Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) is one of the main islands of Indonesia. With four spindly arms spinning outward, Sulawesi's spidery shape is easily recognizable.
- Central Sulawesi (Sulawesi Tengah)
- North Sulawesi (Sulawesi Utara)
- South Sulawesi (Sulawesi Selatan)
- South East Sulawesi (Sulawesi Tenggara)
- Makassar (Ujung Pandang) — capital of the South and Sulawesi's largest city
- Manado — proudly Protestant capital of the North and the gateway to Bunaken
- Bunaken — marine park with some of the world's best diving
- Tana Toraja — highlands famed for their elaborate burial rites
- Togian Islands — diving destination way off the beaten track
Sulawesi's tough terrain and massive size (174,600 km²) have meant that the island has a wildly divergent set of peoples and cultures, speaking eight major languages and professing Christian, Muslim, Hindu and animist beliefs (not to mention various mixes thereof).
Sulawesi's main ports of entry is Makassar, which has frequent flights throughout the archipelago. Manado acts as a secondary hub, with some interesting connections eastward to Halmahera and Papua. Both cities have direct flights from Singapore on SilkAir and from Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia.
The Trans-Sulawesi Highway winds for over 3900 km from Makassar to Manado. Despite the grand name, the road is narrow, twisty, spottily paved and dangerous.
Ikat weaving is Sulawesi's best-known craft, with different styles all around the island.
Sulawesi cuisine is quite varied, but the best-known is Manadonese cuisine from the north, an interesting mix of Dutch influences, incredibly spicy chillies and unorthodox ingredients like bat and dog.
Central Sulawesi continues to be wracked by sporadic ethnic violence, with bombings and violent riots in Poso, Palu and Tentena as militant Christian and Muslim factions battle. South Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi have also experienced some unrest. North Sulawesi is generally calm.
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