Pulau Saparua Things to Do

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    The fresh water carst caves at Kulor,west Saparua

    by ullfri49 Updated Jul 22, 2015

    The pulau Saparua is an limestone area with great karst areas.
    From history seeground came higher now mountains until 100 to 300m over sea level.Some areas near and in the mountains however are some carst caves with clear flowing rain water inside. So today the villages use it with technical help of gouvernment as water supply, and if able, additional as good place for washing or bathing.

    So at the picture see the way to the carst caves near Kulor Mountains.
    There are (as I know) 3 carst caves at different places. On of carst caves it is great enought for swimming. The Saparuan People like this cause it is fresh sweet mountain cool air, for recreation at hot days.

    But way in/out it very difficult, only some steps but no grid- be very careful with sandals!
    And wait for orientation- inside the cave is only very dim light.
    And be shure only together - there is no near help, the village Kulor is quite fare away

    Carst caves- so nice trees & flowers at downstairs With anggkota on the way to carst caves
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    Bathing at flat beach near Kulor, Saparua

    by ullfri49 Updated Jul 20, 2015

    Usually in Saparua north east are not real beaches. And at south near Fort Duursteede near Banda sea, the waves are often to big.

    In the north near the beachbridge near Kulor is a flat quite sandy beach, easy to bathing. Quite nice but much coral shapes

    Usually at sunday much people of Saparua come there to this place make picknick and such a, good to sit in the shadows of the big trees near the beach.

    Even here give attention!
    There is a steady flow stream parallel to the beach direction west-
    maybe depending of tide or time (I was afternoon there) .
    So don`t go swim out, better stay (like other People) only near the beach.

    Beachside near ferrybridge at Kulor, north Saparua
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    Saparua beach near fort Duurstede

    by ullfri49 Updated Jun 28, 2015

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    Down near Fort (Benteng) Durstede, besides the School and the great sports ground is a nice sandy beach. Quite good place for bathing, in some areas free of coral stones.
    But at stronger waves better be careful near the beach, there is usualy no one to help, and the fishery boats are to far away.

    From there is a good view around the bay of Saparua to the nearby villages.

    And at good weather the coast and south island Nusa Laut in the Banda Sea seems very near.
    At the Photo here the coast with the village Titawai, in background the 300m moutains of Nusa Laut.

    Bluegreen waves, sandy beach at Benteng Duurstede Pulau Nusa Laut seen from Saparua Bay
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    Wandering in the tropical Garden

    by ullfri49 Updated Jan 19, 2014

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    In Saparua around the village is easy to make a little tour under the tropical trees,-
    so coconut, durian bananas, cocoa, kanari.....so much diffent -
    very nice to hear it from the villagers while walking around.

    Like here around village Ihamahu it is easy to go, take sandals come into talk with the people.

    Dont forget the umbrella, the weather quick can changes.

    See at the picture all sorts of tropical trees - a tropical garden.

    Tropical garden south of village Ihamahu, Saparua Tropical Saparua: Cacoa tree near the village tropical garden behind the house tropical fruit tree behind the house
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    See green Mangroves "Pohon Bakau", north Saparua

    by ullfri49 Updated Jun 16, 2013

    The special in the north coast of Saparua Island are some Mangrove woods the "Pohon Bakau" at flat beach.
    It is a well known fact how important Mangroves are as costal gard - and here you can see it.
    Simply walk at village Ihamahu bach wall to south - (with a little luck you can use the wall as good way)-
    Other way is at island street direction of the new Telecom tower to south. If you reach the little bridge, the "Jambatan"- you can see the coast.
    This little and greater "Pohon Bakau" standing in the salty water can withstand the waves of tropical raintime-
    so together will the beach wall a good secure for the village.
    Please compare this at the photos - special the wall and the Mangroves, the "Pohon Bakau".

    Green Mangrove beach and coast wall north Saparua Green Mangroves Beach with mangroves the North Saparua green Mangroves& coast wall,Ihamahu
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    Beach side in Ouw

    by ullfri49 Updated Mar 18, 2013

    In the village Ouw at south east of Pulau Saparua -
    here at good weather a good view-
    see over the bay to the mountain of village Booi right in front -
    and the blue Pulau Haruku in the background.

