called the Celebes, Sulawesi is one of the world's most uniquely
shaped islands. It is often referred to as the "Orchid Shaped
Island". Historically, Sultans ruled this land and the Local
area is Governed by regents. Today, Sulawesi is divided into four
provinces, one of them being Southeast Sulawesi, covering the lower
eastern leg of this beautiful island.
Sulawesi is an Indonesia province on Sulawesi Island. The capital
of the province is Kendari, on the east coast of the peninsula.
The province is one of the most remote regions of Sulawesi; no highway
connects it to the cities on the rest of the island, so the primary
transportation link is a ferry across Bone Sea between Watampone
(Bone) in South Sulawesi and Kolaka port.
of the province is 1.771,951 (in 2000 Census), most of which is
centered on Buton island of the Sulawesi south coast, and around
Kendari. From the seventeenth century until the early twentieth
century, the region was the site of the Buton (Butung) sultanate.
Province is populated by more than 1,2 million people, in five diverse
and interesting cultural groups: Tolaki, Morunene, Buton, Muna (Locally
called Wuna), and Bajo. All offer the visitor a glimpse of life-styles,
which have survived man's rush to modernization while using much
of today's technology to their advantage.
of the land area of southeast Sulawesi is covered by natural jungle,
with extensive plantations of teak and ironwood, which are used
for local handicraft and contribute to the local economy. Much of
the beauty of the region has been preserved for prosperity by declaring
it "National Parks" and "Nature Preserve.
animals, living freely, easily seen and appreciated by visitors,
inhabit the entire province. Deer, Wild Pigs, Small Rodent-Like
animals called Kus-Kus, Monkey, Snakes, Anoa (small buffalo) and
numerous varieties of birds abound. But the hunting of animals is
forbidden in national parks preserves and carefully controlled by
local government, in other areas.
of the Sulawesi People, the local flora, fauna, and untouched beaches,
are the highlights of this unique located. It is truly one of the
world's last remaining. Natural habitats are waiting to show for
the visitor who can appreciate such natural beauty and the people
who live in it.