Night Market Wanci - Photo by Guntur

Pasar Sentral Mola (Central Market of Mola)

Pasar Sentral Mola is the largest of the markets around 10 minutes drive from the center of Wanci at the Kantor Bupati (regent office). In the morning, small vendors sell an assortment of delicious cakes and sweet baked goods in front of the market. Dried and fresh fish are also sold, as well as vegetables, fruits, clothes, cosmetics and other daily necessities. The market is not designed for tourists; rather it’s where the locals do their daily shopping, so a visit will give you a truly authentic experience of an Indonesian market, with all the shouts of the sellers, the salty smell of the fish and the general hustle and bustle. The best time to visit is in the morning before noon.

Bamboo Rice - Photo by Guntur

Pasar Malam (Night Market)

As soon as the sun is setting, the night market in Wanci comes to life. It offers a great choice of the freshest seafood, vegetables and fruits. You can see the day’s catch spread out on wooden tables. A wide variety of snapper, tuna, barracuda, crabs and the foodies delight, sea urchins, are all for sale. The sea urchins are best enjoyed raw or slightly steamed and are offered at an unbeatable price. In front of the market, grilled fish and a variety of traditional dishes are prepared for you to enjoy on the spot or to take away. The night market is located at Marina Bay close to the Ferry Harbor, it opens around 4 pm in the afternoon.

Pasar Pagi (Morning Market)

The morning market is also a good place to visit. It is located in central Wanci, only a short walk from the Kantor Bupati. Here you can find a similar variety of goods as central market, including clothes, kitchen accessories, fresh fish and greens. It’s best to visit early in the morning to get the freshest vegetables.