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Wild and Wonderful Papua


The people of Sulawesi is one of the best sailorman, especially the Bugis ethnic group have always been known as great seafarers and shipbuilders. Through ancient times, their Perahu (boat) went overseas reaching Madagascar and Northern Australia for trading. At present, the Bugis people live in South Sulawesi villages.
Administratively, Sulawesi is divided into five provinces: South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, North Sulawesi and Gorontalo (the newest province).

A Trip to History SitesMakassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi, was the gateway to the Gowa Kingdom in 1667 and the port was one of the central exchanged trading in the archipelago.
Nowadays, Makassar is one of the business centers for Eastern Indonesia. Benteng Rotterdam an old fort built on 1545 now becomes the Ujung Pandang Provincial Museum and exhibits various antiques ceramics, old coins and manuscripts, musical instruments, costumes and ornaments.
In Central Sulawesi, you can visit the Museum Negeri Propinsi Sulawesi Tengah, and see the display of Kain Donggala, colorful hand woven silk inspired by India, arts and craft and the replicas of Lore Lindu megalith statues. If you want to see the genuine statues, you can go to the valley of Napu, Nes and Bada in Lore Lindu. The origin of these carvings of these human images is unknown, but is certainly related to the ancestor worshiping.
Moreover, a megalithic stone also has been discovered at Watu Pinabetengan at North Sulawesi. The surface is covered with crude, mysterious life drawings and scripts. According to Minahasa history, the first ancestor had divided up these land into seven regions: Tombulu, Tonsea, Toulour, Tontemboan, Tonsawang, Ponosakan and Pasan Ratahan. An ancient cemetery of the megalithic called the Waruga is also an interesting site. It has 144 sarcophagis with decorative sculpture and acrving motifs such as human beings, plants, animals and geometrical designs around the tombs and the lids.

Buton Island at Southeast Sulawesi, is the place of the sultan’s kingdom from the 14th to 16th century. At that time, they already had trading with China and the Majapahit Kingdom from Java island. The last ruler is King Laki Laponto, who became the first Sultan of Buton. A cultural festival such as ceremonies and folk’s events are conducted by the locals.Explore The Sea Treasure and The NatureTake a trip to North Sulawesi for diving and snorkeling, Explore the beauty of Bunaken National Marine Park, which you can see colorful tropical fishes, sea turtles, dugong and dolphins, Deep in the sea, you may see the Wolrd War II wreckage. This marine park is rated one of the best diving sites in Western Pacfic. Besides Bunaken, you can also dive at the chain island of Sangir-Talaud with the white sand beach. Tasik Ria is also an alternative beach, located 20 km from Southwest Manado (The capital city of North Sulawesi).

There are more places for experiencing the nature. Starting from North Sulawesi, the Dumoga Bone National Park has dense forests and vegetation with specific animal species like the Maeo Birds, Anoas, Honbills and fruit bats.
The Moramo waterfall consists of seven main terraces each with its own natural bathing pool at Southeast Sulawesi. A tropical jungle forest surrounds the fresh and clean waterfall. Napabale lake is connected to the sea through a natural tunnel. Other is Motonunu lake a deep blue non-salt water, clear and clean. Have you heard music by nature? Batu Gong beach, the only one sandy beach in Indonesia, which can perform the gong instruments without any one playing it. The sound comes from a huge stone at the edge of the beach. If the wave hits the stone, the sound echoes like a gong instrument At Bulukumba you can see the local people make traditional shipbuildings and this place is also the starting point to cross the Selayar island.

Ride the Perahu Cadik (traditional boat with balancer at both sides), let the wind blow and the water ripples accompany you.

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