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12 Top Places to Visit in Sulawesi Indonesia (Beautiful Ones)

by riyoga

Sulawesi or Sulawesi Island is an island within the Indonesian country region located between Borneo Island in the west and Maluku Islands to the east. With an area of ​​174,600 km², Sulawesi is the 11th largest island in the world. In Indonesia only the area of ​​Sumatra Island, Borneo, and Papua Island have wider territory than the island of Sulawesi, while in terms of population only the island of Java and Sumatra  are larger population than Sulawesi.

However, Sulawesi is the fourth largest island in Indonesia after Papua, Kalimantan and Sumatra with a land area of ​​174,600 square kilometers. Its unique shape resembles spider roses or large K letters stretching from north to south and three peninsulas stretching from northeast, east, and southeast.

Because of the great geographic location, this island has many of beautiful attractions. So what are those? Check these out the places to visit in Sulawesi Indonesia:

1. Losari Beach

Losari beach would have been familiar, especially for the people of Makassar and surrounding areas. The beach which located in the west of Makassar city has become an icon of Makassar and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Makassar.

This beach is famous for its sunset it also known as the beach with the longest table and stall in the world. Why? because along this beach, there were  the tent stalls that connect with each other along approximately 1 KM. In addition to selling a variety of seafood in the evening, the stalls are also selling a variety of typical food Makassar.  Its a perfect place to you and your tummy, so what are you waiting for then?

2. Tanjung Bira Beach

Tanjung bira beach is located in the area of ​​South Sulawesi. Its  location is in Bulukumba Regency which has very far distance, about 200 km from capital of Makassar.  This beach can be said to be a weapon of the surrounding communities to attract outsiders and tourists both local and foreign to come there. Tanjung Bira certainly offers things like white beach, underwater nature and also the twilight scenery that is second to none.

In addition, for you who want the view of the sky that is not blocked by anything , then this beach must be included into your tour list. Tanjung Bira Beach also offers beautiful sunrise and sunset view. This beauty will not be found elsewhere, especially in other parts of Indonesia, so you must visit it.

3. Lakban Beach

Lakban Beach is located in the district of Ratatotok, Southeast Minahasa. To be able to enjoy the beauty of the beach of Lakban, you have to travel for quite a long time. It will take about 3 hours from Manado which is the capital of North Sulawesi province. But regardless of the tiring journey, this place will pay you with its greatness when you arrive at the location of Lakban Beach.

However, in the coastal area there are several supporting facilities, including children’s play arena, beach football field and volleyball field. With all of that, you’ll never get bored in this beach. Interested?.

4. Bulupoloe Island

Makassar is not only famous for its Losari Beach, but there are many other marine beauties that must be visited. One of them is Bulupoloe Island that holds stunning natural beauty. Especially, on the bottom of the sea. Many tourists want to see this Bulupoloe Island because of the beauty of panoramic mountains and underwater view. Bulupoloe has a vast stretch of white sand about 50 meters with very nice sand. Even in some places in the island area, there is a freshwater spring that makes this island more unique.

The beach is wide, very suitable and fun when you  playing sand or just strolling around the island. However, what activities you can do besides playing sand is snorkeling or diving activities because the underwater tourism in this place is very fascinating. Of course it will be a shame if you come here without seeing the beauty of the underwater biota. There is one favorite spot to dive, the three coral reefs that serve the beauty of coral reefs along with various types of fish. Anyway, because of the things you can do here, this place is perfect for your holiday.

5. Bunaken Island

This is a must best places to visit in Sulawesi Indonesia. If you are in Manado, North Sulawesi, do not forget to visit this Bunaken island. Bunaken Island has an area of ​​8.08 km² and is located in the bay of Manado. The charm and the beauty of marine park is stunning, many tourists who visit the island of Bunaken is fascinated by the beauty of it. If you are from Manado, the times you need to reach the island is about 30 minutes by using speed boat.

Bunaken marine park also has about 20 diving spots with different depths, up to 1,344 meters. Of the 20 dive spots, 12of them are around Bunaken Island. Also, This place also has many greatness that you can feel for yourself. So, if you visiting Sulawesi, don’st you ever forget to visit this paradise.

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6. Lae Lae Island

Lae Lae, a small island in the west makasar is one of tourist attractions, which is about 1.5 Km from Makassar and you can see it clearly from Losari Beach. To travel to this small island, it can be taken by 10 minutes riding fishing boat with the cost about Rp. 15,000 per person from Bangkoa pier or Fort Rotterdam Fortress pier. The island which is located on the west side of this makassar city became one of the dive spots for divers enthusiasts, we can also do snorkeling around Lae Lae. With its deep blue sea and the rarity of sea urchins, Lae Lae is perfect for those who like to swim in the ocean or just take a bath.

However, around the island there are a lot of bamboo hut renting which is rented as a shelter with the price ranging from Rp. 25,000 – Rp. 40,000. For the tourists who do not bring lunch, there are also many stalls that provide food and drink. Such as grilled fish and typical Makassar snacks like  jalankote ikandoang, sweet potato, panada, and others. What a great place, isn’t it?.

7. Siladen Island

Siladen Island is located on the northeast of Bunaken Island and has an area of ​​31.25 hectares. The island is surrounded by white sand beaches and in the sea there are many coral reefs with marine biota with various shapes and colors to form a very beautiful marine plants.

