The Southeast Sulawesi Province is populated by more than 1.2 million people, in five diverse and interesting cultural groups: The Tolaki, Morunene, Buton, Muna (locally called the Wuna), and the Bajo. All offer the visitor a glimpse of life styles which have survived man’s rush to modernization while using much of today’s technology to their advantage. Most of the beauty of the region has been preserved for prosperity by declaring it “National Parks” and “Nature Preserve”.
The entire province is inhabited by wonereous animals, living freely, easily seen and appreciated by visitor. Deer, Wild Pigs, Small Rodent- like animals called Kus-Kus, Monkey, Snakes, Anoa (Small Buffalo) and numerous varieties of bird abound. But the hunting of animals is forbidden in national parks and preserves and carefully controlled by local government, in other areas. The warmth of the Sulawesi people, the local flora, fauna, and untouched beaches, are the highlights of this unique loacale. It is truly one of the world’s last remaining natural habitants waiting so show off for the visitor who can appreciate such natural beauty and the people who live in it
This is attractive sector comparing to other naturally province and culturally is quite rich and potential for tourism.
Some of them are:
- Tourist development:
– Marine parks with beautiful coral reefs.
– Natural waterfall.
– Cultural and historical remains.
– Beautiful beaches.
- Cultural Attraction: Horse fighting, self-defense, rituals, etc.
- Hunting wild animal: especially pigs and deeds.
The province of Southeast Sulawesi has many tourism objects, such as marine, natural and cultural tourism. The objects are;
– Park object: National Park Aopa Swamp, Napabale park, Morano, waterfall, etc.
– Marine tourism: Sea garden of Hoga Island, Hari island, Labengke, Batu Gong beach, Nirwana beach, etc.
– Cultural tourism: Buton palace, Old fort of Wawoni, Horse-fighting attraction, lakidende resting place, etc.
– Dancing: traditional and contemporary creation
Realize that the annual flow of tourist raise year by year, the management and development should be encouraged their facilities such as transportation, hotel, institution and services
Southeast Sulawesi’s capital is Kendari, seat of government and tourist center of the Province. It lies along the sloping hill and seaside of Kendari Bay, residence to some 100,000 people.
Kendari boast the manufacture of numerous fine artistic handicrafts, for both home and office use. Skilled craftsmen reproduce these, originals designs form, handed-down through the generation, using indigenous roots and ironwood. Visitors will find a visit to the Berlin Handicraft Center’s the Handicraft Exhibition Center valuable; both belong the local Association of Government Wives (PKK), and display items, which may be purchased to adorn the most discriminating setting.
Visitors will find frequent, colorful ceremonial events in and around Kendari. And, to be present on these occasions is to be invited to participate. For the closing of any ceremonial event in Kendari will be highlighted by the local “Lulo Dance” performed by local men and woman. And all on-lookers are invited to joint the dance, as part of the conclusion and harmonious farewell.
Nambo Beach is a beach that about 14 km or about 30 minutes to south of Kendari city, which can reach by public transportation or personal vehicle and also by boat from Kendari port that about 15 minutes. This beach has spread white sandy; the calm condition is very suitable for bath and sunbath on the beach.
Lahundape (Nipa-nipa Mountain)
It is located in Kendari district, Kemaraya, about 2 km from the downtown. Lahundape is a waterfall in the mount foot. To reach the mountain, we can see Kendari city from the height. Around the waterfall, there are green trees with its fresh air, so that, we will forget that we stay at the center of Kendari city. In the holiday, this place is become the recreation and camp place. Till now on, this waterfall has functioned as the water source for the society around it.
Batu Gong Beach
Batu Gong Beach is located about 15 km north of Kendari city. Batu refers to ‘Batu’ and ‘Gong’ refers to a big stone that voiced a Gong (the Java music instrument) voice if the seawater has hit it. Batu Gong Beach has white sandy that can not missed it if we visit Southeast Sulawesi. It can reach by public transportation or personal vehicle.
SEA GARDEN OF HARI ISLAND
In the Indonesia language, “hari” means daylight. Because of the way the sun’s ray’s reflection the water of the sea surrounding this island, the local people call it the “Island of Daylight”, Hari Island. Swimming, boating and other marine sports find a nature home along these shores. Diving to see the colorful fish in a sea garden setting of coral is a popular activity.
