Saumlaki, Indonesia Cruise Port, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Cruises to Saumlaki, Indonesia | The Cruise Web
 

Saumlaki, Indonesia Cruise Port

Saumlaki is a regional capital city of about 20,000 people in Yamdena, Maluka, Indonesia. It’s also on the main island of the Tanimbar Archipelago which is located between Papua New Guinea and the northern tip of Australia. Visited and claimed by the Dutch in the 1630s, Christianity has arisen as the major religion; however, many in the town also follow traditional Indonesian religious beliefs. This town is remote with limited access and visitors must be transported from their anchored cruise ships by smaller, local boats. The Tanimbar Islands maintain a distinct culture and unique traditions. They create traditional crafts such as ikat cloth and carved wooden statues. They also keep their heritage alive by maintaining centuries-old forms of music and dance. Tourists enjoy their long, golden beaches, warm, clean waters, and year-round tropical climate. The diverse flora and fauna includes eight species of bird native to the archipelago.

 

  • For beautiful scenery and soft sand beneath your toes, head to Weluan Beach. This semi-secluded spot is surrounded by forest and interesting flora, as well as peaceful waters.
     
  • Birdwatchers will be thrilled to see some rare birds in the area, including the Moluccan masked owl, Tanimbar corella, Tanimbar bush-warbler, and the Tanimbar megapode.
     
  • The islands in general separate the Arafura and Banda Seas; while many islands have forests and other flora separating both coasts, there are places to stand on high where both seas can be visible to the naked eye.
     
  • The local Tanimbar people are welcoming and often sell their cultural wares to visiting travelers. A lucky few may even get to see how their crafts are made and many will get to witness their ancient songs and dances.
     

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