Sulawesi Travel Guide
Sulawesi is the source of the eastern Indonesia natural beauty. Sulawesi’s natural and cultural treasures Sulawesi worth it as one of Indonesia’s tourism icons. The natural beauty of its maritime strung together with enchanting diversity of endemic flora and fauna as well as itsrich culture and traditions so as to create harmony in this 11th largest island in the world.
Sulawesi Island, formerly known as Celebes Island is one of the largest island in Indonesia. Famous for diving, national park, culture heritage and landscape. Potential biological diversity of Sulawesi has been recognized internationally. The wealth of rare animals have been raised the island as one of the world leading host for endemic fauna. Meanwhile, its maritime treasure packed so beautifully in the National Marine Park. In fact, some of its sea parks has become an icon of Indonesia marine tourism famous to foreign countries and became the best dive sites in the world.
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Sulawesi Travel Route
The island of Sulawesi sprawls across the sea between Kalimantan and Maluku. The modern name comes from two words “sula” (island) and “besi” (iron), which speaks of the rich iron deposits around Danau Matano (Lake Matano). Sulawesi has stunning coastline, mountain scenery, and diverse culture. These attributes make Sulawesi a favorite destination for travelers. A popular route, which includes most of the highlights, is Makassar – Tana Toraja – Danau Poso – Togean Islands – Manado, but there are plenty of rewarding side trips to be made across the area. From the main city of Makassar, most travelers head straight to Rantapao in Tana Toraja. Manado is a good base to explore the nearby Minahasa highlands and surrounding islands. The Togean islands can be accessed via either Ampana or Gorontalo. You can fly to Makassar and visit Tana Toraja in less than a week, though at least three weeks are needed to explore more of Sulawesi.
Places to visit in Sulawesi
- Manado (City full of history)
- Rantepao (Centrum City Tana Toraja)
- Tana Toraja region (Special Traditions)
- Makassar (Harbor City)
- Bunaken Manado Tua Marine National Park (6 Islands, Snorkeling Diving)
- Taka Bonerate Marine National Park (21 Small Islands, Snorkeling)
- Lore Lindu National Park (Nature, Fauna)
- Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park (Swamp, Tropical Rainforest)
- Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park (Nature, Fauna)
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Behind the short-spoken, clear, and decisive manner of Sulawesi people, they ready for friendliness and warmth relatin. They welcomed the newcomers with a very enthusiastic and expressive. These remarks will make you feel welcome to linger in Sulawesi. In fact, they bring a sense of brotherhood, friendliness and familiarity seems to have established so many years.
For the locals, friend welcome aso expressed in specific dances. Dance Pamonte of Central Sulawesi is one of them. The welcoming dance describe the activity and excitement in the farmers at harvest time. The Cheerfulness is what they felt welcome your presence.
Sulawesi is a paradise of culinary in this country. Various types of food with flavor and textures can be found here. Coto Makassar, Konro Soup, Saudara Soup, Pallu Butung Ice, and Green Banana Ice, are some food and beverages to taste when visiting Makassar. For dessert, you can choose the typical Bugis processed Kepok bananas: Barongko and Epe ‘ banana.
No less delicious are Kaledo and Illabulo. Kaledo is a dish of Palu typical processed bovine foot, while Illabulo is fresh vegetables a typical menu of Gorontalo people made from sago. Binte Biluhuta topped with tuna fish, tuna, and shrimp, are recommended to be eaten while warm. You also must taste the porridge Sinonggi and Pokea (shellfish satay) in Kendari style.
One of the Sulawesi typical snacks that can be found in almost every area is Lalampa. This food is made from glutinous rice, such as lemper. The difference is in the packing material ehich made from tuna. Before serving, lalampa was burned on hot coals. Indulge your taste buds with a variety of typical dishes filled Sulawesi nan delicious unique taste.
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