Battoa Island in Binuang Sub-District, Polewali Mandar Regency
It is true that Polewali Mandar Regency also holds several majestic islands for tourists to visit. Well, the biggest one is called Battoa and it resides in Tonyaman Village. In terms of region, it belongs to Binuang Sub-District though. Unlike other island in Indonesia, it has inhabitants and some nice facilities to accommodate tourists. This explains why Battoa is considered more popular than others, having a higher number of visitors as well. Still, it shares similar characteristics and beauty to others so that tourists can enjoy photography, beach vacation, exploration, relaxation, and many others.
When it comes to the name, “Battoa” has the meaning of big. It is the biggest one amongst seven islands of Polewali Mandar Regency, Indonesia. In terms of nuance, the island consists of several interesting landscapes including stunning beaches, lush mangroves, and local settlements. It is said more than 175 households live in this island and most of them work as a fisherman. This explains why tourists may find fishermen boats parked on the coast when visiting the island later. Despite the low number of inhabitants, as compared to that of Polewali Mandar Regency, the island has featured sophisticated facilities that support both villagers and outsiders!
Exploring Battoa Island
Due to the popularity in Indonesia, Battoa Island indeed has more visitors than others, especially during weekends. The visitors are both those who live in Polewali Mandar Regency and outsiders, in fact! Here is the question. What can they do in Battoa? Well, they can do many things like buying local handicrafts, exploring the nature, eating local foods, and approaching the villagers. Have no worries. Everyone is able to enjoy these activities, even without the help of a tour guide.
First, once arriving at the island, tourists should find a place for resting before exploring the area. The best place for relaxation, perhaps, is the coast where they can meet local fishermen doing their job. Some of the locals even sell fishes and clams on site, so tourists can buy directly from them with a cheaper price as compared to that of traditional markets. Even bargaining is possible as long as they can talk to the seller efficiently, which requires a little bit skill of the Indonesian Language.
What is next? Before going back to Polewali Mandar Regency, tourists should try the signature dish of Battoa Island called Pupuq. This food is made with several ingredients including coconut, fish, and traditional spices of Mandar Tribe. Also, do not forget to buy some souvenirs made by villagers. Once again, a good bargaining skill may help tourists to get a cheaper price for sure!
- Dea-Dea Island
- Panampeang Island
- Tangnga Island
How to Get There
For those coming from Polewali Mandar Regency, their first destination is Tonyaman Port in Binuang Sub-District. The distance is 6.6 km, so the trip only takes about 12 minutes through Poros Majene – Mamuju Street. From the port, it takes about 25-40 minutes to reach Battoa Island by boat. As an alternative, tourists can take a boat from Belang-Belang Port actually.
Where to Stay
Recommended hotels are available in Binuang Sub-District