South Sulawesi, Baloyya Beach

South Sulawesi, Baloyya Beach

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Selayar Islands regency in South Sulawesi has every reason to make its island group a marine tourist destination.

Located between the Flores Sea and the Makassar Strait, the regency has diverse and beautiful tourist attractions on offer.  

Apart from Taka Bonerate National Park, Selayar has a number of gorgeous sites and diving areas. Several islands in the regency also possess captivating natural scenery.

Selayar covers an area of 1,357 square kilometers and comprises 132 islands, of which only 29 are inhabited. Belang-belang is one of those islands, where during the full moon various species of turtle come ashore to lay their eggs.  

“Many people go to the island to catch turtle eggs during the full moon to sell in Bali. We fear the turtles in the area may become extinct because of illegal hunting so we’ve assigned security guards there,” said Selayar Islands Regent Syahrir Wahab.

There is also Batu Island, with its unique landscape comprised entirely of stones. The island is home to numerous swallows, and locals have made this zone of birds their source of living.  

Tourists and nature lovers who aren’t inclined to go to Taka Bonerate have several alternatives not far from the city of Benteng – the capital of Selayar Islands regency.

The eastern coast is a sport diving area with scenic underwater panoramas featuring diverse coral and marine biota similar to that of Taka Bonerate. With a similar topography, the area is a favorite.  

Baloyya Beach is known for its sloping white sand and clear blue water, adorned with varied coral reef underneath. Near the beach are two natural caves and several islets. Situated south of the western coast of Selayar, Baloyya is only about 9 kilometers from Benteng. Jammeng, a tourist village not far from Benteng, is also a convenient place for relaxing. Aside from the undersea beauty, the area boasts a cascading waterfall.

Selayar also offers historical sites and relics to visit. In Benteng, a large bronze gong created around 1686 is preserved as an heirloom. It is said there are only two such gongs in the world, the other found in Vietnam.

At the Padang Village Museum in Benteng there are heirlooms such as a large anchor and cannon as well as relics indicating traces of shipping and trade relations in the 17th and 18th centuries between China and the islands.

A sightseeing tour of Benteng, with coconut trees lining its coastal fringe, is particularly enjoyable. The city is a producer of snacks made of melinjo and kenari nuts and also grows citrus fruits. The process of making the snacks by hand is fascinating to observe.

At the sea terminal of Pamatata in Selayar, visitors can feast their eyes on a landscape of tree-shaded rocky promontories along the shoreline. On the way to Benteng, about 50 kilometers away, travelers are pampered with expanses of white sand and rows of coconut trees.

Before visiting Benteng from South Sulawesi’s mainland, visitors can stop and rest in Bulukumba regency. In the regency dubbed “Butta Panrita Lopi” or boat craftsmen’s settlement, tourists can observe the process of phinisi or traditional wooden boat building that is unique to South Sulawesi.  

Near the terminal of Bira in Bulukumba, from which visitors cross the strait to Selayar, they can go to the Cape of Bira, an area with very fine white sand and clear water that offers good swimming and diving.  

Touring the Selayar Islands does take time and consume energy. But as soon as one arrives at Pamatata and reaches Benteng it is well worth the effort, as these sites — let alone the national park of Taka Bonerate — enchant and offer magnificent journeying well worth exploring.

South Sulawesi, Losari Beach, Makassar

South Sulawesi, Losari Beach, Makassar

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Makassar (Buginese-Makassarese language: ᨀᨚᨈ ᨆᨀᨔᨑ) – sometimes spelled Macassar, Mangkasara’ – is the provincial capital of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, and the largest city on Sulawesi Island and Indonesian Sixth Largest City after Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Medan, and Semarang. From 1971 to 1999, the city was named Ujung Pandang, after a precolonial fort in the city, and the two names are often used interchangeably. The port city is located at 5°8′S 119°25′ECoordinates: alt5°8′S 119°25′E, on the southwest coast of the island of Sulawesi, facing the Makassar Strait.

