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Ancestral Houses, Sangalla, Southern Sulawesi, Indonesia

Sulawesi

Sulawesi is a strangely shaped island located adjacent to Borneo. The island has an incredibly diverse nature, supported by its many cultures, friendly locals and fascinating scenery.

The cultural rituals of the island are what attract travellers from afar. High in the hills of Sulawesi lays Tanah Toraja, an area famed for awe-inspiring landscapes, beautiful vast rice paddies and its elaborate funeral rituals, burial customs and architecture.

Any funeral is a huge affair using all the resources of the community. After an adult dies, their body is embalmed, sewn into a red funeral casing and then can be kept in the house for a year or more before being “buried” in a cliffside cave, guarded by effigies of themselves. The bodies of children are sewn into hollow tree trunks.

Traditional Boat, Togian Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Togian Islands, Sulawesi

Explore the stunning national parks

The island is full of beautiful wildlife-rich national parks which offer a secluded haven offering an off the beaten track experience to those who wish to explore. However, the main highlight of the island is its pristine diving waters that harbour its real treasures. The shorelines surrounding the island are known to offer the best diving sites in the whole of Indonesia if not the world, Pulau Bunaken and the Lembeh Strait are the most favoured but the incredible Wakatobi Marine National Park in the far southeast is definitely worth a visit.

Sulawesi attracts a diverse array of travellers, from those seeking cultural enlightenment to divers seeking their paradise. A fascinating place, certain to leave a lasting memory on those who travel to it.

Ancestral Houses, Sangalla, Southern Sulawesi, Indonesia
Ancestral Houses, Sangalla, Indonesia

A little more about Sulawesi

The houses within Sulawesi are shaped rather like overturned boats and decorated with intricate geometric carvings. Unlike most of Indonesia, which is Muslim, and Bali, which is Hindu, Tanah Toraja, contrary to what you might expect, is Christian.

Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Sulawesi Markets

Visit colourful local markets including the floating market and the Monday morning buffalo market in Tana Toraja.

Lemo Graves

Visit the cliff side stone graves at Lemo in South Sulawesi. These family graves are chiselled into cliffs and boulders and highlight the wealth of those buried there.

Tongkonan Houses and Traditions

Explore the traditional villages of Sulawesi with their ‘tongkonan’ houses and fascinating festivals.

Dive Wakatobi

Take a short journey to Sulawesi’s southwest corner to dive and snorkel on the untouched reefs of Wakatobi

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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Clare was terrific! At the last minute, I did a complete change of my plans, and she was incredibly graceful and positive about changing everything. The livaboard she recommended was great. I thoroughly enjoyed--and appreciated--working with her.

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