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Nature here, in Sulawesi, Indonesia calls the primitive love hidden inside every human being - the love for the green and natural. The place has an unusual structure, and the history of the structure is an adventure in itself. The place is a result of the clashing of tectonic plates and amalgamation of the rocks that came on the surface due to volcanic eruptions. Sulawesi, a group of islands in Indonesia, with Sulawesi as the main island, offers the guests a sight so beguiling and enchanting that no one can resist gaping at it. The wondrous and dazzling sight of endemic species that are found here will confound you. Visit the lap of nature itself, watch the astounding Sulawesi kingfisher and other birds, and find your roots amidst nature again.
Nearest Airport: Makassar Airport
How to reach: Makassar is connected with Bali and Jakarta
Famous for: Incredible bird watching
Best time to visit: June to October
Birds: Malia, Pygmy Cuckoo-Shrike, Streak-Headed Dark-Eye, Blue-Fronted Flycatcher, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, White-shouldered Triller and Savana Nightjar, Sulawesi Black Pigeon,Rufous-Throated Flycatcher, Henna-Tailed Jungle-Flycatcher, Yellow-and-Green Lorikeet, Piping Crow, Sulawesi Thrush, Great Shortwing, Maroon-Backed Whistler, Pale-headed Munia, White-Necked, Finch-Billed Myna, Green-backed Kingfisher, Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher, Dwarf Kingfisher,
The island is not just a great place to watch and admire the variety of birds. It has eight vast national parks, each holding numerous wonders in the form of animals. This tour covers three of the four national parks that will provide you the sight of unique dwarf buffaloes,Sulawesi kingfishers, Sulawesi bear Cuscus, and many more. Read the article to know all the places one can visit to explore the wonders of Sulawesi.
Places to Visit:
The Wakatobi Islands: The group of Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia, and Binongko islands constitute their landmass and the first letter of their name to form the spectacular Wakatobi Islands. The islands offer quiet beaches with low to no crowd. The beaches are a sight to behold with their white sand expanse and the clear blue sea that reflects the beautiful sky of Indonesia. Do visit the beach in the early morning and before dusk to catch the spectacular sights of sunrise and sunset.
Tana Toraja: If one wants to know the culture and tradition of the people of Sulawesi, Tana Toraja is a must-visit for them. The place should be visited by all. Why? For it offers not only great scenery but also an insight into a civilization that has remained untouched and true to its roots for centuries. The people of Tana Toraja live a simple life and welcome the guests with open hearts. You can have a taste of the local cuisine as well as learn their traditions. If possible, visit the graveyard at Tana Toraja. One can see the effigies of the dead ornating the graveyard.
Bogani Nani Wartabone national Park: How can one visit Sulawesi and not include one of the many national parks in their itinerary? The Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park should be visited because it is never crowded. One can connect with nature without the continuous throes of guests passing by. The rainforest is home to various species which can be spotted as the guests trek through the area. There are various treks and trails available in which one can challenge themselves or with the guidance of an expert. Get rewarded with sights of monkeys,Sulawesi kingfisher,and other such animals and birds along your trek.
Togean Islands: Residing by the Tomini Sea, the Togean islands is a place rarely visited by the guests. Though that may work in one's favor as one gets access to uncrowded and tranquil beaches. Dive into the sea and explore the exquisite marine life. The experience will make one feel like they have transported to a wholly different world. One can sit by the beach and enjoy the serene, blue expanse of the sea and relax their mind.
Tomohon: Up for some trekking? Visit Tomohon island. The place has its centerpiece in the form of Mount Mahawu Volcano. One can climb the volcano by traveling up the walking trails that are available in the area. After this wonderful excursion, one can visit the villages that surround the area. The villages preserve the heritage of the Sulawesi culture in the form of handicraft items that are made and sold here.
Tangkoko National Park:
The massive National Park is home to the world's smallest primate, tarsiers. The game viewing and trekking in the Tangkoko National Park will dazzle the guests with the pristine view of lush greenery that the national park boasts. The excursions through Tangkoko National Park will not only provide you with sightings of endemic species of plants and birds but also will give you the break that you need from the ever-going hustle of regular life.
Bunaken: Explore the unseen world where the colorful marine life resides. The place, though a little hard to get to, is worth every penny. It is a part of one of the four marine national parks of Sulawesi. Spend a morning diving under the sea, exploring the corals, seahorses, turtles, and dozens of other underwater species. If diving seems a little too much, one can opt for snorkeling as well.
Lembeh Island: Lembeh island is another scenic beauty that one must visit while traveling in Indonesia. This is another diving hotspot of Sulawesi and is famous for the vast array of species that one can spot while exploring the underwater world.
Lore Lindu National Park: Can anyone have enough of national parks? Nope. The Lore Lindu National Park is one of the best places to set a camp overnight as one endeavor to complete a trek. The guests will need a guide through these tracks. The sight that is offered when one reaches a considerable height is mind-blowing. One can see the expanse of the Sulawesi islands from the park.