The city’s area is 175.77 km2 and it had population of around 1.334 million at the 2010 Census.[1] Its official metropolitan area, known as Mamminasata, covers an area of 2,473 km2 and had a population of 2,225,048 at the 2010 Census.[2]

South East Sulawesi, Batauga Beach, Bau-Bau

South East Sulawesi, Batauga Beach, Bau-Bau

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Bau-Bau or Bau-bau (Indonesian: Kota Bau-bau) is the main city on Buton island, Indonesia. Bau-Bau reached the city status on 21 June 2001, based on the Indonesian law number 13, year 2001. A port called Murhum serves the city sea transportation with a ferry terminal (jetty) operated by the Indonesian state-owned sealiner, Pelni.

Central Sulawesi, Tumbelaka Beach, Palu

Central Sulawesi, Tumbelaka Beach, Palu

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Palu is a chartered city (kota) on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, 1,650 kilometres (1,030 miles) northeast of Jakarta, at 0°54′S 119°50′ECoordinates: alt0°54′S 119°50′E, at the mouth of Palu River. It is the capital of the province of Central Sulawesi of a long, narrow bay. Because of its sheltered position between mountain ridges, the climate is unusually dry. At the 2010 Census Palu had a population of around 336,300,[2] not including those living in neighbouring regencies.

Central Sulawesi, Lalos Beach, Toli-Toli

Central Sulawesi, Lalos Beach, Toli-Toli

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Toli-Toli Regency is a regency of Central Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. The principal town lies at Toli-Toli, a port on the coast of Baolan District.

North Sulawesi, Tasik Ria Beach, Manado

North Sulawesi, Tasik Ria Beach, Manado

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With its peaceful and scenic palm fringed backdrop the family owned and run Tasik Ria Resort & Spa offers not only luxury and comfort but also a level of warmth and hospitality which in today’s frantic world is a rarity.

North Sulawesi, Batu Putih Beach Tangkoko

North Sulawesi, Batu Putih Beach Tangkoko

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Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve also known as Tangkoko-Batuangus Dua Saudara[3] is a nature reserve in the northern part of Sulawesi island of Indonesia, two hours drive from Manado. The reserve covers an area of 8,700 hectares and includes three mountains: Mount Tangkoko (1,109 meters), Mount Dua Saudara (1,361 meters) and Mount Batuangus (450 meters).[4]

North Sulawesi, Batu Nona Beach, North Minahasa

North Sulawesi, Batu Nona Beach, North Minahasa

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North Sulawesi’s star tourism attraction is undoubtedly Bunaken Island, with its internationally famous and enchanting underwater marine attractions. It attracts not only those who love diving or snorkeling but also tourists who take the sea air in catamarans.

From Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi, it takes from 15 to 60 minutes to reach Bunaken, depending on the starting point. From Tongkaina (Molas) it is only 15 minutes while from Mega Mas Boulevard 60 minutes.

But North Sulawesi wants to get the word out to the world that Bunaken — although rightfully famous for its natural splendor — is but one of its draws.

Governor Sinyo Harry Sarundajang recently said in Manado that each city and regency in the province — known as the land of waving coconut palms — held potential and could be competitive on the tourism front.

The list is long and interesting. Bitung, for example, has panoramic nautical and maritime tourism at Lembeh Island, Kungkungan and scenic natural beauty at Tangkoko. In North Minahasa there is an attractive resort at Batu Nona Kema, as well as pristine beaches at Likupang, Gangga and Bangka islands.

In Minahasa regency there is Doa Hill and Tondano Lake, and Lakban beach in Southeast Minahasa; for diving one can go to Buyat Bay while the place for eco-tourism to Ratatotok. In Tomohon, there is Mahawu mountain, Linow lake and a well-known area where Woloan traditional houses are for sale. There are also a number of tourism resorts in South Minahasa and in Bolmong Raya.

The local government’s efforts in creating alternative destinations have also triggered private companies amid the huge inflow of both domestic and foreign tourists to North Sulawesi via its international Sam Ratulangi airport.

Famous worldwide

For the past seven years during Sarundajang’s tenure the area has attracted numerous businesspeople and tourists becoming one of the fastest growth centers in Indonesia. Sarundajang said that previously the province was viewed as an area at the far end of Indonesia based on the country’s geographical map, but from the perspective of Asia Pacific it is at its center.

“That’s why, as a governor, I keep on pushing to make the position of this province more strategic,
not only for the benefit of the province, but especially for Indonesia,” said Sarundajang.

One effort to attract the world’s attention, he continued, was to initiate an international event, the World Ocean Conference (WOC) in May 2009.

The event, a local initiative, was soon included in the national and international agenda.

