10 Amazing Places to Visit in Sulawesi

We all know that the end of the year will be coming soon and that means it is time for you to plan a holiday. If you have no idea where to go, why not opt to go to travel to Sulawesi? As we all know, Indonesia consists of many islands and Sulawesi is one of the main islands in Indonesia.


Sulawesi is considered as one of the most popular travel destinations due to its domestic tourism market and also the amazing view and attractions. Although many people tend to go to either Bali or Lombok, you will find the same breathtaking view in Sulawesi.


Before you go to travel to Sulawesi, you need to know that Sulawesi is divided into three sides. The first one is North Sulawesi, the second one is the South Sulawesi and the third one is the Central Sulawesi. Not only that but Sulawesi is also surrounded by many islands so you will need days to explore all of these islands.


You can also go the big city and then change to one of the tropical islands. Also, in Sulawesi, you will be able to see and experience a mixture of different religions. For your guideline, here are 10 amazing places to visit in Sulawesi.



1. Makassar


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The first place that you can visit when you go to travel to Sulawesi is Makassar which is the capital of the South Sulawesi. Do not be surprised if some people referred Makassar as Ujung Pandang. Believe it or not, many tourists and people use Makassar to enter and exit Sulawesi. With that being said, Makassar has many amazing views and attractions. One of them is Fort Rotterdam which was built during the Dutch colonial period. There is also Losari Beach with an amazing view and pristine seawater.



2. Wakatobi Islands


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The next amazing place that you can visit when you go to travel to Sulawesi is Wakatobi Islands. The name of Wakatobi Islands is actually derived from the first letters of the four islands in the south of Sulawesi. Those islands are Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko. Many tourists come here to experience good snorkeling and diving.



3. Tana Toraja


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The next exotic place that you can visit when you go to travel to Sulawesi is Tana Toraja. Tana Toraja is the most popular tourist attraction in Sulawesi as you can learn all of the things about the Torajan indigenous group. Here, you will be able to witness how people lived for centuries and there are unique celebrations that are held which one of them is the funeral celebration.



4. Lindu National Park


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The next place that you can visit when you go to travel to Sulawesi is Lindu National Park which is located in Palu. A bit of warning, to get to this national park is already a fun yet challenging experience as this national park is located at the end of mountain roads. Once you get to the national park, you will be able to see the lush rainforest and all kinds of animals such as butterflies, hornbills and monkeys as well. You can also see many different exotic plants in a secluded place.



5. Tentena

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The next place that you can visit when you go to travel to Sulawesi is Tentena which is located in Central Sulawesi. The main attractions here are the Saloupa Waterfalls and Poso Lake which has a stunning view with the azure water. However, if you go to Tentena at the end of the year, you will not be able to enjoy the annual Poso Festival which is held in the lake.



6. Manado


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Another exciting things to do in Sulawesi is to visit Manado which is the capital city of North Sulawesi. Besides Makassar, Manado is the second-largest city in Sulawesi and has many tourist spots. Manado is also famous for the mixture of many different religious buildings. Not only that but Manado has a statue of Jesus Christ which is the fourth tallest statue in the whole world.



7. Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park


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The next place that you can visit when you go to travel to Sulawesi is this Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park. This national park is located in the North Sulawesi. You can get to this national park through Gorontalo. The main attraction of this national park is the lush rainforest which is not too crowded so you can enjoy your time in this national park. You can also choose whether you want to explore alone or you want to hire a guide. Whichever, you will be able to see gorgeous animals such as birds, snakes, and monkeys.



8. Togean Islands


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The next spots to visit when you are travelling to Sulawesi is the Togean Islands. If you love diving with some gorgeous underwater creatures, then these islands are perfect for you. A bit of warning, the route to get to these islands will be a bumpy and wavy route as these islands are located in the Tomini Sea in North Sulawesi. But, you will be amazed by the beautiful sand and sea of these islands once you get there.



9. Tomohon


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Your next destination to go while in Sulawesi is Tomohon. This place has all of the things that nature lovers seek. The stunning scenery, the natural highlights, you name it. The main attraction of this place is the Mount Mahawu Volcano which is the most popular spot for trekking. There are many different trekking routes that you can choose depending on your budget and time. After you are done with trekking, you can head to handicraft villages to enjoy the view and buy some souvenirs.



10. Tangkoko National Park


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The last place that you can visit when going to travel to Sulawesi is Tangkoko National Park. This national park is actually a 9,000-hectare of land and the home of many gorgeous animals in North Sulawesi. In this park, not only you will be able to see the Tarsiers which are the smallest primate in the world, but you can also see the Black Crested Macaques. You also do not have to worry about the crowds as not many tourists visit this national park. So you can enjoy your time here at peace.