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Sulawesi is part of Wallacea, meaning that it has a mix of both Asian and Australasian species. There are 8 national parks on the island,  4 national parks are mostly marine. The parks with the largest terrestrial area are Bogani Nani Wartabone with 2,871 km² and Lore Lindu National Park with 2,290 km². Bunaken National Park which protects a rich coral ecosystem has been proposed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are 127 known mammalian species in Sulawesi. A large percentage of these mammals, 62% (79 species) are endemic, meaning that they are found nowhere else in Indonesia or the world. The largest native mammals in Sulawesi are the two species of anoa or dwarf buffalo. Other mammalian species inhabiting Sulawesi are the babirusas, which are aberrant pigs, the Sulawesi palm civet, and primates including a number of tarsiers (the spectral, Dian’s, Lariang and pygmy species) and several species of macaque, including the crested black macaque, the moor macaque and the booted macaque. Although virtually all Sulawesi’s mammals are placental, and generally have close relatives in Asia, several species of cuscus, marsupials of Australasian origin, also occur.

Tourists Attractions in Sulawesi:

  • Ban Hin Kiong Temple The beautifully designed Ban Hin Kiong Temple in the heart of Manado’s China Town is 335 years old and is the oldest Chinese temple built here during the Qing Dynasty era in China (1644-1911). It is a house of worship for the Tridharma followers from Manado and the region. The name Ban Hin Kiong consists of three ...
  • Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park Bantimurung Bulusaraung National Park: Roaring Waterfall, and Kingdom of Butterflies In 1857 a leading British naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace discovered wonders beyond his imagination as he travelled into the interior of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. He found himself surrounded by thousands of enchanting butterflies of various sizes and colors.  Fascinated by the scene, he dubbed the area “the ...
  • Boulevard Area Manado In the evenings, the Boulevard Area is a center where you find Manado’s best food.  It is also an icon of the city of Manado, capital of the province of North Sulawesi. This was previously only a center where small vendors and street cafes used to serve various types of Manado cuisine. Food was sold ...
  • Bulukumba Bulukumba: Phinisi Boat Building Industry and Tanjung Bira Beach Resort Located at the most southern tip of South Sulawesi’s peninsula, 153 kilometers south of Makassar, lies the district of Bulukumba , holding hidden marvels in its pristine beaches, underwater gardens, and   unique maritime culture. The district is also known as Butta Panrita Lopi or ‘the land of the phinisi ...
  • Bunaken Bunaken : Breathtaking Underwater Life In the Bunaken Marine Park, you will encounter a real “mermaid”, and you can also get a glimpse of sea life here. Bunaken is an 8.08 km² island in the Bay of Manado, situated in the north of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Bunaken forms part of the administrative city of Manado , capital ...
  • Dive The Islands Off Makassar Fronting the city of Makassar are a cluster of islands basking in the sun, numbering 55 in all, some large, while others are merely sand bars that disappear at high tide. This cluster of islands is known as the Spermonde Archipelago, but locals know them only by their individual names. The islands nearest to Makassar, such as ...
  • Flower City of Tomohon Tomohon is a hill resort located 22 kilometers east of Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi province.  Tomohon consists of 35 villages in five sub-districts, namely West, East, Central, South and North Tomohon. Its land contour, cool weather and fertile soil encourage the local community to cultivate various kinds of flowers and vegetables. This city ...
  • Fort Rotterdam and the I La Galigo Museum Fort Rotterdam and the I La Galigo Museum within: History of South Sulawesi Standing majestically at the western coast of Makassar, Fort Rotterdam is recognized as the city’s most iconic landmark. With historical traces dating back to the Kingom of Gowa from the 16thth century to colonization by the Dutch, this Fort has silently witnessed many episodes ...
  • Kendari City Tourism of Indonesia Kendari is the capital of South East Sulawesi Province This city has which is called Haluoleo Airport. The previous name of the airport was named for Robert Wolter Monginsidi. Since February 13, 2010, the airport is renamed to honor Buton Sultanate’s sixth sultan, Halu Oleo. Haluoleo Airport serves flights to Bali, Gorontalo, Jakarta, Manado, Manokwari, Makassar, ...
  • Lairiang River Lairiang River. Lairiang is the longest river in Sulawesi Island running down from Napu, Besoa, Bada and Gimpu valleys ending into Makassar straits in the west. Napu, Sobek (white water rafting team) form America discovered Lariang River is one of the best rivers for rafting. It has the score IVV grade. Most of these trekkers ...
  • Lake Tondano Lake Tondano is a famous tourist destination in the province of North Sulawesi. It is located 600 meters above sea level and covers an area of 4,278 hectares (or about 10,571 acres). This lake is situated by the village of Remboken, some 3 kilometers from Tomohon city or some 30 km from Manado. Lake Tondano  is ...
  • Lore Lindu National park Lore Lindu National Park represents various ecosystem types, including lowland tropical forest, sub-montane forest, montane forest, and mixed forest. The plant species that can be found in both lowland tropical forest and sub-montane forest include Eucalyptus deglupta, Pterospermum celebicum, Cananga odorata, Gnetum gnemon, Castanopsis argentea, Agathis philippinensis, Philoclados hypophyllus, medicinal plants, and rattans. Covering part of the ...
