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West Nusa Tenggara

The Wallace Line, named after 19th century naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace, marks a point of transition between the flora and fauna of Western and Eastern Indonesia and acts as the Western boundary of West Nusa Tenggara, which includes the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa. The northern part of the island is mountainous and lush with tall trees and shrubs. The south, on the other hand is arid and covered by savannas. Large Asian mammals are absent and replaced instead by marsupials, lizards, cockatoos and parrots. The difference becomes more pronounced as one move further east, where dry seasons are more prolonged and corn and sago are the staple food, instead of rice. At around the time Islam first came to these islands in the 16th century; four Hindu Kingdoms co-existed in apparent peace in what is now West Nusa Tenggara. Lombok experienced strong Balinese influences, but has retained a unique identity. The indigenous people of Lombok, the Sasaks, are predominantly Moslem and have a strong, distinguished tradition, as do the people of neighbouring Sumbawa. Soft, white sand, virgin beaches are typical in Lombok. Famous for its ikat handwoven textiles, the island has exceptional charm and is relatively undiscovered, except for the town of Senggigi, which is becoming a major resort area.

Tourist Office:

Jl. Singosari No. 2 Mataram 83127
Phone. (0370) 631730, 633886, 6358474, 6387828-9 Fax. (0370) 637233, 635874 Website : http://entebe.com

E-Mail : disbudpar@wasantara.net.id

Getting there:

Regular shuttle flights from Bali and Surabaya as well as ferries, provide excellent transportation links between the islands of the province as well as the rest of the country.

Tourism Events=]

  • Bau Nyale Putri Mandalika is an event which held once a year during a full-moon Feb at Kuta beach on Lombok Island is full of co¬lorful sea worms, called “Nyale”. People flock to the beach to catch the Nyale and indulge in a night of merry-making. It is linked to a popular folktale of a beautiful princess, Putri Mandalika, who willingly sacrificed herself by jumping into the sea and promi¬sing to return in the form of the Nyale once in a year.
  • International Surfing Competition. An international competition held on July 2008 at Hu’u Beach, Dompu which is considered as one of the best surfing areas in the world. This event is continuation of the one held in Nias and Includes a Variety of Traditional art performances.

Places of Interest

Mataram and Cakranegara

Mataram and Cakranegara. Mataram is the capital of the province, which has in the past decades joined with Ampenan, the port, and Cakranegara to become the province’s biggest urban complex. At the beginning of the 18th century, Mataram was the residence of the crown prince of Karang Asem, a kingdom in southern Bali. The ruler had his seat in Cakranegara. Lombok’s biggest Balinese temple is the Pura Meru in Cakranegara; it was built in 1720 by Anak Agung Made Karang. Dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu, it has three courtyards. Three pagoda-like places of worship stand in a line from north to south in the innermost courtyard. The one on the north is dedicated to Vishnu and has a roof with nine tiers. The central one is dedicated to Shiva with 11 tiers on its roof, and the southernmost one is for Brahma with a roof of seven tiers. Nearby is Taman Mayura. Once part of the royal palace, it has an artificial lake set in the middle of a park. A raised path leads from the side of the pond to a pavilion built in the middle of the lake. In former days justice was meted out and religious rituals were performed in this open-sided pavilion.

Pura Lingsar.

Pura Lingsar. This may be the only Hindu shrine in the world were both Hindus and Moslems come to worship. About 7 kilometers west of Narmada, it was built 1714 and rebuilt in 1878 to symbolize harmony and unity between the Hindu Balinese and Moslem Sasak population of the area, especially those who adhere to Lombok’s unique Wektu Telu school of Islam. The Balinese temple is built on higher ground, behind the Moslem section of the compound. In the lower yard is a spring near which pilgrims stage a mock battle between Hindus and Moslems, hurling rice cakes at each other.


Sukarare. This is a traditional weaving center village is located in the south of Cakrane¬gara. Lombok is known for its brightly patterned songket cloth. The techniques, patterns and motifs have been handed down through the generations.


Sengkol, Pujut and Rambitan. Time seems to have frozen in these three villages in southern Lombok on the road from the capital to Kuta Beach. All the houses and barns are built in the age-old traditional style, and life continues daily here as it has for centuries.

Batu Bolong Beach.

Batu Bolong Beach. Located 9 km from downtown Mataram, this beach has a huge rock with a hole in it. A Hindu temple lies on top overlooking the Lombok Straits to majestic Mount Agung of Bali. After sunbathing, relaxing and and frolicking on this beautiful beachfront, stay till the end of the day to watch one of the most stunning sunsets you have ever seen when the sun slowly begins to dissapear behind Mount Agung.

Taman Mayura.

Taman Mayura. The Mayura Park is all that remains of the Karang Asam kingdom of Bali, who’s King A.A. Ngurah, structure called Balai Kambang, which once functioned as a legal court of Justice and a hall for important meetings. Curiously, its architecture shows both Hindu and Islamic influences, adorned with stone statues in the form of a Moslem hajji.

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach. Also known as Putri Nyale Beach. On the south coast of central Lombok, it is one of the most scenic mid unspoilt. From Kuta to Tanjung Aan (Cape Aan) is five km away, stretches an unbroken expanse of clean white sand lapped by waves of the Indian Ocean. Kuta is safe for bathing and swimming. Further to the west are the surfer’s and windsurfer’s beaches. Each year, on the 19th day of the 10th month of the Sasak lunar calendar, Kuta Beach is the site of great festivals. Fishermen sail out to sea while young men and women gather along the bach to join in the merrymaking, tease each other and perhaps meet to build a more lasting relationship.

Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. Gili, in Sasak Language means “island”.

Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. Gili, in Sasak Language means “island”. These three islands are clustered together just off the northwest coast of Lombok. Coral gardens abound in clear waters around the islands. Gili Air, the nearest island, can be reached in 10 to 15 minutes by outrigger boat from Bangsal harbour.

Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani a 3,726 meter active volcano, is one of the tallest mountains of Indonesia. In the basin of the volcano’s huge caldera lies the sickleshaped Crater Lake, Segara Anakan, surrounded by steep walls. The mountain is popular with hikers. Sembalun Bumbung and Sembalun Lawang are two traditional Sasak villages on the slopes of Rinjani.

Mount Tambora,

Mount Tambora, Sumbawa. Not active at present, the 2,820 meter Tambora is noto¬rious for its savage eruption on April 5 - July 15, 1815. Falling debris, hot gases and lava streams killed more than 12,000 people. Some 44,000 more perished of hunger in the aftermath of the explosion. The top, now an immense caldera, has two distinctly co¬lored lakes. From the rim of the crater, the breathtaking view over the rest of the island includes Mt. Rinjani and the island of Lombok rising out of the sea.

Sape, Sumbawa

Sape, Sumbawa. Shipwrights still make sailboats the traditional way in this port town on Sumbawa’s east coast. Sape is a convenient point of departure for trips to Komodo Island across the strait, home of the prehistoric Komodo lizard.

Hu ‘u Beach,

Hu ‘u Beach, Dompu Regency. This gorgeous white sand beach is one of Indonesia’s surfing meccas and located at 37 km from Dompu. An International competition held July in here, considered as one of the best surfing areas in the world.

Pura Agung Gunung Sari.

