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Tonggo Beach

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This southern coastal beach is framed with beautiful scene of pandanus and coconut trees. Interspersed with big pebbles, this coastal strip invites relaxing, beach-combing, and even snorkeling. The nearby fishing village as well as a Japanese shipwreck add to this beach’s uniqueness. As there are no rough waves, it is perfect for swimming. The Japanese shipwreck bears witness to fairly recent Indonesian history. As the old villagers remember, Tonggo Beach used to be a base for Japanese soldiers during the Japanese colonization of Indonesia. Therefore, some naval ships were stationed there.

One of the vessels was attacked by allied soldiers during World War II and has remained as a wreck at Tonggo Beach ever since. The wreck can be easily seen during low tide.

How to get there

Tonggo Beach is situated on the south coast of the Nagekeo district: more precisely in the Nangaroro sub-district, which is to Nangapanda, in the Ende district. From Nangapanda, follow the Transflores Highway to Nangaroro until you pass the big Catholic church of Nangaroro on the right side. From here, you continue for around one kilometer until you arrive at the intersection. Turn left there, and follow this road for about one hour. You will then reach Tonggo Beach, which is located on the left side - easily recognizable by the big pebbles along the beach, and the nearby houses and boats.

Wajo Village

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Wajo Village, which is located in the Keo Tangah sub-district, is one of the rare options to witness the disappearing traditional Nagekeo houses and to get acquainted with these central Florinese people’s long-standing yearly ceremonial cycle. If you enter the village, you will notice the main traditional house, which is called Sao Pile. To preserve Nagekeo’s unique culture, this house was renovated just a few years ago. Around the Sao Pile there are some menhirs. The Nagekeo people believe that the menhirs have mystical powers. If you want to visit the traditional ceremonial house – the Sao Pile – you will be asked to take part in a small ritual during which you must wear a traditional Nagekeo sarong.

The traditional houses and the peo, a fork-like, wooden pole that is erected in the village center, are decorated with beautiful carvings. The carved symbols tell of the villagers’ ancestral history. Besides the art of carving, Wajo villagers are also famed for producing special musical instruments made from bamboo. Wajo Village is also famous for its annual thanksgiving ceremony, which is usually held in June. The ceremony is held for several days. Each day has its own different rituals and motifs. Visitors are warmly welcome to join the ceremony.

Facilities

If you would like to join the ceremony, you can contact Bapak Willy Brodus Lasa (Disudpar Nagekeo) at +62 85237917753.

How to get there

From Mbay, head in the direction of Aegela-Raja. It will take you about two hours to drive to Wajo Village. From Ende, head in the direction of Tonggo-Maunori-Wajo. As there is no public transportation from Raja to Wajo or Tonggo-Maunori to Wajo, you rely on private transport to reach Wajo Village.