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See South-East Sulawesi
Places of interest in South-East Sulawesi

On this page is a list of tourist attractions in the province of South-East Sulawesi.


Southeast Sulawesi's capital is Kendari, seat of government and tourist center of the province. It lies along the sloping hill and seaside of Kendari Bay, residence to some 100,000 people.

Kendari boast the manufacture of numerous fine artistic handicrafts, for both home and office use. These are reproduced by skilled craftsmen, from original designs, handed down through the generation, using indigenous roots and ironwood. Visitors will find a visits to the Berlin Handicraft Center's the Handicraft Exhibition Center valuable; both belong the local Association of Government Wives (PKK), and display items which may be purchased to adorn the most discriminating setting.

Visitors will find frequent, colorful ceremonial events in and around Kendari. And, to be present on these occasions is to be invited to participate. For the closing of any ceremonial event is Kendari will be highlighted by the local "Modero Dance" performed by local men and women. And all on-lookers are invited to joint the dance, as part of the conclusion and harmonious farewell.

Moramo Waterfall

No other waterfall in Indonesia is quite like the Moramo Waterfall. It is unique in traversing a two-kilometer plateau, with 127 separate terraced plumes, with the top of the waterfall some 100 meters above its basin pool. The falls have seven main terraces, each with its own natural bathing pool.

This combination produces clean, fresh, cool air in the shade producing tropical, jungle forest setting which surrounds the falls. This is the perfect habitat for Southeast Sulawesi's native animals and birds. Those who love nature at its purest will find this an ideal environment. Only 65 kilometers east of Kendari, Moramo Waterfall is easily accessible by car or by boat, crossing Moramo Bay, with a wide panoramic view of the sea.

Moramo Bay

This clean, pollution-free bay is only one and one half hours by car or speedboat from Kendari. The white sand beaches of Moramo Bay are host to all sorts of water activities and sports: from sun bathing to water skiing, swimming to boating, including observation of numerous fish life, under the clear, clean water.

Sea Garden of Pulau Hari

In the Indonesia language (Bahasa Indonesia), "hari" means daylight. Because of the way the sun's rays reflection the water of the sea surrounding this island, the local people call it the "Island of Daylight", Pulau Hari. Swimming, boating and other marine sports find a natural home along these shores. Diving to view colorful fish in a sea garden setting of coral is a popular activity.

National Parks and Conservation Areas

AOPA is a dam covering an area of 96.804 hectares containing many smaller dams with plantations within them. Many varieties of indigenous birds and plant life can be seen here. Wild animal abound, running everywhere in this man-made lake environment.

Nirwana Beach and Bone Oge

Nirwana Beach is located 12 kilometers from the village of Baubau, and is the capital of the Buton Regency. It is well-liked for swimming and recreational beach sports, along its white sandy shore and its small ad joining island, only thirty minutes away by sailboat. Fishing is said to be ideal on this small island.

Buton Island and The Sultanate of Buton

To the southeast of the Sulawesi mainland, Buton Island remains part of the province of Southeast Sulawesi. Long before the independence of Indonesia and the unification of Buton with the rest of the country, Buton was a kingdom. This existed from the 14th to the 16th centuries. After this, and until Indonesia's independence, It remained a Sultanate.

During the Sultanate period, residents conducted trade and communicated with both China and the Majapahit Kingdom, on the island of Java. Interesting, the first ruler who governed this region was a queen and the last ruler was a king. It was the last ruler, King Laki Laponto, who became the first Sultan of Buton. Buton Island is well-known for its asphalt, called Buton or Butas Asphalt, and for its teak and ironwood.

There is a daily boat service from Kendari, with a stop over in Raha, the capital city of the island of Muna. The most fascinating cultural appeal of Buton island can be enjoyed when local people conduct ceremonies, celebrations and folk events which welcome honored guests. One such unique events is "Pakandekandea", when foods and cakes are offered to visitors and traditional dances are performed.

Napabale and Motonunu Lakes

Napabale Lake is at the foot of a hill, connected to the sea via a natural tunnel. At low tide swimmers can traverse this span of water for a most unusual experience. However it is considered not advised and dangerous to attempt this feat during high tide, as the water rises to only one half meter from the roof of the tunnel.

Motonunu Lake is known for its clean, clear, dark blue water Though it is also connected to the sea, its water remains fresh and not salt. Both lakes are 15 kilometers from Raha, the capital of Muna Regency, on Muna Island. They are accessible by sailboat, from Raha, in only 45 minutes.

Batu Gong Beach and Toli-Toli Hill

It is 20 kilometers from Kendari to the north. Batu Gong beach is off shore recreational resort along three kilometers with white sandy beach. At the edge of the beach is a huge stones. When it is hit, it will sound like a gong (traditional musical instrument). Nice panorama over the sea can be enjoyed from the hill of Toli-Toli. This hill resort is 22 kilometers from Kendari.

Malaha Island

Malaha island is beach for betting with a condition which is calm and sandy. This object became an object recreation for Kolaka society. In order to reach this object recreation we can use a four-wheel vehicle it will take one for 45 minutes. The distance from Kolaka city is about 25 kilometers.

Last revised on October 22, 2009
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