Pura Agung Gunung Sari. This great temple on a hill at Gunung Sari, about four kilometers from Mataram, was the site of the infamous Puputan battle, fought on November 22, 1894, between Lombok’s last Balinese ruler, Anak Agung Nengah and followers, and the Dutch troops under General Van der Vetter’s command.

Narmada Park

Narmada Park 11 kilometers from the east of Mataram, was built in 1727 by King Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Karang Asem as both pleasure garden and place to worship Shiva. Its big pool is said to represent Segara Anakan, the Crater Lake on the volcano Rinjani, where they used to make offerings by throwing valuables into the water. As the king became too old to make the pilgrimage up the 3,726 meter high mountain, he had Narmada constructed to represent the mountains and the lake. Near the pond is a place of worship and a spring whose water is believed to give dedicated pilgrims eternal youth.

Senggigi Beach

Senggigi Beach. In north of Bangsal, this beach is one of the most scenic and popular beaches on the island of Lombok. Snorkeling and good accommodation are available.
Friday, July 31, 2009

South East Sulawesi

The south-eastern Peninsula and Buton group of island are inhabited by descendents of the Torajans and Bugis peoples, and due of the strong influence of the Islamic Bone Kingdom most of the people in this part of Sulawesi are Muslim. There are five diverse cultural groups: The Tolaki, Morunene, Buton, Muna (locally called the Wuna), and the Bajo. Most of the land area of Southeast Sulawesi is covered by natural jungle, with extensive plantations of teak and ironwood, which are used for local handicraft and contribute to the local economy. For those who like challenging adventures and ecotourism, come to Lambusango and Kakenauwe Protected forest, Wakatobi Marine National Park, Basilika Islands.

Tourist Office:

Jl. Teban Nunggu No.2, Kendari 94111
Phone. (0401) 326634
Fax. (0401) 327435

Getting there:

Garuda Indonesia Airlines fly directly from Jakarta, Surabaya and Manado to Kendari.

Tourism Events

Atraksi Adu Kuda (Horse Fighting Attraction) performs in almost every celebration in Muna Island. The fight is between two male of horses, which start to fight after they have got provoked by the way of switching their lover (the female) between one to another. As their temper raise, they start to raise their front feet as a sign of their readiness to fight. The fight used to be happened incredibly, it can make every heart of the audience beat rapidly. Nevertheless, there is Muna philosophical value that they want to share from the fight, which is the right and responsibility are everything in spite of the soul have to pawned.

Places of Interest


Kendari is a capital of Southeast Sulawesi Pro¬vince Southeast Sulawesi. It lies of a sloping hill overlooking beautiful Kendari Bay. Kendari artists are known for their artistic handicraft in traditional designs, using indigenous roots and ironwood. Silverworks from Kendari is widely known as its good quality and designs.

Batu Gong Beach and Toli-Toli Hill.

Batu Gong Beach and Toli-Toli Hill. 20 km from Kendari to the north, Batu Gong beach is a new recreational resort along a 3 km white-sand beach. At the edge of the beach are huge stones, which when hit sound like a gong, hence the name of this area. Gorgeous views the sea can be enjoyed from the top of nearby Toli-Toli hill resort.

Moramo Bay

Moramo Bay. This pristine bay is only one and one half hours by car or speedboat from Kendari. The white sand beaches of Moramo by are host to a endless water activities and sports: from sun bathing to water sking, swimming to boating, highlighted by snorkeling or diving in the crystal clear water.

Buton Island Group, “Pakande-kandea”.

Buton Island Group, “Pakande-kandea”. The most fascinating cultural appeal of Buton Island can be enjoyed when local people conduct cere-monies, celebrations of folk events which welcome honored guests, food and cakes are offered to visitors and traditional dances are performed. Buton Island is also well-known for its asphalt, and for its teak and ironwood. Nirwana Beach is located 12 km from the village of Baubau, and is popular for swimming and its fine white sand beach. The small adjoining island, only thirty minutes away by sailboat, is a fisherman’s paradise. There is daily boat service from Kendari, with a stop-over in Raha, the capital city of the island of Muna.

Sea Garden of Pulau Hari

Sea Garden of Pulau Hari. In Indonesia “hari” means daylight. Because of the way the sun’s rays reflect off the waters 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. Pulau Hari is blessed with an amazing coral reef with excellent snorkeling and diving.

Napabale and Motonunu Lakes

Napabale and Motonunu Lakes. Napa¬bale Lake is connected to the sea via a na¬tural tunnel. At low tide strong swimmers can brave this span of water for an exciting and unusual experience. It is dangerous to attempt this feat during high tide, as the water rises to only one half meters below the roof of the tunnel. Motonunu Lake is known for its clean, clear, darkblue water. Both lakes are 15 km from Raha, the capital of Muna Regency, on Muna Island. They are accessible by sailboat, from Raha, in only 45 minutes.

Wakatobi Marine National Park

Wakatobi Marine National Park is lies just off the south – eastern tip of Sulawesi, variable paradise for snorkeling and scuba enthusiasts. It can be reached by chartered flight from Denpasar direct to Tomia or by shipline of PELNI which call in regularly at the Port of Bau-Bau.
Wakatobi Resort : www.wakatobi.com

Lambusango and Kakenauwe Protected Forest

Lambusango and Kakenauwe Protected Forest which is base to operation Wallace is home to the significant endemic population of Anoa, Tarsius & Cuscus. It can be reached by a local minibus within one and a half hours or klik www.opwall.com

Basilika Island

Basilika Island. Basilika (an acronym) derivers from a group of islands just off the western-part of Buton namely : Batauga, Siompu, Liwutongkidi, Kadatua. Its atolls and coral reefs are spectacular and wonderful. You can get to Basilika by a speed boat just for a half hour.

Moramo Waterfall

Moramo Waterfall No other in Indonesia is quite like the Moramo Waterfall. It passes a 2 km plateau, with 127 separate terrace plumes, the top of the waterfall some 100 meters above its basin pool. There are seven main terraces, each with its own natural bathing pool. Surrounded by lush jungle, this is the perfect place for those who love nature at its most sublime. Only 65 km east of Kendari, Moramo waterfall is easily accessible by car, or by crossing Moramo Bay by boat, and enjoying panoramic views of the sea.

West Papua

West Papua is a province of Indonesia on the western end of Papua island. It covers the Bird’s Head (or Doberai) Peninsula and surrounding islands. The province has a population of approximately 800,000, making it one of the least populous of all Indonesian provinces. The capital of West Papua is in Manokwari.

Tourist Office:

The Nature Conservancy
Raja Ampat Field Office

Jl. Gunung Merapi No. 38 Sorong
Papua, Indonesia.
Phone/Fax: +62-951-323437

Anton Suebu, Papua Bird’s Head Marine Portfolio Manager, l

Getting there:

By plane : Batavia Air and Merpati Air serve daily flights to and from Manokwari via Makassar. The Airport is about 7 km from down town. The cab is available in the airport.

Tourism Events=]

Tifa dance, Tari Api (Fire Dance) and Tari Mayai Marowa (Dance to celebrate winning of a war) are the West Papua’s dances which can be seen in a cultural performance.

Places of Interest

Pasir Putih Beach

Pasir Putih Beach. A soft white sandy beach with clear water, beautiful scenery, and gentle breeze makes it a good place for recrea¬tion and swimming. Only 2 kilometers from Manokwari town, this beach can be reached by motorcycle, car, or public transport.

