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The city of Palu, capital of the province of Central Sulawesi sits on the “neck” of the K shaped island of Sulawesi. Palu is the gateway to the Lore Lindu National Park and the mysterious Bada valley, where lie scattered megalithic statues resembling those on Easter Island, and further east is the diving haven of the Togean Islands.

Although most of Central Sulawesi faces the large Bay of Tomini, Palu, however, faces the other way, facing west to the Straits of Makassar from the base of the narrow Talise Bay.

Here the Ponulele bridge crosses Talise Bay, connecting West Palu with East Palu. The bridge is a favorite spot for lovers to watch the glowing sunset when the last golden rays of the sun are reflected by the glistening waters of the bay. And as darkness falls, the lights on both sides of the bay perfect this romantic get away.

This  town Is backed by  the Gawalise mountains to its west and the Rovigadi mountain range to its east and is fronted by a number of white beaches, including the Tanjung Karang and Taman Ria beaches, as well as the Kampung Nelayan or the Fishermen’s Beach.

Tanjung Karang has beautiful crystal clear diving sites, while closer to shore the beach is popular for jet skiing or banana boating and other water sports.    

Further out to sea is Pulau Lingayan, which offers beautiful coral reefs, home to colorful tropical fish. Being the capital of the province, Palu is the gateway to any visit to the wonders of Central Sulawesi, although today flights are also available to the town of Poso, nearest point to visit Lake Poso, or to Luwuk, the airport for those wishing to dive in the amazing Togean Islands.


To Stay,

Palu has a number of good hotels, the latest opened is the Hotel Santika Palu, located in the business district of Palu . The Hotel has 3 meeting rooms, a ballroom for 400 guests, swimming pool and fitness center. Rooms are Wi-Fi connected, have LCD TVs and coffee maker in the room.

Hotel Santika PaluJalan Mohamad Hatta no.18, PaluFor information and reservation: www.santika.comCentral reservation at Phone: +62 21 2700027.

Other hotels are

Swiss-belhotel Silae Palu -  a 4 star hotel in the centre of Palu's business district, 10 minutes from the city centre.Website:

Palu Golden Hotel – 2 star hotelJalan Raden Saleh 22, PaluThis is a 2 star hotel, is located at Jl Raden Saleh 22 Palu. PhoneTelephone: +62 451 421126Website   :

Getting There and Around

Get There

There are no international flights to Palu.

There are a number of domestic flights from Jakarta, Surabaya, and Makassar to Palu’s Mutiara Airport.   Among these are Batavia Air, Merpati Nusantara Sriwijaya Air.

Batavia Air has rect flights to Palu from Balikpapan, Batam, Jakarta,  Pontianak, Surabaya and Makassar, check:

Merpati Nusantara Air has direct flights to Palu from Jakarta, Kendari, Luwuk,Makassar, Manado, Poso, Surabaya, Tolitoli and Yogyakarta. Click

Sriwijaya Air has direct flights to and from Palu and Balikpapan,Jakarta and