Going to Mepar is very easy, its because the island is no more than a mile from the Port of Tanjung Buton. From this port, the island of Mepar looks very clear and to reach there, it only takes less than seven minutes. The simple pompong boats, made of wood lined up neatly on the docks of the port of Tanjung Buton, ready at any time to you take to the island of Mepar.
Administratively, the Mepar island is part of the Lingga District, which has approximately, 5000 m2 wide, with a population of around 400 inhabitants. Most of the residents work as a fisherman, while others work in a private or a temporary craftsmen. Generally, they are Malay tribes, but there are also several heads of households ( families ) who come from diverse ethnic, including Chinese. If you enter this island, you will be greeted by a wooden houses, a typical fisherman house standing on the shoreline, protudes slightly into the sea
Located precisely in front of the Tanjung Buton Port, the island is not only beautiful but also rich in history. Its friendly peoples and strongly maintained its tradition is the additional bonus that you would find if you visit there. Do not forget, taste their typical culinary and also carry a variety of native crafts as a souvenir.
A concrete pier standing strong, ornate by wooden ships of considerable large sizes leaning against the front edge. Beside having inter – island port, the harbor of Mepar also known to have often visited by quite large cargo ships that serve the routes to various areas in Riau Islands, even some up to the cities in Sumatra. More typical fishing village atmosphere is so seen when you pass the entrance to the island. Its a cement roads, two meters wide, encircling the houses that are on the ground. Between them, growing leafy mango trees, and jack fruits.
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