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Unveiling West Sulawesi: Pristine Beauty of East Indonesia


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Unveiling West Sulawesi: Pristine Beauty of East Indonesia

Posted on 9 September 2013

Formerly part of the vast South Sulawesi Province, the province of West Sulawesi was not officially formed until 5th October 2004. Along with the establishment of the new province, a capital was chosen as the center of government activities, which fell on the little coastal town of Mamuju, which lies most central in this tall shaped province. Not only does it serve as the center of government, Mamuju also acts as the main hub to explore the hidden beauty of West Sulawesi.

 

Formerly part of the vast South Sulawesi Province, the province of West Sulawesi was not officially formed until 5th October 2004. While it may not receive a fair share of spotlight compared to other more popular destinations in the archipelago, the young province has its own unique appeal as a pristine destination far from the hectic daily life or even bustling tourists’ commotions.

 

With as capital the small growing town of Mamuju, the province is divided into 5 regencies, stretching from Polewali Mandar in the south to North Mamuju in the north. As with the regencies, the beauty of West Sulawesi also stretches from high mountain ranges all the way to coastlines and the depth of the sea.

 

For adventure seekers and those who walk the roads less travelled, they can quench their thirst for a good adventure as they hike up to Indo Ranuang Waterfall in Polewali Mandar. While those who enjoy indulging themselves in the soft white sands, calm breezes, and the relaxing sounds of the waves there is the Dato Pangale Beach in Majene. For a refreshing experience of swimming in the relaxing ambience of nature, there is the Jati Gentungan Swimming Pool just a short drive away from the capital Mamuju. While you are here you will also be presented with the distinct hospitality and various unique cultural art forms of the Mandar ethnic group that inhabits most of West Sulawesi.