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Central Sulawesi

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Central Sulawesi

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Central Sulawesi (Sulawesi Tengah, abbreviated Sulteng) is the province at the center of the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.

Location of Central Sulawesi



  • Palu - the capital
  • Poso - troubled market town
  • Ampana - Transit point

Other destinations[edit]



Get in[edit]

By plane There are airports in Palu (for Lake Poso and the central highlands), and Luwuk (for the Togian Islands, Morowhali), with a reasonable amount of domestic departues to Manado and Makassar.

By road From the south: Buses leave Rantepao in Tana Toraja everyday around 09.00 (delays can be common), and stops at Tentena, Poso and Palu. It should be noted that the road is in a bad condition, with potholes being quite common, therefore heavy delays can be expected. It is recommended to try to get a seat on the more comfortable executive bus for this reason.

From the north: An overland bus route goes to Manado by Toli-Toli and Gorontalo; this is not very used by tourists though, as the Togian Islands are omitted on this route.

By boat Small ferries arrives in Ampana from Wakai, the "capital" of the Togian Islands, everyday apart from Sunday and Thursday. The 5 hour trip is not very friendly towards people prone to seasickness, but the scenery is very nice.

Get around[edit]





Standard Indonesian fare in the warungs. There are very few "proper restaurants". The fish, and especially the eel from Lake Poso, can be delicious.

Bat: At least several warungs in Tentena down by Lake Poso, sell this local delicacy. Not recommended as continued hunting of these large bats may lead to a massive decline in their populations.


Stay safe[edit]

As of 2006 ethnic violence between Muslims and Christians in the central towns of Palu and Poso continues to simmer. Tourists are not targeted, but there are very few visitors in the area anyway and the police and military presence is very heavy.

However, as of 2011 the situation seems to be much quieter and some tourists have returned. Caution can still be recommended, especially in Poso, where some locals might still make you feel like an unwelcome intruder.

Get out[edit]

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