Sulawesi is as unusual in reality as it looks on a map and its peculiar geography has resulted in distinct, varied cultures and scenery throughout. Some 30 times the size of more well known Bali, Sulawesi is home to towering volcanoes, stunning coral reefs, lush green forests and an array of indigenous animals.
It is also the island where Alfred Wallace began forming his theories of evolution at the same time as Charles Darwin on the other side of the world. A visit to the north is a holiday in itself with nature reserves, superb marine life and highland trekking. In the south, you can explore the remote tribes of Tana Toraja, famous for their elaborate funeral ceremonies. There are small clusters of idyllic coastal islands dotted all around the coast; Wakatobi off the southeast coast and Gangga Island are great for a beach stay to round off your holiday.
You could easily spend a couple of weeks getting to know Sulawesi in-depth, or you could explore for a week before hopping over to Java or Bali. If you’re looking to do something different, there are direct flights from Sulawesi to some of Indonesia’s least-explored islands such as the neighbouring Spice Islands (Maluku) group and onwards to West Papua, Indonesia’s breathtaking last frontier.
In this selection of itineraries, you’ll find a range of ideas for exploring Sulawesi. Tourism has not taken off here as it has on other Indonesian islands, so there is plenty of scope for discovery. Talk to our expert consultants and start to plan a bespoke holiday for you.
Bali & South Sulawesi Explorer
Fly direct from the UK to Indonesia, uncovering the fascinating cultures and breathtaking scenery of both Bali and Sulawesi in two weeks.
Contrasts of South Sulawesi And Bali
Think terrain, temples and tribes! Fascinating traditions, magnificent scenery: a journey of a lifetime.
Java and Sulawesi Adventure
Discover Java's incredible scenery and culture, then head to Sulawesi to discover some of the best marine life in the world.
Discover the astounding wildlife, nature and culture of the amazing island of Sulawesi on this 18 day holiday.
Sulawesi & The Spice Islands
An extraordinary chance to explore several fascinating cultures, some incredible scenery and diverse native wildlife.