Sulawesi

The land of the dead

SULAWESI ISLAND – INFORMATION:

Sulawesi, previously known as Celebes, is one of the first eye-catching islands on the map of Indonesia. Its bizarre and scorpion-like island shape, large mountain ranges, volcanic cones, mysterious village names, regions, and neighbouring seas – all of that stirs one’s imagination and encourages venturing a bit further into this intriguing land.

The history of the Sulawesi Island is inevitably linked with colonialism and the brutal fighting that ensued between European powers over the control of trade routes and accessibility to valuable spice plantations. Sulawesi Island still to this day remains one of the world’s main producers of clove, nutmeg, coconut, copra, cacao, vanilla and coffee, although it’s not only tropical spices that make Sulawesi such an interesting travel destination. Breathtaking mountain landscapes, vastly covered jungles, savannahs, and rice field plateaus, unique flora and fauna, and above all the fascinating mysterious culture of the inhabitants are responsible for Sulawesi’s promise of an authentic adventure.

Tana Toraja is Sulawesi’s most famous cultural region. The people of this mountainous land have developed extremely complicated and spectacular burial customs in which the body of the dead is treated as if they were still alive. Corpses are put inside caves with small burial chambers carved in limestone cliffs and guarded with “tau tau” – wooden statues of the dead. If you add the rest of the region’s living animistic culture – the cult of white buffalo, boat-shaped houses, shamanism, and the belief in spirits – you will understand that an expedition to Tana Toraja is the same as plunging into a completely different lost world.

SULAWESI ISLAND – BEST ATTRACTIONS:

Sulawesi Expedition - Tana Toraja and Diving Wakatobi, Sulawesi Island Best Attractions

Tana Toraja

Witness the spectacular week long burial ceremonies sometimes attended by thousands of people. The number of pigs and buffalos sacrificed during the ceremonies can easily exceed ten thousand, making the whole event pretty costly as well. The ritual slaughter might not be the most pleasant thing to see but it’s definitely a unique experience.

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Wakatobi

Relax in paradise. Wakatobi is a small archipelago southeast of Sulawesi that deserves to be called the “Paradise of Earth”. Pristine beaches, amazing coral gardens, wheel sharks to be seen along with an absolutely tranquil atmosphere.

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Bogani Nani National Park

Master Yoda exists and he lives HERE! Check it out. Ok, it’s a tarsier, the world’s smallest monkey, and one of the many endemic species you will meet in Bogani Nani National Park.

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Bunaken

Explore the underwater fauna and flora in a Marine National Park in one of the world’s best diving areas.

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Togean Islands

Explore the tranquil paradise islands way off the beaten track with fantastic diving and perfect beaches.

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Pulau Cinta

Spend your honeymoon there. Pulau cinta is literally a heart shaped island with bungalows built above crystal clear, turquoise water.

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Bira Beach

Learn how to build a phinisi and relax in bungalows on the beach.

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Manado

Discover the culture of Minahasa and go diving in the Bunaken National Park.