    Behind it - and the diffuse cloud over the islands shows it - are the higher mountains of Ambon- the "Gunung Nona" maybe.

    The Ouw beachside we all see here at low tide.
    The big stone plates are a little out of their place: one can feel the pressure of the waves of Banda Sea special in raintime season (mostly Juni till August).

    The Photo shows a little impression-
    (ya, batu2 di laut, tidak bisa berenang....!)
    See the two perahu`s at the picure.
    Right at picture at the stone, nearly unseen, see an oldstyle bamboo raft!

    Beachside in Ouw, Saparua, view to Booi Beachside village Ouw,Banda sea. low tide, Saparua
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    "Trap trap" in Booi -up an down the stairs in Booi

    by ullfri49 Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    Coming to the nice village Booi in south west Saparua is one side easy - on the other hand not so easy:

    The direct island street ends at first staircase down:
    Going down staircase there is little bridge (jembatan) - and than the way goes up again (see the photo).
    After a little walk up in Booi we come to the great staircase,
    the " Trap trap" for that the village Booi is famous for.

    The younger people of Booi there like to get photos with tourist from Belanda -

    On this way - via virtualtourist.com -
    allow me send greetings back to the friendly people of nice village Booi!

    – see the first Photo!

    By the way, the beach is not so near as it seems at photo -
    it seems so 1 Km - see the third photo, just seeing the small beach down at the hill of Booi.

    Last photo shows the far nice Booi, the white houses of desa Booi, on half hight of the green hill, full of green tropical trees.
    Here seen from beachway at southeast coast over the bay of pulau Saparua.

    By the way the "trap trap"- The up and down the staircaise real goes in the knees!
    After that, I understand good, why our Ladys preferred to stay in the car instead!

    Great staircase in Booi with view to south beach Bridge and staircase before Booi, Pulau Saparua Booi, view staircase down to beach, Pulau Saparua The Booi mountain,south west pulau Saparua, Maluku Beachside of desa Booi at low tide, Saparua
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    Fort Benteng Duurstede in Saparua -view around

    by ullfri49 Updated Oct 11, 2012

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    At south part of small town Saparua, beneath the today sportsground is situated the ancient Fort Duurstede.

    A place too meet the history of the Maluku and Lease Islands.
    The place and the fort is connected with the story of national hero Thomas Matulessy and the battle of Saparua in the year 1817.

    The fort Duurstede is not so great - but the past dutch time great enough for its cannons to control the bay from the seaside (against other seelords of course).
    Frome the Photo you can imagine it.

    Inside the entrance is an Table from 1997 , see at Photo.

    East side of Duurstede is the Museum of Benteng Duurstede-
    it shows the history in photos and even some contemporary drawings of Christinha Tiuhaha
    and in downstairs are some historic scenes placed in "Diorama views"-
    at photo here the diorama with a historic ships used in the time of the VOC.

    More of the inside views of Fort Benteng Dursteede-->> please find it in the travelogue!

    The gable end of main door of Fort Duursteede The eastern wall of Fort Duurstede, Saparua Fort Duurstede, view from wall, Saparua, Maluku Museum Benteng Duurstede:Old VOC Sailing Ship
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    Saparua inland sea: View from Waisisil beach

    by ullfri49 Updated Sep 26, 2012

    Of course it is not real "Inland Sea", but from Waisisil beach the light blue far Nusa Laut is at horizont- and so it comes to this quite unusal view.

    The street is running direct near beach so it is easy to stop. The walls show, that the sea in monsum time must be much stronger than at May when the Photo was made.
    In view are the fishermens just working.

    Left of the point is an longer, so maye one kilometer of Magrove Beach (see the photo from pasar point) - the mangroves seems just made recultivating new at this place. It gives hope for the regeneration of the nature- also for the regeneration of coast fishes in Saparua bay.

    Left of the Waisisil beach see the mangroves coast, here with some Sapi or Kerbau....

    Saparua Inland sea: View from Waisisil beach Waisisil beach Saparua: Mangroves and cows
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    Take a break at Pasar in Kota Saparua

    by ullfri49 Updated Sep 25, 2012

    Here you find a good place to sit and have a quiet time on a shadow desk with a good view at the bay of Saparua. (Left over at far at coast see the mangroves line south the beach of Waisisil).

