Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Lore Lindu National Park

Bada Valley

Seemingly scattered haphazardly around the hills near Lore Lindu National Park are some 400 ancient stone megaliths of unknown origin that might be over 5000 years old. A fine assortment of these can be found –...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Togean Islands

Taman Nasional Kepulauan Togean

Togean Islands National Park was gazetted in 2004, and in 2017 was declared a tourism area of national significance. The park encompasses 3400 sq km of ocean and 250 sq km of land, and contains several of...

Top ChoiceVillage in Tana Toraja

Ke'te Kesu'

The four stately tongkonan and many granaries that make up Ke'te Kesu' were moved to this picturesque site in 1927 when the savvy family head noticed the Dutch government largely ignored anyone too far from their...

Top ChoiceTomb in Tana Toraja

Tampang Allo

Whether it's the tau tau, the cave itself, or the peaceful rice paddy setting squeezed between a maze of cliffs, this is one our favourite sites in Tana Toraja. The graves reportedly belong to the chiefs of...

Archaeological Site in Lore Lindu National Park

Behoa Valley

The valley around Bariri village is littered with megalithic objects, including statues of human forms as well as massive kalamba (stone pots) and tutu'na (stone lids). The region is alternately called Behoa or...

Waterfall in Tentena

Air Terjun Saluopa

If you have wheels you can visit this impressive, powerful waterfall that drops in stages through rainforest, 15km west of Tentena. The falls are a spectacular place for a swim, and you can hike through the...

Tomb in Tana Toraja

Londa

Live out your Indiana Jones fantasies at this extensive (and very popular) burial cave below a massive cliff face. Its entrance is guarded by a balcony of tau tau, while inside piles of coffins – many of them...

Tomb in Tana Toraja

Lemo

A veritable village of tau tau stare down with unblinking eyes and outstretched arms from this impressive burial cliff riddled with tombs. The sheer rock face has a whole series of balconies for statues of the...

Fort in Makassar

Fort Rotterdam

One of the best-preserved examples of Dutch military architecture in Indonesia, Fort Rotterdam was built on the site of a Gowanese fort, itself built to repel the Dutch East India Company. Having failed to keep...

Cave in South Sulawesi

Gua Leang Leang

The Gua Leang Leang caves are noted for their ancient paintings and handprints. Recent studies of nearby caves have placed the art at over 35,000 years old, making them the oldest pictographs in the world. There...

Wildlife Reserve in Bitung

Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue

About 9km southwest of Bitung, Tasikoki is an entirely volunteer-run organisation that rescues and cares for animals confiscated from smugglers. The aim is to rehabilitate the animals and release them back into...

Museum in Tomohon

Muesum Pinawetengan

Not just another roadside attraction, this complex is home to Minahasa houses, a history museum, a celebration of owls (the Minahasa Regency mascot), a weaving workshop, an anti-narcotics museum and a botanical...

Market in Rantepao

Pasar Bolu

Heralded as the world's largest water buffalo market, this dusty, chaotic scene pops off every Tuesday and Saturday when stately beasts imported from around the world are put on display. Some of these animals...

Palace in Bau Bau

Kraton

High above the town centre is the kraton, the Wolio royal citadel with impressively long and well-preserved 16th-century walls and battlements that offer great views over the town and its north-facing bay. Much...

Beach in Pulau Bunaken & Pulau Siladen

Pantai Liang

Suffering from erosion and rising sea levels, the beach at Liang has become a svelte, though pleasant, strip of white sand. At low tide, there's still plenty of room to toss a frisbee around. The beach is lined...

Beach in Pantai Bira

Pantai Bara

Around 3km northwest of Bira village, this quieter crescent of white sand is fringed by low cliffs and palms. You can stroll here in 30 minutes from Bira along the coast with the sand between your toes (low tide...

Museum in Palu

Museum Sulawesi Tengah

This exceptionally good museum has cultural artefacts from the area's indigenous peoples. Unfortunately only half the signs are in English, but there are extremely informative English-speaking attendants who will...

Mosque in Makassar

Asmaul Husnah 99 Kubah

On the reclaimed waterfront opposite Pantai Losari, this stunning bright-orange-and-white, 99-domed mosque was almost complete at the time of research and is destined to become a major Makassar attraction. Reach...

Religious Site in Tana Toraja

Bori' Kalimbuang

There are lots of places to see standing stones, but this is one of the nicer ones. With 102 stones – each representing a different funeral conducted at the site – this pleasantly arranged and well manicured...

Waterfall in Luwuk

Air Terjun Piala & Laumarang

Two impressive waterfalls up the canyon northwest of Luwuk make a fine afternoon excursion. Piala requires ducking under a fence at the aqueduct which may not appeal to some, but the government is actively...