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Top 20 Things to Do in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi Indonesia

by Yoga Adi

You know Sulawesi right? Too bad if you didn’t. This unique “K” island has many wonderful attractions to visit with friends or maybe family. Sulawesi is divided into some regions like North Sulawesi, or South east Sulawesi. But now we focusing on South east region, Kendari city to be exact.

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Kendari also has some natural spot for you. Those are all the things to do in Kendari Indonesia:

1. Labengki Island

Labengki Island is located in the province of Southeast Sulawesi and its beauty is not inferior to Wakatobi or Raja Ampat which is so well known. Why many people call  Labengki Island as Suluwesi’s Raja Ampat? Because this destination is almost has the same nuance with Raja Ampat consisting of large coral reefs that are above the ocean at various points. These large and small coral reefs are exist in the Big Labengki Island and Little Labengki Island.

Not only the beauty above the water is presented by this charming island, but the beauty of the underwater is also very beautiful to be admired. Various marine life that live here and its ecosystem is well preserved. In this island there are many diving spots that are very classy and these waters become the habitat of  Kima Species or Giant Shells that can reach about 50 cm big. And Kima here listed as the second largest Kima in the world. Its really nice to check it.

  • Entry Ticket : About Rp500.000,- (cost to cross and other needs)
  • Opening Hours : Opens 24 hours

2. Bokori Island

Southeast Sulawesi store so many natural attractions that are not less compared to other regions in the archipelago. This special marine tourism, Southeast Sulawesi also became one of the paradise that stores so many interesting spots. One of them is Bokori Island. The island is located in the middle of a vast ocean.

Because it is surrounded by oceans, vacation or a tour here will provide its own tranquility, because it is away from the noise and hustle. Occasionally only the sound of the ripples of the small waves and the roar of the engine of a fishing boat that sounded from a distance seemed to be the reassuring music of nature.

The calm and distance from the bustle of life makes this bokori island a dream for newlyweds. The reason is they usually looking for a quiet but beautiful and hard to forget because of the beauty and uniqueness of a place. So, its a perfect place and one of the best things to do in Kendari, South Sulawesi Indonesia.

  • Entry Ticket : No admission ticket
  • Opening Hours : Opens 24 hours

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3. Senja Island

Senja Island is one of the popular destinations if you go on holiday to Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. As you know Kendari tour is more often used to enjoy the stunning underwater scenery. Senja Island is also one of the places you can use to dive and enjoy the beauty beneath the sea.

Senja Beach can be reached by car or motorbike with travel time approximately 45 minutes from Kendari City. From town you can go to Windonu that is the road leading to Moramo waterfall where you have to pass Nambo Beach first. Such a nice place to visit so you can enjoy all the best things to do in Kendari, South Sulawesi Indonesia.

  • Entry Ticket : No admission ticket
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

4. Tomia Island

One of the best diving destinations in Kendari is Tomia Island. Vacation in Kendari also feels less complete if you haven’t tried diving there. Tomia Island  is famous for its underwater beauty. To get to Tomia Island, you can take a boat about 4 hours from Wanci, the capital of Wakatobi Regency.

The point plus, the waters around Tomia Island are crystal clear. So that the visibility is quite far, can be up to 15 meters and if you want to take underwater photos its also fun. Do not forget to set up the camera before leaving for diving. Of course to visit these spots, tourists can ask for help from the tour guide.

Well you satisfied diving and just want to walk around the beach around Tomia Island, its also fun . The beaches in Tomia look so charming with white sand and lush trees not far from the edge, a nice place for sunbathing.

  • Entry Ticket : No admission ticket
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

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5. Hari Island

Hari Island is located in the eastern district of Soropia, Kendari City. This beautiful island is one of several islands, namely: Bokori Island, Hari Island, Saponda Darat, and Saponda Laut Island. These beautiful islands are close to each other. Hari Island became one of the sophisticated tourist attractions in Southeast Sulawesi Province, although in fact the island is uninhabited.

Hari Island is a challenging dive site for diving or snorkeling enthusiasts at a depth of 7 to 8 meters. Its water is so clear that it enables you to see the stunning underwater beauty. Seaweed and coral reefs in these waters is also amazing because arranged neatly as arranged a reliable gardener. Great place.

  • Entry Ticket : No admission ticket
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

6. Nirwana Beach

Another beautiful beach owned by Indonesia is Nirwana Beach. The location is in Sula Village, Betoambari Sub-District, Bau-Bau, Buton, Southeast Sulawesi Province. It is about nine kilometers from the center of Bau-Bau. Nirvana means heaven. Named Beach Nirvana, because the beauty that this beach offers is enchanting, make the one here seemed to be in heaven.

Nirwana Beach has a white sand beach. Sea water has three color combinations of white, turquoise and light blue. The waves on this beach are very calm, even without coral. It is suitable for playing water, swimming or diving. A cool breeze and a series of coconut trees on the shore further add to the charm of this beach. Its a nice place to relax.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp5.000,-
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

7. Tamborasi River

The Tamborasi River is a very short river, only 20 meters long and 15 meters wide. With this measure the Tamborasi River is listed as the second shortest river after the Reprua River in Georgia with a length of 18 meters. This river has a very stunning beauty unlike most rivers that are often encountered.

