The Great Beyond
KUSAMBA. Colorful outrigger prahus line the black sand shores of this fishing village, directly across from Nusa Penida. an island of 40,000 people. The strait between the two islands is filled with fish, and when the weather is calm the seas are bespeckled with white sails. Twice a day fishermen set out for Nusa with cargoes of peanuts, fruit and rice, for that dry, hostile island is only sparsely cultivated The sailors of Kusamba boast that their large prahus with crews of five, can carry up to one and a half tons of cargo. They also carry passengers across who wish to visit the coral gardens and white sand shores of Nusa. Another trade of east coast villagers is salt panning. Where the road nears the sea, rows of brown, thatched roofs emerge from the sands. These huts are small factories for making salt. Wet sand is gathered from the sea and spread in sand banks along the beach. After drying, it is dumpÂed in a large bin inside the hut. Slowly, a pure water of high salt content drains through the sands, which is then poured into bamboo troughs to evaporate in the sun, leaving the salt crystals, The entire process takes one day, and on a good day the salt panner makes five kilograms of salt which he sells in the market of Klungkung. Although Kusamba is a fishing village, the people live a bit inland because of the old Balinese fear that the ocean is magically dangerous.
Category:Travel and Places
Keywords:Asia, Bali, beach, environment, Indonesia, Indonesian, Kusamba, land, people, rural beach, rural landscape, scenery