Sulawesi is the island in the middle of the archipelago with the interesting shape. This has been important in shaping the history of the island because the centre is ruggedly mountainous and each of the four peninsulars have historically evolved separately. Far off the beaten track in these unexplored central highlands is the Lore Lindu National Park, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is home to five endemic species of animals and the famous megaliths.
The most famous cultural destination in the area is the Tanah Toraja Traditional settlements which is a proposed UNESCO site. The natural beauty surrounding the settlements is good for trekking and visiting villages. These tribes have very specific burial rights which include sacrificing buffalo and is a unique experience to the visitor.
Each of the four peninsulars boast beautiful beaches with diving and snorkeling opportunities – Bunaken, Lembeh, Wakatobi Islands and the Togean Islands to name a few.
Makassar airport is the gateway to travel in Sulawesi and only a short drive from the area of the Marost Karst. This ancient limestone area is an excellent day out trekking as you come to or from the airport.