The Southwestern Peninsula Of Sulawesi

The history, culture, and landscape of South Sulawesi combine together to create a very unique travel experience.

South Sulawesi covers the southwestern peninsula of Sulawesi – a mountainous region of natural beauty.

The Bugis, Makassar, Mandar and Toraja are the four ethnic groups that call South Sulawesi home. South Sulawesi’s sea faring traditions were established by the Bugis, Makassar, and Mandar people, who are known to have sailed to Australia and Africa.

The ancient artifacts, Walennae village
The ancient artifacts, Walennae village (Source :

The Toraja people created one of the most interesting tribal cultures in the world that are accessible to outsiders. South Sulawesi has been inhabited for 30,000 years. The oldest civilization was in the Walennae Valley, where ancient artifacts have been found. More recently, South Sulawesi was the gatekeeper to the Spice Islands (Maluku) back in the days of the early traders, which is why the Dutch eventually invaded and took control.

The landscape of South Sulawesi is a lush tropical jungle paradise interlaced with abundant agricultural projects such as coffee, cotton, and sugar plantations. South Sulawesi offers visitors a wealth of interesting things to see.

Beautiful landscape over Maros regency, South Sulawesi
Beautiful landscape over Maros regency, South Sulawesi (Source :
  • Indonesia’s 10th largest city – Makassar – is the capital of South Sulawesi province, and the largest city as well as the gateway to the eastern part of Indonesia.
  • Head south out of Makassar following the coast road around the tip of the South Sulawesi peninsula, and you’ll come to Bantaeng – a quiet coastal town with a centuries old tradition of fishing.
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