Taxibike The Sea in Lagili Village, Tourist Transport in Liana Banggai Bay

A motorcycle taxi in the village of Lagili. Photo: Amrin Lamena

This afternoon under the sky covered with black clouds, the occasional light of the sun also shows its glow in the clouds, blazing and stinging. Since morning, I have driven my motorbike to a village in the west end of East Mawasangka subdistrict.

Approximately 20 minutes arrived in the village, quiet, the atmosphere of Dese was so tenuous, only the activity of schoolgirls in red and white uniforms who were playing in the school yard. Then I tried to walk around, looking at the condition of the village.

Satisfied around the village, my motorbike stopped at the crossing pier. The same, the conditions are also tenuous, there is only a middle-aged man there who sits at a rest, it seems that this man is waiting for passengers who want to cross.

When I stopped the motorbike, the father asked me, "Opolimba?" Maybe he thought I was going to cross the bay. I then answered the father if I was just walking and seeing the activities of the people on the dock.

Not long enough, like most villagers, with my rama, Mr invited me to sit down and offered me a number of oranges wrapped in white plastic. Not bad, can refresh my throat.

Not much to say with the father, the silence of the afternoon was broken by the sound of a wooden boat's rotor machine heading towards the tiny dock. The swallow perched on the electric cable was shocked, flying away.

Some housewives, children and some adult men, apparently still one family, got out of the boat carrying bags and plastic bags, handed over thousands of thousands of money and then headed towards the mainland.

Motorbike  in Lagili Village. Photo: Amrin Lamena

"The women are from across the country, I think they want to meet their families in this village," said La Ingku, a motorbike taxi who sat on the dock.

La Ingku is a resident of Lagili Village in the East Mawasangka subdistrict. While the women were residents of Lanto Village, Masasangka Tengah District, which is located 500 meters from the mainland of Lagili Village.

These sea motorcycle taxis serve crossings from and to the two villages, Lagili and Lanto. The village of Lagili itself is inhabited by 172 heads of families (Source, PKD of Lagili Village 2017), to meet the daily needs of most people here still relying on sea products as a livelihood, while their wives weave and farm.

"When passengers are quiet, they usually go down fishing, sometimes fishing," said La Ingku.

The motorcycle taxis in this village number 11 people. They use traditional boats made of wood installed in pairs with outboard engines as a source of power, some are made of viber, such as those of Lagili Village Bumdes. However, only 4 marine motorbike drivers are active today.

On normal days, these motorcycle taxis are only delivered twice, usually their customers are from teachers who teach in the village. On weekends, many pass to the other village, especially the mothers. They went shopping at the market in the village.

"If it is a normal day, it will take at most 2 or 3 times, if the market day can reach 5 times," said Engko.

 One time crossing, the usual motorcycle taxi drivers are pulling the tariff of 20 thousand, if there is a motorbike then ride 25 thousand suda with pillion, it is different if on market days, usually these motorbikes attract a tariff of 5 thousand per head in one crossing.

Taxibike The Sea  in Lagili Village. Photo: Amrin Lamena

Lagili Village is in the area of ​​Liana Banggai Bay, which is directly opposite the Central Mawasangka District, Central Buton Regency. The waters in the bay area are quite calm so that this motorcycle taxi is also suitable as a tourist transport in this bay. What's more around the bay has quite a lot of tourist attractions and cool small islands to be visited by tourists. One of them is the Maobu beach and baths in Lalibo Village, Pine Park in Lanto Village, Asin Lake and oe mowahe spring in Lagili Village itself.

Yes, the sea motorcycle transport mode, which has been carried out for a long time by the people of Lagili Village and Lanto Village, is worth thinking about and is offered as one of the village tourism destinations in Central Buton Regency. That way tourism can give hope to fishermen, fish karamba cultivators, marine ojeg can earn more, as well as restaurants, food stalls, and others located in the bay area.

Traditional Fishermen. Photo: Amrin Lamena

The enchantment of Liana Banggai Bay, its small islands, and community activities in the bay can be used as one of the village tourism destinations such as Bachtiar Djanan M. and Tri Andri Marjano who look at the tourism paradigm critically, then offer alternatives by reversing the perspective of physical tourism towards empowerment based on daily activities and cultural resources that are processed in a participatory manner by citizens.

Likewise, the activities of residents around the bay can be a value that can attract tourists to come, they enjoy a beautiful trip, enrich knowledge and understand the culture of the local community.

Being in Liana Banggai Bay as if in two different hemispheres in one at a time, on the one hand we will witness the loading and unloading activities of the hunters in the container port in Lanto Village as in the cities and on the other hand we will witness the activities of people going to sea, ojek the sea, fish farmers and sea rugs with traditional boats. They live on the sea, all done on the same water.

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