Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry will hold a festival called Pesona Mandeh on May 4-7 to promote the beauty of Mandeh, a tourist destination on the southern coast of West Sumatra often dubbed as the island’s own Raja Ampat — a region in West Papua famous for its pristine beaches and colorful coral reefs.
Like its West Papuan counterpart, Mandeh also has a stunning bay and rich coral reefs perfect for diving.
Esthy Reko Astuti, the deputy minister for tourism marketing, said preparation for the festival is almost one hundred percent complete, including promotion to attract foreign visitors.
“We’re optimistic the festival will attract at least 20,000 visitors to Mandeh,” Esthy said.
The festival will feature many activities, including culinary exhibition, traditional art performances and an underwater photography competition.
Esthy said the festival will also feature a Rabab show which is expected to break Indonesia’s Museum of Records (MURI) record for involving the most numbers of people to play the traditional percussive instrument.
There will also be the Mandeh Joy Sailing event, which will feature a traditional boat race and deep sea diving.
The organizers have also invited a host of Indonesian celebrities to take part in an exhibition of cliff jumping and jet ski rides during the festival.