Amban Beach

Amban Beach. Facing the Pacific Ocean, ha¬ving a wave altitude of 2 meters most of the time, this beach is perfect for water skiing and wind surfing. Located five kilometers from Manokwari town, this beach can be accessible by motorcycle, car, or public transport.

Lake Kabori

Lake Kabori Stretching out with beautiful panorama, it is a wonderful place for fishing fresh water fish like goldfish, “mujair” (a kind of fresh water fish), and fresh water cat fish. Situated 20 kilometers from Manokwari town, this lake can be reached by motorcycle, car, or public transport.

Traditional House: Rumah Kaki Seribu

Traditional House: Rumah Kaki Seribu. This house is particularly built by the Arfak ethnic group. Rare and unique in design, this type of house has many pole to support it. It is for this reason that the house is called Rumah Kaki Seribu (House with one thousand feet). Its walls are made of tree barks; its roof is made of coarse grass. This house can still be found in remote places like Kebar and Anggi.

Meja Mountain And Japanese Monument=]

This mountain, looking like a table in the distance, is a preserved and protected area. Still a virgin forest, having enchanting and beautiful panorama, this area is good for hiking, and other similar sporting activities. A monument, called Monumen Jepang, has been erected on this mountain to commemorate the first arrival of the Japanese Army, divisions 221 and 222. Only two kilometers from Manokwari town, this place can accessed by motorcycle or on foot.

Maredred Waterfall

Maredred Waterfall. Located in Pasir Putih village with a beautiful natural panorama, this waterfall has various types of flora and fauna. It is a wonderful bathing place. It can be reached within ten minutes by boat from Fak-Fak town and by walking within two and a half hours following the river bank.

Tubir Seram Island

Tubir Seram Island. Located in front of Fak-Fak town, this island has an amazing and beautiful natural scenery. It has a garden full of many colourful flowers and many types of plants. A monument, called “Perjuangan Merah Putih”, was erected there. A mini museum was also built there to keep artifact of historical values. It is accessible within five minutes from Fak-Fak town by boat.

Mermaid Cagement

Mermaid Cagement. This unique fish is traditionally raised in Webra village. This place can be assessed by various types of vehicles.

Pepera Monument

Pepera Monument. Erected in 1969, and located in the center of the town, this monument commemorates Indonesia’s struggle to have West Papua (the former name of Papua) back. It is located in the center of the town.

World War II Monument

World War II Monument. Built by the Dutch in 1948 in the center of the town, this mo¬nument commemorates the assassination of police officers and other government workers by Japanese Army.

Japanese Army Fortress

Japanese Army Fortress. Built in 1944/1945 and located at the center of Kokas town, this fortress was used as a defense and hi¬ding place for the Japanese Army during the Second World War. It can be reached within four hours by boat from Fak-Fak town.

Pre-historical Hand Palm Picture

Pre-historical Hand Palm Picture. Ancient reddish pictures of hand palm, weapon, and animals on the cliffs of the islands at an average altitude of 10-30 meters from sea level in front of Kokas town.


Sorong is a coastal city and regency in Pa¬pua and has some beautiful islands.

Cape Of Cassuwary

Cape Of Cassuwary. It is a beautiful long and clean beach where there are kept plenty of exotic corals. It is also suitable for diving lovers. The distance from Sorong town is 3 km and can be reached by vehicles.

Crocodile Island

Crocodile Island. An island with slightly sloping beach, soft sand and pure water is very suitable for swimming and fishing. It is located 0.5 km across Sorong town and accessible by speed boat.

Kafiau Island

Kafiau Island. An island located in the middle of Dampir Waigeo Straits is very rich of sea biotics. Apart from its scenic nature, it has also an interesting and enchanting sea bottom that is very suitable for diving lo-vers. It is about 1.5 hours to reach by motor boat from Sorong town.

Matan Island

Matan Island. An island with various kinds of trees, soft sands and pure water is a place for bathing and fishing. It is accessile approximately 20 minutes from Sorong town by speed boat.

Klaijili Hot Spring

Klaijili Hot Spring. Here is a hot spring found in Makbon District that is used to cure skin diseases. It is situated 60 km from Sorong town and reachable by vehicles.

The Raja Ampat Islands And Coral Tria-ngle

The Raja Ampat Islands And Coral Tria-ngle. The Raja Ampat, or “Four Kings,” archipelago encompasses more than 9.8 million acres of land and sea off the northwestern tip of Indonesia’s West Papua Province. Located in the Coral Triangle, the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, the seas around Raja Ampat possibly hold the richest variety of species in the world. Four large islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool, plus hundreds of smaller islands area known as the Bird’s Head functional seascape, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia.
Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands and encompasses more than 9.8 million acres (40,000 km²) of land and sea.
Raja Ampat are the richest in the world. The area’s massive coral colonies show that its reefs are resistant to threats like coral bleaching and disease - threats that now jeopardize the survival of corals around the world. In addition, Raja Ampat’s strong ocean currents sweep coral larvae across the Indian and Pacific Oceans to replenish other reef ecosystems. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and ability to replenish reefs make it a global priority for marine protection. Raja Ampat’s total number of confirmed corals to 537 species (a remarkable 96% of all scleratinia recorded from Indonesia are likely to occur in these islands), and 699 mollusks species, the variety of marine life is staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, it’s highly likely you’ll encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to done your snorkeling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales.
On land, the survey found lush forests, rare plants, limestone outcroppings, and nesting beaches for thousands of sea turtles.

Research Forest

Research Forest This forest with many types of plants is used by the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of Cenderawasih University for research purposes. Situated seven kilometers from Manokwari town, it is accessible by motorcycle, car, or public transport.

Activities » Nature » West Papua

Raja Ampat, a Reefy and Fishy Diving Experience

Raja Ampat is a 43.000 km2 island and has more than 610 islands, located at the west-side of Papua, Irian Jaya and its famous for diving. Here you can find more than 540 type of reefs, 1000 type of reef's fish, and 750 types of mollusk. It means, Raja Ampat offer 75% of world's reef. Healthy with unusual reef structure dive spot with the most diverse marine is the best way to express the beauty of Raja Ampat.

Here you'll witness other unique species such us pigmy seahorse, webbegong, manta ray and endemic fish called eviota raja (king eviota). One of the best spot is Chicken Reef; you'll surrounded by thousand of fish, bamboo shark and snappers. There just too many species to be named in Raja Ampat, just come and experience all the glories of Raja Ampat.

One of the most breathtaking diving experiences is the encounter with school of barracuda (an expert assistance will be needed in certain diving spot), reef shark, and tortoise shell. In certain dive spot like Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo you could find Dugong or mermaid.

