TAKABONERATE : SULAWESI’S WONDERFUL SECRET
The fact that it takes about nine to ten bumpy hours of land driving to reach this unspoilt, idyllic, tropical paradise makes this little known sweet spot in South Sulawesi a wonderful secret. Places that are this far removed from the trappings of mainstream tourism will lead you on a discovery; and adventurous travel experience that is truly unique. Enjoy unique landscape, beautiful unspoilt beaches and villages that are largely unaffected by western influences. Discover the east side of the island which is heavily covered with rainforest, where it is possible to find numerous species of birds, small reptiles, marsupials, varans, and even wild boars.
Stretching south of the main island of Sulawesi into the Flores Sea, the Taka Bonerate National Park in the Selayar Regency is a dominantly rich marine park and a habitat to a number of bird species from land birds to coastal and sea birds that frolic on the many sand dunes. Explore this extensive 530,765 hectares national park of which 220,000 hectares of it forms an expanse of atolls and lagoons. The Tinabo Island, which is at the heart of Taka Bonerate, is far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, where you can feel like a sole owner of a private island in the middle of nowhere. Here you can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, fishing, or just actually watching in awe the sun rising and setting on a beautiful beach coastline that stretches as far as the eyes can see. Drop by Tarupa Island and you can immediately feel not only the warmth of its island but also of its people. The pristine beach around this island is irresistible! Latondu Island is the largest island with the size of 125 hectares; here you can witness the wide variety of marine ecosystem and also baby sharks under clear blue water. Enjoy the true hospitality of Sulawesi people in Bajo Village. Immerse yourself in the daily life of a villager by enjoying good coffee and local food, as well as learning how to weave, make drums, and pottery.