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South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Author Achmad Rabin Taim. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Author Achmad Rabin Taim

Sulawesi (Celebes): a wild island with a unique shape

Island with a particular shape, with four long peninsulas radiate out from a single central body, which makes it look like an octopus, Sulawesi (Celebes) is located between Borneo, to the west, and the Moluccas, to the east, and the Philippines lie to the north and to the south is the island of Flores.

Various and large open bays along the coast, between these, in the south, between the two southern peninsulas, lies the Gulf of Bone, to the east is the Gulf of Tolo, while to the north is the large Gulf of Tomini.

Sulawesi (or Celebes) has an area of 174,600 sq.km., is a wild and mountainous island still little known by tourists who often only visit the southern part, in particular the Torajaland, that is, the region of the Toraja people, famous for his funeral ceremonies and for their buildings shaped like a boat. The two main towns on the island are Makassar, to south, and Manado to the north end of the island.

Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Author Dominique Kirsner. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Author Dominique Kirsner

The interior of the island is mountainous with forests and there are several lakes and peaks over 3000 meters high, the highest peak is Mount Rantemario (3.478 metres) located in the south-central Sulawesi. Among the larger lakes are Lake Towuti (561 km ²), Lake Tempe (350 km ²) and the Lake Poso (323 km ²).

HOW TO GET THERE: The most important airport of Sulawesi is in Makassar (Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG)), which has flights to most of the islands of Indonesia, between Makassar and Bali is just one hour flight.

The other important airport of the island is in Manado (Sam Ratulangi International Airport (MDC)), which has flights to some destinations in Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines.

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