Although Sulawesi looks like an octopus after multiple amputations, there's nothing the island lacks. Quite the opposite, the range of activities and sights is so abundant that Sulawesi might share them with several other islands. The only problem, due to Sulawesi's bizarre shape, is transportation between the places. It is either cheap but long (buses and ferries) or quick but more expensive (airplanes).
Sulawesi is considered an off-the-beaten-track destination in Indonesia, but it isn't wholly true. Some parts of Sulawesi are very trendy among travelers, and you'd better deal with it. And, as the most crowded destinations are at the same time the most fascinating ones, don't even think about skipping them. Here we should mention Toraja Land, where the chances of meeting your neighbor from a hotel in Bali are the greatest.
But indulging in Toraja culture is only one of many things to do in Sulawesi. There are also the beautiful coral reefs to dive among, jungles and national parks to explore, volcanos to climb... You name it, Sulawesi has it all!
Forget about Jatiluwih rice terraces in Bali - Batutumonga will blow you off your feet.
Batutumonga is a village located in Northern Toraja Land. But it's not just any village. It's a masterpiece among the most scenic places in the world.
Still skeptic? See our photos and put Batutumonga in your bucket list!
Kete Kesu Village is not only one of the oldest (dating back more than 300 years) but also one of the most beautiful village settlements in Tana Toraja. It was nominated as a UNESCO Heritage Site and definitely is one of the places you can't miss on your trip to Toraja Land.
There are so many attractions Lake Tondano has to offer. Starting from swimming in its emerald waters, renting a boat and visiting the floating villages, to admiring orange carps at goldfish farms or just passing the time in one of the countless restaurants facing the water surface.
Lake Linow is a small volcanic lake in Tomohon, near Manado. The mainly sulfurous composition of the lake makes it smell like rotten eggs. But the smell is part of the fun, along with the great view of the colorful water surface. Depending on the chemical composition of the water, one day it's blue, the other might be red. When we visited Linow, it was emerald green.
Lake Poso with its max depth of 450 meters is the third-deepest lake in Indonesia. The surrounding hills make it look a bit like a mountain reservoir, but in fact, their height does not exceed 500 meters. And despite the lake depth, the water is not too cold but rather pleasantly cooling.
The Bunaken National Park is located in North Sulawesi in Indonesia. It is a marine park - 97% of its area is covered by ocean waters. The visitors have two options of spending time in Bunaken National Park - they can dive or they can snorkel. See our travel tips and have time of your life in this underwater paradise.