No other in Indonesia is quite like the Moramo Waterfall. It is unique in traversing a 2 Km plateau, with 127 separate terraced plumes, with the top of the waterfall some 100 meters above is basin pool. The falls have seven main terraces, each with its own natural bathing pool.
This combination produces clean, fresh, cool air in the shade production tropical, jungle-forest setting, which surrounds the falls. This is the perfect habitat for Southeast Sulawesi’s native animals and birds. Those who love nature at its purest will find this an ideal environment. Only 65 km east of Kendari, Moramo Waterfall is easily accessible by car or by boat, crossing Moramo Bay, with wide panoramic scenery of the sea
This clean, pollution-free bay is only one and a half hours by car or speedboat from Kendari. The white sand beaches of Moramo Bay are host to all sorts of water activities and sports; from sun bathing to water skiing, swimming to boating, observation of numerous fish life under the clear and cleans water
Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park
Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park comprises an area of 105,000 ha in South-East Sulawesi province. It was gazette in 1990, becoming Sulawesi’s fourth national park. The park is named after the swampy area Aopa and the mountain Mount Watumohai.
Large parts of Rawa Aopa Watumohai National Park consist of savanna with palm trees and Alang-Alang. The coast is relatively flat and covered with mangrove swamp forest. Inland the terrain first changes in savanna whereas more inland is hilly with tropical rainforest. This area is dominated by several hills including Mokaleleo Mountain, located in the north and Matoha upland plain (270m) in the east. Mount Watumohai (550 m) and Mount Mendoke (980 m), the highest points in the area, are located in the south. The swampland Rawa Aopa forms an important habitat for water birds. The birds can be watched from Harapan Island, a small island with a hut for bird-watchers in the middle of the swamp.
BUTON ISLAND AND THE SULTANATE OF BUTON
To the southeast of the Sulawesi mainland, Buton Island remains part of Southeast Sulawesi Province. Long before the independence of Indonesia and the unification of Buton with the rest of the country, Buton was a kingdom. This existed from the 14th to the 16th centuries. After this, and until Indonesia’s independence, it remained a Sultanate.
During the Sultanate period, the residents conducted trade and communicated with both China and Majapahit Kingdom, on Java Island. Interestingly, the first ruler who governed this region was a queen and the last ruler was a king. It was the last ruler, King Laki Laponto, who became the first Buton Sultan.
Buton Island is well known for its asphalt, called Buton or Butas Asphalt, and for its teak and ironwood. There is daily boat service from Kendari, with a stopover in Raha, the capital city of Muna Island.
The most fascinating culture appeal of Buton Island can be enjoyed when local people conduct ceremonies, celebrations and folk events, which welcome honored guest. One such unique event is “Pakande-kandea”, when foods and cakes are offered to visitors and traditional dances are performed
- NIRWANA BEACH AND BONE OGEN
- HORSE FIGHTING
This lively event in Southeast Sulawesi is found only in Raha (Muna Island). Fighting is held on the ceremonies occasion, mainly during thanks giving ceremonies, to welcome honored guest, or upon special requests. A feminine horse will be pulled in front of two horses. All horses will fight each other to get the feminine horse. While these contents were previously held in open fields, in around populated areas, today they are conducted in reserved compounds and tracks.
- NAPABALE AND MOTONUNU LAKE
Napabale Lake is at the foot of a hill, connected to the sea via a natural tunnel. At low tide swimmers can traverse this span of water for a most unusual experience.
However it is considered unadvisable and dangerous to attempt this feat during high tide, as the water rises to only one half meter from the roof of the tunnel.
Motonunu Lake is known for its clean, clear, dark blue water. Through it is also connected to the sea, its water remains fresh and not salty. Both lakes are 15 km from Raha, the capital of Muna Regency, on Muna Island. They are accessible by sailboat, from Raha, in only 45 minutes.
- TAMBORASI RIVER
This object tourism possesses its own unique and is scarce because:
– This river is about 70 meters long.
– At any weather (climate) the water remains cold.
– This river is attached with Tamborasi beach.
We can reach this place lay four – wheel drive. It will take us for about 120 minutes. It is a faded road, and the distance from Kolaka city is about 85 Km. This object tourism is located in Ladakai village, Wolo and Kolaka Regency
- MALAHA ISLAND
Malaha Island is beach for betting with its calm and sandy condition. This object became an object recreation for Kolaka society. In order to reach this object recreation we can use a four-wheel vehicle. It will take one for 45 minutes. The distance from Kolaka city is about 25 Km
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