Activities you can do on this island is to ride a glass boat (katamaran), snorkeling, diving, and underwater photography, and of course sunbathing on the white sand beach. With all the greatness that this island has, this island so interesting isn’t it?.

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Other Sulawesi Attractions

Beside those locations, you can also visit these beautiful yet unique places to visit in Sulawesi Indonesia. Those are :

8. Kasih Kanonang Hill

If you want to feel the sensation of natural beauty from the top of the hill while soaking in sulfur hot water , then visit Kasih Kanonang Hill, North Sulawesi. In addition, this tourist attraction also offers fresh air as well as a symbol of love and peace between religious communities. Because at the top of this hill, there are places of worship of the five religions.

This hill is called Kasih Hill (Hill of Love) because in this hill, people from various religions can come together and make peace in one place. Kasih Hill is used as a symbol of peace. In addition, this hill is also used as a place to remind each other to all mankind in religious harmony. However, at the top of this hill, you will find five places of worship of the five religions that have been inaugurated in Indonesia, Mosque for Muslims, church for Catholic and Protestant, Buddhist temple, and Pura for Hinduism. The five places of worship have been linked to the road access of a winding staircase. That places grouping at the top of the hill, make the peace and harmony atmosphere all around the place. What a truly amazing place.

9. Doa Tomohon Hill

In addition to the Kasih Kanonang Hill, apparently in North Sulawesi there is also a hill that provides a beauty of nature that will spoil your eyes. The landscape of the green land is able to spoil the eyes for anyone who visit this place.

Due to its beauty, the hill of Tomohon is also often used as a place of pre wedding photos. To reach this place, you only need about 30 minutes from Manado. So, if you arrived at Manado, spare you time to visit this wonderful place.

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10. Malino Forrest

In Malino, you will be able to find a tall pine forest lined between hills and valleys. Around this pine forest there is a winding uphill path that runs between rows of mountains and valleys. If you look at it from a distance, the panorama will look very beautiful, just like a beautiful nature painting. This area is very famous as a natural recreation area since ancient times, even when in the Dutch colonial era. This Malino tourist attraction is located at an altitude of 1,500 meters.

In addition, there are also many plantations that become rare relics of the Netherlands, such as edelweiss, turi tree that has orange colour, and also there is a Masamba Flower, its colour changes every month. In the vicinity of this area, you can also encountered some other tourist attractions such as passion fruit garden which producer of the typical Malino drinks, namely Passion Fruit Juice. Because all the things that you can get here, this place is very suitable for your holiday.

11. Ke’te Kesu

Kesu is a tourism village with beautiful panoramic views and is located in Kampung Bonoran, Tikunna Malenong Village, Sanggalangi Sub District, North Toraja, South Sulawesi Province. This tourist village presents a complete picture of the life of Tana Toraja that highly uphold the value of customs. For tourists visiting this tourism village it is strongly recommended to be able to obey and respect the rules made by the surrounding community.

Ke’te Kesu Village is established as one of the famous cultural heritages as one of the world’s leading sculptures, carving and painting areas. In this location, there are Tongkonans neatly lined up along the road. Tongkonan is a traditional house with the characteristics of a wooden stage house. Under the house is usually used as a buffalo cage. What an unique place isn’t it?.

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12. Linow Lake

Located 30 km from Manado City or takes about 1 hour drive, Lake Linow can be reached 3 km to the west from Tomohon City. During the trip, you are presented with green scenery from the hills that overgrown with large trees. Mount Lokon is still active, also become a panorama that presented here. Having almost perfect triangle shape, this mountain seemed to spoil the eye with accompaniment of green trees. Come in the morning when the air is still clean. Because that time is the most appropriate time to enjoy the beauty of Lake Linow. Silence and calm become an atmosphere that can be obtained. In addition to elegant beauty, the weather in the lake area is also very cool.

However, visiting Lake Linow is quite cheap. Visitors simply spend Rp25.000 to enjoy the beauty of this lake. Not only that, here visitors will also get a cup of tea or coffee. But if the cost is quite large, go down a little to the store at the bottom, there tourists can spend only Rp5.000 and can directly enjoy the beauty of Lake Linow from the edge. What a great place.

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How to Get There

Beside those information about attractions in Sulawesi, you may also take a look at these helpful guides, check it out:

  • Location and Route

To get to Sulawesi, you can go by all the transportations that exist around you like cars, or maybe public transportations like buses or trains. Bike may seems a little too hardcore. After you reach the port in your area, teh continue the journey with a ferry to Sulawesi. It will take much time though, but the things you will get here are more and more good than your price.

  • Entry Ticket

Of course, the entry ticket vary, from only 5.000 to 25.000 rupiahs persons. Its recommended for you to bring at least 500.000 rupiahs, only for the entry tickets. It maybe sound a little expensive, but the thing you will get are ore “expensive” than that. You can add more if you want, maybe you want to add some other things in your journey like extra snacks, etc.

That’s it, several things to do in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Actually, there’s more thing you can explore, and i want you to find it yourself, and make a great experience of it, careful not to get lost though. Also, don’t forget to make a very nice memory of it, and please keep the environment clean, to make the beauty of those places still maintained. Enjoy your holiday, have a great day!

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