Developing leading tourist destinations in Central Sulawesi - Tourism Indonesia


Monday, November 7, 2016

Developing leading tourist destinations in Central Sulawesi

Blessed with historical, cultural, religious, and prehistoric sites, the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi is making every effort to promote these tourist attractions all-out, both at home and abroad.

Now, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has set three major tourist destination in Central Sulawesi that will get priority in the development in the country.

The three leading tourist attractions that are given priority in the development are Matantimali paragliding site, Togean Islands and prehistoric megalith sculptures and other ancient objects.

Incredibly pretty and amazing with blue sky, green fields, and nature scenery, Matantimali is said to be one of the best paragliding spots in the Asia Pacific.

Matantimali mountain area has become the choice of the people of Palu city to spend their weekend, especially for those who want to enjoy its natural beauty.

This very attractive site for tourists and international para-gliders has tremendous beauty and advantage found nowhere else around the world. 

Early 20th-century Eorpean scholars Albert C Kruyt (1909 and Kaudern (1917-1920) did a lot of research on Central Sulawesis historical background but part of it has remained undisclosed.

The first Europeans who came to Central Sulawesi to trade with the local kings were Portuguese, followed by the Dutch.

And the prehistoric sites are still there for the European tourists to see in Central Sulawesi, which also has megalithic spots scattered across the highlands of Bada, Napu, and Besoa, areas inhabited by the Lore people.

Central Sulawesi is beautiful with its fascinating mountain, lakes, and valleys that can make foreign tourists love every minute of their stay.

This is why, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is determined to promote the valuable assets of the provinces natural beauty in other countries.

Central Sulawesi Tourism and Creative Economy Office Chief Norma Mardaju has stated that the province has a lot of interesting and unique places for tourists to visit but the problem was that road access to those places had yet to be made more convenient.

Tanjung Karang beach in Donggala district, some 37 km northeast of Palu, is also one of the places recommended to tourists to visit.

By making car trip of about one hour from Pulu city, tourists would find an extremely peaceful spot attached to a beautiful tropical garden and a relaxing atmosphere on the white sandy beach of Tanjung Karang.

A protected coral reef just off the white sandy beach of Tanjung Karang would also enable the tourists to explore its magnificent underwater dive spots.

Each year hundreds of European tourists visit Tanjung Karang beach and Togean Islands in the province, and the number is predicted to keep increasing following the intensive promotion.

Togean Islands, or just the Togeans, is an archipelago of 56 pristine coral and volcanic islands and islets located in the Gulf of Tomini in Central Sulawesi.

The Gulf of Tomini is rich in fish and other marine resources, and is expected to emerge as a popular tourist destination thanks to its biodiversity and natural beauty.

Central Sulawesi Governor Longki Djanggola has said the province was famous for its underwater habitat and creatures, such as Gobi Fish (Bryaninops erythrops), Salvador Dali reef (Petrosia lignose), Ikan Behang (Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides), Cardinal Fish, Damsel, Platax pinnatus, Scorpaenopsis, Oxycephala, Goropa Fish, Butterfly Fish, Cockatoo Fish, Randal Fish,Parapterois hetururus, Bothus Sp, Half Face Fish, Frog Fish, and others.

Another major tourist destination in the province is Tojo Una-Una district as part of Togean Islands, owing to its beautiful underwater park across the Gulf of Tomini.

The Togean Islands, located a few kilometers east of Palu in the Gulf of Tomini, have been named by the government as a national park with an ecosystem covering an area of 70,000 hectares.

Togean Islands share similarities with the diving destination of Raja Ampat in West Papua. Both contain many clusters of islands, adorned with shady trees, and of course their world-famous amazing underwater sights, reputed to even more gorgeous than those in Bunaken, North Sulawesi.

The Togean Islands underwater gardens are very beautiful, so much so that they have been acknowledged as a heaven for divers. Its waves, which are not too big, make the islands an even more exciting place to visit.

Most of the islands were formed thanks to coral formations and fertile soil caused by volcanic activities millions of years ago. 

Visitors will see islands densely populated by trees, as well as coral hills poking out here and there. The sights, combined with the blue ocean vista, make for stunning sights.

The coral-walled island clusters, the verdant trees, the luminous sunlight-reflecting white sands and the clean blue oceans provide a magnificent vista to greet visitors.

The Togean Islands offer a variety of activities for fun and relaxation. Take a stroll along peaceful white sandy beaches; go snorkeling and diving to check out the coral reefs and underwater wildlife; explore the islands and all of their natural wonders; and enjoy the Togean Islands mostly seafood-based dishes.(Antara)


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