    To find the Pasar - don´t hesitate to ask to find the small way in from main street!

    In siesta time no problem- then the Pasar is over.

    But in our "nice new world" is the special not only the good view- it is the read-white telephone tower at the other side of the bay. So near the signal is so great that you every time get a good connection via HP with the rest of the world!

    Kota Saparua view from pasar to bay and phonetower
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    Snorkelling off the north-east

    by Daihappydai Updated Feb 23, 2011

    A pleasant 25 minute ojek ride from Kota Saparua through some delightful scenery and villages to the north-east village of Itawaka with a beautiful tree lined street waiting and a short walk to a tiny beach from which snorkelling is possible. To get to the drop off, booties are recommended especially if visibility is not at its best. But if the water is not too choppy, there is a great drop off with some decent coral and a range of fish. Locals suggest morning is the best time. There is a great view of Pulau Seram. And after snorkelling, a little wander along the street where locals set up little stalls outside their homes to sell fresh vegetables.

    Corals off Itawaka, Pulau Saparua Underwater plant life off Itawaka View towards Pulau Seram from Itawaka Tree lined street, Itawaka, Pulau Saparua Spices drying on the road, Itawaka, Pulau Saparua
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    Great snorkelling off Pulau Nusa Laut

    by Daihappydai Written Feb 18, 2011

    If you haven't got time to stay there, make sure you take a day trip to snorkel off Pulau Nusa Laut. Boats with driver can be hired for 400,000 rupiah for the day which is reasonable if you can share costs with some other travellers. A morning start may mean you will be lucky enough to see some large pods of dolphins as you approach the islands. The water is amazingly clear, coral is in fairly good condition, and there are some decent drop offs. There is a wide range of fish and plant life to be seen.

    Spotted orange box fish-snorkelling off Nusa Laut Fish seen while snorkelling off Pulau Nusa Laut Our friendly boat diver on the way to Nusa Laut Fish seen while snorkelling off Pulau Nusa Laut Crystal clear water while sailing to Nusa Laut
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    Pottery the old way

    by Daihappydai Updated Feb 16, 2011

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    When on Pulau Saparua take a trip to Ouw and see pottery made by hand, the traditional way, without any mechanical devices. A friend and I were lucky enough to meet a teacher who was born in Ouw, and for a small fee, he took us to Ouw where a charming elderly woman showed us how pottery was made and gave us an opportunity to try it ourselves. She then showed us how she built a small fire using the bark from sago trees to 'fire' the pottery after it had been dried in the sun, and how it was glazed with damar. It was fascinating watching the process from start to finish. Our good fortune didn't stop there. Just as we were about to leave, a traditional marriage ceremony took place and we were able to witness the groom go through his vows to the heads of the village.

    Ibu showing us pottery making the traditional way Simple fire used to dry and heat pots, Desa Ouw Preparing to glaze pots, Desa Ouw, Pulau Saparua Glazing pots with damar, Desa Ouw, Pulau Saparua Table set up for wedding ceremony, Desa Ouw
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    Wood-Carving, pacifik frigatebirds, Baileo Saparua

    by ullfri49 Updated Feb 4, 2011

    It is nice to see the people are interest to hold the Tradition-
    here in the renovation of old Baileo in some villages of Saparua.

    Here in the photo good to see against the light, the wood carving in the renovated Baileo in Ihamahu.

    It here seems to show the pacific frigate birds (frigata minor) on long way sailing over the see-

    it remembers with this often used bird motive to other west pacific art in great ocean, in the Pacific near and around.

    Wood carving, Pacific Frigate bird, Baileo Ihamahu Wood carvin, Pacific Frigate bird, Baileo Ihamahu
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    Visiting a baileo in Saparua

    by ullfri49 Updated Feb 4, 2011

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    From the Architecture in Saparua it is interest to visit a Baileo,
    once and today the traditional meeting house in the villages.

    Mostly every village have it, mostly situatet at a good central place in the village.

    See here at the Photo the Baileo in the Village Ihamahu.

    In behind the view to northwest coast and the mountains of near Pulau Seram.

    Baileo in village Ihamahu of north Saparua
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