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  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 is needed to explore more of Sulawesi.

Highlights of 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)

Example Tour :

North Sulawesi

Central Sulawesi

South Sulawesi