One of Indonesia’s most beautiful islands, Sulawesi is also one of the most culturally distinct. With a history stretching back thousands of years, the island’s population consists of Islam, Hindu and Buddhist peoples in addition to a major Christian minority. One of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, it is the island’s spectacular nature which attracts the majority of visitors… and rightly so!
One of the island’s most beautiful regions, Tana Toraja is the hub of the Toraja people who are known for their unique and gruesome burial practices which includes animal sacrifices, buffalo fights and ritual dancing. The distinct culture has remained relatively untouched and unchanged in over a century and the communities are appropriately anachronistic. One of the most unique cultures in the world set against a unique backdrop, Tana Toraja is the epitome of ‘off the beaten track.’
Dating back to the 17th Century, Fort Rotterdam is the definitive relic of the Dutch colonial presence in Indonesia. Located in Makassar, the fort was built atop the Jump Pandan, a pre-existing fort built during the mid-16th Century by the Gowa Kingdom. Fort Rotterdam was a major site of the Dutch colonial forces in Sumatra, functioning as their military and administrative centre well into the 20th Century. In the present day, it is a major tourist site and an events .
A collection of islands in the Southeast region of Sulawesi, the Wakatobi Regency is one of the most picturesque parts of the region. Encompassing a massive 1.4 million hectares, it is one of the most biodiverse regions in Asia, known particularly for its coral reefs. A major conservation area, the Wakatobi Regency is a haven for marine enthusiasts and for those with a love for nature.
Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park
One of the most beautiful parts of the stunning island, Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park is a major biodiversity hotspot on the island. A significant conservation region, the national park is home to a plethora of species endemic to the area including the endangered Anoa amongst many others.
Diving in Bunanken Island
Yet another spectacular hotspot of biodiversity, Bunanken Island is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Known for its impressive marine life, the island is hugely popular amongst scuba divers and is regularly ranked as being amongst the world’s top diving destinations.