The village of Arborek is fast rising as a pioneer among the 18 beautiful villages in West Papua that have embarked on developing local regulations for community-based marine conservation, For this, the village of Arborek has gained an outstanding reputation among both the local authority and international community. With the assistance of the national and local government, from research centers, and non-government organizations, the local people have succeeded in formulating local regulations, naming their conservation region the Mambarayup and Indip.
Finding underwater beauty is not so difficult here. Along the Arborek pier, divers can simply plunge into the water and instantly find a most intriguing illumination of the glittering of a gorgonian fan just below the surface. People in Arborek are hospitable and very industrious, creating exceptional handicrafts from sea pandan leaves to make the most of their time each day. Arborek is fascinating both underwater and in the village.
Known as the Arborek Tourism Village, the community is known for its handicraft in making hats and noken (string bags). Unlike most women in other villages who also give a hand to their husbands as fishermen, nearly all mothers in this village produce handicrafts for a living. Although they are convinced that catching lobsters and work in pearl agro-production are much more profitable, yet they feel that handicraft is more distinguished and more graceful work for women. This is a village worth visiting. Only one and half hours from Waisai, Raja Ampat’s capital, the village of Arborek is awaiting visitors from around the world.
No restaurants and food stalls are available here, but you can find shops selling food supplies at Waisai or Sorong. If you wish to find better variety of food other than seafood on the menu, it is best to go to Sorong, where you can find general Indonesian food, ranging from meatball bakso and noodle mee, satay, padang food, or other popular dishes.
During low tide, when you have time to be among the fishermen’s wives, it is the best time to join them at bameti. Bameti is the local’s saying for hunting sea-cucumbers and combing the beach for other edible marine creatures.
In Arborek Tourism Village immersing into the fishermen’s simple lives is a pleasant distraction from calculating the limitless species of sea creatures. There are many marine conservation programs going on in the village. International non-government organizations are assisting the locals to improve their economy. Watch them produce handicraft, from making a simple copy of a cowboy hat or Mexican sombrero, to weaving intricate traditional nokens.
Diving is ultimately the main reason why visitors come to Raja Ampat. There is no similar dive each time you plunge. Different experiences and different sights at different occasions are a guarantee. This is due to the fact that Raja Ampat is so absolutely rich and most diverse in its marine species.
Do not miss this in your agenda. When visiting Arborek Village, remember to snorkel or dive to see mantas. On a flat tranquil sea, you can even see the wingtip of a feeding manta coming out of the water. These mantas in the Arborek seas must be among the healthiest, because the sea here easily compares with a bowl of delicious soup of plankton for its marine life.
This tourism village is not too extensive in terms of size. The land covers around a 7-hectare area, so that it will not take much time and energy to travel around the village. There are around 150 families living in the village. Should you stay in the village, walking is probably the best means to be familiar with your holiday destination.
How to get there
The Arborek Tourism Village is located in Meos Mansar in the district of Raja Ampat, West Papua. To reach this location, it is easier to start your journey from Sorong. There are several flights that you can take from Jakarta or Makassar to Sorong. There are two alternatives to travel between Sorong and Waisai. Firstly, you can take a speedboat that makes the distance in two hours. Secondly, you can use a local government boat that takes five hours sailing straight to Arborek, without stopping at Waisai.
For more information and reservation write firstname.lastname@example.org