Donggala is a sleepy port full of colourful historic houses, flowering gardens and lots of interesting local characters. From here it’s a short ojek (motorcycle) ride to Tanjung Karang’s slice of white sand, studded with rickety beach bungalows, roaming buffalo and a decent dive centre.
The town was once a Dutch administrative centre and briefly the most important port in Central Sulawesi. When the harbour silted up, ships used the ones on the other side of the bay, and Palu became the regional capital.
In October 2018, an earthquake and tsunami caused severe damage to many parts of the coastline; however, this area was mainly okay.