Sulawesi Travel Guide

Interesting Facts and Figures about Sulawesi

Map of Sulawesi in Indonesia
Sulawesi Facts & Figures
  • Sulawesi is formerly known as "Celebes"
  • The Portuguese were the first to refer to Sulawesi island as 'Celebes'.
    It means "hard to reach".
  • Covering an area of 174,600 km2 (67,413 sq mi), Sulawesi is the world's eleventh-largest island.
    It is the fourth largest island in Indonesia, after Sumatera, Kalimantan, and Papua.
  • Sulawesi has the third largest population in Indonesia.
    In 2010, it has a popullation of 17,359,416
  • The highest elevation in Sulawesi is the Rantemario Peak at 3,478 m (11,411 ft).
    Rantemario peak is located in Enrekang Regency near the Toraja Land, South Sulawesi
  • There are six provinces in Sulawesi:
    South Sulawesi, South East Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Gorontalo and North Sulawesi
  • There are 8 ethnic groups originated from the Sulawesi:
    Bajau, Mogondow, Makassar, Bugis, Mandar, Toraja, Gorontalo and Minahasa
  • There are 8 National Parks in Sulawesi:
    Bantimurung-Bulusaraung, Bogani Nani Wartabone, Bunaken, Togean Islands, Lore Lindu, Rawa Aopa Watumohai, Taka BoneRate, and Wakatobi
  • Sulawesi is part of Wallacea, meaning that it has a mix of both Asian and Australasian species.
  • There are 79 endemic mammalian species in Sulawesi that are found nowhere else in the world
    e.g. Anoa (dwarf buffalo), BabiRusa (aberrant pigs), and Tarsiers (the smallest primate)

Sulawesi is the world's most strangely formed island with an incredible diversity of people, cultures and landscapes.

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