Cruise Sulawesi for a distinctive set of culture, remote white sandy beaches and abundant coral reefs. South Sulawesi is a great, uncommonly cruised area with an extraordinary variety of land and sea sites. Selayar Island, Wakatobi, Bira and Takabonarate offer a unique perspective to truly emerge in the Essence of Cruising Indonesia. A Cruise to Southern Sulawesi can also be combined with a Komodo Yacht Charter.
A Taka Bonerate Cruise will take you to some of the remotest areas of Indonesia.
Taka Bonerate is an archipelago in the Southern Sulawesi Islands. It means “coral islands over sand”. It is the biggest atoll in Indonesia and the third biggest in the world. The atoll reef is a national park since 1992. It expands over 220,000 hectares and includes about 21 atoll islands, including Tinabo, Tinanja, Latondu and Rajuni. Inhabitants live on seven of the atoll islands. In Takabonerate there is also a chance to visit the Bajau Laut Sea Gypsies. The other 14 islands have remained remote places. Just imagine lonely, smooth sandy beaches, lush trees, eye-catching reefs and the diversity of marine life. The coral islands are interspersed by narrow, deep, sheer-walled straits. It’s a dive explorer’s paradise. There is a good chance to snorkel and dive with large pelagics, such as marbles and manta rays.
However, the islands have been frequently bombed in the past and many Reefs are destroyed. So, a sense for Adventure and Exploration is needed when Cruising these remote islands.
Sulawesi is suitable for Land & Sea Adventures as well as a Dive Liveaboard.
Makassar International Airport from Bali, Jakarta or Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Various smaller ports including Bira, Luwuk and directly in Wakatobi
March until mid-May and mid-September until December