Pagai Island in Mentawai District, West Sumatra
Of all the islands in Mentawai District, Pagai is considered a unique one. Not only it is beautiful, but it also attracts those who want to learn a bit history of the island. It consists of north and south Pagai and both of them are worth an exploration. Tourists come to Pagai either to enjoy its beautiful nature or to meet the locals. Not to mention they want to try some local specialties like foods and drinks. Pagai is also suitable for nature lovers or those who love photography, actually.
Pagai Island consists of mostly dense trees and wild nature. Many locals live near to the beach and build structures there. It is because they are likely to depend on fishing and other similar activities. In term of development, the settlement seems traditional and undeveloped but it offers a distinct attraction to tourists. Despite the fact, some villagers have adapted modern way of living and they become quite friendly to any visitors, especially tourists. Not to mention their foods are superb.
Exploring Pagai Island
Tourists can choose either to visit north or south Pagai Island. In fact, they must visit both of them in order to enjoy the real beauty of Pagai. So, what tourists can do there? It is likely visitors are going to visit the beach and watch locals' activity. Some of them also enjoy doing photography as nature is quite mesmerizing. Even the local structures and people are worth a photo shoot! It is free and easy as long as they carry a good camera and other required items.
The next interesting thing about Pagai Island is related to its history. In the past, both north and south Pagai was not separated. It was also covered by lush and dense forest growing on a small hill in the midst of the island. Local people believed that the hill was haunted. They also considered it a sacred place so they won’t do any careless things there. Also, it was said there is a black eagle living in the forest called Manyang, which was known for its savageness.
Another thing to do in Pagai Island is definitely to try its culinary and local snacks. Apart from Batra and Subbet, Mentawai is known for its Kapurut. The fact is that it is the main food of the locals. Kapurut is made of sago mixed with salt and coconut water. Usually, the locals include it during a special event like Pesona Mentawai Festival. For those coming to Pagai and other islands in Mentawai, they should never miss the chance to try such delicious food.
- Sipora Island
- Sikakap Island
- Siberut Island
How to Get There
The easiest way to reach Pagai Island is from Padang City. Tourists can take a boat from Bungus Port and head to Sipora Island first. Next, they should take another boat to Pagai and start exploring the island. The thing is they must learn about the schedule of the boat services first prior to visiting the island. A help from a tour agent would be quite useful, actually.
Where to Stay
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