Location: Kangean Islands, Sumenep Regency, East Java Province
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Vacation time is getting closer and you are still confused about where to go? If you want to get a complete package for your trip, come to one of the islands in Sumenep which is famous for its cultural beauty, namely Sapeken Island.
Sapeken Island has a characteristic form of culture that is so strong that it is very suitable for those of you who like to do social research on history, culture and social habits. Unfortunately, there are few natural attractions that can be visited, different from Saebus Island.
Even so, you will be treated to a unique view of this island. Almost all the houses on Sapeken Island are made on stilts so that the houses are not submerged in water when the tide is in.
Some of the houses are even built on the water so they look like floating houses. If you want to visit the floating house, you have to get on the boat first.
Foreign tourists often refer to this island as Sapeken Island. This island with white sand is able to attract the attention of tourists to come. It is mandatory for you to enjoy the beach before exploring the island deeper.
There are many ships parked by the beach because this place is a large port as a link for the small islands around it. This beach is a place for local people to earn a living as fishermen.
Even though it is a small island, Sapeken Island has facilities like any other big island.
There is a market that is useful for selling fish caught from fishermen. Apart from the fish market, you will also find regular markets that sell vegetables, herbs, and more.
The life of the people on this island looks simple, but the economy is secure, and many even live well. This can be seen from the houses which are quite good. However, don’t expect to see cars on this island.
The means of transportation on this island are motorbikes and for general vehicles are pedicabs. Fishermen usually use wheelbarrows to transport the fish they catch to the village market.
Most of the Sapeken people buy daily necessities or supplies to Banyuwangi by sailing. Through this water route it takes about 6 to 9 hours, while if the map to Sumenep City takes about 12 hours.
Sapeken Island has an area of up to 2.45 square kilometers with a population of around thousands of families. This population is sufficient to populate the area. The island is surrounded by several islands, such as the island of Saur.
From an administrative profile, Sapeken Island has 9 villages, namely Paliat, Sapeken, Sekala, Tanjung Kiaok, Pangerungan Besar, Sabuntan, Pagerungan Kecil, Sepanjang, and Sasiil Villages. Almost all villages are on different islands, except for the location of Tanjung Kiaok Village which is on this island.
One of the shortcomings of this island is the limited availability of electricity. People can enjoy electricity only in the late afternoon until early morning.
It is different for people with above average economies who can enjoy electricity at any time. Even though the tourism potential that this island has is very much, electricity should be one of the facilities that must be available at this tourist spot.
The Sapeken Islands also have enchanting natural beauty. The underwater scenery on this island is amazing, especially with the coral reefs. No wonder many tourists come just to enjoy the underwater charm and take pictures.
Another natural beauty is in the form of mangrove forests. It is known that this forest contributes about 85% of all mangrove forests in East Java. In addition to tourist attractions, this mangrove forest is also useful as material for fertilizer, firewood, buildings and others.
Unfortunately, illegal logging and abrasion reduce the safety and beauty of the forest. The irresponsible party is cutting trees at will without replanting, thereby reducing the dense mangrove trees.
Frequent abrasion can also damage the quality of the tree, making it easily damaged or brittle.
If this continues, mangrove forests will be threatened with extinction, which can cause various other problems, such as natural disasters.
Not only that, you can also observe or participate in some local community activities because the culture they have is quite unique. You will get a different sensation from the habit of living in cities.
Before visiting this tourist spot, you can visit a tour in the form of the Singaraja kingdom first. Guaranteed your vacation will be more enjoyable.
A brief History
The term Sapeken has its own meaning related to the history of the island. In the past, the first people we lived in or our ancestors did not intend to live on this island, but as a place to stop so that later they could continue their journey.
It is known that the ancestors lived on the island for only one week. This story is the origin of the name Sapeken Island which means one week or one week.
It is said that the story, the people who first came to this island were South Sulawesi people. This can be seen from the similarity of the language used, namely the Bajo language which is still used as a regional language today.
The population has also been mixed by people from other tribes.