SULAWESI, LAND OF CULTURAL & MARINE DIVERSITY
The Sulawesi Peninsula stands out from the rest of the Indonesian islands for rather bizarre orchid shape. Ancient geological upheavals had resulted in its twisted, elongated limbs and gave it unique landscapes and an abundance of nature. The peninsula is also home to diverse and fascinating cultures, making it a land of exciting travel experiences.
Bordered by the Celebes, Moluccan, Banda Sea and Flores seas, Sulawesi is a land of extraordinary landscapes, dominated by the rugged fog-covered towering mountains, tropical rainforests, green rice fields, scenic coastlines and deep mysterious lakes. Along the coast, beautiful coral reefs surround the sleeping volcanoes, which rise from the sea. Remote white sand beaches, surrounded by coconut trees and scattered fishing villages, are flanked by rough limestone rock layers.
The people of Sulawesi comprises various ethnic tribes who collectively provides the cultural diversity which the land is known for. The mysterious Torajas live in the mountainous centre Sulawesi, the friendly Manado-Minahasa are in the northern region and the intriguing Bugis and Makassarese people are found in the south.
The largest cities on the island are Makassar on the southwestern coast and Manado on the northern tip.