The south-eastern Peninsula and Buton group of island are inhabited by descendents of the Torajans and Bugis peoples, and due of the strong influence of the Islamic Bone Kingdom most of the people in this part of Sulawesi are Muslim. There are five diverse cultural groups: The Tolaki, Morunene, Buton, Muna (locally called the Wuna), and the Bajo. Most of the land area of Southeast Sulawesi is covered by natural jungle, with extensive plantations of teak and ironwood, which are used for local handicraft and contribute to the local economy. For those who like challenging adventures and ecotourism, come to Lambusango and Kakenauwe Protected forest, Wakatobi Marine National Park, Basilika Islands.
Jl. Teban Nunggu No.2, Kendari 94111
Phone. (0401) 326634
Fax. (0401) 327435
Garuda Indonesia Airlines fly directly from Jakarta, Surabaya and Manado to Kendari.
Atraksi Adu Kuda (Horse Fighting Attraction) performs in almost every celebration in Muna Island. The fight is between two male of horses, which start to fight after they have got provoked by the way of switching their lover (the female) between one to another. As their temper raise, they start to raise their front feet as a sign of their readiness to fight. The fight used to be happened incredibly, it can make every heart of the audience beat rapidly. Nevertheless, there is Muna philosophical value that they want to share from the fight, which is the right and responsibility are everything in spite of the soul have to pawned.
Kendari is a capital of Southeast Sulawesi Pro¬vince Southeast Sulawesi. It lies of a sloping hill overlooking beautiful Kendari Bay. Kendari artists are known for their artistic handicraft in traditional designs, using indigenous roots and ironwood. Silverworks from Kendari is widely known as its good quality and designs.
2.BATU GONG BEACH AND TOLI-TOLI HILL
Batu Gong Beach and Toli-Toli Hill. 20 km from Kendari to the north, Batu Gong beach is a new recreational resort along a 3 km white-sand beach. At the edge of the beach are huge stones, which when hit sound like a gong, hence the name of this area. Gorgeous views the sea can be enjoyed from the top of nearby Toli-Toli hill resort.
Moramo Bay. This pristine bay is only one and one half hours by car or speedboat from Kendari. The white sand beaches of Moramo by are host to a endless water activities and sports: from sun bathing to water sking, swimming to boating, highlighted by snorkeling or diving in the crystal clear water
4.BUTON ISLAND GROUP "PAKANDE-KANDEA"
Buton Island Group, “Pakande-kandea”. The most fascinating cultural appeal of Buton Island can be enjoyed when local people conduct cere-monies, celebrations of folk events which welcome honored guests, food and cakes are offered to visitors and traditional dances are performed. Buton Island is also well-known for its asphalt, and for its teak and ironwood. Nirwana Beach is located 12 km from the village of Baubau, and is popular for swimming and its fine white sand beach. The small adjoining island, only thirty minutes away by sailboat, is a fisherman’s paradise. There is daily boat service from Kendari, with a stop-over in Raha, the capital city of the island of Muna.
5.SEA GARDEN OF PULAU HARI
Sea Garden of Pulau Hari. In Indonesia “hari” means daylight. Because of the way the sun’s rays reflect off the waters surrounding this island, the local people call it the “Island of Daylight”, Pulau Hari, Swimming; boating and other marine sports find a natural home along these shores. Pulau Hari is blessed with an amazing coral reef with excellent snorkeling and diving.
6.NAPABALE AND MOTONUNU LAKES
Napabale and Motonunu Lakes. Napa¬bale Lake is connected to the sea via a na¬tural tunnel. At low tide strong swimmers can brave this span of water for an exciting and unusual experience. It is dangerous to attempt this feat during high tide, as the water rises to only one half meters below the roof of the tunnel. Motonunu Lake is known for its clean, clear, darkblue water. 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.
7.WAKATOBI MARINE NATIONAL PARK
Wakatobi Marine National Park is lies just off the south – eastern tip of Sulawesi, variable paradise for snorkeling and scuba enthusiasts. It can be reached by chartered flight from Denpasar direct to Tomia or by shipline of PELNI which call in regularly at the Port of Bau-Bau.
Wakatobi Resort : www.wakatobi.com
8.LAMBUSANGO AND KAKENAUWE PROTECTED FOREST
Lambusango and Kakenauwe Protected Forest which is base to operation Wallace is home to the significant endemic population of Anoa, Tarsius & Cuscus. It can be reached by a local minibus within one and a half hours or klik www.opwall.com
Basilika Island. Basilika (an acronym) derivers from a group of islands just off the western-part of Buton namely : Batauga, Siompu, Liwutongkidi, Kadatua. Its atolls and coral reefs are spectacular and wonderful. You can get to Basilika by a speed boat just for a half hour.
Moramo Waterfall No other in Indonesia is quite like the Moramo Waterfall. It passes a 2 km plateau, with 127 separate terrace plumes, the top of the waterfall some 100 meters above its basin pool. There are seven main terraces, each with its own natural bathing pool. Surrounded by lush jungle, this is the perfect place for those who love nature at its most sublime. Only 65 km east of Kendari, Moramo waterfall is easily accessible by car, or by crossing Moramo Bay by boat, and enjoying panoramic views of the sea.