  • Makassar: Historic Port for Spices and Sailing Ships Makassar : Historic Port for Spices and Sailing Ships Formerly called Ujung Pandang, the city of Makassar is the largest city in east Indonesia. Capital of South Sulawesi, Makassar enjoys a central location in the Indonesian archipelago and today Makassar is Indonesia’s busy air hub, connecting Sumatra, Java, Bali and Kalimantan in the west with Sulawesi, ...
  • Manado City People are Manado’s best asset. Manadonese are extroverts, warm and happy-go-lucky, drawing visitors naturally into the big family circle. Aptly, the city’s slogan is “Torang Samua Basudara”, meaning:” we are all one family”. No one here is allowed to feel lonely. Manado is the largest, most-northerly city in Indonesia, capital of the province of North Sulawesi. ...
  • Manado Tua Island Manado Tua–or Old Manado–island, together with the islands of Bunaken, Siladen, Mantehage and Nain form the Bunaken-Manado Tua Marine National Park. The Park lies just off shore from the city of Manado, capital of the province of North Sulawesi, site of the first World Ocean Conference 2009 which held in May. Covering a total of ...
  • Mesjid Hunto (Sultan Amai) Mesjid Hunto (Sultan Amai). Hunto Mosque is one of the oldest mosque in Gorontalo (300 years old). In this mosque, there are well and beduk (an Islamic traditional drum) that has the same age as the Mosque. Source: Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic Indonesia
  • Otanaha Castle Otanaha Castle. In the past, the Kings of Gorontalo used Otanaha castle as a place of protection and defense. The unique of the castle applies in the material that was used to build the castle, which was the mixed of sand, plaster and the white part of Maleo egg. The panorama of Danau Limboto also ...
  • Palu City Tourism of Indonesia Palu is the capital of Central Sulawesi Province. The airplane terminal in Kendari is Mutiara Airport. The past name of the air terminal was MASOVU  which implies dusty (or berdebu in Bahasa Indonesia). Mutiara Airport serves flights to  Jakarta, Manado, Makassar, Surabaya, and Balikpapan. Ready to Go to Palu City Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely ...
  • Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park comprises sub-montane rain forest, mangrove forest, coastal forest, savanna, and freshwater swamp forest ecosystems. The savanna vegetation of this Park is unique, being a combination of grassy plains with fan palms, thorny bamboo, bushes and other plants growing along the rivers that flow through the savanna. There is a remarkable variety of ...
  • Taka Bonerate National Park Taka Bonerate National Park is home to the third biggest atoll in the world after Kwajifein in the Marshall Isles and Suvadiva in the Moldiva Isles. The total area of the atoll is about 220,000 hectares with coral reefs spreading over 500 km². The topography of the Park is unique. The atoll consists of a chain ...
  • Tana Toraja Tana Toraja : Land of Heavenly Kings Safely protected beyond the lofty mountains and rugged granite cliffs of the central highlands of the island of Sulawesi, are the Toraja people who live in valleys that are lush with green rice terraces and fertile coffee plantations. “Discovered” and opened to the world from their long isolation only since the beginning ...
  • The Hill of Love Bukit Kasih – or the Hill of Love is located in the village of Kanonang at Kawangkoan, some 55 kilometers from Manado, North Sulawesi. It was built in 2002  as a spiritual center where religious followers from various faiths can gather, meditate and worship side by side  in this lush and misty tropical hill. This hill ...
  • The Museum of North Sulawesi Province This museum was built so as to document everything related with local culture, history and arts in North Sulawesi Province. Therefore, this museum has a complete collection of 10 categories e.g., geology, biology, ethnography, archeology, history, numismatics, philology, ceramology, arts and technology. This state-own museum was officially opened on 9 January 1991 and up to now, ...
  • The Tangkoko Nature Reserve The Tangkoko Nature Reserve : Habitat of Tarsiers, Macaques, Maleos and Cuscus The Tangkoko Nature Reserve is a flora and fauna conservation area on Mount Tangkoko in the district of Bitung in the province of North Sulawesi, about one hour’s drive from Manado.  The reserve is particularly attractive for its unique wildlife that can be observed roaming ...
  • Togean Island Togean Islands. A community – based ecotourism as well as in conserving the biodiversity. A bewildering array of tropical rain forest covered six islands formed by volcanic activity. Situated in the vicinity of equator. This enchanting archipelago is one of the jewels of Central Sulawesi. Stunning reefs, small isolated white sandy beaches, traditional fishermen village ...
  • Tomini Bay and Olele Beach Tomini Bay and Olele Beach in Gorontalo: Pieces of Paradise on the Equator There are just so many things that make Gorontalo perfect for holiday, the beauty of its nature, the culture and not forget to mention, the friendly people. General information about Gorontalo, stated at North Sulawesi. Mountains, hills, shore line are the main characteristic ...
  • Wakatobi National Marine Park Wakatobi National Marine Park: the ”Underwater Nirwana” Now a National Marine Park covering the entire Waktobi District, it comprises a total of 1.4 million hectares, of which 900,000 hectares are decorated with different, colourful species of tropical coral reefs. For Wakatobi is widely recognized as having the highest number of reef and fish species in the ...
  • Waruga Sawangan Waruga are stone sarcophagi used by the Minahasa tribes to place their dead in a squatting position. The Waruga park is located in the village of Sawangan, and at the Airmadidi sub-district, some 40 kilometers from Manado. Based on local belief, these graves are made of carved stone that are shaped like a house, a tradition ...