Souvenir Merchants Are Happy, Bunaken is Crowded Again

Bunaken

Bunaken National Park smiled again. This smile can be seen from the traders who are made busy by tourists.

Liang Beach Pier is one of the destinations in Bunaken National Park. As a place to get on and off tourist boat passengers, this beach area is also filled with souvenir traders.

Try to mention one by one, starting from refrigerator patches, woven bracelets, t-shirts to special foods sold there. One of the traders is Ibu Hesti.

His gift shop is bustling with merchandise, while tourists go back and forth to find the souvenirs they want.

“Thank God it’s starting to get crowded,” he said, who has been selling for 18 years.

Souvenir merchants in Bunaken start to visit touristsSouvenir traders in Bunaken are starting to attract tourists. Photo: Bonauli/detikcom

The bracelets in the shop are priced at Rp. 5 thousand. While the t-shirts are priced at IDR 50 thousand per piece.

“Starting days like Friday-Saturday-Sunday it’s crowded,” he said to Mr detikTravelFriday (12/8).

According to his experience, August is usually crowded with tourist visits. But this year not so much.

Souvenir merchants in Bunaken start to visit touristsSouvenir traders in Bunaken are starting to attract tourists. Photo: Bonauli/detikcom

The good news is that domestic tourists are starting to dominate. Why good news? Because it turns out that those who like shopping are domestic tourists.

“The most frequent shopping is domestic tourists. They can buy up to 150 thousand,” he explained.

Items purchased are not always the same. But for groups usually most like shopping for clothes.

There are about 30 stalls there. But if the suggestion detikTravel go to Mrs. Hesti’s stall, which is near the pier bridge, then turn left. The prices in the store are guaranteed to be cheaper.

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