A Perfect Beach Walk – Ohoidertutu to Madwaer

A Perfect Beach Walk – Ohoidertutu to Madwaer

In August 2016, I stayed with a family in Ohoidertutu and decided to walk to Madwaer which is about a 2.3 kilometer beach walk. This is probably the best beach in the Kei islands and has absolutely no tourist infrastructure. Some local children joined me on the walk and it was a great experience. There is nothing between the 2 villages so bring drinks from the store in Ohoidertutu. Starting from Ohoidertutu:

Beach in front of Ohoidertutu

A few minutes later passing a picnic spot–there are quite a few of these, some in better condition that others:

picnic spot
picnic spot

There isn’t much boat traffic here, just local fishermen and canoes. The sea is gorgeous:

Sea between Ohoidertutu and Madwaer

In between Madwaer and Ohoidertutu the beach feels very remote and undiscovered. My ‘guides’ were very happy to pose for photos:

Ohoidertutu children

When the tide is out the beach is incredibly wide and as always has beautiful white sand:

Bicyclist on the beach
Bicyclist on the beach

About 2/3 of the way from Ohoidertutu to Madwaer there is an abandoned village about 50 meters from the beach. It is interesting to walk around and you can get some nice photos too:

Abandoned house
Abandoned house

Arriving in Madwaer, there is a store at the top of the hill. Cold drinks, ‘es kiko’, and snacks are available along with a pretty good view:

View from Madwaer
View from Madwaer

Practicalities:

This beach walk will take about 2 hours return, allowing for stops and photos. Make sure to bring drinks and sunscreen.  There is also an inland trail that follows the beach about 2/3 of the way from Ohoidertutu, which is useful for getting out of the sun or travelling by motorbike.


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