Raja Ampat offers you another cutting edge experiences except the under water habitat, the above water view, beautiful sunset

The four main island offer you a world class diving spot and reefs
Waigeo Island
Misool Island
Salawati Island
Batanta Island

Getting There">
Getting There
  • Take 6 hours flight from Jakarta toward Sorong via Menado. Flight serves every day (please check to specify the flight schedules)
  • 2 hour flight from Manado to Sorong is by jet, extra luggage is allowed
  • To access the dive spot please contact and use the professional diving organizer
  • From Sorong, there are 2 type of boat available; Speed Boat (40 minutes - 1 hour boat trip, carry 15 passangers and cost Rp. 2 million/ US$ 208.55); Long Boat (2-3 hours boat trip and could carry 10 passangers-cost Rp. 1,2 million/ US$ 126) - please note that all rates are subject to change without notice
  • Domestic flight served by Silk Air, Garuda Indonesia, Pelita Air and Merpati
  • To enter Papua you need to have passport photo page, 3 Copies of the passport page with the Indonesian Visa)

Where To StayYou may choose those alternatives where to stay during your visit to Raja Ampat:
  • Hotel (star or budget) in the city

  • Sorido Bay Resort famous for the house reef
  • Kri Eco Resort is a traditional resort built over the water
  • Island camp
  • Living on Boat (most of diving agent provide this service)

Moving Around
  • You may rent small boat if you wish to make a personal escape a long the line of the beaches

Dining Guide
  • Dining are prepared by diving organizer, from international menu to local traditional food made fresh by local people
  • Try Sup Ikan (fish soup)- Local people called it Sup Ikan Kuning (Yellow Fish Soup)-with local spices
  • Sea food

Souvenir TipsMany divers said that the best souvenir ever after visit Raja Ampat is the stories/experiences to tell, other wise if you wish to have other souvenirs for your own or to be given to your friends, this stuff will be perfect
  • Asmat sculptures
  • Traditional cloths
  • traditional music instruments
  • Suling (traditional flute)
  • Tambur (traditional drum)

Other Thing to See or DoRaja Ampat is a famous place for under water photography and here you can shot a perfect picture of under water life. Its supported not only by the richness of the habitat but also the flat sea wave

  • Wreck diving
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Explore the islands by boat
  • Visit the Red Bird of Paradise
  • Explore bat cave
  • Make your own wood sculpture guided by Asmat artist
  • Fishing using traditional Papuan technique
  • Trekking to discover waterfall
  • Feeding couscous
  • Snorkeling

Travel Tips
  • Oct/Nov is the best season for diving the area because the sea wave is typically flat and its perfect for photograph
  • Bring your under water camera, because you wont let all the under water beauty pass without capture your experiences
  • For beginner please take a course first on how to dive and shot picture
  • To organize your travel you can arrange it using travel agents services in Indonesia
  • Sun block, sunscreen and hat are required
  • Bring your own anti-malarial medicine


Dinas Kebudayaan & Pariwisata Raja Ampat
add. Kampung Waisai, Distrik Waigeo Selatan
Kabid. Kalasina Rumbekwan
Mr. Wawan (Staff)
(+62) 81344422779


To arrange your diving activities, you can contact the company listed below:

Pindito - Schoner Tauchen Travel Ltd.
Trockenloostrasse 45, P.O Box
CH-8105 Regendsorf

Grand Komodo Tours & Dives

KARARU Dive Voyages
Jl. Danau Poso 65b
Sanur, Bali 80238

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tantalizing Taman Sari (Water Castle), Yogyakarta

When a traveler is browsing in Kraton, then she/he should not miss The Water Castle or known as Tamansari, less than 1 Km west of Kraton. Just west of the Kraton, are the ruins, pools, arches and underground passages of the former pleasure gardens. It was built in 1758 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I as a rest house and pleasure park for the Royal family. Tamansari means beautiful garden. It was badly damaged due to an earthquake in 1867. Some parts of it, for instance "Umbul Binangun" bathing pools have been restored.

Upon seeing the ruins of Taman Sari, some cultural experts say that it has multi purposed functions, such as:
1. A Rest house, in the form of water castle with beautiful park. The air is fresh due to:
  • Artificial lakes and canals
  • Bathing pools
  • Large gardens with several kind of varieties of trees
2. A place for sport and entertainment
  • Boating and swimming
  • Deer hunting
  • Classical dance Bedoyo and Srimpi
  • Gamelan music
3. A place for meditation

4. An important palace and shelter for the Sultan. It was well protected. It had 2 Bastions
with 12 and 6 Cannons.

The Castle itself divided into two (2) complexes. They are:

1. Umbul Binangun - swimming pool complex
It is the swimming pool where only the Sultans women can frolic. In this complex only woman employees serve the Sultan. Theres also a three story tower, with Sultan private bedroom stands south of the swimming pool and The Sultans private bath-pool is behind the tower. Somewhere in the south part of the palace, there is a special place, believed to be Sultans meeting place, from time to time with the Goddess of the South Sea, Kanjeng Ratu Kidul.

2. Pulo Kenongo - Complex

Pulo Kenongo, the Palace of Kenongo Island was found in the middle of Segaran Taman Sari. (Taman Sari artificial lake, which was connected by water canal to the other artificial lake nearby the kraton) Kenongo is a name of flower trees planted in the front yard, where the fragrance spread out in the palace. Just like in a palace, there were living rooms, bedrooms, rooms to make Batik, a hall to perform classical sacred dance of Bedoyo and Srimpi, gates and sentry-boxes guarded strongly by the palace soldiers.

Getting There

There are two ways to visit this place. The one is through Pasar Ngasem Bird Market, just go inside and find an alley called KP III, turn left, walk about 200 m, there is the Pulo Kenongo rest house complex. The other is through Jalan Taman Sari, from Pasar Ngasem, go by becak to South Square, around 0,5 Km turn right, there is the East-main Entrance, leads the way to the Royal Swimming pools.

Where to Stay

Tourist who wants to stay in the heart of the city has many choices since there are a lot of star and non-star hotels available.

Moving Around

On foot

Other Things to See or Do

Sightseeing into the castles complex and buy some souvenirs at Pasar Ngasem.

Dining Guide

There are many local 'warungs' (food stalls) that serve local foods. You can try one of the famous Yogyakarta local dish calledGudeg, a curry of jackfruit, chicken and egg served with rice.

Souvenir Tips

Pasar Ngasem - Bird Market, here is a market place which sells several kinds of cute birds and pets. Traditional products and household earthenwares are also sold here. In this area Batik Painters do not only sell their products, but some also give instruction in this art. Art shops and galleries of medium quality can be found allong the alleys.

Travel Tips

  • No travelers is allowed to take picture of Sultan private bedroom at Umbul Binangun - Swimming Pool Complex.
  • For short distances you can take a becak (pedicab) to drive you around.
  • Some drivers offer you a city-tour for almost a whole day for 10.000 Rp per person.
  • Dress comfortably. Wear sneakers and a hat, the temperature in Jogjakarta is quite high. Bring along an umbrella, in case of rain.
  • When visiting Kraton or Taman Sari, avoid wearing shorts or mini-skirts. Your pants or skirts should be long enough to cover your knees. This conveys the message that you understand the local customs. And the locals will also respect you more.
  • Bring along a camera to capture the memorable moments. You are allowed to take pictures in this site with a minimum fee. (Visit Indonesia)
Monday, July 20, 2009


Imagine a peaceful place, surrounded by verdant atmosphere. Sound of nature the rustle of the wind amidst the bamboo leaves, the chirping of the birds, the faint rush of the river. Baduy village, located in the hills of Kendeng mountain, about 75 kilometers southward from Rangkasbitung, West Java, is the perfect place to people who want to taste a bit of serenity seldom found in big cities. Those with a taste of adventure might find trekking to Baduy village both interesting and stimulating.

