Sulawesi is one of the largest island regions in Indonesia. Part of Kalimantan, it is known the world over for its attractions for both fans of adventure and lovers of nature. From large cities to small, out-of-the-way villages, Sulawesi has a lot to offer the casual and enthusiastic traveller.
You can stay at one of the many hostels on the island, most of which are very affordable. The landlords are usually very friendly and most of them speak English so you won’t have issues with language barriers at the hostels.
Try searching for hostels near some of the landmarks you intend to visit. This shouldn’t be too hard considering the wide range of options available everywhere in the region.
Consider staying in or near Makassar, the largest city in the Sulawesi region and the capital city of the southern part of the island. It is within reach of famous Losari beach as well as the historic Fort Rotterdam.
You can also rent a boat here to visit Pulau Khayangan and if you want to visit Tana Toraja, it is just a short flight away.
Tana Toraja is an ancient settlement of the Torajan people, one of few remaining cultures in the world untouched by progress. You can witness the ancient rituals of this fascinating people, which haven’t been changed for over a century.
If you happen to be a nature lover, be sure to visit Lindu National Park in Palu. It is a fun place to explore, and can be reached by travelling up a mountain. The jungle, in many places unexplored, has an abundance of rare species of plants and animals, including monkeys, hornbills, and varieties of snakes.
While travelling from the south to the north of the island, you should visit the Tentena area in the centre of Sulawesi, a region surrounding a clear freshwater lake called Pendolo. The lake has white sands and a waterfall located nearby. If you visit this area in August, you can watch the Poso festival which is staged on the lake.
Your diving fantasies can also be satisfied in Sulawesi by visiting the Togian islands. This is part of the northern district of Sulawesi and is very secretive. Most of the underwater areas in these islands are unexplored and full of rare marine life. To top it all off, the sunsets on the islands are world-renowned.
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