Located at the beach area makes this river so different. This river seems like a lake, but the flow of running water proves that this is a river. River water coming from a spring that is between the rocks of cliffs and water is very calm at first glance similar to the lake water but its true that water here flows. Upstream in this river is directly go to the sea of ​​Tamborasi Beach. You must visit this unique place.

  • Entry Ticket : Free!
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

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8. Biru (Blue) Lake

Not many people know that Southeast Sulawesi has so much tourism potential and not less with tourist attractions in Bandung or tourist attractions in Malang.

One of the natural attractions of Southeast Sulawesi is the booming Blue Lake or better known as Blue Lake North Kolaka. Blue Lake is located in the Village Walasiho, District Wawo, North Kolaka District, Southeast Sulawesi. The location is not too far away with tourist destination of Tamborasi Beach, approximately 30 minutes from Tamborasi Kolaka.

The lake is claimed to have three large-scale springs of rocky hills and several springs from the lake to be one of the leading tourist attractions of North Kolaka and Southeast Sulawesi in general. Its  a good place.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp5.000,-
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

9. Batu Gong Beach

The name of this beach is unique, that is Batu Gong Beach. The local people have a legend about the sound of gongs that are often heard on the beach. Its source, from the cluster of corals seen on the south coast. True or not, this beach definitely beautiful and natural. Batu Gong Beach is located in Konawe District, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Located about 17 kilometers north of Kendari City.

Beach location is a little far from the settlement makes the atmosphere of this beach feels more quiet and natural. This beach faces directly into the vast Banda Sea. While on the other hand, the cluster of Nipanipa mountains stands proudly. About the sound of the gong, supposedly derived from a cluster of corals that are visible on the south coast.

Although can not be clarified on how the sound process was happening, residents around the beach reportedly often hear it.   On this beach there are several small buildings to relax. You can rent for a while to rest and enjoy the vast ocean view. Some food stalls also stand by the beach. Its a very nice place to visit.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp5.000,- parking ticket
  • Opening Hours : Opens 24 hours

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10. Lahundape Waterfall

What’s next things to do in Kendari, South Sulawesi Indonesia? Lahundape Waterfall is located in Kendari District, Kemaraya Village, 2 kilometers from the city center. Its location is close to the peak of Lahundape and is included in the Nipa Nipa Forest Park. This waterfall has a height of 15 meters with a pond in front of a waterfall with a diameter of 250 square meters.

To reach this waterfall, you can walk through the aisle in front of PMI Hospital Kendari or through Amarilis Lorong. The area around this waterfall can be used for camping or for outdoor activities. And from the top of Lahudape, you can enjoy the scenery of Kendari City from a height. Sounds good, right?

  • Entry Ticket : Free!
  • Opening Hours : Opens every time

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11 . Southeast Sulawesi Museum

The establishment of the State Museum of Southeast Sulawesi Province was started from 1978-1979 in the container building project organized by PSK (Heritage and Antiquities), the Regional Office of the Department of Education and Culture of Southeast Sulawesi Province.

In 1991 the museum officially became the Southeast Sulawesi Province State Museum which is UPTD Directorate General of Culture. Along with regional autonomy, in 2001 this museum became UPTD Department of Education and Culture of Southeast Sulawesi Province. In 2009 it moved to UPTD Department of Culture and Tourism Southeast Sulawesi Province. Perfect place to learn about South Sulawesi’s history.

  • Entry Ticket : Rp1.000,-
  • Opening Hours : Monday- Friday from 08.00-15.00

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12. Liang Kobori

Liang kobori and Metanduno is one of the natural caves located in Muna District, Southeast Sulawesi Province. This cave is now an archaeological site that is protected and preserved by the government in addition to this cave also became a place of tourism and research archeology.

This cave is famous for the ornaments in the form of painting that is on the wall of the cave. These paintings are one of the paintings made by early humans. This cave is one of the natural caves that have an ornament in it, which is a painting of ancient human works, in addition to similar caves contained in other areas in Indonesia or similar caves residing in countries such as France and Spain. This cave is a natural cave first researched by a historian named Kosasih S.A. In 1977.

This cave is located approximately 10 km from downtown Raha through the axis road Raha-Mabolu, exactly on the border between Bolo Village and Masalili Village, District Lohia. To go here, you can use public vehicle or private vehicle for approximately 1 hour journey. But to reach the lips of the cave is not as easy as it seems, we need to enter the alley again for ± 2-3 km with inadequate road access, but we will remain mesmerized by the natural beauty around the entrance. This place surely give remarkable experiences.

  • Entry Ticket : Free!
  • Opening Hours : Opens 24 hours

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Other Attractions in Kendari Southeast Sulawesi Indonesia

Moreover, here are more things to do in Kendari, South Sulawesi Indonesia:

13. Kendari Bay, you can look at its maximum beauty when you departing by plane.

14. Japan Cave, An unique yet great place for history lover

15. Wakantee Hotspring, another great place to relax

16. Kota Tiworo Fort, feel the history by touching it directly

17. Tanjung Taipa Island, great island, perfect for holiday with friends

18. Moramo Waterfall, you get all the calm atmosphere here

19. Kamali Beach, a good place for you if you want to do some water sports

20. Liwutongkidi Island, a perfect place to chill your mind and body

That’s it, the list of the top 20 things to do in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Actually, there’s more things to do in there, you can explore it and i want you to find it yourself, and make a great experience of it, careful not to get lost though. 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 in Indonesia and have a great day!

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