Wakatobi is an archipelago located in Southeast Sulawesi province, Indonesia. Has an area of 1:39 million hectares of marine natural resources and high value the amazing underwater panorama. Wakatobi’s name is taken from the names of four large islands, the Wangi-wangi island, Kaledupa island,Tomia islands and Binongko island. Wakatobi archipelago including the larger islands, the islands blacksmith.
As the name implies, Junior Iron island, this island is famous for making beautiful traditional dagger and remained in production until now. These islands have pristine nature, quiet with fresh sea water, underwater caves adjacent to each other that are served exclusively for true nature lovers.
Junior Iron Islands has 25 pieces of coral reef with a circumference of the pristine beaches of the islands along the 600 km. Coral reefs become habitat for many species of fish and other sea life creatures such as molluscs, marine worms, sea plants. Sharks, dolphins and whales also be residents of this region. All of which creates a beautiful marine parks and natural. Marine park is considered the best in the world arena is often used as a diving and snorkeling for divers and tourists. Since 1996, Wakatobi area designated as a national park.
More than 112 species from 13 families including corals Acropora formosa, A. hyacinthus, Psammocora profundasafla, Pavona cactus, Leptoseris yabei, Fungia molucensis, Lobophyllia robusta, Merulina ampliata, Platygyra versifora, Euphyllia glabrescens, Tubastraea frondes, Stylophora pistillata, throchelliophorum Sarcophyton, and Sinularia spp.
There are so many dive sites contained in this Waktobi National Park, spread over all the four major islands. Hoga Island (Resort Kaledupa), Island Binongko (Resort Binongko) Tamia and Resort is an attractive location visited, especially for diving, snorkeling, marine tourism, swimming, camping, and cultural tourism. For the diving point, can be viewed at the following link in the Wakatobi Dive Point.
Month of April until there in June and October through December are good months to visit Wakatobi, because the weather is great and perfect for diving. Meanwhile, if you love surfing, July through September may be more appropriate, because the month is very high and the waves suitable for surfing.
In addition to diving, surfing and snorkeling on the beach are also provided special motors Wakatobi diving, snorkeling tours and discovery on the island. A small area located on the side of the island covering an area of 8 km2 Tomia, named Tolandona Island (Pulau Onernobaa) is unique because the island is surrounded by beautiful marine park.
Tana Toraja, culture known worldwide for its extraordinary and complex funeral, unlike the rest of the world, the most important celebrations Toraja do not occur in baptisms and weddings, but residents here, spend their lives saving to provide the best funeral their dead! The high mountains and beautiful Tana Toraja land, not only offer great views of rice paddies and green fields, on this trip you will enter in the culture where cliffs statues, sacred trees, walking dead and animal sacrifices are the order of the day.
Arrival in Ujung Pandang or Makassar, our guide will meet you at the Airport, Makassar airport is quite busy, as is the center of Indonesia, and of all aircraft traffic moving from east to west in Indonesia (and vice versa) Here begins the adventure of the island of Celebes, private car on the way to Tana Toraja.
The journey, about 310 km is filled with rice fields, villages Bugis, who are the owners of the famous blend of traditional boats pinisi.
They will be 8 hours by car from the airport, so will some stop halfway for lunch or dinner. (Depending on the time of your flight) Arrival at the Hotel, well-earned rest after the long journey.
Breakfast at the hotel. There will be two days visiting the most emblematic places of the Tana Toraja. Toraja is one of those mystical places, where both the beauty of the mountains and fields and the unique culture, makes this area a must for those who want to leave other tourist areas.
The Toraja are mostly Christians, but still lives today animism. So you can see in most of their funerals and beliefs derived from religion Aluk Todolo.
We will make the must of Toraja. Lemo with the cemetery on the wall and all the statues of wood called Tau-Tau, representing the deceased. The town of Kete Kesu, one of the oldest of which will see the typical Toraja houses called Tongkonan, and then to Londa Marante where other graves really hanging in a cave, the villages of Bori, Nanggala, Suaya, see the graves for babies in the Trees, (it is one of the most special things I’ve seen in Indonesia).