Sulawesi Tenggara (Southeast Sulawesi,) is on one of the world’s most uniquely shaped islands, often referred to as the “Orchid Shaped Island.” Today, Sulawesi is divided into six provinces, one of them being Southeast Sulawesi, covering the lower eastern “petal” of this beautiful island. The city of Kendari is its capital which lies on the east coast of the peninsula and is the starting point to any adventure into this fascinating province. In Southeast Sulawesi are found the 7-tiers Moramo Waterfalls, the Giant Clam Marine Park, and also the Wakatobi National Park, dclared a UNESCO Biosphere Park. The indigenous people of this province are the Tolaki, Morunene, Buton, Muna and the Bajo ethnic groups. Kendari has the fourth largest population in Sulawesi, behind Makassar, Manado, and Palu. Kendari city, was formerly named Kandai, and also sometimes referred to among the locals as Kantahi. Translated literally, this means, the coastal region. Kendari is the tourist center of the province of Sulawesi Tenggara, which offers wonderful attractions both on land and seas. It lies along the sloping hills and seaside of Kendari Bay, and is residence to some 100,000 people. Kendari boasts the manufacture of numerous fine, artistic handicrafts, for both home and office use. They are reproduced by skilled craftsmen, from original designs and handed down through the generations, using indigenous roots and ironwood. Visitors will find frequent, colorful ceremonial events in and around Kendari. To be present at any one of these occasions is to be invited to participate. For the closing of any ceremonial event in Kendari it will be highlighted by the local “Lulo Dance”, performed by local men and women. And all on-lookers are invited to join the dance, as part of the conclusion and harmonious farewell.
Most the of the land area of Southeast Sulawesi, Kendari included, is covered by natural jungle. There are extensive plantations of teak and ironwood, which are used for local handicrafts and contribute to the local economy. For those who like challenging adventures and ecotourism, this part of Sulawesi is ideal. There are several dive and snorkel spots which you may wish to try in and around Kendari, before you venture further into the deep-sea waterworld around Wakatobi.
This is an interesting place to visit during your stay at Kendari. It is located in the Toli-toli Village, approximately 1 hour from Kendari. A large number of marine biota off the Kendari bay are on the verge of extinction. This park was started by volunteers who felt compelled to do something towards nature conservation, particularly the marine environment and its contents, especially for the conservation of the Giant Clam. The marine park was completed in January 2010. Up to this time the marine park has been successful, having collected and preserved as many as 700 Giant Clams (Tridacna), and various other species such as,the Tridacna Gigas, Tridacna Derasa, Tridacna Squamosa, Tridacna Maxima, Tridacna Crocea, TridacnaTevoroa, Tridacna Rosewate, Hippopus-Hippopus and HippopusPorcellanusand other creatures that live in shallow waters. The Marine Park not only preserves and protects the Giant Clam, but also other marine biota such as starfish, sea cucumbers, ornamental fish, and the lobster. There are tour dive packages, where you can arrange to be picked up at the airport or your hotel and be taken to the Toli-Toli Village. The trip will take about 1 hour from Kendari City or 1 ½ hours from Kendari airport.
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