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Nangadhawe Salt Processing

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Nangadhawe Village, located in the Aesesa sub-district, used to be famed for its sea salt processing, which gave the area a touch of wild west scenery.

As far as the eye could see, a plain expanse of ground covered in sun-drying sea water taken from Lake Nanga (which is actually a part of the open sea) once stretched out in front of you. Even though the salt was of a fine quality, the salt processing project, which was supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Labor, stopped in 2005. The farm was left unattended until it was turned into a place for shellfish and fish aquaculture.

The beauty of Nangadhawe is in its simplicity. Take a leisurely walk along the borders of the saline land, and let yourself inspire by scenery that reminds one of the olden days when the salt farmers triumphed with their white crystallized salt over the dark sand.

Once in a year, the local community of Dhawe harvests the fish in Lake Nanga. Until now, a unique traditional ritual is held to initiate these harvest activities.

Lake Nanga is not only a fish pool, but also functions as a gate for the fishermen with their boats. Besides fishing, soft trekking, or simply relaxing are also recommended at this historical watery spot. The lake’s surrounding black-sand beach with its two landmark-like rocks is of outstanding appearance.

Facilities

There are no facilities in Nangadhawe. The nearest town is Mbay, which offers some accommodation, catering, and shops.

How to get there

From Mbay, head in the direction of Boawae (via the north road). When you arrive at Translok Road (Jalan Translok Mbay-Riung), you should ask the local people for further directions as there is no signpost for Nangadhawe village. It is recommended to go with a local guide.

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