Getting There

  1. Rent a car. The car will stop at Ciboleger Village.
  2. From Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, take a train to Merak via Rangkasbitung. It will take about 1.5 hours. From Rangkasbitung, use a public transportation (called ELF by locals) to Ciboleger. The trip will take approximately 2.5 hours. The sight of The Farmer?s Family statues in Ciboleger will greet you, bidding you welcome. Follow the footpaths?on foot, enjoy the natural landscape around you. You'll then pass through Gajeboh Village. Here you can see Baduy women weaving clothes. Proceed by crossing Ciujung River, the widest river in Baduy area. The sight of the bridge made of bamboos tied to one another (no nails are involved!) might deter you from moving onward, but no need to fear! The bridge is strong despite of its crudeness. You'll then enter Cicakal Village. Here you can rest and spend the night. The journey on foot from Ciboleger to Cicakal will take about 2 hours.
  3. Alternatively, to enter Inner Baduy Village, you can use Koranji line then pass through Kroya Market. Every week, Baduy people visit this market to exchange their farming goods with whatever they need. From this place they'll move on to Cikapol Village.

Where to Stay

You can stay at traditional homes in Baduy, in Cicakal Village. The houses are built of woven bamboos with ijuk leaves. These houses might last for up to 25 years (in one condition: the roof should be changed once per 5 years). Baduy people don't believe in technology, so don't expect electrical goods here.

Moving Around

You'll be able to explore the lush forest and natural sceneries (for Baduy people never disrupt the nature). You?re welcome to take pictures as long as you haven't entered Baduy Dalam (Inner Baduy) area. People in Outer Baduy are more tolerant with signs of technology.

Dining Guide

There are no restaurants in Baduy, so please bring your own food. Sometimes you can ask the locals to share their meals with you.

Souvenir Tips

Traditional cloths (mostly blue) woven by Baduy women.

Other Things to See or Do

Traditional Baduy homes, Baduy women weaving cloth, Baduy people's activities (it's surprising to know that there are so many things to do without electricity!). Take pictures if you must in Outer Baduy Village, but never in Inner Baduy.

Travel Tips

  • Make sure that you're fit and strong for this journey. Two-hours walk doesn't seem to be that difficult, but bear in mind that you'll be passing through rugged terrain and a river.
  • Dress accordingly. Use clothes that will make it easier for you to move, preferably cotton. Bring spare clothes and towels. Use sneakers for comfort.
  • Bring your own snacks/food/drink, also medicines.
  • Bring a torchlight to move around at night. Baduy people use damar (oil lamp) which might not be convenient enough for you to use.
  • Bring an umbrella or a raincoat, in case of rain.
  • To make the journey easier and more enjoyable, you can try to use travel agents featuring Baduy. For instance, you can contact Trekmate, Mapala UI, Caldera, and other travel agents.
  • Respect the locals and their customs. For instance, never ever take whatever that does not belong to you in Inner Baduy. Ask your guide or locals for more information regarding what should and should not be done in this area.
  • Bring spare battery for your cellphone (if you must bring it) and camera.(Visit Indonesia)

East Java

The Majapahit dynasty, based in and around East Java, began the foundations of an empire that was to dominate the entire Indonesian archipelago, the Malay Peninsula and part of the Philippines for hundreds of years. This was the beginning of profitable trade relations with China, Cambodia, Siam, Burma and Vietnam. As the power in Central Java declined in the 10th century, powerful kingdoms rose in East Java to fill the power vacuum. During the reign of King Erlangga both East Java and Bali enjoyed lucrative trade with the surrounding islands, and an artistic and intellectual renaissance. Parts of the Mahabarata epic were translated and re-interpreted to conform to an East Javanese philosophy and view of life, and it was from this era that East Java inherited much of its temple art. Today the open-air amphitheater at Pandaan performan-ce¬s tell some of the stories of this glorious past, set against an impressive backdrop of distant volcanoes, capturing the spirit of the province’s culture and scenery. East Java’s claim to fame in modern history is its vanguard role in the struggle for independence against colonial forces in 1945. Little of the Majapahit Empire’s former glory still stands in East Java. Nevertheless, East Java has a variety of attractions, ranging from temple sites to unspoiled beaches, stunning volcanoes, extra ordinary highland lakes, resplendent marine parks and fantastic wildlife reserves. The provincial capital, Surabaya is second in size, population, and commerce only to Jakarta. It is also the most industrialized province in the nation with the strong economy based on agriculture, (coffee, mangoes and apples), fisheries and oil.

Tourist Office

Jl. Wisata Menanggal, Surabaya 60241, Phone. (031) 853114-6, 8531820-1 Fax. (031) 8531822 Website : http//www.eastjava.com Email : eastjava@indosat.net.id.

Getting there

The province is efficiently connected to the rest of Java by good roads, regular trains, and air services between Surabaya and other major cities in the country including Denpasar on Bali, which is only half an hour’s flight away.

Tourism Events

  • Reog Ponorogo is a unique and daring performance in which dancers carry a very heavy headdress of tiger head ornamented with peacock feathers. The dance depicts a fight between a tiger and two noblemen on horseback. The Reog Festival held every August 17 in Ponorogo, 200 km southwest of Surabaya.
  • Karapan Sapi (Bull Races) in Bangkalan Madura, about two hour by speedboat from Surabaya is a very popular sport among locals. It is an annual championship event and held every September and October after harvests.

Places of Interest

Trowulan - Pandaan - Tretes.

Trowulan - Pandaan - Tretes. Trowulan village and the surrounding area is believed to be the site of ancient capital of Majapahit. Archaeological excavations in the area have recovered many teracotta ornaments, statues, pottery and stone carvings which are displayed at the Trowulan Museum. The map in the museum is a guide to nearby sites of historical interest. The Candra Wilwatika open-air theatre in Pandaan, 45 km south of Surabaya presents classical East Javanese ballet performances on each full moon night from June to November. The performances are based either on the Ramayana stories or East Java’s legends and folklore. The backdrop of Mt. Panangungan makes the performances an enchanthing experience. 10 km from Chandra Wilwatika is Tretes, one of the most beautiful mountain resorts of East Java.

Mount Kawi Fortune Hunting.

Mount Kawi Fortune Hunting. This sage’s grave on Mt. Kawi is a famous pilgrimage site for those who seek to increase their worldly blessings. Possesing an intensely Javanese atmosphere, with frequent wa¬yang and gamelan performances, the grave itself is built on a hilltop. On both sides of the long stairway leading to the top is an assortment of sacred springs, Chinese houses of worship, flower and souvenir stalls and other interesting sights.


Surabaya. This city offers many good hotels, shooping centres and plentiful sources of entertainment. Its well stocked zoological garden includes several species of Indonesia fauna: orang utans, komodo dragons and a collection of noctural animals. Kalimas is an old traditional harbour for the world famous Bugis Schooners, which can still be seen in all their former glory.

Mount Bromo.

Mount Bromo. Many local and foreign tra¬velers make the trek for the mystical experience of watching the sun rise from the crest of the Bromo volcano. A pony ride from the village of Ngadisari takes you over a sea of sand to the foot of the volcano. Ascend the 50 steps to reach the rim. On the vast expanse of sand, formerly a Caldera, there are two volcanoes: the extinct Batok which is the perfect cone and Bromo. Volcanic sulphur fumes and smoke still emanate from the depths, and when the God of Bromo begins to rumble, the surrounding population quickly brings their offerings. The annual offering ceremony of Kasada is held on the 14th day of Kasada, the 20th month in Tenggerese calendar year. It is a dazzling event where villagers from the surrounding areas bring their humble offering to holy volcano.