“It made North Sulawesi famous worldwide and I dubbed it as inviting the world to North Sulawesi. WOC attracted the world’s attention because it offered a new alternative for the reduction of global warming by maintaining and preserving the oceans,” said Sarundajang.

In conjunction with the WOC, he said, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono initiated the prestigious meeting, the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Summit which was participated in by surrounding countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Solomon islands.

In August 2009, North Sulawesi successfully organized Sail Bunaken by inviting a US aircraft carrier and a number of foreign warships, which further raised its profile.

Sarundajang said this was the momentum used fully to promote the tourist potential of the province, which has a population of over 2 million in 15 regencies and cities.

When Indonesia’s and the world’s eyes were directed more to the province various improvements and enhancements took place.

“Today both domestic and foreign airlines fly to Manado from Jakarta and other cities. There are more than 20 flights every day. We must take full advantage of these opportunities and next year there will be more incoming flights,” said Sarundajang.

Shore things

Ratatotok in Southeast Minahasa and Batu Nona Kema in North Minahasa have all become tourism draws and the beaches are crowded during weekends.

Ratatotok, about 70 km to the southeast of Manado, was previously a mining area of PT Newmont Minahasa Raya and it used to be barren.

After the company completed its operations in 2004, the 200 hectare. Mesel Ratatotok is now a green and productive forest due to the company’s reclamation before its closure.

There are shade of its trees, chirping of wild birds, and glimpses of the endemic, tiny tarsiers.

The survey team of the agriculture school of Sam Ratulangi University, Manado, said the forest had 155,814 trees and 145 species of 59 families of trees. There are also 109 types of birds and pollinating insects.

Although currently only researchers can go there, the plan in the near future is to open its natural wonders to the public.

Not far from Mesel forest there is the pristine Lakban beach and the mesmerizing underwater park at Buyat Bay. Both places draw local and foreign tourists in large numbers especially during the weekend.

Buyat Bay is located on the borders of Southeast Minahasa regency and Bolaang Mongondow and
its beach is 1.3 km long. There are 24 diving points at Buyat Bay. If you are still obsessed with seeing more scenic beaches then head to Batu Nona, 40 km to the north of Manado.

It has been developed by Fransisca Tuwai, a businesswoman who is also a member of the regional house of representatives of North Minahasa regency. The beach is truly a magnet for both local and international tourists, a fully integrated resort like Jakarta’s Ancol but on a smaller scale. It has water sports, a swimming pool and various recreational centers plus places of worship. Pleasant cottages are also available.

Peggy Mekel, an economist of Sam Ratulangi University, Manado, said Batu Nona was the result of local government efforts in promoting alternative tourist destinations to Manado rather than just relying on Bunaken.

Ratatotok and Batu Nona were solid proof that North Sulawesi is rich in various tourist destinations or resorts — developments that are expected to improve the economic condition of surrounding communities.

North Sulawesi, bunaken Beach

North Sulawesi, Bunaken Beach

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Bunaken island is located in the middle of the famous Bunaken National Park, off the coast of Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Bunaken island and Bunaken National Park are popular destinations for divers from all over the world due to the unique coral reefs and numerous different species of marine life which make it very well suitable for snorkeling also.

Central Sulawesi, tomini Beach

Central Sulawesi, Tomini Beach

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There are just so many things that make Gorontalo perfect for holiday, the beauty of its nature, the culture and not forget to mention, the friendly people. General information about Gorontalo, stated at North Sulawesi. Mountains, hills, shore line are the main characteristic of Gorontalo and it makes the island perfect for marine tourism.

Most of diving site take you just a few minute from town, Diving in Gorontalo mean diving within the richness of biodiversity, health and unique coral and reefs.

Lots of beautiful places could be found here. Tomini Bay, for instance, is famous for under water habitat and undefined creatures. There is several number of unsettled small islands. Tomini Bay is a heaven for divers, because the geographic position of Tomini Bay itself, which is crossed by the equator line, has naturally presented various kinds of sea creature inside.

Desa Olele or Olele Village is well known as the wild diving spot among world class diver. Olele beach is a gate to underwater paradise. The amazing beauty of underwater life on this area has been recognize and proofed by the enthusiasm of the divers who come to Olele beach. The divers called Olele as Traffic Jam dive spot.