Formally known as the Celebes, Sulawesi is the world’s 11th largest island and one of Indonesia’s main islands. Shaped a little like a lowercase k, Sulawesi has areas areas of unique culture, an abundance of spectacular scenery and some of the best world-class diving spots in the world.
Bunaken is one of Indonesia’s most famous diving and snorkelling areas and it draws many visitors from all over the world. Situated on the northern tip of Sulawesi, Bukaken Island is part of the Bunaken National Park, a marine park covering 890 sq. km. More species of marine life are concentrated about the reef just a few kilometres off shore than anywhere else in the Indo-Western Pacific. The different genera of coral here are seven times that of Hawaii. Seven of the eight species of giant clams that occur in the world are to be found here.
Tanjung Bira is another magic spot on Sulawesi and while not quite as well visited as Bunaken it is nevertheless a worthwhile trip for its powder-white sand beach fringed with palm trees and the simply beautiful scenery of the area. It is not too busy and well worth the 5-hour drive from South Sulawesi’s capital, Makassar. This is an ideal spot for unwinding, relaxing and swimming or snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the shoreline. Tangung Bira’s southern most position on South Sulawesi gives it some amazing sunsets.