Alas Purwo National Park/Wildlife Reserve.

Alas Purwo National Park/Wildlife Reserve. Located on the tip of East Java, just off the Surabaya-Banyuwangi mainroad, is dry country side of open savanah, forests and scrubland, bordered by marshes, swampy groves and white sand beaches. 81 km to the south of Banyuwangi, this park is a home to 700 wild buffaloes and many other species of world animals which can be observed from viewing tower. A landrover or jeep is needed to traverse these rugged, grassy plains. In the nearby there is G (Grajagan) Land which the waves is famous for foreign surfers.


Kaliklatak. A commodities plantation 450-750 m above sea level on the slopes of Mt. Merapi, Kaliklatak covers 2.500 acres of land producing coffee, rubber, cocoa and spices. Tour the plantation to see the entire process, from cultivation to harvest and processing for export.

Sukamade Turtle Beach.

Sukamade Turtle Beach. 78 km south of Banyuwangi, the beach is known for its deep turquoise waters and 250 kg sea turtles which come to lay their eggs here.

Meru Betiri Reserve.

Meru Betiri Reserve. Here at the southeastern tip of province is where the last of the Javenese tigers sought refuge. A hundred and fifty years ago the Javanese tiger inhabi¬ted most of Java and was even considered a nuisance in some populated areas. Wildlife of all kinds thrives here, like black panthers, leopards and sea turtles.


Malang. 90 km south of Surabaya lays Malang, one of the most attractive hill towns on Java. A strong sense of civic pride is evident from the well-maintained and elaborately painted becaks, the groomed Main Square, and clean buildings and streets. The cool climate is a welcome respite from Surabaya. 20 km from Malang on the southern flank of Mt. Arjuna, are Selecta and Songgoriti, popular hill resorts with hot springs. Nearby Batu is famous for its apples gardens.


Temples. Between Surabaya and Malang is the town of Singosari, where remnants of the 13th century Singosari Kingdom include a temple and two gigantic guardian statues, the main gateway to the capital of the kingdom. Jago temples dates back to 1268, and is one of the most enchanting temples in East Java.
Scenes from folktales and the Mahabarata epic decorate the side panels. Kidal temple was completed in 1260 to honor one of the kings, and is a gem of Singosari temple art. Located 120 km southwest of Malang and 11 km North of Blitar is well-preserved Penataran temple in the Singosari-Majapahit temple complex, dating from the fourteenth century. The temple terraces are decorated with Ramayana bas reliefs.

Bull Races (Karapan Sapi)

Bull Races (Karapan Sapi) Across the Madura Strait, half an hour by ferry from Surabaya is the island of Madura, famous for its unique traditional bull races (Karapan Sapi).

Kawah Ijen (Ijen Crater).

Kawah Ijen (Ijen Crater). The volcanic cone of Ijen dominates the landscape at the eastern end of Java. Crater of Ijen is filled by a spectacular turquoise blue lake, its surface streaked in wind-blown patterns of yellow sulphur. Kawah Ijen is the world’s largest highly acidic lake and is the site of a labor-intensive sulfur mining operation in which sulfur-laden baskets are hand-carried from the crater floor. Many other post-caldera cones and craters are located within the caldera or long its rim. The largest concentration of post-caldera cones forms an E-W-treding zone across the southern site of the draw to its waterfalls, hot springs, and dramatic volcanic scenery. It is located at Licin sub district, 45 km from the city of Banyuwangi. (Visit Indonesia)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

West Sulawesi

West Sulawesi Province is the extension of South Sulawesi Province which was established through Law No. 26 Year 2004. With Mamuju as the capital city of the province, Administratively, the province is divided into 5 Regencies. Geographically, the province is located in the cross position of the Golden Triangle of South Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, and Central Sulawesi as well as directly faces national and international sailing route of Makassar Straits. Topographic condition of West Sulawesi Province comprises ocean, low land, and high land, has enable the province have fertile land. Climate in the region generally belongs to tropical.

People of coastal area of West Sulawesi are well known as brave marine people. Using their San¬deq boat, the cruise to all over Indonesia and even reaching as far as neighboring country of Malaysia and Australia. Meanwhile, the people who live in mountainous area of the province has cultural similarity with Toraja ethnic in terms of architecture of the house, their language, their cloth as well as in their traditional cere¬mony. West Sulawesi Province has fantastic natural tourism in form of its still natural mountain view, uniqueness of culture of the people, as well as its vast array of tourism objects of special interest which are scattered in its coastal and mountainous areas where special skill needed to enjoy them.

Tourist Office:

Jl. Pattimura No.12 Mamuju 91511
Phone. (0426) 21244

Getting there:

By air: Tampa Padang Airport 27 km from Mamuju capital city.
Belang-Belang Bakengkeng Harbor Mamuju District; Fery Simboro Mamuju Harbor connected Mamuju-Balikpapan, Batulicin, and Surabaya; Ujung Polewali Harbor in Polewali Mandar; Palippi natural harbor in Majene; Manakara Harbor in Mamuju.

Tourism Events

Sandeq Race in Majeneis an annual traditional Mandar boat race that start from Mamuju to Makassar. During the race will be hightlighted by traditional arts and culture performances on August 17, 2008

Places of Interest

Karampuang Island

Karampuang Island in Mamuju Regency. Karampuang Island is a white sanded marine tourism objects with its complete facilities. There are untouched natural coral reefs found surrounding the island.

Tamasapi Waterfall

Tamasapi Waterfall, Mamuju Regency. In this 70 meter high waterfall, tourists may enjoy refreshing weather of the mountain with its clear and natural water.

Banoa Sibatang

Banoa Sibatang. It is a traditional house of Kalumpang in Mamuju Regency with its specific construction and form which is very attractive.

Custom House of Mamuju

Custom House of Mamuju. Custom House of Mamuju consists of several complex of building, namely: Salssa (House of King) which serve as the main house, bandara raja (royal family), pengawal raja (guard), lumbung pangan (food barn), black smith, gold crafter, horse stall, and deer stall complex.


Majene 302 Kms from Makassar in the Western port of Sulawesi has a long beach line. The view in the coastal area is mostly covered with white sand. This town is famous for its silk “Sarong Mandor Weaving”

Limboro Natural Hot Water Bathing Place

Limboro Natural Hot Water Bathing Place. It is located at the top of Limboro Mountains with its cool weather, beautiful natural scenery of cocoa and nutmeg plantation area.

Sandeq Boat

Sandeq Boat. It is an international fastest sailing boat contest. This boat has its own specifics which functions as fishing boat as well as race boat where each year boat ra¬cing of this kind is held to encourage marine development.
Mandar Museum in Mamuju Regency. Used to keep and preserve historical remains.

Cemetery Complex of King and Royal Family

Cemetery Complex of King and Royal Family. This graveyard is located in a hill of 50 meter above sea level high in Mamuju Regency. From this place, visitors can enjoy the beauty of Majene City beneath.

Palippis Beach

Palippis Beach. This is a marine tourism object in Polewali Mandar regency with a beautiful and attractive natural panorama comprising a blend white sand, hills, and natural caves.

Gusung Toraya Island.

