers, and 14,742 students. In 2003, the teacher-school ratio averaged 7; the student-school ratio averaged 145, and the student-teacher ratio averaged 22.
For junior high school education, the year 2003 recorded 16 schools, 235 teachers, and 4,287 students. In 2003, the teacher-school ratio averaged 15; the student-school ratio averaged 268, and the student-teacher ratio averaged 18. For senior high school education, the year 2003 recorded 4 schools, 93 teachers and 2,212 students. In 2003, the teacher-school ratio averaged 23; the student-school ratio averaged 553, and the student-teacher ratio averaged 24.
Until 2003, the Wakatobi Regency had not established any general hospital. There were, however, 7 Puskesmas (Community Health Center), 12 Puskesmas Pembantu (Community Health Sub-center), 5 doctors, 2 Public Health Graduates, 85 paramedics, and 9 paramedic assistants.
In 2003, the Wakatobi Regency had 112 Mosques and 22 Mushollah. It had, however, no Churches, Hindu temples, nor Buddihst temples. This demonstrates that the Wakatobi people profess the Islamic religion.
Terms of Duty 2011-2016
Wakatobi Regency is currently headed by Regent Ir. Hugua
Wakatobi regency is currently headed by Vice Regent H. Arhawi, S.E.
Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) per Capita of 2003
The Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) of Wakatobi regency is measured based on the prevailing prices in 2003 that amounted to Rp 179,774,04, - million, slightly higher than the GRD recorded in the previous year, amounting to Rp 160,473.67 - million. Based on the prevailing prices at the time, the per capita GRDP of Wakatobi Regency in 2002 was Rp 1,833,775.23 GRDP and increased to Rp 2,026,993.35 in 2003, or increasing by 10.54 percent.
|Tomia Timur||East Tomia||8,460|
|Kaledupa Selatan||South Kaledupa||6,644|
|Wangi-wangi Selatan||South Wangi-wangi||24,637|
Villages - Subdistricts
There are 61 villages and subdistricts (similar to a rural government but located in a town/city) in the Wakatobi regency, which to be precise consists of 45 villages and 16 subdistricts. Out of the 61 villages-subdistricts in 2003, 10 villages have achieved self-sufficiency (15.63 percent), 16 self-employed villages (25.00 percent), and 38 self-help villages (59.38 percent).
Local House of Representatives of Wakatobi Regency in 2004
The regional elections for seats in the Local House of Representative of Wakatobi Regency in 2004 resulted in the following seat distribution based on the electoral party and electoral district: Golkar (Functional Group Party) received the most seats, 4 seats; followed by PBB (Crescent Star Party), PPP (United Development Party), PAN (National Mandate Party), PNBK (Freedom Bull National Party), PBR (Reform Star Party) and PDIP (Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle) which gained 2 seats, while Merdeka (Freedom) Party, PKB (National Awakening Party), Pancasila Patriot Party and PD (Democratic Party) had one seat each in the 20-seat parliament.
Members of Local House of Representative of Wakatobi Regency for 2009-2014
- Muhamad Ali, SP, M.Si (PDIP, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle)
- H. La India, S.Sos (PAN, National Mandate Party)
- H. Sairuddin La Aba (PNBKI, Indonesian People Bull National Party)
- Daryono Moane, S.Sos (PDIP, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle)
- Laode Mas’udin (PDIP, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle)
- Supardi (PDIP, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle)
- H. La Ode Arifudin, S.Sos (PDIP, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle)
- Haliadi Habirun (PAN, National Mandate Party)
- H. Sunaidi (PAN, National Mandate Party)
- Hasnun, S.Sos (PNBKI, Indonesian People Bull National Party)
- Muhammad Shawwal, S.T. (PNBKI, Indonesian People Bull National Party)
- Drs. H. Syafruddin (Golkar, Functional Group Party)
- Dra.H. Safia Wualo (Golkar, Functional Group Party)
- Sutomo Hadi, S.Sos (PBR, Reform Star Party)
- Zakaria, SH., M.H. (PBR, Reform Star Party)
- La Moane Sabara, S.Sos. (PD, Democratic Party)
- Subarudin Bau, S.Pd., M.Si. (PD, Democratic Party)
- Musdin, S. Pd., M.M. (PPD, Regional Union Party)
- Andi Hasan, S.Pd (PPD, Regional Union Party)
- Hj. Ernawati Rasyid (PPDI, Indonesian Democratic Guard Party)
- Haerudin Konde, S.T. (PKS, Prosperious Justice Party)
- H. Munsir (PKB, National Awakening Party)
- La Ke (Barnas Party)
- Hairudin Buton, S.Sos. (PPNUI, United Indonesian Nahdatul Ummah Party)
- H. Sukiman (Hanura, People’s Conscience Party)
The main flight hub of the Wakatobi archipelago is Matahora Airport on Wangiwangi Island; a separate airstrip is also present on Tomea Island which is used exclusively to transport visitors of the Wakatobi Dive Resort. A number of airlines fly to Wakatobi including Wings Air and Express Air. A Memorandum of Understanding between Express Air and Wakatobi administration has been signed to open daily flight from Wakatobi-Ambon v.v. since February 24, 2012 use jet aircraft CN-FO166 basic 328-300 with 30 seating capacity. 60 percent of Maluku people come from Southeast Sulawesi, mainly from Wakatobi. Furthermore, Express Air will make Wakatobi a flight hub, due to Wakatobi lying between the Banda Sea and the Flores Sea. The next routes to be open are Wakatobi-Lembata, Kupang, Denpasar (Bali), Labuan Bajo, Ende, Maumere and Larantuka. Fly is the fastest way to visit Wakatobi, alternatively 12 hours by many boats from Kendari to Bau-Bau and then to Wakatobi. From Wangiwangi Island to Kaledupa Island need 2 hours by boat.
Sail Wakatobi-Belitong will be held in Wakatobi in July 2011 and in Belitung Island in August 2011. Wakatobi will make a mass wedding under the sea event. As a part of Sail Wakatobi-Belitong, the organizing committee launch also International undersea photo contest with theme: "The Beauty of Under Water World Coral Reef Triangle" and will be initialized after the Sail Wakatobi-Belitong is launched on July 16, 2011. To support Sail Wakatobi-Belitong, Transportation ministry has given fund Rp.70 billion ($8.1 million) to improve Wangi-Wangi port, Kaledupa port and Tomea Island port which will be finished before the event runs.
The Wakatobi is also home to Operation Wallacea, a UK based for non-profit conservation group looking at sustainable development of fisheries and coral reef research. An independent non-commercial website  has been set up about the marine park. This website contains tourist and travel information about the wakatobi, with additional resources about the biodiversity, conservation and local people.
In popular culture
A collaborative work of WWF-Indonesia, the Wakatobi administration and SET Film Workshop has portrayed the marine biodiversity with underwater scenery around the Wakatobi Islands and the life of the Bajo tribe, the sea nomads who rely entirely on marine resources for survival in the film Mirror Never Lies, which got "Honorable Mention" at the Global Film Initiative.
- Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
- Natisha Andarningtyas (February 6, 2014). "Wisatawan ke Wakatobi capai 11.000".
- "Ekspres Air akan Layani Rute Wakatobi-Ambon". February 12, 2012.
- Morgan Pettersson (June 19, 2014). "Hoga Island: Paradise Off the Beaten Track".
- Sail Wakatobi-Belitong targets ASEAN involvement | The Jakarta Post
- Wakatobi opens registration for undersea photo contest - ANTARA News
- Ministry provides Rp70 billion for Wakatobi - ANTARA News
- Wakatobi’s alluring beauty | The Jakarta Post