Abundant biodiversity and spice plantations, pristine lakes and white-sanded beaches, megalith culture and colonial architecture, trekking and snorkelling 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 snorkelling 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, the third-largest lake in Indonesia, where you can chill out by the beach, swim in the pristine lake and enjoy hilltop views. On the lake's northern shores, 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.
Sulawesi Holiday Ideas:
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.
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.
Contrasts of South Sulawesi And Bali
Think terrain, temples and tribes! Fascinating traditions, magnificent scenery: a journey of a lifetime.
Sulawesi & The Spice Islands
An extraordinary chance to explore several fascinating cultures, some incredible scenery and diverse native wildlife.