Gusung Toraya Island. This 1.5 Ha island in Polewali Mandar has beautiful beach panorama as there are vast array of clean white sands, a suitable place for sun bathing, swimming, fishing and having recrea¬tion.

Kunyi Natural Tourism.

Kunyi Natural Tourism. It is a tourism object of a three storey 30 meter high waterfall with its clear, clean and cool water, surrounded by plantation of lansium fruit, durian, rambutan, and coffee and serves as a place for agro tourism.

Liawan Waterfall

Liawan Waterfall. This waterfall is located in the forest, Mamasa regency where the place is also accomplished with camping ground. In this area, a number of facilities to have rest, to cook, and to roast fish.

Mambulilling Mountain

Mambulilling Mountain. This 2,741 m high mountain is the ideal destination for those who loves mountain climbing. The mountain has an attractive mountain panorama, suitable for trekking.

Panorama of Mussa Ballepeu.

Panorama of Mussa Ballepeu. Along the way to this 1600 m above sea level tourism object, tourists can enjoy beautiful mountain views, historical tourism objects, and traditional kampongs of Mamasa.

Karampuang Island

Karampuang Island is a white sanded marine tourism objects with its complete facilities. There are untouched natural coral reefs found surrounding the island.

Sollokan Waterfall

Sollokan Waterfall and Malimbong Natural Hot Water Spring. These objects are located in the tourism entrance gate of Mamasa from the south. These place are also suitable for adventurer tourism. (Visit Indonesia)

South Sulawesi

Spanish and Portuguese galleons, followed by British and Dutch traders, sailed these seas in search of the spice trade, escorted by their Men of War to protect them from the daring raids of the Bugis and Makassar pirates. Famed for their seafaring culture, the Bugis are still the driving force behind the world’s last commercial sailing fleet. The seafarings Bugis dominate the southern tip of Sulawesi, but in the rugged and remarkable country further north is Tana Toraja, often refered to as the “Land of the Heavenly Kings”. South Sulawesi is also famous for its tremendous scenery and the quality and talent of its silk and silverwork industries. In Takalar, every May 2008 there is a “Galesong Festival” thanksgiving ceremony by throwing offerings into sea and hoping for a prosperous fortune.

Tourist Office:

Jl. Jend. Sudirman No.23, Makassar 90231 Phone. (0411) 878912, 443355, 872336 Fax. (0411) 872314
Website : http://www.phinisiq.com

E-Mail : disbudpar-sulsel@telkom.net

Getting there:

There are many flights and daily services from Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya and Manado.

Tourism Events

  • Rambu Solo/Rambu Tuka. There are two different kinds of funeral ceremonies in Tana Toraja on July 2008. The Rambu Solo is a sad ceremony and Rambu Tuka is the happy ceremony. Rambu Solo usually starts in the afternoon and lasts for 7 days. During the ceremony hundreds of buffalos and pigs are slaughtered as sacrifice to ensure the spirits entrance to heaven that the spirit of the death would be accepted by God.
  • Royal Palace Festival on Sept 2008 in Gowa for a week and participated by 49 former kingdoms in Indonesia.

Places of Interest

Fort Rotterdam

Fort Rotterdam, also known as Benteng Makassar, is a historical site of the past greatest Gowa Kingdom.

Bissapu Waterfall

Bissapu Waterfall at the Bonto Salluang Village, about 5 Kms from Bantaeng or 15 minutes drive through an asphaltroad with some winding slopes, feel the fresh & cool air with its natural scene.

Clara Bundt Orchid Garden

Clara Bundt Orchid Garden. Mr. Bundt, a Dutchman, has his private residence at No. 15 Jalan Mochtar Lutfi. His spacious garden is filled with rare Indonesian orchids and hybrids. He also has an enormous collection of seashells and coral. A visit is worthwhile and several of the collections are on sale. Mr. Bundt is registered in the Sander’s List of London as an expert in orchid cultivation.

Leang-leang Pre-historial Paintings

Leang-leang Pre-historial Paintings. An important archaeological site, these prehistoric caves have strange traces of human palms and a wild pig, believed to be 5,000 years old. The road leads from Maros through the cave-riddled limestone hills to the site, about half an hour’s drive from the airport.

Paotere Harbor

Paotere Harbor is a place to anchor phinisi, the traditional Buginese ships that famous for it sails across from Pacific Ocean to the African coast.

Samalona Island

Samalona Island. Across the harbour of Makassar is Samalona Island, which has been developed into a pleasant recreational resort. It can be reached by boat in 45 mi¬nutes and has simple accomodation. Recreational sports include diving, snorkeling, water skiing and fishing. Best months to visit are from February to October.

Tomb of Sultan Hasanuddin

Tomb of Sultan Hasanuddin. Sultan Hasanuddin (1629-1690) was famous for his exceptional bravery in his struggle against colonial encroachment in South Sulawesi. His huge crypt and those of other kings of Gowa are located in a secluded cemetery not far from Sungguminasa, about 8 kms from Makassar. Just outside the walls of the cemetery; a small fenced-off plot contains the Tomanurung stone on which the kings of Gowa were crowned in pomp and splendour. Not far from the tombs is the oldest mosque in the area, built in 1603.


Sungguminasa. Formerly the seat of the kings of Gowa, Sungguminasa is an old wooden palace, 11 kms from Makassar. Now the Ballalompoa Museum, weapons and royal costumes are on display. The royal regalia which include a stone studded gold crown weighing 1,769 grams can be seen only on special request.


Soppeng is one of the former kingdom as written in the ancient “Lontara” script this town has abudance of bats flying around.


Sengkang. The capital town of Wajo Regency is well-known as the center of Bugis silk industry, 240 kms to the northeast of Makassar. In Soppeng a spinning mill produces thread from silk worms. Weaving can be seen in many private homes along this route. The finest silk is handloomed by village women, each of whom can produce two metres of silk a month. Visitors are welcome to stop and watch, or make a purchase if there is any readily available. Nearby Lake Tempe, is a tourist resort where you can enjoy boating.


Malino is a pleasant and fresh resorts on the slopes of Mount Bawakaraeng which is famous for its “Markisa “ Passion Fruits. The scattered pine woods grows on the height of 1,050 meters above sea level.


Bambapuang on a high land, hence the climate is cold, a stop point to Tanatoraja with beautiful scenery of mountains and rivers.

Sa’adang River

Sa’adang River is the largest river in south Sulawesi which is famous for rafting adventure start from Tana Toraja.

Kapoposan Island

Kapoposan Island is a great diving area that has an abundant of natural coral reefs an can be reached only hours from Makassar by boat.

Barru Regency

Barru Regency, 134 km from Makassar has beauty offshore. Pannikiang island is home for thousands of flamingo, puteangin island has beautiful coastal beach, Bakki Island coastal is sloping and white sand.

