Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia
Ottawa
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
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Press Release: Sail Wakatobi-Belitong 2011

The Indonesian Government will be launching an international maritime event  “Sail Wakatobi-Belitong” (SWB) 2011 on June 7, 2011.  SWB 2011 is scheduled to take place during the second week of August 2011 in the District of  Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi Province, and the third week of October 2011 in the District of Belitung, Bangka-Belitung Province, off the southern Sumatera Island.

Taking the theme of “Clean the Ocean for Future Live”, to respond to the climate change which has triggered the temperature of the ocean surface to rise, SWB 2011 will be highlighted by six main activities, namely: a yacht rally starting from Darwin, Australia, on July 23; a Bhakti Surya Bhaskara Jaya civic mission; national and international seminars on marine and fishery resources management; a youth marine event, and marine and fishery product exhibition.

Wakatobi is a biodiversity hotspot especially known for various species of coral reefs. Wakatobi is also situated geographically at the world’s coral reef triangle center and has around 942 fish species and 750 coral reef species.

Belitong Island is blessed with pristine beaches, coral reefs, fine white sand, and giant granite rock formations which are ideal sites for diving, scuba, snorkeling, fishing and sailing.

The SWB 2011 is expected to become the biggest international marine event ever held in Indonesia, following the success of “Sail Bunaken 2009″ and “Sail Banda 2010″ in Maluku Province. SWB 2011 will try to break a world record of underwater chess game.

For further details of SWB 2011, please visit the official site of WSB 2011 at: www.sailwakatobi-belitong2011.com.

Ottawa, June 1, 2011