Abundant biodiversity and spice plantations, pristine lakes and white-sanded beaches, megalith culture and colonial architecture, trekking and snorkeling are some of the attractions found amongst this off-the-beaten-track destination with an infamous past and peaceful present. Stopping in Palu is a good idea if you need to do some shopping in preparation for your trip. Head to the north coast for some snorkeling and diving off Tanjung Karang’s white-sanded beaches. In the south you’ll find challenging treks and have the opportunity to discover interesting megalith villages in Lore Lindu National Park, a UNESCO site off the main tourist itineraries. Explore the area around Bada, Besoa and Napu Valley or hike up to Lindu or Tambing Lake to enjoy a privileged visit to these impressive carved stones; you will be observed by tarsiers and hornbills hiding in the canopies.
Pendolo in the east is home to a welcoming village on the southern shores of Poso Lake, Indonesia’s third largest, where you can chill out by the beach, swim in the pristine lake and enjoy hilltop views. On the northern shoes of the lake, you will find Tentena village where churches and hills covered by clove trees hide the spectacular Air Terjun Salopa waterfalls.
To snorkel in Central Sulawesi’s only coral reef, go north where, next to Poso, you will find Matako and Toini beaches and Rumah Katu Marine Park in Madale. You can head to Lembomawo to appreciate local wood carvings. Facing the Togean islands in the east is Ampana, a quiet town with a nice market close to the Tanjung Api National Park where you may meet endemic species such as the pygmy buffaloes and babi rusa as well as crocodiles! At the eastern point of the peninsula, you will find Bangkiriang Natural Reserve, home to the 75m Lukuk waterfalls and important species of endemic birds.