Tana Toraja

Tana Toraja. The center of tourism in Tana Toraja is Rante¬pao, 328 kms north-east of Makassar. Sitting 700 meters above sea le¬vel, Rantepao has cool, pleasant evenings. The entry to Tana Toraja is marked by a gate built in traditional boat-shaped style.The road passes the spectacular mountains of Kandora and Gandang on which, according to Toraja mythology, the first ancestors of celestial beings descended from heaven. “Tongkonan”, a graceful architecture of the family houses, are built on stilts with the roof rearing up at either end, representing the prows of the first ship to arrive in the area with the Torajan ancestors. The houses all lace north, and some say that this is because it was from the north that the ancestors of the Toraja came. Believing that their forefathers descended from heaven in a boat some twenty generations ago, the Torajas have a unique Christian-animist culture. The majority of the people still follow an ancestral cult called “Aluk Todolo”, which governs all traditional ceremonies. Their ancestor worship includes elaborate death and afterlife ceremonies, which are essentially great feasts. A strict social hierarchy is followed in the villages, and for an important figure wedding and burial ceremonies can take days to perform. Water buffalo and pigs are sacrificed in numbers appropriate to social rank, and the deceased’s remains are placed in a coffin and interred in caves hollowed out in high cliffs. The mouth of the cave is guarded by lifelike statues, called Tau Tau, who looks out from a balcony near the burial caves, watching over the families and friends they have left behind. Two villages with easily accessible cliff graves are Lemo, and Londa. Londa is one of the oldest hanging grave sites, in which are buried many members of local nobility. A large balcony is filled with effigies of the dead, the Tau Tau. Young village guides with kerosene lamps can be hired to enter the caves and see ske-letons and old coffins. At Lemo, burial chambers are cut out of the rock and se¬veral balconies fillef with Tau Tau overlook new caves being dug to serve as family graves. Palawa is an excellent village to visit the “Tongkonan”, and a burial place still swarming with celebrations and festivals. Take a side trip from Rantepao to Ketekesu, a traditional village with excellent handicraft shops. Behind the village on a hillside is a grave site with life size statues guarding over old coffins. As roads are not always paved, it is necessary to use a jeep or walk, even when the weather is good. The best season to visit is between May and October.


Batumonga is located I about 1,300 meter above sea level and there are 56 menhir stones which height of 3 meter. The beautiful view of Rantepao and its surrounding valley can be seen from this site.

Losari Beach

Losari Beach Sunsets in the Makassar Strait can be viewed from a promenade at Losari Beach, Jalan Penghibur or the Paotere anchorage in the north end of the city where the Bugis schooners are berthed. Across the harbour is Kayangan Island which can be reached in 15 minutes by ferry. A popular escape from the city, there is entertainment in the evenings and on Sundays.


Bantimurung waterfall can be reached about 41 kms from Makassar. A cascade of sparkling water gushes out bet¬ween rocky cliffs into a stream shaded by tall trees. The brightly-coloured ornithoid butterflies indegenious to this area are conside¬red among die most beautiful in the world. About 15 meter lower from Bantimurung Waterfall there is a Natural Dreaming Cave with its beauty forms of limestone that brings you to the dreamming world.

Bira beach Cape and Bira in Bulukumba

Bira beach Cape and Bira in Bulukumba is a beautiful pristine white sand beaches, 178 kms Makassar to the south. Traditional ship building is still practiced in this area. This is also the jumping off point for the island of Selayar.


Tanaberu in Bulukumba is widely known as a place for making traditional boats. In the dry dock, we can see a great number of phinisi boat. (Visit Indonesia)

Central Sulawesi

Situated on the heart of Indonesia archipelago this province offers ancient megaliths, indiginous tribes, the mossy mountains, the sleepy blue lakes, the untouchable longest river from white water rafting, fantastic snorkeling, diving on coral reef, unpopulated small islands surrounded by endless white sandy beaches and na¬tural voice in National reserves.

Rich in flora and fauna the most expensive Ebony wood, Teakwood, Rattan, Banyan trees, Black Orchids. The shy Babirusa, Anoa (Dwarf Buffalo), Deer and various species of birds including the rare Maleo birds (Macrocephalon maleo), Black Monkey Sulawesi (Maccaca maura), Tangkasi (the smallest species of monkies) are waiting for the visitors who like adventures (trekking, rafting, birding). Central Sulawesi with the capital city, Palu consists of diverse ethnic groups which have retained their traditions and customs, living in peaceful harmony with each other and welcome visitors hospitality and friendliness. Don’t leave Central Sulawesi before seeing the Wreck WW II bomber artifact. It can be reached just 45 minutes from Kadidiri or Tanjung Kramat dive resort. Luxurious and exclusive tourism facilities as well as diving equipment are available.

Tourist Office:

Jl. Dewi Sartika No.91, Palu 94114
Phone. (0451) 483942 Fax. (0451) 483941

Getting there:

Many domestic airlines fly directly from Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Makassar and Balikpapan.
Central Sulawesi can be reached by bus from Toraja, South Sulawesi for 14 hours and 18 hours by bus from Bunaken North Sulawesi.

Places of Interest


Pendolo is a small town in the southern tip of the lake and it is a transit place for visitors from Toraja South Sulawesi before they exploring and travelling Central Sulawesi (the Megalithical Bada, Besoa and Napu Valley or ghost grinding stone) or proceed to Bunaken Island, Manado North Sulawesi.

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 take this area for their trekking and rafting as well. The rumbling of Lairiang river could be heard from a remote distance, nothing you can see except the huge bluish tropical rain forest as far as your eyes can see.

Togean Islands

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 of a Bajau, verdant rainforest have left many a world weary travel searching for superlatives.

For those with more specialised adventurous tastes, the Togean Islands offer various for type of coral of the world can be found here (Fringing reef), barrier reef, Patch Reef and atoee. Admirable places for snorkeling and diving. Four types of coral of the world can be found here (Fringing reef). It can be reached from Palu for about 7 hours drive by car to Ampana via Poso (375 kilometres) by bus or chartered vehicle then by daily boat from Ampana to Wakai and Malenge for about 4 hours departs on 10 p.m.

Togean can be reached from Gorontalo city by public boat directly, twice a week. If you come from Rantepao (Tana Toraja) in South Sulawesi, Togean can be reached via Mangkutana, Pendolo, Tentena and Poso to Ampana for about 14 hours drive by car.


Donggala was once the most important harbour in Central Sulawesi 35 km away from Palu to the north–west. Donggala can be reached by car/taxi for 40 minutes from Palu. The visitors can proceed to Tanjung Karang with white sandy beaches along the coast and the water is clear with colourful coral reefs that invites the visitors to water sports.

Lake Poso.

Lake Poso. Poso has many specialities and uniquenesses which could not be discovered in other places. It is located in the heart of Sulawesi Island or even in Indonesia, about 657 m from the sea level. Lake Poso extends from north to south. It is about more than 32 km in lenght and 16 km in width. The deep of the Lake is 360 m in the south and 510 m in the north.
The water is clean most of the time and a wonderful place for relaxing after trekking hard in the jungle of LoreLindu National Park. In dry season (October-April) the lake consists of white sandy beaches. The visitor could enjoy giant eel and gold fish from the lake.

Lore Lindu National Park.

Lore Lindu National Park. The second biggest lake in Central Sulawesi is Lake Lindu covering the area of 3,150 ha. It is located on highland about 1,200 m from the sea level. The beautiful panoramic view and it has a cool climate. Lake Lindu can be reached by car from Palu to Rahmat village then trekking through the thick tropical rainforest for about 4 hours. The visitor can stay at cottages. Barkcloth which is made in Bada, Kulawi and Napu valleys. Some megalithic statues of thousands of years at Napu, Besoa and Bada Valleys are consider to have relation with their ancestor worship. The statues with 1,5 m to 4 m height and 3000 years B.C. to 1500 years A. D. (Visit Indonesia)
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