Sail Indonesia is one of international event to promote the potency of Indonesia tourism and culture. In the last five years, Wakatobi had participated as a stopover location of this event.

The Sail's participants are from many countries in the world. They starts the rally from Darwin Australia to visit some islands in Indonesia by using yacht. Wakatobi prepared a series of traditional performance to welcome the sail participants and also to facilitate their needs.

Attractions During The Event

Duata is a traditional ceremony carried out by the Bajo community with the aim of curing diseases and asking the spirits for good fortune. This ritual process takes 3 days and 3 nights, on the third day the closing ceremony is normally witnessed by large crowds who gather to see the healer dancing on top of canoes which are assembled and rowed out to sea by dozens of people accompanied by the audience.
Karia’a is a traditional feasting ceremony and involves plenty of eating, bathing and parading. The child participants of the ceremony aim to purify their lives and to welcom the coming of their teenage years. They are paraded around the village top the traditional Kansoda’a strecter which holds 15-20 young adolescents in one ceremony. The strecter is carried collectively by 10-12 people from each participants family, in a lively and colorful parade.
Kabeunga is an event which symbolizes a trumph or success and its alm is to match make young couples in the community. The young girls who are of age match making sell cakes and sweets and put on their best clothes, the young men of age walk around with their parents and purchase cakes. Buying a cake is a sign of liking the seller. At the end of the festival the couples who have met their match are sat upon a very large swing made from bamboo, and the community celebrates by swinging them and feasting.
A traditional ritual belongs to Mandati society, South Wangi Wangi. The ritual normally carried out every 4 years or sometimes yearly if necessary. The ritual held when the community experiencing problems such as: crop failure and desease outbreak, chaos, instability of public security and any kind of other disturbance. The words of “Bangka Mbule-Mbule means the boat comes to its belonged. The ritual carried out with give offerings to the ocean.
Posepaa is the traditional attraction of Liya society. The attraction held on moslem celebrating day (Idul Fitri and Idul Adha). Its performing in front of Keraton Liya Mosque. The meaning of Posepaa is to kick each other to show the strength of young man to struggle our country from the enemy. Posepaa is a heroiq symbolic.
Honari Mosega is a traditional Heroic Dance Performance that is done by a group of men. This is a dance that symbolizes the sultanate troops acting out historic battle scenes. Posepaa is also another battle performance which represents the heroic nature of the villagers and it is usually done during the Fasting Month. This is a mass foot fight where a group form the upper village of Lia and a group from the lower village get together in pairs or threes and face off to another pair in a kicking match.
Traditional football game named Takraw (a ratan made ball) played by skillfull player foot to foot. This tradition belong to Patuno village society.
Hekansalu game is played by group of teenagers. It uses Kansalu (large fruit seeds/pitts) and the players stand in a line with the seeds in between their feet. They then have to use their toes to launch the seed at the target. Hedaroji is almost the same game as Hekansalu. The difference is that the seed used and flicked using the fingers – like a game of tiddlywinks. A traditional Culinary presentation will be held allowing visitors to try local dishes such as Luluta, Lapa-Lapa, Kentaidole, Kambalu, Helaosira and Coconut.