Arborek Tourism Village in Raja Ampat

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, With recently claiming the 1st spot in 2015 Provincial village Competition for West Papua ,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.

With a population of only 197, interaction with locals is a stones throw away from a number of Homestay options available on this island.

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.

The village of Arborek, Raja Ampat
The village of Arborek, Raja Ampat (Source : neyuma.com)

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.

ACTIVITIES

If you are staying at one of the homestays, they provide 3 time meals which include fresh vegetables and fruits too. Please confirm the same with respective Homestays.

There are 3 grocery stores to cater to your basic needs such as coke, biscuits toothbrush etc. which are just 5 minutes walk from your homestays.

No restaurant options as of now.

Sorong city has a major market, followed by Waisai, where you can get most of the requirements.

The Manta Hat is a must!

The Noken string bag is gaining popularity around the globe. Its significance is actually the attraction that people are looking for. In the local’s perspective, the noken is not just a bag. It is a symbol of good life, peace, and fertility. Only women can make a noken. It is all hand made. Men are not allowed to make these, because it symbolizes a woman’s womb. The Noken has different names in different places. In West Papua, people call it noken. The Danis in the Baliem Valley call it Su. The Biak people call it Inokson. The Moor call it Aramuto. The Marind in Merauke call it Mahyan. In Paniai, where the noken is made of special orchid bark, people call it Agiya.

Traditional handicrafts, Arborek
Traditional handicrafts, Arborek (Source : satyawinnie.com)

There are 6 homestay options available. All are owned and managed by locals. Homestay. When you stay at a homestay in Raja Ampat, you will not share a house with local family,It merely means a budget accommodation.

Namely: Manta Homestay, Mawar Homestay, Arborek Homestay, Mambarayup Homestay, Indip Homestay, Lalosi Homestay.

These homestays have options of private bungalows to separate rooms in a bungalow with facilities of 3 meals/day, bathing, dining area and generator use during the night time to charge your electronics.

Saly is also a souvenir to bring home with you. It is a skirt made of wood bark fiber or banana tree fibres, worn by the Dani women of Baliem.

A traditional bowl with hand carvings is also unique and has no equal to complete your collection. Cassowary Bone Dagger is something you may want to collect due to its rarity and exquisite look.

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.

Arborek village in Raja Ampat
Arborek village in Raja Ampat (Source : satyawinnie.com)

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.

The beautiful underwater view of Raja Ampat Arborek Jetty
The beautiful underwater view of Raja Ampat Arborek Jetty (Source : marischkaprudence.blogspot.co.id)

With a local dive shop available at your disposal, 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.

To be able to find the best spots in the area,you can contact the local dive shop named “Arborek Dive Shop” managed by a local family who will cater to your needs.

Day trips to Piaynemo, Fam Islands, Sawinggrai (bird of paradise) can be arranged too.

GET AROUND

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 40 families living in the village. Should you stay in the village, walking is probably to only means to be familiar with your holiday destination.

For snorkeling, you don’t need to travel far because you can find interesting underwater world even by the Arborek pier. Walking down the village trails will give you the very opportunity you will not want to miss, as people and especially children will warmly greet and get acquainted with you.

For diving, it will take about 15-20 minutes by motorized boat to the dive spots.

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, Bali or Makassar to Sorong; e.g., Lion Air, Express Air, and Batik Air, etc. For sea transportation, ships calling on the Port of Sorong are the Dorolonda, the Labobar, Gunung Dempo, Sinabung, and Tatamailau.

From Sorong, you can take a motorboat from the Sorong Fishery Port to Waisai, capital city of the Raja Ampat district. There is a boat everyday departing at 2 pm , from Sorong to Waisai and and sometimes 2 boats a day. Please confirm the local timing.

From Waisai, you can continue your less-than-two-hour journey by using a rented longboat. The longboat can be arranged via Homestay or the local dive shop.

Tips

This location is suitable for snorkeling and diving. But you have to bring your own diving and snorkeling equipment because no rental facilities are available.

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