Kei Tribe of Kei Archipelago, Southeast Maluku Regency


Travelers have different motives when it comes to visiting Indonesia. One of them is to learn some local culture and tribes. In Southeast Maluku Regency, there is a local tribe called Kei. As the name suggests, they live in Kei Archipelago and have some unique traditions. No wonder, many tourists keep coming to Kei Islands for learning and enjoying those culture attractions. Not to mention Kei Tribe has an interesting history, which is quite valuable. Overall, tourists won’t regret visiting different villages in Kei Islands.

The Appearances
When it is about Kei Tribe, their physical appearances are similar to that of Papua Tribe. However, the current generation has a smaller body and softer hair. For those who want to see the original appearance of Kei Tribe, there are some old pictures kept by the elderly. Those photographs show both the physical features and clothes of the locals. The thing is it takes an effort to be able to see those pictures. Have no worries. With the help of a tour guide, tourists can talk to the locals easily and have an opportunity to see the photos.

Learning Kei Tribe’s History
The best locations to meet Kei Tribe are Toyandu Island and Walir Island. However, there are alternatives like Nuhucut and Kaidullah Island. Some of these people also live in Tanimbar Island, but it takes a long voyage to reach such location. According to the locals, Kei means “tough”. Perhaps it is because of the existence of numerous types of hard rocks and woods, which are scattered all over Kei Archipelago. Not to mention the islands hold stunning tourist spots, so visitors have an opportunity to explore them all.

The next thing to know about Kei Tribe is their daily routines. In this case, tourists can learn and observe the way of living of Kei People, which is farming. These people cultivate numerous types of crops like nuts, paddy, and cassava. Also, they often go to the sea for fishing. No wonder, some of their houses are located near to the sea. Not to mention they park their local boats near to their settlement. With all these features, tourists won’t be bored witnessing local activities.

Another interesting thing about Kei Tribe is their traditions. The most famous one is called Sasi. It is a kind of act to protect or retain the nature. That means the locals won’t do any harm things to nature, including fishing and farming. This kind of tradition lasts for 6 months, so the locals only survive with their current food supply. For tourists, such kind of tradition is considered unique and attractive. They also get impressed by how the locals pay attention to nature.

Nearby Attractions

  • Ngurbloat Beach
  • Lodar El Square
  • Hawang Cave

How to Get There
From Jakarta, travelers need to reach Kei Archipelago and the destination is Dumatubin Airport, which is located in Langgur City. From there, it is time to visit any nearby village using a taxi or local transportation service. There is an option to visit Tanimbar Village, but it takes a longer trip.

Where to Stay

  • Asnolia Hotel
  • Langgur Inn
  • Aurelia Hotel

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