A short island hopping trip to Kapota can be an option. You can spot the island if you extend your views to the west side of Wangi-Wangi Island towards a small island with long white sand beach. Public boats crossing between Wanci and Kapota Island operate from 8am – 4pm daily. The boat usually leaves every half-hour to an hour and takes around 30 minutes.

Kapota Island is one of inhabited islands in Wakatobi National Park area. It has 1,804.97 hectares of land. The local people in Kapota is one of nine indigenous communities of Wakatobi. Kapota’s civilization was begun in the 16th century. The first group of people come from Lemakera Kingdom which is a Hindu Kingdom located in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. They settled above a hill in the middle of forest in Kapota Island. The place is called as Katiama, that means the first village.

You can enjoy white sand beaches, mangrove forests, a walk around the lake (Tailaro Ntooge Lake) and anyone who is adventurous enough can explore the cave. With a 12m high entrance, the cave divides into four rooms which are decorated with pillars as well as owery and needle-shaped stones on the ceiling. A small brackish water pool is located in the aisle connecting the second and third room of the cave. The bats hanging from the ceiling make this cave also known as Bat Cave.

Places To Go

There are eleven mangrove species in Kapota. In this case, you can find the mangrove’s ecosystem in some locations such as around Tailaro Nto'oge Lake, around Umala coral cluster, Saru-sarua and around Aowolio beach. Mangrove in Kapota is grown up averagely five to eight meters with a big enough trunk diameters. When the high tide comes, almost the mangrove ecosystem there is covered by water such adults’ high waist. Then, there is another beauty of this location with its white sand substrate, which makes the sea water, looked very clear. Besides the mangroves that grow on sand substrate, there is also a mangrove that grows on the rocks. In other words, mangrove on the reefs is only slightly seemed as small islands located in the middle of the ocean in which it happens because the corals will be surrounded by seawater when the tide comes.
Bat cave (Bewata Cave) is a cave located in Bewata. It has a horizontal entrance door with its height about 12 meters and its wide 7 meters then the vertical exit door about 10 meters in which we can go out from the cave using some equipments such as webbing rope, wood or artificial ladder. There are four rooms with enough size large connected to the hallways. Interestingly, within a distance of one meter from the entrance door, you can see the cave ornaments like a pole (cave rocks that stand upright) and cave’s fauna like Amblypygi (Sogophrynus Sp). The first room in the cave is about 3 meters from the mouth of the cave and the second room is about 14 meters with its long about 16 meters and 6 meters of high. In the second room, there are attractive ornaments that resemble a stone terrace and the water flowed from the ceiling of the cave. In addition to the ornament, this classroom is also found ornaments resembling sheets of paper hanging on the wall of the cave and golden brown. Furthermore, there is a long hallway which is about 9.84 meters, which connects the second and third room. In the hallway, there are ornaments that resemble sheets of paper resembling curtains on the walls and ceiling of the cave, and ornaments resembling needles depending on the roof of the cave. The third room is a room that is wide enough, in this room there are also many caves ornament. One of the ornaments are interesting here is the rock resembles the shape of flowers hanging on the roof of the cave wall and a large pole standing in the middle of the room with many ornaments attached to the pole. To go to the next room (room for four) there is also a hallway that connects the two rooms. The fourth room is the last room in this cave. Just like the rooms before, in this room there is also a lot of ornaments. Unique findings in this room are a form of rock that resembles small needles very much. More interestingly, at each end of the ornaments are droplets of water falling on the floor of the cave. Pools of water resemble small lakes contained in Goa bat, no less interesting to the previous room. The rectangular water pools, with a length of 10 meters and a width of about 8 meters. The pool water such as brackish water and the possibility of the water comes from seawater. Even more interesting around the lake there is also a lot of ornaments, both attached to the cave walls and on the roof of the cave.
Watu Sahu'u is a coral that resembles a tree trunk. It has a unique shape with the height about 12 meters and its diameter of 6 meters and also stands upright like a tree in the middle of white sand. Then, in the middle part itself, there are grooves circling the rock and some plants living above. In Kapota term, it is known as Watu Sahu'u (Watu means stone and Sahu'u means One tree).
Aowolio beach is one of the southern Kapota beaches. It has a white sandy beach with a long coastline about 1, 5 kilometers. Its condition is sandy with clean sea water adding to the atmosphere of beauty when you are visiting the beach.
Kolowowa beach is a white sandy beach with calm waves. It has sand along the beach about 2 kilometers and is the longest beach in Kapota. There are several types of pine’s stands, pandan and coconut. In addition, according to Kapota local people’s belief, this beach has a sacred history. On the beach, there is a promontory rock barrier as a landing place Islam broadcaster who first came to Kapota Island. The headland’s name is Banakawa in which it means first arriving (bana which means first and kawa means arriving) in Kapota term.
Umala beach is one of the beaches with rocks arranged beautifully on the white sand of seacoast combined clear water that shows the bottom sea. It is very influenced by the tide of the ocean.
Tailaro Nto'oge Lake is formerly known as Tailaro Wulu Kondu. It becomes one of tourist objects that attracts people to visit kapota Island. It is surrounded by a dense mangrove forest with endemic birds flying around. Now you can have jogging track facility set up around the lake.

Traditional Heritage

Madua Tuli is a traditional treatment that is similar to kaka ritual. It is known as a crocodile treatment. In this case, madua means treatment, whereas tuli means crocodile. The difference towards the kaka ritual is using ritual offerings such as bananas, eggs and rice with four colors (white, red, black and yellow). Then, those four colors symbolize the four elements of human’ creation (water, wind, earth and fire).
Kutta means octopus. In this case, Maduai kutta is held for the treatment of people who have kutta disease. The treatment uses ritual offerings such as betel leaf, lime, banana, rice, sarong and rice. They are put down using a canoe in the area of sea’s trough around Mola Raya.
Kadiloak Kadara ritual is held for securing patients who are possessed. It can be done only by sandro who has spiritual knowledge.
Maduai Duata is a final ritual of Bajo people’ treatment processes. It is held when all treatments have been done, but the patient has not recovered. It is performed with a dance combined the sound of gongs, drums and bonang. However, Duata is more often used to greet guests and traditional cultural performance events of Bajo people in Wakatobi.