Jakarta. A cultural parade opened the 2017 Wakatobi Wave in Pangulu Beloh, Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi Saturday afternoon (11/11).
The region's ethnic diversity was represented in a mass dance that attracted 1,000 dancers from Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko subdistricts.
Wakatobi district head Arhawi said the festival is one of the main events organized by the Ministry of Tourism.
Participants could engage in a number of challenging activities such as triathlon, pole climbing and underwater photography competition.
"This year we have grease-pole climbing on the sea ... We will also gather stakeholders from the tourism industry, especially dive operators,"Arhawi said.
Wakatobi Wave seeks to promote Wakatobi as one of the main marine tourism destinations and attract foreign visitors to the region.
According to Esthy Reko Astuti, deputy for tourism development at the Ministry of Tourism, each of the four subdistricts has unique customs and traditions.