Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, is characterless but loaded with banks and ATMs, cheap internet, travel agencies, supermarkets and, oddly, pharmacies (all along Jl Emmi Saelan). It’s a good place to do errands when arriving from or heading out by ship to Kalimantan or treks to Lore Lindu National Park. Nearby is the rarely visited yet wonderfully quaint village of Dongalla and beach area of Tanjung Karang. Situated in a rain shadow for most of the year, Palu is one of the driest places in Indonesia.
The best part of town to wander around is the busy Jl Hasanuddin II area.